He’s baaaaaack! That’s right, Elf on the Shelf has returned to homes all over the world in the lead-up to Christmas. If you started strong creating the elf magic in the first week but are rapidly running out of overnight adventures, we’re here to help. Here are 21 funny Elf on the Shelf ideas to see you through, plus MORE!
Elf on the shelf is fun they said…
Honestly, Elf on the Shelf is fun … until it’s kind of not so much fun for parents. Creating this kind of Christmas magic is unbelievably fun for children, but it can be a Santa sack of pressure for parents to think of 25 different mischievous elf scenes. Not to worry, we’ve got your back. Check out the stocking full of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas and more below!
Everyone’s favourite elf is back for December. via GIPHY
First, you have to name your elf
If you’re struggling to find the perfect name for your Elfie (other than Elfie, of course), let our Naming Elves help you out with these 75 festive Elf on a Shelf names to consider. Behold 75+ Elf on the Shelf names, good luck finding one that fits just right!
21 funny Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas 2022
1. Flossing elf
Floss it this way or floss it that way, this elf is in a floss tangle!
2. The wrap-happy elf
Maybe hold off on this one if your little one gets up frequently to use the loo through the night…
3. Taco Tuesday elf
Meal prep has never looked so good with these funny Elf on the Shelf ideas!
4. Elf Twister
We see loads of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas, but we love this game night idea! Make sure you have other toys to join in!
5. Shaving foam shake-up!
Naughty is still a funny Elf on the Shelf idea! It’s a shaving foam party for this cheeky guy!
6. Obstacle course
Get out your slinky, it’s time for your Elf on the Shelf to tunnel crawl!
7. All eyes are on you
Literally, all eyes are on you! Find yourself a sheet of googly eyes and set to task.
8. Eggcited much?
Are you eggcited for Santa? The jury’s out with this half a dozen!
9. Say it with Scrabble tiles
So naughty! The kids love to giggle at silly potty humour so let it rip one night!
10. These elves are going bananas!
Sing it with me, B-A-N-A-N-A-S….
11. Hide and seek
Which cup will it be? An epic game of hide and seek!
12. Masterchef Elf!
This elf breakfast is … rather questionable, don’t you think?
13. ‘Tis the season to be baking
A new level of funny Elf on the Shelf ideas UNLOCKED: It’s the season to be baking fruit mince tarts, elves included!
14. You’re trapped!
A crepe paper boobie trap, those clever little elves!
15. Photocopying elves
An oldie but a goodie, if you’re not photocopying your bum is it even a Christmas party?
16. Elfie selfie
STOP, LET’S GET A SELFIE! Even Elf on the Shelf loves to get some good selfies…
17. Toot, toot!
Toot, toot, all aboard the shoe-shoe train!
18. Elves and markers don’t mix
Elf on the Shelf LOVES a permanent marker, they’ll draw on everything and anything!
19. Oh my, how tall you’ve grown
The tallest elves this Christmas come to visit. Wrapping paper rolls and a pair of shoes are all you need to lift your Elf on the Shelf to new heights.
20. Magic sprinkles – part 1
Part of a two-night Elf on the Shelf scenario, sprinkle the eggs and what could happen?
21. Magic sprinkles – part 2
Magic sprinkles turn eggs into Kinder Surprise eggs! THEY REALLY ARE MAGIC ELVES!
Wait, here are 24 more ideas!
It’s true, we have even MORE Elf on the Shelf ideas for you from the Mum Central sleigh! Here are 24 Elf on the Shelf Ideas: a Go-To Cheat Sheet to help you nail your mischievous elf antics.
But look out for these fails
Sometimes staging your Elf on the Shelf can go terribly wrong. Be sure to check out these hilarious Elf on the Shelf fails! From elves catching on fire to becoming the family dog’s favourite new chew thing, there’s a precautionary tale (or 10) to take note of!
There you have it, 20 funny elf ideas that are all reasonably easy to do just before you go to bed. Just don’t forget!
Do you have a Christmas elf in your family? We’d love to hear what your kids think and if you find it tricky or not. Leave a comment below and let us know your cute, quirky and funny Elf on the Shelf ideas or sneaky secrets!