24 Zero Effort Elf on the Shelf Ideas You Need this December!
You know me, I don’t like faff. I like to keep things simple and I like to save time and effort where I can – a bit like with these super easy stocking fillers.
This year is the first year that I’ve been roped into doing Elf on the Shelf. I’ve managed to avoid it for 4 years but after a trip to the States in the summer, a friend greeted me with my elf. Here he is! I’ll need all the Gin and Prosecco gifts by the end of this December!
She promises B will love it! And I’m sure he will! But it means 24 (is it 24 days?!) of elf faff! Can’t I just stick with the book advent calendar?! or if all else fails, Mummy can calm down with her home-made wine advent one 😉
So to get us organised, I’ve popped together 24 super simple Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep us busy through December. Be sure to share this post with your friends – they will thank you! Oh and look here for elf accessories you need. And more ideas for lazy parents, yep, take a nose here – 24 more Lazy Mum’s Elf on the Shelf Ideas.
Stuff to Keep Handy!
I’ve also gathered together a list of bits and bobs to have handy too.
- Glue dots
- Double sided tape
- Mini marshmallows
- String and ribbons
- Blank Elf cards to fill in
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Free Printable Elf Notes!
Now because it’s the season of giving and all that, I thought I’d share with you the Elf cards I made. You can download them below, for free! Why not share the giving love and pop this post on your Facebook ey? Your friends will thank you for the ideas and the free blank cards.
And now for Elf Ideas!
- Introduce your Elf using one of the cards and leave a little treat.
- Decorate your little ones favourite toy or teddy. Think tinsel or ribbon.
- Time to get naughty. Unravel some toilet roll and leave Elf asleep at the bottom.
- Elf wants to play. Pop Elf with some of your child’s fave toys.
- Elf has been cooking. Leave him in the kitchen, tucking in to your child’s cereal.
- Play hide and seek with some of the Christmas tree ornaments. Leave a couple hidden in your child’s bedroom.
- Write a short Elf message using raisins. Or coffee beans! If you’re a coffee lover, check out our gift guide here for ideas!
- Find Elf sleeping in your pet’s bed.
- Make some paper snowflakes and pop them by your child’s bed.
- Stage an Elf kidnap! Use some string and pop another toy next to Elf.
- Elf has been raiding the kitchen cupboard. Find him passed out in a sea of mini marshmallows.
- Take some “elfies” on your phone or iPad and be sure to show your child what mischief Elf was up to last night!
- Elf has been brushing his teeth, using your toothbrush!
- Elf likes to read. Pop him on the bookshelf in your child’s room.
- Elf has been naughty. Pop a couple of stickers on the clothes your child will wear the next day. Be sure to leave a few on Elf too!
- Find Elf doing some colouring.
- Tangle Elf in ribbon and pop him under the tree.
- Elf likes taking naps. Try someone’s shoe or slipper.
- Leave a note under your child’s pillow with a small sweet treat.
- Stage a teddy bear’s picnic with some other toys.
- Elf wants to do some baking. Pop him in the kitchen with a bag of flour and plan to make some Christmas cookies.
- Elf has been binge watching Kid’s YouTube. Pop him with the iPad.
- Elf has been making reindeer food. Think seeds or oats, mixed with some glitter.
- Find Elf in the fridge, hunting for the best carrot to leave for Rudolph this evening!
And there you go, some very simple Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep you sane through quite possibly the busiest time of the year. As if we need more things to think about ey!