Elf on the Shelf Names and Ideas
Start Your Family Tradition Today with the Elf on the Shelf!
The Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition that the whole family can look forward to every year is the Elf on the Shelf. This clever idea is all about one of Santa’s Elves that the family adopts who has magical powers to watch over your children during the holidays to ensure they have good behavior
Once you find your elf, and you read the story about the Elf on the Shelf to your children, you are now ready to adopt your elf on the shelf doll. The adoption process takes place on the web and you will first need to come up with a very special name for your little elf.
Elf on the Shelf Names
Many people don’t know what to name their Elf on the Shelf. If your children do not come up with a name, have a few names ready for them to choose. Be creative with your Elf on the Shelf names and have some fun! Go through the alphabet and make a list of names (A- Adam, Ambrose, Alexander, Abraham). Add an adjective or positive trait like Good Boy Gerald, Well Mannered Max, or Helpful Harry. Of course you can use one of these cute and clever suggestions:
- Little Elf
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
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The other issue that some people have difficulty with is where to hide their Elf on the Shelf? Well, the possibilities are endless.
If you have little ones under the age of four years old, than you will want to hide the elf in “plain sight”. Some suggestions are on the end table next to the couch, on top the kitchen counter, on a chair sitting at the dining room table or the kitchen table. You can also place your newly named Elf on the Shelf on the window sill in the kitchen, the front room dining room, or wherever you have a window.
If you have a dog or cat, placing the elf in one of their empty food or water bowls will surely get some giggles from your little ones. And obviously you’ll want to place your elf on any shelf in the house. Starting out with the mantle place would be a great idea.
You can even maybe put the elf in your child’s room, but they may get a little concerned to know that this little elf was sneaking around in their room while they were sleeping. That may be okay for the tooth fairy but maybe not an elf.
If your children are a little older here are some suggestions: you can hide your elf in the toy box wherever you keep it. You can hide the elf in the hall closet, the food pantry next to the cereal your children reach for every morning, or in the dish cupboard within easy reach of little ones.
You can put your elf in a desk drawer or underneath the couch cushions, which will guarantee a few laughs from your older ones.
My dear friend, Amy Faulkenberry, and my sister, Nancy Hellams, agreed to let me show you their Elf on the Shelf photos. One never knows where an elf will land or what he/she will be up to! Thank you, ladies, for sharing your delightful photos with us!
Whatever you name your elf and wherever you hide your Elf on the Shelf this will surely be a memorable tradition and fun experience for not only your children but you as well.
When To Introduce the Elf
The best time to introduce the elf is Thanksgiving weekend. Read the story to your children and introduce the elf. Let them name the elf if they will. Every single day from Thanksgiving till Christmas, the elf will watch the activities in your home during the day, report to Santa at the North Pole each night and return in the morning. Part of the fun is finding the elf each morning. He’s magic, remember.
Have fun with the elf tradition. The elf loves little children and likes to take happy reports to Santa!
The Elf on the Shelf Games and Puzzle
Keep your family entertained with an Elf on the Shelf game or puzzle! These allow for interaction and thinking, which helps develop little minds. These make fabulous gifts for birthdays and Christmas, and they are a great way to incorporate a yearly tradition of these longtime favorite Christmas characters!
The Elf on the Shelf Plush Dolls
Kids love having an Elf on the Shelf doll that’s big enough to cuddle with and sleep with. These plush dolls are 19″ long and can be posed with their hands over their knees in a sitting position, or your child can play with them stretched out. You can use these or the smaller elves to incorporate the game of finding the elf, too. There are light and dark skin versions available. Why not get one of each!
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Elf on the Shelf Nightlight
This nightlight features a girl and boy elf roasting marshmallows and enjoying cocoa. This light can be used all winter as a fun reminder of a treasured Christmas tradition. It also adds pretty decor to your home for the holidays. It’s perfect for kids’ bedrooms, bathrooms and any room in your home.
Set of 4 Elf on the Shelf Figurines
These adorable figurines will be treasured in your household. Kids can hold them while you’re reading the book to them, or you can hide them around the house for hide and seek fun for the entire family. This set of four figurines also looks nice on a fireplace mantle or a table for festive holiday decor.
Unique Elf on the Shelf Gift Ideas
There are so many ways to incorporate The Elf on the Shelf into your family Christmas traditions. You can bake cookies using the apron/baking set sold above, work puzzles, play games, read the book, hide the elves and so on.
Make the holidays fun and memorable for your family by starting or continuing Elf on the Shelf traditions!