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Looking for a Elf on the Shelf doll only? Maybe you want to get started on this Christmas tradition or need a replacement doll? Trust me, replacement Elf dolls have been necessary for me as I have hid them well enough I could not find them the next season!
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The Original Elf on the Shelf
Did you know? Elf on the Shelf was written in 2004 by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell over a cup of tea. Bell suggested they write a book about an old tradition of an elf sent from Santa who came to watch over children at Christmas time and share with Santa who has been naughty and nice. Over time, elf ideas have evolved to funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas, Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas and even Naughty Elf on the Shelf Ideas, but the elf was not created for antics. He was created for the Christmas tradition of an elf visiting his/her assigned family… of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.
Buy Elf on the Shelf
When you buy Elf on the shelf, there are some important features to look for. The Original Elf on the Shelf dolls come with a red Elf, a box, and a book. As the Elf doll has evolved, you can even get Elf dolls with variations of skin color, see where to buy a Black Elf on the Shelf doll. You also can get an Elf on the Shelf Girl Doll. Follow some of best deals and the best times to buy an Elf doll, with our Elf on the Shelf Black Friday Deals.
There sellers that have Imposter Elf on the Shelf Ideas everywhere, but the real Scout Elf will have a book and a box. That doesn’t mean, you can’t do something different! Why be the same when you can be unique!
Girl and Boy Elf on the Shelf Doll Only
If a plushee is a better idea for your child, pick up a plushee boy girl Elf on the Shelf Set. This 12″ tall plushee elves look just like your little blue eyed scout elf hanging around your home every December. From the bright red uniform, to the brown hair, and the adorable little face, this is just like the familiar elf that visits during Christmas. This set is sold from the manufacturer. With this set of two elves, you can have double the trouble with Elf on the Shelf ideas with Multiple Elves.
Additionally, there are other types of Elf on the Shelf for sale. Check out this World’s Smallest Elf on the Shelf doll. This is the lowest we have seen an Elf doll. A miniature replica of the original full-sized Elf on the shelf, World’s Smallest is less than 4 inches from the tip of his hat to the bottom of his feet and is fully articulated. Kiddos will have fun with some of your miniature Elf ideas.
Original Scout Elf
Again, the real thing is only sold by the Elf company. There are other misleading brands.
You can find Elf on the Shelf Doll only, but know this is not the true Scout Elf! In many cases you cannot even tell a difference. You can get this Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition (light boy scout elf) for just $9.99 (no longer available as it was a copyright seller.)
Looking for Elf on the shelf different colors for sale? The original Christmas Elf only comes in red but there are similar Elves on Amazon, like this Red and White Stripe Elf and this soft Plushee Elf – isn’t he a cute Santa’s helper?!
If you want some Naughty Elf Dolls, look these Mischievous Christmas Boy & Girl Elf set in black. Boy they look like troublemakers! – The black elf dolls are from Elves Behaving Badly!
Also check Etsy and Ebay.
There are Christian Alternatives for Elf on the Shelf.
Did you know DaySpring has something similar? Their Christmas Tradition is The Shepherd On the Search. This set comes with a shepherd doll and book.
In our frequently asked Elf on the Shelf questions we answer where you can find a free Elf on the Shelf.
How do you get a free Elf on the Shelf?
Is the Elf on the Shelf free – sorta. Depends who you ask. As you know, the Elf on the Shelf comes from Santa. It is a gift from the North Pole and Elf is used keep an eye on behavior in your home before Christmas Day.
If a member of the Elf on the Shelf moving committee is looking for a free Elf, there are many places to look around for a free Elf on the Shelf doll. Misplaced and unwanted Elf on a Shelf dolls have been found in Goodwill, in Facebook Buy Nothing Groups, or even kept within the extended family by asking friends and family members who have older kids and no longer hold the magic of the season.
I personally have “donated” free elves to friends knowing I would get them back in the new year.
Also see our Free Elf on the Shelf Printables!
I have shared TONS of great ideas for this Holiday Tradition. Elf on the Shelf is an amazing Christmas Tradition.
Don’t forget we have plenty of creative ideas and fun ideas for your Elf on the Shelf. Since 2014, we have brought new ideas every day in the season of November and December. A few good ideas include
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Cookies
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Stairs
- I’m Back Elf on the Shelf ideas
- Elf on the Shelf Trapped in a Balloon
- Adopt an Elf on the Shelf Certificate
- Elf on the Shelf Cereal Magic Trick
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Our goal, to make Elf easy for you!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD.
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Last Updated on January 27, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living