Elf on the Shelf ideas



Well it is almost time for our little Elf to come visit the Brandon household again. I have to admit, I am probably more excited than the kids are!! I have such fun with her! My two granddaughters named her Gingerbread when she arrived at our home. She was quite mischevious last year, she roasted marshmallows over my favorite candle, got herself caught up in ribbon in our tree, made a snowman out of marshamllows, played tic tac toe , I even found her reading her bible one morning.

This Christmas will be our  2nd year with Gingerbread.  I am so excited I get to play each night and set her up with all her little mischievous comings and goings. I have been doing some researching on what we will be doing with our Elf this year, and I have included those below for you. I will be creating our return letter for Gingerbread this week… that she will be bringing to our home when she arrives on Friday , the 25th.

Please look below for some cool ideas that I have found and we will be doing this year. (some Gingerbread did last year)

What is your favorite thing to do with your Elf?  Which of the pictures I have shared are your favorites?   I love hearing from y’all, so be sure to comment below!!

HAVE A GOOD DAY AT SCHOOL.     Great way to send your little one off to school for the day










SCAVENGER HUNT Anybody?     Hide candy canes and get kids in on the fun!










WORK OUT…..I think this Elf may have had too many calories and needs to do a workout and burn them off!!










ROASTING MARSHMALLOWS…….Who doesn’t love Roasted Marshmallows??










Here are some other ideas that I have found that will help you in setting up your Elf for their mischief.




133 Responses so far.

  1. Christina says:

    For those of you too busy to come up with creative ideas check out

  2. Becky L says:

    How sweet! My son would love this, but I’m just not organized to pull it off!

  3. Julie Lundstrom says:

    My sister has a Elf On Self and she has so much fun coming up with things for Elf to get into.

  4. Elena says:

    Looks like a cute idea.

  5. Kristen says:

    I did not grow up with this tradition.

  6. SaraAB87 says:

    This is a fun tradition.

  7. amy guillaume linderman says:

    i can’t wait to start this tomorrow! great ideas!

  8. So many cute ideas.

  9. James Robert says:

    This is our first year we finally have one. I needed some ideas of what to do now. I am going to wrap in the ribbon soon. Thanks!

  10. Will G says:

    My favorite is the workout picture. I don’t have the Elf.

  11. Candice says:

    So much fun! I can’t wait for this and all the holiday festivities.

  12. Rachel says:

    I don’t have an elf. My favorite is the SCAVENGER HUNT .

  13. Sherri James says:

    I wish this was around when I or my sin was little. He will be 21 soon but if I can find like a sports themed elf on the shelf and start doing things I bet he’d love it…lol he is a big kid. I think if I won the $25 gift card I could get an elf on the shelf… Yay! Thanks Sandy and Merry Christmas ???

  14. Charity Cram says:

    Cute ideas! We don’t do elf on the shelf, but it’s fun to see peoples posts about them!

  15. I have always wanted to try this kit.

  16. Ours comes out tonight- I needed these. Love the school one

  17. shelly peterson says:

    I have never done Elf on the Shelf but my grandson would love this.

  18. Darcy Koch says:

    This weekend the kids will awaken to find Elvis Presently somewhere downstairs and more than likely they’ll be some sort of mess he made nearby.

  19. The ROASTING MARSHMALLOWS…….Who doesn’t love Roasted Marshmallows?? is really cute. I don’t do elf on the shelf, but his so cute.

  20. Adriane says:

    I don’t have an Elf on the shelf.

  21. Wendy R. says:

    Cute. We don’t do the Elf on the Shelf, but it is fun to see the pics and ideas.

  22. Brandi H says:

    I like the scavenger hunt.

  23. vicvac7 says:

    That’s so cute. I can’t wait to do Elf on the Shelf when my kid is old enough.

  24. Cami Valenzuela says:

    Such cute ideas. Love the weight lifting one

  25. patty.wright says:

    I have an elf on the shelf I put on my fireplace mantle. I never thought to do any of the things listed with it but I will this year. I love the marshmallow barbells best

  26. SaraAB87 says:

    The elf is fun.

  27. I don’t have an elf on the shelf!

  28. My daughter has one of these elves and it’s always fun to see what mischief it gets into.

  29. Stephanie says:

    We don’t do elf on the shelf but eventually my kids will be old enough to appreciate it

  30. shelly peterson says:

    These are some cute elf on the shelf ideas.

  31. Mary Cloud says:

    I think the Elf on the Shelf is a cute idea – my kids are too old for it or we’d definitely have one

  32. Twyla Montgomery says:

    I love our elf!!! He is totally back this year.. lets share ideas

  33. mommybay12 says:

    What cute ideas! can’t wait to see all the photos

  34. I had never heard of elf on the shelf until a couple years ago. While I do not have any kids I like to see what ideas friends with kids come up with.

  35. 19cs91 says:

    Love Elf on the Shelf, though my kids were too old by the time it came out. Too bad because I know they totally would have loved it (and myself as well)!

  36. This is a cute idea but I have never tried it.

  37. Love all your ideas. My kids would have loved them all when they were little. Now I have sweet Grandson’s who will love them. I’ll get started tomorrow morning…

  38. LauraJJ says:

    Oh I have to say, I have just as much fun with our elf Jack! Our little one goes NUTs when he arrives and enjoys Jack so much! He has toilet papered our Christmas tree, and filled our car with red and green balloons…was a little hard getting to school that morning! LOL…oh so fun! I love your roasting marshmallow idea!

  39. shelly peterson says:

    I love all the great ideas! I might have to do one next year.

  40. Adriane says:

    Don;t have one, but enjoys seeing other’s photos!

  41. We have an elf who was waiting for us when we got back from our Thanksgiving trip. This year he’s been really active…. he’s ziplined through the dining room on dental floss, created a paper chain, and rode in a remote control car.

  42. Cami Valenzuela says:

    They have such awsome ideas out for Elf on the shelf. So cute

  43. Audra OHara says:

    My daughter has mentioned doing this. I love the ideas I see online. Now if someone would just come to my house every morning and actually do it; that’d be awesome. lol

  44. jenny stratton says:

    My daughter in law teaches 3rd grade and loves doing Elf on a Shelf with her kids.

  45. Julie Wood says:

    These are so many cute ideas and I love trying out different things with the Elf on the Shelf. It is fun to see the excitement on the kids faces when they find the Elf somewhere different each day!

  46. Busted mine out of jail last night. He’s already fixen to go back there. Caught him riding the dog around the house pulling her ears.

  47. These are cute ideas. I have never tried this.

  48. shelly peterson says:

    Elf on the shelf looks like a fun idea!

  49. Our elf left a note for my son today, letting him know that Santa is watching.

  50. Jeena Bittenbender says:

    Love all your ideas. Did the roasted marshmallows. My grandkids loved it…

  51. Julie Wood says:

    I love these Elf on the Shelf Ideas and think that it is so much fun to put the Elf everywhere for the kids. I have the Elf hidden again for the kids to find!

  52. Jordan Smith says:

    Good tradition!!!!

  53. The Workout Elf is very cute!

  54. shelly peterson says:

    I love the one of the elf roasting a marshmallow!

  55. feeroberts64 says:

    This is too cute! Roasting marshmallows! I would have never thought to do something so cute!

  56. Today our elf took a nap on the tissue box. Then he played with a Pirates of the Caribbean mask.

  57. Jennifer hon says:

    we just started this for my daugther

  58. Live the ideas. Especially the roasted marshmallows

  59. Jennifer McConnell says:

    I love the roasting marshmallows idea. I’m going to copy it! Last night I made my elves (we have a pair) begin helping to decorate my youngest daughter’s tiny tree with itty bitty ornaments!

  60. Christine A. says:

    I don’t have an elf on the shelf. I really like the scavenger hunt idea.

  61. Evelyn Rivera says:

    Such cute ideas! Thanks!

  62. Julie Wood says:

    Love your cute ideas and am going to use one of them for my Elf on the Shelf idea!

  63. Mary Gardner says:

    Love the roasting marshmallows idea! My kids love their Elf named Snowflake.

  64. Paula Gillespie says:

    I love Elf on the Shelf and love these ideas. My daughter is too old now for this but I wish they had this when she was younger. I could have had a fun time setting it up for my daughter.

  65. June S. says:

    (Elf on the Shelf ideas) These are all some great idea’s for placing your very own Elf On The Shelf.

  66. Cami Valenzuela says:

    The candy cane idea is so cute.

  67. Tracy Pelletier says:

    Elf on the Shelf creeps me out! LOL

  68. Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Susan Smith says:

    This looks like a lot of fun!

  70. shelly says:

    These are some great elf ideas.

  71. BONNIE says:

    I’ve always loved the idea of elf on a shelf but I know I would do it for like 2 days and then stop lol

  72. Claudia says:

    thoughtful ideas

  73. shelly peterson says:

    What a fun thing to do for the kids.

  74. AnAngelsKiss says:

    My household does not do Santa for Christmas. I am told to leave a comment. That is my comment.

  75. Such an awesome cute idea!

  76. Denise Donaldson says:

    I am going to try Elf on the shelf. I have always wanted to, so I am going to go shopping lol

  77. Kody B. says:

    I’ve never bought an Elf on the Shelf mostly because they’re sort of creepy.

  78. Julie Wood says:

    I am going to have to do the Scavenger hunt idea. My kids would love it!

  79. Cami Valenzuela says:

    This is the first year we have done it. My boys love it

  80. shelly peterson says:

    These are some great ideas! I don’t know if I could be that creative.

  81. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Love your post! The idea of a scavenger hunt is perfect! Great way to have fun for Christmas!

  82. Andrea says:

    Such a fun tradition! It’s not for my family (or me rather) as the guilt would be laid on me any time I would forget to move it. But I love seeing pictures of other families enjoying elf of the shelf.

  83. charlene elswick says:

    I love the Elf on the shelf I wish it had been a big thing when my kids were little I know they would have enjoyed it

  84. Julie Wood says:

    I like the Workout Elf. It looks like a fun one to do for my kids!

  85. Cami Valenzuela says:

    So much cuteasier ideas. I was just looking at some on pinterest

  86. ROASTING MARSHMALLOWS is a very cute idea.

  87. shelly peterson says:

    Elf On The Shelf looks like fun to do for the kids. these are great ideas.

  88. Julie Wood says:

    What cute ideas! can’t wait to see all the photo ideas!

  89. Cami Valenzuela says:

    The roasting marshmallows is so simple and cute. Going to have to steal that idea 🙂

  90. shelly peterson says:

    Elf on the Shelf is so creative and looks like fun.

  91. I have not tried Elf on the Shelf yet but the ideas are super cute.

  92. Christine A. says:

    I like the idea of the Elf on the shelf leaving nice messages.

  93. Julie Wood says:

    I love the Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

  94. Andrea Darst says:

    We’ve never done Elf on the Shelf, but it looks like fun!

  95. Cami Valenzuela says:

    So cute:)

  96. shelly peterson says:

    love the ideas!

  97. Elf on the Shelf looks like fun, but it’s too big of a commitment for me :/

  98. Julie Wood says:

    I like so many of your fun ideas for Elf on the Shelf. I am trying some of them out!

  99. shelly peterson says:

    My grandson would love an Elf on the Shelf, maybe next year.

  100. Cynthia R says:

    My favorite is the elf working out pic, great imagination, it made me laugh!

  101. Julie Wood says:

    They have such awsome ideas out for Elf on the shelf. So cute

  102. I had never heard of this back when my boys were little so never was able to do it. But hopefully one day I’ll be having fun with grandkids and the Elf on the shelf 😉

  103. great ideas, this looks like a lot of fun.

  104. Natalie says:

    I love the Scavenger hunt idea! I have an elf on the shelf!

  105. Christine A. says:

    I’ve seen some funny Elf on the shelf and Star wars memes.

  106. bunnyclem says:

    We’ve never done Elf on the Shelf. These are cute ideas though. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  107. Julie Wood says:

    Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  108. Juanita May says:

    My grandchildren are too old for this, but I am looking forward to get one for my new great grandchildren.

  109. Too cute! I don’t have any kids, but I think my niece would love Elf on the Shelf when she’s a bit older!

  110. Cami Valenzuela says:

    Love looking for new ideas. There are so many

  111. TAMMY CUEVAS says:

    Unfortunately, they hadn’t invented Elf on the Shelf when my boys were little, but i think it’s cute. You really have some good ideas.

  112. Shelly Peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!

  113. Christine A. says:

    If I had an Elf on the Shelf, he would be holding bags of hot cocoa mix in the kitchen.

  114. Julie Wood says:

    Love your post! The idea of a scavenger hunt is great! Great way to have fun for Christmas!

  115. Cami Valenzuela says:

    Such a great ideas. A fun tradition 🙂

  116. Laura B. says:

    It is fun my sister does it with my nieces and though one is getting a bit old the younger one still loves it.

  117. dorturner says:

    I love to see what great ideas people use for the elf on the shelf, whether it be mischievous or a positive thought for the day!

  118. Shelly Peterson says:

    The Elf on the Shelf sounds fun for the kids, such great ideas.

  119. My grandson loves his Elf on the Shelf.

  120. Shannon Byrd says:

    These are some great ideas that I need to pass onto a few friends of mine who were looking for some Elf on The Shelf ideas!

  121. Julie Wood says:

    I love the Shelf on the Elf Ideas. They are great to do for my kids. They get a kick out of it!

  122. Cami Valenzuela says:

    So fun. Love help it helps the kids get into the holiday spirt

  123. Tanya Guthrie says:

    How fun! I’ve never had an elf on the shelf, I wish I would have gotten one when my kids were born.

  124. Shelly Peterson says:

    I love the scavenger hunt idea, that would be a lot of fun.

  125. Can’t wait to start this with my kiddos

  126. My nephew would love to read this post. I appreciate your sharing this.

  127. Carolyn Daley says:

    I am not a fan of the Elf on the Shelf. He creeps me out! I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I’d probably do something similar with a cute moose or reindeer instead. Very creative ideas listed.

  128. Christine A. says:

    If I had an Elf on the Shelf, he would sit on the fireplace mantle holding candy canes for visitors.

  129. Shelly Peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!!!

  130. Everyone is always looking for new ideas! these are great!

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