Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas for the Busy Parent

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with the Elf On the Shelf fad.  It’s hard, yo. After a long day, when the kids are finally asleep, the last thing that I want to do is come up with a zany new place to put the elf. Creative elf on the shelf ideas just ain’t my thang.

However, my kids love looking for him everyday.  As a result, for almost everyday in December, I gotta man up and do it, for B and J’s sake.

If you’re like me, you’re busy with other stuff , and don’t have much time to spend on thinking of cool spots for your elf. However, don’t fret, my pet.  I got your back on this.

Here are some quick and easy ideas for ya!


Haha! Look at that lil’ bugger, all passed out after gettin’ his drank on!


It’s inappropriate for children to find him in an inebriated condition? #NSFW?

And you’ve seen this done to elves a million times already on Facebook and Pinterest?

Aight, aight. Scratch this one then….




Just leave him in the middle of the FLOOR,  with no alcohol! Your kids won’t expect that!


Scratch this one, too.

B told me that one of his classmates cut the arms off of his elf. He told me in this weird way, though, that was equal parts shock/curiosity. I don’t know how effective the threat of making the elf lose his magic is, to a mischievous four year old boy. Maybe leaving an elf so easily within arm’s reach is a bad move.


Ahhh, much better. A bird’s eye view, out of harm’s way.

Continuing on, as an option…….you could also put your elf…….um…….

Uh oh.

I’m out of ideas.


Hey, this was fun, everybody, but this is the end of the post.  I hope that I’ve been of some help. Happy elfing!

Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas


I got nothing.  This is too much pressure. Why can’t I throw him out now? I’ll just tell B and J that he’s in a super secret hiding place. They’re young. They’ll understand.


It’s a waste of an elf?






I’ll just take him to a corner, with his sign, and leave him there. Maybe I’ll make him a little stick with a bag tied on the end of it.  Get him a mini shopping cart to push around. Wipe some dirt on his face, to make him really sorry looking, so someone will take pity and scoop him up ASAP.

Still no?

C’mon, man!



Peace out!

We’re going for a nice, long drive to the forest. Don’t worry, there’s nothing shady going on. See? The elf is even buckled in.

Sort of.  Safety first!

What do you mean, you don’t believe me? Yes, if I leave with the elf, we’re both coming back home!


OK, OK. I’ll remove him from my car. He’s not coming in my house again, though!


What’s up now?

No, I don’t think that he looks cold. The way that that he’s sitting there, smiling, I think that he looks like a Peeping Tom.  How’d he get up on the window, anyway? I left him on the ground.  Ah, the magic of Christmas.  And yes, it is snowing, so he’s probably a bit wet.

Oh, fine. I’ll bring him inside, and dry him off. Bah humbug!

Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas

My first choice was the microwave, but apparently, I shouldn’t use that. So, let’s go with this, instead.

Well, how else am I supposed to dry him?

He’s not real! The dryer won’t kill him!

Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas


Now, the blender on the other hand, that will kill him.


Don’t worry, no elves were harmed in the making of this post.

It still kind of sucks, though. Elfing ain’t easy. And by the way, I’m not that creative. Guess I should have led off with that.  Better creep some other sites, if you’re looking for some fun and wacky sources of inspiration.

Worst case, if you’re stuck, there’s always the middle of the FLOOR!



You’re welcome.

4 observations on “Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas for the Busy Parent
  1. Ashley Beolens

    I just don’t get Elf on a Shelf, well I do the original idea of an elf coming to watch over the kids for Santa (although it seems a little boring), but what is with all the naughty things they do now, how does that teach kids to behave?

    Personally we just hide sweets around the house if the kids don’t find them we eat them, a much better game, and damn are we good at hiding things, so good that we have hidden the fact we even play the game from the kids!

    1. mike

      Post aside, I totally agree on the naughty elf trend. It’s the type of thing that my kids would call me out on, if I tried it, and I wouldn’t be able to explain (ie. “but daddy, why can the elf pull out the whole roll of toilet paper, and we can’t?”)
      Your sweets game sounds fun. Pretty sure my wife already plays it with our goodies, though, but hasn’t told me yet, haha.

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