51 fun and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas 2020

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  • Elf on the Shelf is a wonderful way to get the kids thinking creatively in the run up to the holidays and keep them excited about Christmas all through December.

    Our Elf on the Shelf ideas can last you through the whole month and keep everyone in the house guessing which one will come next! Will it be Elf Games Night? Maybe Chilled out Elf for a Friday? Or perhaps looking to 2021, Elf on a Plane?

    Anyone who takes part in Elf on the Shelf tends to start strong with their best ideas at the beginning of December but after the Christmas decorations are put up, Christmas shopping for the best buys of the year begins and the homemade Christmas wreath is hung on the door, we start to get a little bit busy with finishing up work and socialising before the year is up. So it’s easy to forget about Elf on the Shelf by the time Christmas Day rolls around.

    But we’re hoping that these fantastic ideas will inspire the whole family to get involved this year! Much like a unique Christmas cracker over lunch, everyone can take turns picking out their Elf on the Shelf idea from the list (adults can even take a look at our naughty Elf on the Shelf ideas) and then put their idea together before showing off their creation to the family. Soon everyone will be hunting around for the Elf on the Shelf throughout the house, adding an extra bit of festive cheer for the holidays.

    Take a look at these cracking Elf on the Shelf ideas for December…

    What is Elf on the Shelf?

    The tradition has been building momentum in America for a few years now and is making its way to the UK, with each year seeing more parents getting obsessed with the little cheeky-faced character.

    The Elf On The Shelf tradition was started by a book which comes with a small Elf character. You read your children the story about the naughty elf, then each day you position your elf figurine in a different, humorous pose for your children to find.

    The Americans traditionally start their Elf on the Shelf the day after Thanksgiving but over in the UK we tend to start around the 1st of December (kind of like an alternative advent).

    December is a tough enough time as it is for a mum without having to try and think of new idea for the blimmin’ elf every morning.

    With that in mind, we thought we’d make things a little easier for you and give you lots of Elf on the Shelf ideas for how to position your Elf in the run-up to Christmas.

    We’ve even got a homemade elf craft here so you can make your own little army of cheeky elves. Enjoy!

    Best Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas 2020

    1. Selfie Elf

    Elf taking a selfie with an iPhone

    2. Sprinkle Angel Elf

    Elf lying in pile of sprinkles making a snow-type angel

    3. Toasty Elf

    Elf lying between two pieces of toast

    4. Candy Cane Elf

    Elf with candy cane next to a sign that says 'today's challenge - find all the candy canes I've hidden'

    5. Campfire Elf

    Elf roasting a marshmallow over candle

    6. Chilled out Elf

    Elf watching television

    7. Twister Elf

    Elf playing twister

    8. Game night with Elves

    9. Olympic Elf

    10. Floor is lava Elf

    11. The cereal Elf

    12. Gaming Elf

    13. Game night elf

    Elf playing noughts and crosses with marshmallows

    14. Elf meets cat

    15. Sunbathing Elf

    16. Poorly Elf

    17. Elf in the car

    18. Cowboy Elf

    19. Mermaid Elf

    20. Nutella Elf

    21. Elves on a Plane

    22. Elf with cookies

    23. Harry Potter Elf

    24. Mischievous Elves

    25. Spa day Elf

    26. Elf making snow angels

    27. Movie night Elf

    28. Elf doing yoga

    29. McDonald’s Elf

    30. Busking Elf

    31. Target practice Elf

    32. Spider-Man Elf

    33. Elf with Elsa

    34. Pirate Elf

    35. Toy Story Elf

    36. Star Wars Elf

    37. Barista Elf

    38. Elves with pancakes

    39. Fishing Elf

    40. Baby Elf

    41. Elf eating cookies

    42. Elf cheating at Rubik’s Cube

    43. Snowman Elf

    44. Football Elf

    45. Wrecking Ball Elf

    46. Dartboard Elf

    47. Elves and Ducks

    48. Puppet Show Elf

    49. Colouring With Elf

    50. Elf in a jumper

    51. Artistic Elf

    Free props for your Elf on the Shelf ideas

    Some of the Elf on the Shelf ideas below require a few props to really carry them off. If you’re not feeling super crafty or don’t have the right materials to hand then don’t worry, elfontheshelf.com have you covered.

    Get their free printable Elf on the Shelf props here. All you have to do is print out the sheets and then cut out the props you want and stick them together to build them. They’ve thought of everything from elf suitcases and gingerbread houses to Elf on Shelf pizza delivery boxes!

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