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Funny and Creative Ideas for Hiding Your Elf on the Shelf

How to Hide Your Elf on the Shelf

So chances are—if you have young children—you have already purchased, or at least heard of, the wonderful and magical Elf on the Shelf. We bought ours two years ago, and it has quickly become our family's favorite Christmas tradition. My kids love the funny ideas and creative ways our elf makes his appearance each morning.

The first year of hiding our elf was easy. He quickly made his appearance on all of the usual places—on top of the entertainment center, hanging from the ceiling fan, over the boys' bed, chilling on the curtain rod, on top of the Christmas tree—but after awhile, you have to be extremely creative to think of new adventures for it. Typically, the elf arrives sometime around Thanksgiving, so parents have to hide the thing at least 25 - 30 times during the holiday season.

If you are running out of fresh ideas and need some funny and creative ways to hide your elf, check out some of the ideas I have gathered for you. Some of these ideas we have already used and some of them I am planning to use this year—so sit back, relax, and prepare for a good laugh!

The Hungry Elf

Mmm...cookies and elf milk!
Mmm...cookies and elf milk! | Source

Yes, this elf gets hungry and needs a snack every once in a while. You will love it when your kids giggle with delight when they find their elf sitting back all relaxed with a big mess of cookie crumbs everywhere.

Here we find our elf sitting on a chair made of colorful building blocks, eating some chocolate chip cookies, and having a glass of milk. Make the milk even more special by adding a few drops of green food coloring and giving it a good stir. Add a green straw to top off the perfect elf beverage!

The Clean Elf

Rub a dub dub...an elf in the tub!
Rub a dub dub...an elf in the tub! | Source

It is always a good idea to promote good hygiene to your kids. So when your little ones find the Elf on the Shelf taking a bubble bath, maybe they will get the hint and jump in the bath too.

In this picture, I filled up the bathroom sink with dish detergent to make lots of bubbles. Then I found a fruit bowl dish from our play kitchen set and put our Elf on the Shelf in his pretend bathtub. Just for fun - I added a toothbrush to act as the elf's back scrubber. I can't wait to use this one!

Enjoy a movie and popcorn with your elf!
Enjoy a movie and popcorn with your elf! | Source

The Movie Lover Elf

Every kid loves a good movie with some popcorn - well so does the Elf on the Shelf. Pop a bag of popcorn and hide the elf inside the popcorn container. Set the container with the elf beside the television along with their favorite movie.

As you can see we love to watch Toy Story, but feel free to substitute your kid's favorite movie or even a Christmas movie for the whole family to enjoy!

Hitting the road with Handy Manny!
Hitting the road with Handy Manny! | Source

The Biker Elf

Working 24 hours a day, sometimes an Elf on the Shelf needs to just get away from it all and take a ride on a motorcycle. You know that your kids can be stressful at times so let your elf feel the wind in his hair by hitching a ride with Handy Manny.

This idea also works well with cars, trucks, planes, trains, and any other form of transportation you have at home. I heard he really likes to ride with Barbie in her convertible but unfortunately no little girls live at our house!

Getting down with the dinosaurs!
Getting down with the dinosaurs! | Source

The Prehistoric Elf

This idea was inspired from my youngest's son love of animals - especially dinosaurs. If you have a large plant, hide the elf somewhere in the plant. Place dinosaurs crawling along in the dirt below.

This idea will also work well with any other kind of animals. I may have to do this one again only with a safari theme and his favorite jungle animals in place of the dinosaurs!

Elf fun in the freezer!
Elf fun in the freezer! | Source

The Home Sick Elf

Here is the scenario for this picture - the Elf on the Shelf feels a little home sick. He misses the cold weather and everything about the North Pole. His solution is to grab a sled and hop into the freezer and have some fun sledding down the ice cubes.

If you don't have a sled, set him up with some winter accessories such as mittens, scarf, or earmuffs to keep him warm. This idea will surely get a smile out of your little ones!

Yay! We made the good list!
Yay! We made the good list! | Source

The Working Elf

This idea is a sweet way to let your children know that all of their good behavior is really paying off. Set your elf beside your computer to make it appear as if he is typing a letter or sending an email to Santa Claus.

I typed up a good report email from the elf to Santa Claus and left it up on the computer screen. Once your kids have discovered the elf, read the email aloud to your kids and watch their eyes light up!

Which Elf on the Shelf is your favorite?

  • The Hungry Elf
  • The Clean Elf
  • The Movie Lover Elf
  • The Biker Elf
  • The Prehistoric Elf
  • The Home Sick Elf
  • The Working Elf
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Let Your Imagination Go Wild

I hope these ideas will keep you inspired and were helpful in finding a few more funny and creative ways to hide your new Christmas tradition. Let me know in the comment section if you liked them or if you have other unique ways you hid yours!

If you are looking for even more ideas on how and where to hide your decoration, be sure to check out Part II of this hub - Funny and Mischievous Ideas for Hiding Your Elf on the Shelf. These ideas are a little more naughty than nice but still are good, clean fun for your little ones!


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Kenda 5 years ago

Love this. Wish I had heard of this when my girls were younger.


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alissaroberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

It is so much fun! Just makes Christmas a little more magical for the little ones. Thanks for reading Kenda and leaving your comment!


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Sarah Darling 5 years ago from Powder Springs

I have been hearing a lot about this elf on a shelf, maybe I will check it out! sounds like a lot of fun


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alissaroberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

You should check it out. My little boys love it. Thanks for taking the time to read and posting your comment!


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Sarah Darling 5 years ago from Powder Springs

Of course, I ordered mine last night! Excited to start a new Christmas tradition!


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alissaroberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Awesome! I am about to publish the other one with more ways to hide your elf. Hope your family enjoys the new Christmas tradition!


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Allana Calhoun 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Never heard of this actually...sounds like a fun idea though! Too bad my kids are a little old for this now.


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alissaroberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

We love it. I heard about the Elf on the Shelf from my sister in law a couple of years ago. My oldest son was fixing to turn 4 when we finally got our Elf. I highly recommend it to anyone who has younger children. Thanks for reading Allana and leaving your comment!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

What adorable ideas! I'll have to find my old Elf on the Shelf... I know it's in my parents' basement SOMEWHERE!!


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msviolets 4 years ago

We love our elf. This is the first year he actually moved once without my husband or I helping...it was a huge mystery that made both of us teary eyed. :P

One of our favorite surprises was when the elf appeared in our car! Guess he wanted to check up on those "She's on my side!" discussions.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much Simone! You should find it and bring back the magic of Christmas. Funny sidenote - If you try the Clean Elf idea, make sure your three yr old doesn't go to the bathroom to wash his hands. He came out screaming "The Elf is drowning! The Elf is drowning!" It was hilarious!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Msviolets you have one magical elf on your hands! One time ours jumped off the candles we have hanging on the living room wall but I'm pretty sure it's because my boys were jumping around like monkeys and shaking the whole house :) Thanks so much for reading and sharing your elf stories!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations on your HubNuggets nomination. Cute and useful hub! Voted up.


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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Congrats on the nomination! Lovely and quite entertaining hub. So much so I voted for it. Good luck!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much Millionaire Tips! I am super excited about the nomination! Appreciate the vote up!

Thank u wordscribe43! So happy to hear you enjoyed it - I appreciate your vote!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

The Elf on the Shelf sounds wonderful! This is new to me. But I am so glad you placed the photos as I enjoyed the elves in different places. :D Cool!

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To all those who would like to vote, this way please: http://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/How-To-... Best of luck!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much ripplemaker! I had a lot of fun setting up all the elf pictures while trying to hide what i was doing from my 3 yr old :) Appreciate you reading and thanks for leaving that link so people can vote on all the Hubnuggets nominations!


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Oh my god, I've never heard of an elf on a shelf before, but it's really cool! I'll have to introduce this to my sister. She's a nanny for some small boys and this would be perfect for them.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

My kids are always so excited to figure out where our elf landed. These are some great ideas, thanks for sharing and welcome to Hubpages!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

melbel - You definitely should tell your sister. My boys are just crazy about this elf. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

cardelean - Watching them run around all excited to find the elf is seriously the best part of my day. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another brilliant hub and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thank you so much for the sweet comment Eddy! Appreciate you stopping by and for the follow!


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frugalfamily 4 years ago from Houston, TX

VERY creative places to put the elf. We loved using the elf on the shelf in our classrooms too. Congrats on the nomination!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

I never even thought about teachers using the elf in the classroom - what a good idea! And thank you I am super excited about the nomination :) Appreciate you stopping by and reading!


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

We don't have an Elf on the Shelf, but these are fun ideas! Will definitely keep these in mind if we ever get one :)


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much savingkathy! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The home sick elf cracked me up! All of these ideas are so much fun! Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much randomcreative! The nomination was quite a surprise! Appreciate you stopping by and for the follow!


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

I told my sister and she said she found out from a child (a five year old) in one of her classes. He talked about the elf on a shelf and my sister asked him how it works and he said, "You don't know what elf on the shelf is?!? I've known about it all my life!!!"

Lol, kids are cute like that.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

That is hilarious melbel! Actually my son kept talking about our elf to his Kindergarten teacher too. She had never heard about it either so she finally asked my husband (who is also a teacher at his school) what in the world he was talking about! I loved frugalfamily's idea of using the elf in the classroom - great way to promote good behavior from all the students! Thanks for sharing your story!


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lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

WOW!! Your elf certainly has a lot more adventures than ours. I really loved the freezer idea. That's a great one that I'm going to have to use for sure!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Our elf has definitely seen more action this year than last. I was running out of places to put him so I had to get a little more creative this year. Thanks so much for stopping by lisa42!


bellevuemom 4 years ago

Our Grandson was so excited when Santa called to tell him he sent a special helper, he ran to the mailbox and found his elf ....this is going to be so much fun with a 4 year old


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mommymaya 4 years ago from Arkansas

I love this Hub! My children's Grandparents just delivered their first Elf yesterday and I was looking at creative ways to have fun with him. Thank your great ideas!!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Hi bellevuemom! Your grandson is going to love seeing all the adventures that Elf is going to take :) Appreciate you stopping by!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN Author

Thanks so much mommymaya! We have already had a lot of fun with our Elf this year. I hope to upload some more pics soon of his new adventures!Appreciate you stopping by!

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