So we’re almost half way into Christmas month now and I bet some of you are rattling your brains on what that naughty elf can do to entertain the kids tomorrow morning! Some of you either love it or dread it, I personally can’t wait til my boys are old enough to get involved with the naughty elf! After searching the web to find some favourites, I have put together 30 Elf on the shelf ideas for this year.

Have you ever got really comfy in bed, started dozing off, unwinding for the night and thought – ELF! well if this is you then you NEED to read this blog, here are some ideas, so you don’t have to come up with something amazing on the spot. I hope you enjoy and please share with your friends!

But for those of you wondering ‘what is this elf on the shelf malarky’ let me explain, there’s an Elf and a book, the book is A Christmas Tradition 2005 rhyming book that explains how Santa’s ‘scout elves’ hide in people’s homes to watch over what the children do and then when everyone is in bed, the elf flies back to the north pole, and reports to Santa the events that has happened in the day and whether the child has been good or bad! Its a great way to make your child behave as much as possible on the lead up to Christmas, we all know Children are good when presents are involved!

The Elf takes a twist and gets up to different things in each household, he/she may hide, some elves create mischief and mayhem, others are better behaved. Maybe he’s found swinging from a lampshade in mummy’s bra or dyed the toilet water blue! When the family wakes each morning your elf would have found a new spot in the house, resting (or not!) after his journey back from the North Pole. However, if you choose to join in on this tradition, it will definitely create some festive excitement in your home this year.

Don’t have the time to do Elf On The Shelf every morning? not a problem! why not tell the kids he only comes at weekends and during the week he’s at the North Pole attending Elf school! Or even, begin his arrival a week before Christmas, when the schools have broken up. Whatever suits your family best, so it’s not too late to start now!

Let’s quickly talk about names.. I mean you could be stuck with a name like ‘chocolate’ or ‘happy meal’ for years if your kids are anything like mine! (they are healthy i promise!) naming your elf is a pretty big deal, right? So heres a little list for you if you need a nudge!

  • Buddy
  • Elfie
  • Sparkles
  • Twinkle
  • Snowflake
  • Tinsel
  • Elvis
  • Twinkletoes
  • Candy
  • Jingle
  • Alfie
  • Noel
  • Coco
  • Rudy
  • Glitter
  • Holly
  • Sugarplum
  • Shimmer
  • Stardust
  • Tippi


Got any good ideas? please share them with us! and I hope my 30 Elf on the shelf ideas are useful.


For everything Elf on the shelf, click here.


A very Merry Christmas from Studio Bambino x


If you’re struggling knowing what gifts to get for toddlers, please take a look at my last blog on Top 10 Christmas gifts for Toddlers 2019.