Elfing Around -Cute, Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

This post may contain affiliate links. This means, if you make a purchase through one of my links, I may receive a very small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

My kids are having such a fun time with our Elf on the Shelf “Happy”.  The first thing they do every morning when they wake up is run to find where Happy is “hiding”.  “Happy always finds the best places” they told me the other day.

I love seeing their excitement about our Elf on the Shelf and his magical ability to move and do things when they aren’t looking!

But, if you’ve ever searched “Elf on the Shelf Ideas” on Pinterest you’ll find some fairly elaborate tableaux.  I’m not sure about you, but my experience with the Elf on the Shelf is usually at 11 pm, my eyes glazed over, my head swimming with exhaustion, my body’s sole goal to crawl into the blissful oblivion of restful slumber….oh CRAP!  I forgot to move the Elf on the Shelf!

So, in honor of those who, like me, want enraptured children with minimal effort on your part, here are a few of my Cute, Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas.

Reading his favorite book – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Elf on the shelf reading


Santa’s not the only one who loves cookies…

Elf on the Shelf eating a cookie


On Cherries Jubilee, On Glory, On Baby Glory!  Hey, an Elf can dream can’t he…

Elf on the shelf driving sleigh


Showing the kids how to practice good dental hygiene…

Elf on the shelf good hygiene


Just hangin’ around…

Elf on the shelf hanging around


A little nighttime snack…

Hungry Elf on the Shelf


He couldn’t find the cups…

thirsty Elf on the Shelf

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:

Fun Ways To Introduce Your Elf on the Shelf


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



About Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. all of my fb friends are doing this so cute