December is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: the return of The Elf on the Shelf! These funny Elf on the Shelf ideas for 2021 are surprising, special, and oh-so-silly and are sure to lift the mood each day. But the last thing we need is more stress or one more thing to do, and it takes some elbow grease to bring the little troublemaker to life—especially as the countdown comes to a close.
Enter our Elf on the Shelf ideas, which are as easy for parents to pull off as they are fun for kids to find. From seriously out-there projects to tried-and-true favorites (that happen to double as Christmas gifts for kids, mind you), there’s something on our list for just about everyone. Truthfully though, who says you even have to have kids at all to get started? Many people choose to just use them as Christmas tree decorations and even show off their collection of figurines on their mantels.
But no matter which path you choose, we’re here to help with a rundown of the basic “rules” of Elf-ing. Here’s what to know:
• Your Elf needs a name, for starters. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the best Elf on the Shelf names!
• You might also like to offer him or her some different wardrobe options! (Our roundup of the cutest Elf on the Shelf clothes is a good place to start.)
• During the day, your Elf shouldn’t move. He or she always manages to make mischief at night, when your kids are asleep. How convenient, right?
• The traditional purpose of a scout Elf is to silently watch over your kids as they go about their daily activities so that he or they can report their “naughty” or “nice” behavior to Santa…in case you’re wondering what to tell them about their new housemate.
Of course, you don’t have to adhere to these instructions, but they’re certainly helpful for those of you who are new to the Elf on the Shelf game. Now that you know what the fuss is all about, what are you waiting for? Add a little mischief to this year’s Christmas celebration with the following hilarious Elf on the Shelf ideas. (And check out these funny Elf on the Shelf memes while you’re at it!)