20 More Elf on the Shelf Ideas For Christmas Fun

Elf on the Shelf ideas

It’s that time of year again – when a fun and naughty Elf comes to stay, always on the look out for new ways to surprise and delight your kids. From Minecraft to SnapChat and yoga to emails, we’re sure you’ll love 20 more Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas fun.

Sign up for our free monthly newsletter stuffed full of ideas, competitions and offers. PS Did we mention it’s free?

If you’re running low on Elf on the Shelf ideas, or starting to repeat past activities, have a look below for some festive inspiration!

You can also plan out your activities for each day with our free Elf on the Shelf calendar – just download, print and plan the month to keep all the late night elf panic to a minimum!


Sign in (or create a free account) to download your free Elf on the Shelf calendar!


Don’t forget to also print out these great elf jokes and notes, which are perfect for putting in your child’s lunchbox, or for the elf to leave around the house.

You Might Also Enjoy 21 Mischievous Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Delight The Kids

Hilarious Elf on the Shelf Ideas

1. The Piggy Bank Thief

elf on the shelf ideas

The Piggy Bank Thief

Busted! Simple As That will be sending their elf off to the naughty corner after a dramatic piggy bank robbery. We’re sure Santa wouldn’t be happy!

You Might Also Enjoy Free Things to do with Kids Around Ireland Christmas Break 2017

2. Festive Faces

Elf on the shelf ideas

Festive Faces

Your elf loves when everyone is in a festive mood! Decorate photo frames with Santa hats, white beards, reindeer antlers, elf ears or any other seasonal funnies, just like this idea from Mama Cheaps.

You Might Also Enjoy 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa in Ireland

3. Paper Play

Elf on the shelf ideas

Paper Play

If you’ve seen the movie Elf, you’ll know that paper snowflakes are an essential part of Christmas! Your elf could help decorate the house while everyone sleeps, like this idea from Little Bit Funky.

You Might Also Enjoy The Best Christmas Markets in Ireland

4. Ready, Set, Race

Elf on the shelf

Ready, Set, Race

It’s every elf for himself! Set up a race track, or even just a finish line like A Small Snippet did, and your kids will be delighted to see the race unfold.

You Might Also Enjoy Things to do with Kids Around Ireland This Christmas 2017

5. Elf + Minecraft = Elfcraft

Elf on the shelf ideas

Elf + Minecraft = Elfcraft

Minecraft fans will love this idea from Rocking My 365 Project! Use paper cut-outs to create a Minecraft head and accessories for your elf.

You Might Also Enjoy 14 of the Best Minecraft Party Ideas to Guarantee You’ll Survive the Party

6. Catching Up on Emails

elf on the shelf ideas

Catching Up on Emails

Your elf reports back to Santa on a regular basis, but sometimes is too busy (or tired from being mischievous!) to make the nightly trip. Perhaps a quick elf-mail instead like this elf from Lil Blue Boo?

You Might Also Enjoy The Best Christmas Ads of 2017: Which One is Your Favourite?

7. Advent Overload

Elf on the shelf ideas

Advent Overload

Oh man, the elves at Jenny’s Cookies snuck in to have a midnight feast and scoffed all the advent calendar chocolates! How would your kids react if this happened? Take it from me, not very well….

Note to self: buy an extra advent calendar!

You Might Also Enjoy The Best Places to See Christmas Lights Events in Ireland 

8. Grow a Magic Garden

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Grow a Magic Garden

With the help of some magic elf seeds, watch the Yummy Mummy Kitchen garden grow! This is a two-day activity – planting the seeds on day one, then returning on day two to see the sprouting of some sugary goodness (candy canes, lollipops, etc). Lots of fun!

You Might Also Enjoy 101 Of The Best Christmas Activities For Kids (And their Parents)

9. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Elf on the shelf ideas

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

This quick, easy and effective idea from Fancy Shanty is perfect for last-minute planning. We did something similar last year, leaving a mini version (made out of marshmallows) beside it as a treat.

You Might Also Enjoy 39 Great Family Christmas Movies Picked by Parents

10. Oh Snap…Chat!

Elf on the shelf ideas

Oh Snap…Chat!

Did those cheeky elves have a selfie session like the ones over @TheHowardsGotElfed? Looks like they got into the SnapChat filters and had a great time. Leave the photo evidence for your kids to see – they’ll love it!

Editor’s note: This is one of my favourite Elf on the Shelf ideas for this year!

You Might Also Enjoy Hot Toys for Christmas 2017 – Top Predictions

11. Elf Express

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Elf Express

What better way to return from the North Pole than on your own private plane? Busy Kids Happy Mom had a great idea for her family’s elf making a grand arrival…

You Might Also Enjoy 25 More Hilarious Christmas Jokes for Kids

12. Doctor’s Note

Elf on the shelf ideas

Doctor’s Note

If your elf is under the weather and needs a few days free from activities, try this elf doctor’s note from Living Locurto. The elfologist prescribes rest and reindeer flu pills – a classic combination.

You Might Also Enjoy 12 Jolly Christmas Gift Tag Ideas To Make With The Kids

13. Create A Self-Portrait

elf on the shelf ideas

Create A Self-Portrait

What could be more concerning than a mischievous elf and a tub of tiny beads? Hopefully he was on his best behaviour! This image we found on Pinterest is definitely a creative way for your elf to express himself!

You Might Also Enjoy 11 Spectacular Seasonal Cupcake Recipes Perfect for Christmas

14. Attack of the LEGO People

Elf on the shelf ideas

Attack of the LEGO People

It looks like the LEGO brigade at Picklehead Soup’s house aren’t happy about a new elf on the block – and they took their revenge!

You Might Also Enjoy 12 Kid Friendly Christmas Recipes that are Super Easy to Make

15. Zip Around

Elf on the shelf ideas

Zip Around

Your elf would love a ride on their very own zip line! Check out this idea on Carey Pace for creating a candy cane zip line straight to the Christmas tree.

You Might Also Enjoy 10 Make Ahead Christmas Recipes to Save You Tons of Time

16. Yogi Elf

Elf on the shelf ideas

Yogi Elf

Did you know elves love yoga? It helps keep them limber and fit for all those nightly flights back to the North Pole. These three elves from @TheHowardsGotElfed are particularly enthusiastic…

You Might Also Enjoy 15 Easy Christmas Recipe Ideas Everyone will Love

17. Elf Stilts

Elf on the shelf ideas

Elf Stilts

Give your elf a new vantage point with this great idea for stilts from Frugal Coupon Living. All you need are two wrapping paper tubes and you’re good to go – it couldn’t be simpler!

You Might Also Enjoy 10 Easy Homemade Food Gifts to Make

18. Reindeer Chocolate Milk

Elf on the shelf ideas

Reindeer Chocolate Milk

If your elf is looking for a nice treat idea, what about leaving out all the essentials for Reindeer Chocolate Milk? Elf on the Shelf HQ has all the info and details on what you need.

You Might Also Enjoy 8 Simply Scrumptious Christmas Baking Recipes You’ll Love to Make

19. Disaster Strikes!

Elf on the shelf ideas

Disaster Strikes!

Well, it was a really nice gesture. But bringing a snowman back from the North Pole is probably not the best idea…

You Might Also Enjoy 10 Easy Christmas Cookies to Make and Enjoy

20. Have a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Have a North Pole Breakfast

Some scout elves like to leave a North Pole Breakfast, and this is a great way to either announce your elf’s arrival, or to mark their departure on Christmas morning. Check out the ideas from Super Busy Mum for a magnificent North Pole feast!

You Might Also Enjoy How to Make Grinch Juice

Do you have any Elf on the Shelf ideas to share with our readers? Leave your comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

Elf on the shelf ideas


Leave a Reply