As every parent knows, the Elf on the Shelf is known to do some pretty quirky things come the holidays. This elfish tradition started a few years ago as a way to persuade kids to behave—after all, their Elf on the Shelf, which magically appears in the house every December 1, is always watching. Yep, even when Santa is too busy tending to the reindeer or fixing his sleigh. Your Elf on the Shelf is Santa’s little helper who reports back to the North Pole, checking that list not once but twice. So, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout!
But what started as a harmless way to keep kids’ tantrums in check has turned into a phenomenon of its own. The Elf on the Shelf doesn’t just prop himself up on the table or curl his little arms around the banister anymore…
Nowadays, the Elf on the Shelf has gotten a whole lot more mischievous (as parents get more and more creative). You can find him quarantining in his own little coronavirus-proof quarters, turning the sink water into gummy bears, and even roasting marshmallows over a candle. Whether you’re looking for funny Elf on the Shelf ideas or easy ideas, there’s a whole lot you can do with your little Elf this year.
Need some festive inspiration for what to do with your Elf on the Shelf for 2020? Here are 101 easy and funny Elf on the Shelf ideas for the holidays.
Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas
1. Elf on the Shelf Quarantining Idea
— cathy k (@CathyCeekay) October 25, 2020
2. Elf on the Shelf Gummy Bear Sink Prank Idea
Somebody told me I was the GOAT of these shenanigans but truth me told I’m tired!!! Lol I literally get up whee hours to do these foolish things ???????? #ElfOnTheShelf #ElfOnTheshelfIdeas pic.twitter.com/HSJeAUjP0k
— Shay Tweets ❣ (@OMG_its_Shayy) December 10, 2019
3. Elf on the Shelf Balloon Bath Idea
4. Elf on the Shelf Making a Mickey Mouse Snowman Idea
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5. Elf on the Shelf Writing Letters to Santa Idea
6. Elf on the Shelf Hot Tub Party Idea
7. Elf on the Shelf Raiding the Candy Stash Idea
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8. Elf on the Shelf Egg and Spoon Race Idea
— Davies Sports (@DaviesSportsUK) December 3, 2019
9. Elf on the Shelf Hanging From the Wreath Idea
10. Elf on the Shelf Hot Air Balloon Elves Idea
11. Elf on the Shelf Toilet Paper Snowflakes Idea
Fizbo is at it again!!!
.#elf #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #christmas #december #hohoho #fun #realtorlife #momlife #lifewithkids #creative #kids #surprise #kellerwilliamsagent pic.twitter.com/XX8Ni8C3o3
— Valentina Pasquini (@val_pasquini) December 4, 2019
12. Elf on the Shelf Hot Chocolate Bath Idea
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13. Elf on the Shelf Elf on Trapeze Idea
14. Elf on the Shelf Elves on a Fence Idea
15. Elf on the Shelf Frying Candy Eggs Idea
16. Elf on the Shelf Teeny Tiny Cookies Idea
17. Elf on the Shelf Hanging From the Chandelier Idea
18. Elf on the Shelf Taco Tuesday Idea
— Annie Head (@AnnieHeadTIC) December 3, 2019
19. Elf on the Shelf Hiding in the Refrigerator Idea
20. Elf on the Shelf Toilet Paper Bed Rest Idea
— TME (@toniamarie78) December 11, 2019
21. Cuppa Elf
22. Elf on the Shelf Pie Face Idea
#elfontheshelf was glad to be out the box again so he could test the #mincepies #oxfordpaedscriticalcare @OUHospitals #ElfOnTheshelfIdeas @elfontheshelf #elfchallenge do you accept? @ZoePooley @NursePicu @NurseFlo4 pic.twitter.com/4JwcPLGzfW
— Paedcritcarenurse (@Paedcritnurse) December 1, 2019
23. Elf on the Shelf Frozen Scene Idea
24. Elf on the Shelf Sugar Footprints Idea
Day 18: Chip has been reasonably well behaved until now! He’s raided the mince pie tin and left a right mess! ????
— shapchippy (@shapchippy) December 18, 2019
25. Elf on the Shelf Cooking Elves in the Kitchen Idea
— Jason Simmons (@hypnojay) December 6, 2019
26. Elf on the Shelf Magic Show Performance Idea
I didn’t get time to post this yesterday but, here’s what the #elves got up to.
— Jason Simmons (@hypnojay) December 6, 2019
27. Elf on the Shelf Melted Snowman Prank Idea
— Miss Rogan (@crogan5003) December 13, 2019
28. Elf on the Shelf Elves in the Pantry Idea
Look who’s appeared to keep an eye on me! #cucpake #sugar #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfonthecupcake #holidaysarecoming #christmasiscoming #baking #sugarcraft #christmas????#beenagoodgirl pic.twitter.com/GHq1fOPB7h
— Mrs Cups Cakes (@CupsTearoom) December 4, 2019
29. Elf on the Shelf Elf Sick Idea
30. Elves in the Office Idea
Update on our elf & his friend’s activities across the last month. What fun they have had in the Pinnacle office! #christmas #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #festivefun #ChristmasIsComing pic.twitter.com/GTNgpKLo48
— Pinnacle (@Pinnacle_SageBP) December 19, 2019
31. Sustainable Elf on the Shelf Idea
Join in ???????????????????? in sustainable wrapping this Christmas!
Repurpose old newspapers, junk mail, or coupons in wrapping paper.
Pro Tip: Take those long #CVSreceipts and turn them into pretty bows!#elfontheshelfideas pic.twitter.com/o4Oqzy1Iv7
— RivCo Watershed (@RivCoWatershed) December 20, 2019
32. Elf on the Shelf Snow Baubles Idea
My Elf on the Shelf snowbaubles are probably my fave make at the moment… and the little tikes are contained ???? pic.twitter.com/IwPNAGmUEA
— Jute Adore Gift Hampers (@JuteAdoreHamper) October 20, 2020
33. Elf on the Shelf The Hulk Gives a Swirlie Idea
34. Elf on the Shelf Climbing on the Car Idea
Pesky elf is climbing all over the cars again…
Dont miss our open house on the 15th 9AM to 1PM#bmw #bmwusa #classicbmw #classicbmw #ferrari #elfontheshelf #elf #elfonashelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfontheshelfinspiration pic.twitter.com/ukLv9MgKwo
— Ferraris Online (@ferrarisonline) December 5, 2019
35. Yogi Elf on the Shelf Idea
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Logi: You know what I want to say right? Lexi: Rollin’ with the homies? Logi: Nah Lexi: They see me rollin? Logi: Nope Lexi: Picture me rollin? Logi: No Lexi: Let’s roll? Roll up? Roll out? Logi: No, no, and no. Lexi: Um, Ballin’ in this b!tch? Logi: *shakes head* Lexi: BALLLLLINNNN!! Logi: Nuh uh, but I would pay to hear you say that again. Lexi: Wanna be a baller? Logi: Shot caller? Good one, but no. Lexi: Ball so hard? Logi: I mean, maybe ‘fall so hard’ since you’ve fallen and can’t get up, but negative. Lexi: Still ballin? Logi: Til the day I die!! And, yet, still no. Lexi: Bruh, I dunno. Player’s ball? Rappers ball? Medicine ball? 8 ball? Logi: Give up? Lexi: Ugh, yeah man. I’m straight out of puns. Logi: Oh I just wanted to say there’s only 5 days left until Christmas, but, listen, I’m incredibly proud of how much you’ve picked up over the years. Lexi: ???? I’m gonna knock the peace right off your ornament. Logi: You gon’ have to get yo ass up off the floor first. ••••••••••••• #only5daysleftiswear #yogielfontheshelf #friyay #flexilexi #limberlogitheyogi #elfontheshelf2019
36. Elf on the Shelf Bingewatching TV Idea
When you caught the @elfontheshelf watching #koreandrama.@viki @Roku #christmasiscoming #christmascountdown #12daysofchristmas #elfontheshelfideas #lifelovesme#christmastime #kdrama #meltingmesoftly #jichangwook #santaclaus #enjoylife #cute #tvshows pic.twitter.com/m7uo8CIb1j
— MaRa CeZ, RN (@experien_CEZ) December 12, 2019
37. Elf on the Shelf Getting the Morning Coffee Ready Idea
38. Toastie Elf on the Shelf Idea
It’s getting cold outside… Candy has found a very interesting way to keep warm????????#elfontheshelf #snacktime #elfontheshelfideas #ThursdayMotivation #BeAKidThisChristmas @mums_ni @BelfastHourNI @ArmaghMum #wherewillwefindcandynext pic.twitter.com/0X1Z47koym
— Wee Chicks (@WeeChicks) December 5, 2019
39. Candy Counter Elves on the Shelf Idea
— Rombourne (@rombourne) December 23, 2019
40. Mission Impossible Elf on the Shelf Idea
41. Elf on the Shelf Eating Chocolates Idea
When you caught the @elfontheshelf eating your favorite chocolates. Oh no! That’s mine! #FerreroRocher #12daysofchristmas #christmascountdown #christmasiscoming #lifelovesme #elfontheshelfideas #merrychristmas #christmastime #elf #sweets #fun #cute #elfstory pic.twitter.com/OEOZIz2bxL
— MaRa CeZ, RN (@experien_CEZ) December 17, 2019
42. Elf on the Shelf Aftermath of Upsetting the Cat Idea
— Jake Sanson (@JakeSanson) December 9, 2019
43. Elf on the Shelf Popsicle Stick Ladder Idea
44. Elf on the Shelf Stuck in the Television Idea
45. Elf on the Shelf Climbing the Garland Idea
The Elf has arrived! ❤️ Vincent has named him ‘Star’. ????????..
— Danielle Sidderley (@pure_danielle) December 1, 2019
46. Elf on the Shelf Toilet Paper Slide Idea
47. Elf on the Shelf Marshmallow Bath With Barbie Idea
— Jason Sturgill (@SturgillFishing) December 11, 2019
48. Meditating Elf on the Shelf Idea
49. Elf on the Shelf Color-Me Santa’s Cardboard Workshop Idea
50. Elf on the Shelf Makeshift Sleigh Idea
51. On Top of the Tree
52. Mechanic Elf
53. Superhero Elf in the Bathroom
54. Find the Hidden Candy Canes!
55. The Elf Is Back!
56. Reindeer Pancakes
57. Secret Decoder Messages
58. Making the Baby’s Morning Bottle
59. Decorating Elf
60. 100% That Snitch
61. Naughty Elves
62. TP the Tree!
63. Sick Elf on the Shelf
64. Red Nose Graffiti
66. In the Sleigh
67. Elf on the Shelf or Santa?
68. Find the Hidden Treat!
69. Elf-Eating Christmas Tree
70. Raiding the First Aid Kit
71. Frozen by Elsa!
72. Googly Eyes
73. Amusement Park Washing Machine Ride
74. Elves Don’t Work for Bad Behavior
75. Save Forky!
76. Skiing Elf
77. TGIF With Candy
Even the elves are getting in the Friday spirit!????????????
Have a great day everyone!
— Rombourne (@rombourne) December 20, 2019
78. Baked Goods Bandits
— Derby Pyclet Parlour (@PycletParlour) December 15, 2019
79. Wrapped Up in Wrapping Paper
— Marcella (@xxxgreen37) November 26, 2019
80. Throwback to Drake
Looks like our Kevin is also a Drake fan????????????????????☎️????#elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas #momlife #christmasmagic #xmas2019 #kevintheelf #drakefan #youusedtocallmeonmycellphone #Christmastime #holidayseason #momlife pic.twitter.com/jRMrYMp2XB
— Kimberly Eck (@BeautyBabesBall) December 14, 2019
81. Minion Doodles
— Merlins Ears (@merlins_ears) December 4, 2019
82. Stuck With Bows
— Miss Rogan (@crogan5003) December 10, 2019
83. Snowball Fight
84. Q-Tip Snowflakes
85. Solved the Rubik’s Cube
86. Riding the Train
87. Some Beach, Somewhere
88. Workout Elf
89. Bagel Elf
90. Elf on the Shelf Concert
91. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
92. Romantic Picnic With Bo Peep
93. Reading Elf on the Shelf
94. Drinking Orange Juice
95. Jukebox Elf
96. Inflatable Slide Into a Marshmallow Sink
97. Treadmill Elf
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Lexi: She trippin’ Logi: Check yo’elf. Talk about trippin’ you’ve tripped over your own fuzzy feet like 5 times. Lexi: It’s hard AelF. Logi: It’s Barry hard, yes. Lexi: This is definitely not what I was expecting when I heard the Red Room. Logi: Did you think it was like the one at Santa’s house? Lexi: The one right next to the green room? Totally!! Logi: Same. Lexi: At least we get to lay on the floor soon. Logi: Uhhh, this isn’t nap time, Lex. I don’t think we get to just lay on the floor. Lexi: But they keep saying, “On the floor…” Logi: Yeah, but don’t you see the red bands? Lexi: Those aren’t ribbons for wrapping presents? Logi: Nah, B. Lexi: We might die. Santa, if you’re listening, we might not make it. Just give ALL the kids the presents. Logi: You are Barry dramatic. Lexi: You are Barry annoying. Logi: You are Barry… Lexi: You better tread lightly, my friend. Logi: I see what you did there. ••••••••• #santacomegetyourelves #barrys #barrymerrychristmas #barrysbayarea #barryspaloalto #yogielfontheshelf
98. Setting Out the Christmas Stockings
99. Tying Up the Iron Men
100. Magazine Cover Elf
101. Roasting Marshmallows in a Candle
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