101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas (2020)

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

2. Elf on the Shelf Gummy Bear Sink Prank Idea

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

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

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

19. Elf on the Shelf Hiding in the Refrigerator Idea

20. Elf on the Shelf Toilet Paper Bed Rest Idea

21. Cuppa Elf

22. Elf on the Shelf Pie Face Idea

23. Elf on the Shelf Frozen Scene Idea

24. Elf on the Shelf Sugar Footprints Idea

25. Elf on the Shelf Cooking Elves in the Kitchen Idea

26. Elf on the Shelf Magic Show Performance Idea

27. Elf on the Shelf Melted Snowman Prank Idea

28. Elf on the Shelf Elves in the Pantry Idea

29. Elf on the Shelf Elf Sick Idea

30. Elves in the Office Idea

31. Sustainable Elf on the Shelf Idea

32. Elf on the Shelf Snow Baubles Idea

33. Elf on the Shelf The Hulk Gives a Swirlie Idea

34. Elf on the Shelf Climbing on the Car Idea

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

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36. Elf on the Shelf Bingewatching TV Idea

37. Elf on the Shelf Getting the Morning Coffee Ready Idea

38. Toastie Elf on the Shelf Idea

39. Candy Counter Elves on the Shelf Idea

40. Mission Impossible Elf on the Shelf Idea

41. Elf on the Shelf Eating Chocolates Idea

42. Elf on the Shelf Aftermath of Upsetting the Cat Idea

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

46. Elf on the Shelf Toilet Paper Slide Idea

47. Elf on the Shelf Marshmallow Bath With Barbie Idea

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

65. “Brownies”

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

78. Baked Goods Bandits

79. Wrapped Up in Wrapping Paper

80. Throwback to Drake

81. Minion Doodles

82. Stuck With Bows

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

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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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