Every year Elf On The Shelf is a thing is a year parents lose. How on Earth are we supposed to be so creative for a solid month of the year? It’s not fair.

Although, seeing you child’s face every morning when they hunt for the Elf and truly believe in that magic almost makes it worth it.

Here are some creative ideas for your Elf On The Shelf this year so you can make sure you win Christmas (and, y’know, so that your kids are happy.)

1. Elf Kisses

Someone has been getting into the candy, I see!

2. Watcher Elf

3. Snowman Elf

It’s easy, it’s clean, and it’s super cute!

4. Barbie Date

How cute is this syrup date between Barbie and Elf? It doesn’t have to be syrup, whatever you have in the fridge will work!

5. Baking Elf

Include your children’s favorite recipe and you can even make them the next day!

You can buy an Elf On The Shelf here if you don’t have one!*

6. Elf Twister

If you’ve got a creative side, you can even pick other board games!

7. Hot Air Balloon Elf

This one is a little more elaborate, but definitely worth the excitement in the morning!

8. Pea’d Elf

If you have some older kids in your brood, this is a fun way to include them in the whole process.

9. Sleepy Elf

After all that Elf’ing, now it’s time for a little snooze!

10. Pizza Elf

If you’ve got leftover pizza (or even just the box), this is the perfect way to recycle.

11. Frozen Elf

It’s the battle of the popular characters! In this one Elsa wins, but it’s possible that Elf wins tomorrow!

12. Wrapping Elf

This is so cute!! Kind of like a formal suit of sorts.

13. Cereal Elf

Breakfast has never been so festive!

14. Map Elf

Whether it’s a map to your house or to the North Pole, it’s perfect!

15. “Elf” Elf

A classic scene from a classic movie!

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