Hilarious Elf on the Shelf Ideas

*This post was udpated 11/2020

It’s almost time for your favorite Elf on the Shelf to make an appearance. Here are some Hilarious Elf on the Shelf Ideas to inspire your creativity.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas promo graphic for pinterest


If you have children in your life then no doubt you’ve heard of the Elf on the Shelf. Our elf’s name is Shelvin. Shelvin makes his appearance on Thanksgiving night and hangs around getting into all kinds of mischief until he heads back to the North Pole with Santa on Christmas Eve.

We always seem to start out strong but about a week or so into it “Shelvin” sometimes forgets to move or we put him in lame spots because we run out of ideas.


What I’m about to tell you will be life-changing. What if I told you that for 2 whole weeks you don’t have to move your elf and your kids will be totally fine with it? I have your attention now, huh?

elf on a shelf svg graphic

Admittedly this year, 2020, has been terrible. Overall it’s been one lousy year for the books. We’ve had covid which led to quarantines, which led to school closures, which led to remote or hybrid learning. Not our idea of fun right?

Well, did you know that humans aren’t the only ones who need to quarantine after traveling to certain areas? This year, all elves traveling in from the North Pole must quarantine for 14 whole days.

mason jar with elf isolation station design

That’s right, your elf does not have to be moved for 2 whole weeks! If you need help convincing your kids of this, use this nifty “Elf Isolation Station” SVG and create a safe, quarantine space for your Elf on the Shelf.

Snag our new Elf Isolation Station SVG HERE.


If you’re looking for a way to make the arrival of your Elf on the Shelf more exciting, here is an arrival note that can place with your elf on his (or her) first day back in your home.

Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter


Some of you may eat, sleep, breathe for moving your elf. In fact I know you do! I can tell by all of the hilarious, creative, ingenious ideas I’ve found. Lucky for you, I’ve compiled them below.


**If you’re new to this whole idea but want to join in the fun, you can buy one HERE.

Elf-m and ms

Head First into M&Ms

elf-vacumm cleaner

Elf in the Vacuum Cleaner

elf-toilet paper

Elf in a Toilet Paper Roll

elf- stocking

Elf in a Stocking

Carey Pace 2011 Kingsport TN photographer

Zip Line Elf


Refrigerator Elf

elf-olaf snowman elf

Olaf Snowman Elf


Cereal Elf

elf-piggy bank robber

Bank Robber Elf


Sharpie Elf


Suitcase Elf

Elf on the Shelf

Train Tracks Elf

Elf on the Shelf

Banana Minions Elf

Elf on the Shelf

Sack Race Elf

Elf on the Shelf

Prisoner Elf

elf-wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper Elf

elf-candy bowl

Candy Bowl Elf

elf-snow rice angel

Snow Angel Elf

elf-magic elf dust

Magic Elf Dust Elf

elf-hot cocoa

Hot Cocoa Elf


Superman Elf

elf-butt print

Butt Print Elf


Syrup Guzzling Elf

These next few are from my archives. They never made it into blog posts but I did manage to take a few pictures over the past few years. I’m inspired to do a better job documenting our elf this year.


Shaving Cream and Bubble Bath Elf


Super Ceiling Fan Elf


Dog Sled Elf


Ate All the Ice Cream Elf

For more Christmas ideas, check out our archives!

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  1. Epic line-up dear Diana, saved two for this year`s collection ! The elf on the shelf “tradition” is one of the great thing that happened to Christmas recently !

  2. Love these! This year was kind of a dud so I’m tucking these ideas away from next year! Thank you for documenting & sharing!

  3. MIMS97@COX.NET says:

    very very cute ideas!!!

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