Our Elf on the Shelf Arrived Bearing Gifts! + 4 Creative Ways to introduce your Elf on the Shelf

Fun Ways To Introduce Your Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf seems to be all the craze this year.  This is the 4th year the funny little elf has descended on our home to spy on my children’s every move. This year I wanted to get creative about how we introduced our Elf on the Shelf.

This year our Elf arrived in style.  Actually, he arrived on our doorstep complete with his suitcase and treats from Santa.  He even had a letter for the boys!

The boys were completely surprised, and thought their elf showing up on their doorstep with luggage in tow was pretty fun.

Fun ways for Elf to Arrive in Style

And they loved the letter their elf wrote them!  Here is a copy–excuse any grammatical errors. I was trying to write it really fast before my boys noticed what I was doing. (I’ve made this Elf on the Shelf letter printable in case you’d like to print it out to use as a template when writing your own letter to introduce your Elf on the Shelf. Just click on the letter and it will take you to a page where you can print.)

Elf on the Shelf

Here is a more generic letter…

Printable Elf on the shelf letter

I’ve also asked some friends for ideas about how the elves made their debuts in their homes.  Here are a few ideas from them on how to introduce your Elf on the Shelf:

Similar to us, Sippy Cup Mom‘s Elf on the Shelf showed up at their front door.

Elf-on-Shelf- Sippy cup mom

Mom Endeavors‘ elf listened to Santa and popped up on top of the draperies high out of the reach of curious hands.  He too brought a letter for his new family. P.S. At Mom Endeavors you can find lots more ideas for your Elf on the Shelf!


My Crazy Good Life has included 5 ideas about how to introduce your Elf on the Shelf. One year they found their elf, Louie, repelling from the car roof!



If you haven’t yet purchased an Elf on the Shelf for your family, you can find them on Amazon.com. (They can occasionally be difficult to find in stores because they tend to sell out.)

For more Elf on the Shelf fun, make sure to check out these posts:Elf on the Shelf 101, Ideas for introducing and picking a name for your Elf on the Shelf, plus free Elf on the Shelf Printables, and Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas


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  1. sooo cute!!
  2. Fun! Bernard flew in and landed on the dining room table with a Lego Advent calendar!!
  3. I swear next year I NEEEED to mimic this at our house with a MENSCH on the BENCH
    • Haha! I love it! That would be awesome! I've heard of Mensch on the Bench once before, but I only just now googled it. (I have to admit that I like Mensch on the Bench waaaay better than Elf on the Shelf because it actually teaches you something about your history and heritage. Elves? Not so much.)
  4. Cassandra Eastman says:
    Adorable!!! I'm a little late, but hoping to find an Elf on the Shelf this year. It will be our first and I wasn't sure how to introduce him to my 2 and 4 year old but this is perfect!
  5. So cute! Our elf showed up on Sunday with a North Pole breakfast. So fun to see the kids excited!
  6. Melinda C says:
    I love this idea! Might have to use it for our little elf this year. Thanks for all your hardwork!