Your Complete Guide to Elf on the Shelf

It’s almost time!! Elf on the shelf returns to our house the day after Thanksgiving!  My daughter has already mentioned it several times.  Do you have an Elf?  You can grab an Elf on the Shelf on Amazon right now for $29.95-now remember they do come in boy or girl, and can have different eye colors as well.


I was originally skeptical of the Elf on the Shelf, thinking another thing to take care of and do, but a couple years ago I did give in, and it is very fun and a cute tradition after all.  Here is a link to a free printable arrival letter for your elf!


Free Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Once your elf has arrived then your work starts:) But don’t fret there are so so many ideas out there to help you.  If you like to plan ahead (like me) then try out this Elf on the Shelf Planner Calendar.  

Free Printable Elf on The Shelf Calendar from I think we could be friends

Now to get started-there are so many awesome lists of ideas it is endless-pair that with your awesome parenting talents and you will have a festive elf and happy kids!  Check out some lists below from some great bloggers!

35 Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Dollar Tree Props from I think we could be friends

The Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas Ever from The Smart School House

100 Elf on the Shelf Ideas from Pop Culture

Also a fun resource from Frugal Coupon Living-Elf Notes

Now, last but not least, your elf may want some outfits! With my kids we actually pick out the outfits and leave them one out at night for them, like a gift to your elf I would suppose.  Then at the end of the season the elf had an elf suitcase and packed up, so the outfits each year get worked into the whole scene:)  Here are a couple favorites on Amazon!

So, Elf on the Shelf really can be anything you want it to be-so have a fun, festive, memorable time with your family.  Happy Holidays!!

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