25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

A couple of years ago, you caved in and got The Elf. The kids loved it, you kinda loved it, that cheeky, funny, lovable elf brought the Christmas joy in sleigh-loads. You called him Noel (geddit?), and he was the most fun you’ve ever had in December while sober for a good couple of weeks. And then, goddamn it, you ran out of easy elf on the shelf ideas.

No, wait, you actually ran out of elf care-factor. You didn’t care where the elf ended up, you just knew you needed to move that damn thing. Every. f$#*&ing. night. Your last thought before drifting off at night was, “Did I move Noel? Did I?” and the answer was, invariably, no you did not.

When you’ve run out of easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

You dragged yourself through the rest of December, limping towards the 25th when Noel could pack his bags, stop the creepy spying and piss off back to the North Pole. You thought, “That’s it, I’ve done the elf, we can all get on with our lives.”

But, year after year, the kids beg, “Is Noel coming back this year, Mum? Is he?” Their faces are shining with more Christmas light than your neighbour’s roof (and your neighbour’s roof has been causing chaotic traffic jams in the street for years, merry bloody Christmas, Keith).

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You’re torn between never wanting to see Noel’s vacuous beaming face again, and the less-vacuous, but equally annoying at this moment in time, beaming faces of your children.

“Of course Noel’s coming back,” you hear yourself say heartily. And before you can slap a hand over your mouth, you hear yourself add, “And this year he’ll be cheekier and more mischievous than ever.”

Oh dear god, what have you done?

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who really can’t be bothered

I’m gonna make this as easy as possible for you.  Just do the elf thing on the day it’s allocated, right after you brush your teeth so you remember.

Then just hope you don’t have a husband as hilarious as mine, who gets up in the middle of the night and moves the elf, so that in the morning you have a fleeting moment where you think, “Holy f&%k, did Noel move himself?”


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Elf on the shelf ideas

1. He’s baaaaack: graffiti-ing the family pics from Simple as That

Elf on the shelf ideas

2. Elf yoga class from Picklehead Soup

Elf on the shelf ideas

3. Snow angels elf from Mandy with Multiples

Elf on the shelf ideas

4. Napping elf from Home Stories A to Z

Elf on the shelf ideas

5. Sharpie elf from A Worthy Read

Elf on the shelf ideas

76 Caught with the chocolate elf from I Heart Naptime

Elf on the shelf ideas

7. Zipline elf from Peanut Blossom

Elf on the shelf ideas

8. Raiding the cereal stash elf from Netmums

Elf on the shelf ideas

9. Typing a letter to Santa

Elf on the shelf ideas

10. Sack race elf from Pickled Soup

Elf on the shelf ideas

11. Card playing elf from Ashley Hackshaw

Elf on the shelf ideas

12. Elf leaving his mark from Ashley Hackshaw

Elf on the shelf ideas

13. Elf in the freezer from Ashley Hackshaw

Elf on the shelf ideas

14. Reading elf from She Knows

Elf on the shelf ideas

15. Guitar playing (or piano, or drums, or whatever you’ve got) elf from She Knows

Elf on the shelf ideas

16. ‘Be good’ note elf from She Knows

Elf on the Shelf ideas

17. Googly eye elf from I Think We Could Be Friends

Elf on the shelf ideas

18. Framing the window elf from A Mommy’s Adventure

Elf on the shelf ideas

19. Loo wrapping elf from Over the Big Moon

Elf on the shelf ideas

20. Elf in a jar from Happy Busy Kids Mom

Elf on the shelf ideas

21. Sleepy elf under the Christmas tree from Happy Busy Kids Mom

Elf on the shelf ideas

22. Weight lifting elf from Dirty Diaper Laundry

Elf on the Shelf ideas

23. Chore setting elf from Clumsy Crafter

Elf on the shelf ideas

24. Joy to the World on Christmas Eve elf from Happy Busy Kids Mom

Elf on the shelf ideas

25. Slow the kids down on Christmas morning elf from Living Locurto

And it’s over and out from the elf for another year… with a bit of luck, the very last year ever.

Do you (still) elf? Can you share some easyst Elf on the Shelf ideas?

Feature image by erin walker 

25 Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who really can't be bothered

Maxabella

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Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here.

Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than seven years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

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