If you’re new to the Elf on the Shelf tradition, you might be wondering how on earth your elf is supposed to arrive. Well, the truth is, Santa’s little scout can arrive however the heck you like!
On a Netmums.com forum, parents shared their own creative ideas for how they make the elf’s arrival extra special for their kids.
“Last couple of years ours arrives on the morning of [December] the first with a letter, advent calendars and perhaps another treat for something to do that day (gingerbread house etc),” one user wrote. “This year I'm making a North Pole breakfast!!”
“Ours arrive with a goody bag containing passport; sleigh licence, letter from Santa, Santa letter writing set, activity book and a small bag of sweets,” another shared. “And they also decorate the children's bedrooms whilst they are sleeping the night before and bring the advent calendar.”
Here we’ve rounded up more great ideas on how your Elf on the Shelf can arrive in your home. These creative ideas will certainly delight your kids.
With a story.
With his own door.
My daughter asked me to make an Elf on the Shelf door for my granddaughter Isla. I didn't really know what this was, or how it works. I guess the elf comes through the door every night and the little one has to hunt around the house to find it. I'm happy to be a part of this new tradition, and I hope she enjoys the door for many years to come😊❤️ #makingmemories #polymerclay #polymerclayelfdoor #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfdoor #polymerclayart #madewithlove #familytraditions
With a special breakfast.
With a present.
North Pole Special Delivery 🎅⛄🎄❤🍭❄🌟 This elf drives me nuts sometimes but Jagger gets excited to see him every morning so he's back #fml #jayjoEOTS #elf #elfantics #tradition #hesback #eots #elfontheshelf #elfonashelf #elfideas #elfontheshelfideas #welcomeback #happyholidays #merrychristmas #holidays #momlife #specialdelivery
With adoption papers.
With a game.
With some mischief.
With a sweet note.
Or a funny message.
With advent calendars.
And of course, Christmas cheer!
Flip through the slideshow below for even more fun ideas.
Celebrate the elf’s return with a very special breakfast! We love this idea because you can be as extravagant as you like. Plus, the kids will love being spoiled with their favourite breakfast food. Source: I Heart Naptime
There’s no better way to start counting down to Christmas than by decorating! Let your elf spread some holiday cheer by encouraging the kids to help decorate the tree. Source: Little Yellow Barn
This old classic is a hit with kids. Use M&Ms to spell out a special message to them. Source: Pinterest
Alternatively, you can try this message instead. Use M&Ms, Skittles or any other candy your kids like. Source: Vitamin Ha
This is a sweet way to bring back the elf – literally! Use the printable in the link below to leave your kids a fun note from their little friend. Accompany the letter with a sweet treat made of marshmallows, a fruit rollup, and black and orange food marker. Source: DIY Inspired
Let your elf ease into his daily duties by starting him off with a nice marshmallow bubble bath. The kids will be delighted to find their elf here first thing in the morning. Source: Real Dana Gentry
Let your elf spring into holiday action with this cute printable Spider-Man mask. The kids will squeal with delight seeing their elf return with his silly antics. Source: Enza’s Bargains
This is a fun idea! Cover a box in wrapping paper, but make sure your elf’s head is poking out. Give the special delivery to the kids on December 1 and watch them light up with excitement! Source: Pinterest
This is a fun way the elf can surprise your kids on his first day back. Source: Pinterest
“Frozen” fans will get a kick out of this gesture from their elf. Source: Tracey Farr
Let your elf give the kids an advent calendar on his first day back so they can help count down the days until Christmas. Source: Pinterest
Get little ones laughing by giving your elf a silly moustache. Source: Elf on the Shelf
If you have a mischievous elf, he’ll likely get up to no good on his first day back. Just take a look at what this one did with post-it notes! Source: Pinterest
Let your elf show off his excitement for Christmas by giving him a little paper chain to count down the days. Source: Family Life Is Great
If you have a playful elf, this is a cute and fun way to let him swing back into action. Source: Pinterest