Is the Elf on the Shelf stressing you out?

Can you believe it’s about that time again?

Your resident elf will be here soon and what the heck are you going to do with him every freaking night?!?

I know some parents love the excitement of it and then some (like me) were over it after the first year!  I thought it was a great idea until the first time I forgot to move it before bed and had to get up super early to make sure it looked like he moved through the night!

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Elf on the shelf ideas

Our daughter found out that Santa wasn’t real in October 2016, mainly because some little punks at school had not been taught to keep their mouths shut and let other kids believe, but I digress!  We had the talk about Santa, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, and Lou (our elf).  She was perfectly fine and understanding until we got to Lou…she literally broke down then.

I am not the most patient parent in the world so it never occurred to her that we had made the messes that Lou made!  Throwing sugar on the counter for snow angels would have been out of the questions so she just couldn’t believe we let that happen!  She loved the fact that I would act so mad at Lou for making a mess in our kitchen and I loved every minute of seeing her reaction (for about the first year)!

When year two rolled around, all I could think was “what are we going to do with the elf this year”!  That’s when you really have to get creative!  Also, they didn’t have all of the accessories the first couple of years that we were doing this…that would have been really helpful!

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Here is my #1 suggestion for your Elf on the Shelf this year (if you’re anything like me)!  If not, just keep on reading!

Elf on the Shelf Doctor Cast
The Elf Cast Kit is the perfect idea if you need a couple of days off!  It could just be a little sprained ankle…or a fracture if you need more than a couple of days!

For those of you that are die hard elf fans, here are some other ideas!

Give him a break!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Lou needed the type of break that only a hammock and a red solo cup can provide! We tied a scarf between our kitchen pendant lights and gave a him a red solo shot glass with a cut bendy straw! We didn’t fill it with alcohol though…don’t get all judgmental on me!  Get your cups here!

This was one of my absolute favorites!

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Our daughter has a small tree that she decorates every year.  It fits on an end table so I buy these tiny little presents that she can put under it so it looks real.  Lou opened them all up one night and she was so upset with him the next morning for ruining her tree!  My favorite ideas are the ones that get such a strong reaction from her!

If you need a little help getting your elf to cooperate, they make an Elf Upgrade Kit!

Make sure your child knows their elf is watching them!

Elf on the Shelf ideas
These stick on eyeballs were a big hit!  Putting them on fruit made sense because we spend a lot of time in the kitchen so they could be watching her most of the day!

Make sure their elf has some real fun adventures!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas zip lining
The magnetic hands in the upgrade kit really come in handy here!  They were absolutely necessary to zip line from the chandelier to the Christmas tree!

If you have a child that loves super heroes and comics then this Elf Super Hero
outfit is definitely a must have!

He came in like a wrecking ball!  Did y’all sing that…because I totally did!

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Once again, you most definitely need the magnetic hands in the upgrade kit for this one!

Is your elf a baker?  If so, then here is a Sweet Shop Set!  This includes the props to set a real scene like an elf apron, mixing bowl and spoon!

Let the elf live a little…geez!  Remember how it use to be okay to ride in the back of the truck?  We wanted to Lou to have that experience!

Elf on the Shelf ideas

This is a great one because they can play with the elf a little bit without touching it!  If the elf does fall out on his ride just pick him up with rubber tongs and explain that he can’t be touched by a human!  Problem solved!

If your elf needs a pet there is a reindeer

or a St. Bernard

Elves can be very mischievous at times…

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Here is an Elves at Play Kit that comes with a 60-page idea book if you are drawing a blank on one to do one night!  It happened to me more times than I can count!

Here is an outfit kit in case your elf is an fashionista…

I love this sleeping bag idea!  I would put it on my child’s nightstand and let him be watching her when she woke up in the morning!

The Elves at Play Paper Craft Set is the perfect idea for elf sized props!

Holiday costumes for the silly elf!

Most of these items were not around when we started the tradition of the Elf on the Shelf and we only got to do it for a couple of years before our daughter found out the truth.  I hope these ideas and accessories help you entertain your little one for at least a few more years!

Once we saw how disappointed our daughter was over Lou not being real we decided to do something special for her!  I can’t begin to tell you how creative my husband and daughter both are (unlike me in so many ways)!  While sitting in the car line for 30 minutes at my daughter’s school, my husband wrote a parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to go along with our elf’s shenanigans!  We then put together a book on Snapfish, ordered it and wrapped it as a Christmas gift!

Elf on the Shelf

They then made a video of her singing about the adventures of Lou!

Also, to keep the fun going a little longer our daughter now moves the elf for us to find some nights!  She really enjoys finding new places to put him and seeing if we think to look there!

If you have any suggestions for creative things to do with your elf let us know below!  I’m sure our readers would love to hear some other ideas!

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