20 Nice {Not Naughty} Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We have so much fun with our Elf on the Shelf.  It has become a great source of magic and excitement in our house during the holidays.  I have seen a lot of naughty elves on the web... but our "Elfie" is a nice elf.  I think he knows I have enough to do without cleaning up his messes.  lol

Here are 20 things our "Elfie" has done:
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1)  Letter from Santa in November... "Elfie is coming soon!".  

2)  Elfie brings a special advent calendar.  {Click the link for more info.}

3)  Magic Elf Seeds.  {Click the link for more info.}

4)  Magic Elf Key {with free printable key tag}.  {Click the link for more info... and a free download.}

5)  Elfie draws a picture.

6)  Elfie spends some with Santa and his Reindeer.

7)  Elfie hides in the light fixture... not touching the lightbulb.  :-)

8)  Elfie hides in the shower.

9)  Elfie takes a nap... in a kleenex box.

10)  Elfie spells his name with blocks.

11)  Elfie hides among the Christmas tree ornamements.

12)  Elfie brings a Christmas movie {on family movie night}... and brings his own popcorn.

13)  Elfie builds a snowman out of marshmallows... and brings a tiny elf note answering questions about "Elf life".

14)  Elfie brings a special treat... marshmallow pops.

15)  Elfie brings a chocolate elf.

16)  Elfie gets his own Christmas stocking.

17)  Elfie brings a letter from Santa letting us know that we have a video from Santa in our email.

18)  Elf Kiss... with free printable.  {Click the link for more info, and a free download.}

19)  Elfie says "Happy Birthday!".  Elfie gets special permission from Santa for an early "birthday" visit.  {Click the link for more info.}

20)  Elfie says "goodbye"... leaving us the "Elf on the Shelf" movie and a tiny goodbye note.

Is your Elf on the Shelf naughty or nice... or maybe a little bit of both? 

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. Cute! I love the sweet elf idea. Our elf is crazy, silly and sweet too. We all have a great time with him :)

  2. Our elf is nice, but can be very silly. We have very ill-behaved leprechauns that show up in March, so our Christmas elf is good. Besides, the whole idea is that the kids have to be "nice" not "naughty" so I think a naughty elf sends the wrong message.

  3. great ideas, our elf will be making his first ever appearance this weekend!

  4. I LOVE all your creative Elf ideas! Thanks for sharing and keep 'em coming!

  5. These are all very cute ideas! We have 2 elves because our older son's elf brought his little brother along to help this year since our youngest is now old enough to "need" an elf. They are always trying hard to be good and do nice things, even if they do get a little messy! I am posting a short blog post each day this year to show our friends and family what they are up to each day! www.momkup2.blogspot.com
    Some of my ideas have been inspired by you and other bloggers so thank you for sharing!

  6. I'd never heard of Elf on the Shelf before I became addicted to Pinterest! Now I'm seeing this little tyke everywhere :D

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog :)

    Please do come back during the month to share more of your links!

    Have a great weekend
    Michelle x

  7. I think these are so cute! I might have to get one for our family.

  8. Oh I love all these ideas. Thanks! My kids LOVE our Elf. I'm going to use some of your ideas =o)

  9. So fun! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday)at 'Or so she says ...' www.oneshetwoshe.com

  10. Great ideas! I am co-hosting the Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Link Party and I'd love for you to come link this up! I am following via GFC.

  11. My 3 year old named ours "Elfie" as well, lol. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. These are creative. I just set our elf out last night. I think she'll be silly and nice.

  13. HI! I found you on the bloghop and am your newest follower. I was kinda maybe sorta hopin' that you'd hop on by and follow me back!!

    Happy Holidays!

  14. I wanted an Elf last year for my kids, but with 4 kids and a limited budget, the 30 bucks was a bit much.... after Christmas found it for only $5 !!! I even got one for my sister's family. We are all really excited to start this tradition, going to start the Sat. after Thanksgiving.

  15. I love these ideas. I told my girls (who are 15 and 13) that our elf should be silly but not bad because he is supposed to encourage the kids to be good. We just got our elf. The most mess our elf has planned is to put flour on a plate or cookie sheet to make a snow angel. The plate will make for easy clean up our elf is considerate.

  16. Hello, I found this great idea I made ​​gifts for the children of my customers this holiday season, I'm sure the kids will love my beautiful puppets


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