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20 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas When You Forget to Move the Elf

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Looking for new ideas for your Elf on the Shelf? Here are 20 Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for when you forget to move your elf on the shelf and are in a panic.

Picture it.

You’re finally sitting down after another long day. The kids have already asked for 20 glasses of water, gone to the bathroom 10 times, talked about the grand adventure they are going on tomorrow, and all about how their friend’s mom is actually a momster. 

Covering up with a soft blanket, you pick up the remote in one hand and your drink in the other.

Peace.

Getting sleepy, you start to doze off in your favorite chair.

Looking up, your eyes meet. Your eyes get wider as it dawns on you that you have to get up and move that stinking elf.

But where do you put the Elf on the Shelf? You’ve already done almost everything. 

Here are 20 fun ideas of places to put and things to do with your Elf on the Shelf that you haven’t thought of before.

What is Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition for the holiday season. From the official Elf on the Shelf website,

The Elf on the Shelf® is a Christmas tradition centered around Scout Elves who fly to the North Pole each night. Scout Elves arrive at homes in a keepsake box set that features a storybook. The book explains that elves love to report to Santa to tell him about each day’s activities! The best part? Kids love to maintain their best behavior when their Scout Elf is around. This way they are sure to be on Santa’s nice list!

What Happens if You Touch Your Elf on the Shelf?

Oh no! Christmas magic should be handled very carefully.

If your Elf on the Shelf is touched, he or she cannot fly back to the North Pole!

But, if your elf is “accidentally” touched, or falls out of the tree, or the dog mistakes it for a chew toy, you can revive the magic.

Here’s what you should do according to the offical Elf on the Shelf website:

1. Write a note to your elf or Santa apologizing for touching your elf. This is the most effective way to help revive your scout elf.

2. Sprinkle a little cinnamon next to your elf! Cinnamon is like vitamins for your elf. It will help them get back to the North Pole where the elf doctors can check them out!

3. Elves love Christmas carols! Try singing one with your family.

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Elf On The Shelf OREO Cookie Balls – Flour On My Face

What to Do if Your Kids Touches the Elf on the Shelf – A Worthey Read

Elf On The Shelf Rocket Ship { FREE Printable } – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Super simple Elf on the Shelf Backdrops – This Mama Loves

Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter – Midget Momma

DIY Elf on the Shelf Luggage – DIY Inspired

The Last Piece of Sweet Potato Pie – A Worthey Read

Stranger Things Elf on the Shelf Tutorial Idea – The Homespun Hydrangea

Elf on the Shelf DIY Cooking Apron – DIY Inspired

The Elf On The Shelf DIY Scarf – A Worthey Read

Elf Kisses Free Printable – I Heart Nap Time

Rules Printable to Help Kids Remember the Elf Rules – Midget Momma

Elf Sized Christmas Cookies – This Mama Loves

No-Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – DIY Inspired

Elf on the Shelf At The Beach – A Worthey Read

Free Printable Elf on the Shelf Activity Cards – Second Chance to Dream

40 Elf on the Shelf Name Ideas

Naming your Elf on the Shelf is part of the fun! Stuck on figuring out a name? Here are some ideas on where to begin.

  • Buddy (from Elf)
  • Dobby (from Harry Potter)
  • Winky (from Harry Potter)
  • Kreacher (from Harry Potter)
  • Bernard (from Santa Clause)
  • Hermey (from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
  • Snowflake
  • Noel
  • Hope
  • Clara
  • Bell
  • Ivy
  • Wonder
  • Claus
  • Snowy
  • Poinsettia
  • Balsam
  • Grace
  • Frosty
  • Hope
  • Eve
  • Jolly
  • Carol
  • Joy
  • Star
  • Fa-la-la
  • Holly
  • Balthazar
  • Sleigh
  • Tinsel
  • Sugarplum
  • Mistletoe
  • Twinkle-Toes
  • Snowy-Flake
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Merry
  • Spirit
  • Snowball
  • Sparkle
  • Gingerbread

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