Tis the season for magic, mischief, and a pint-sized North Pole visitor! The Elf on the Shelf has returned, and it’s time to outdo your own creativity with delightful hiding spots. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to this enchanting tradition, you’re in for a jolly treat. Find the best Elf on the Shelf hiding places. Enjoy these hiding spots for Elf on the Shelf including the playroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living room. New creative, funny, and original Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily.
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We are back, and so is the Elf on the Shelf! If you have been with us a long time, you know we have brought you a new Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily (in the months of November and December) for the past ten years. You can view our Elf on the Shelf Master List for a complete list of ideas including every idea we have ever done.
I vividly remember the excitement that rippled through our home when our Elf on the Shelf, affectionately named ‘Dorothy,’ first made her appearance. The joy in my children’s eyes as they raced to discover her daily antics became a cherished part of our holiday tradition. From elaborate setups to simple surprises, the imaginative ways in which Dorothy hid around the house sparked endless laughter and wonder.
This annual Christmas tradition not only brought the spirit of the season to life but also created lasting memories and a sense of togetherness in our family. Now, as we continue the tradition year after year, we’re always on the lookout for new, creative hiding spots that will keep the magic alive. So, whether you’re a seasoned Elf on the Shelf enthusiast or just starting your journey, I invite you to share in the joy of imaginative hiding places and inspire one another in the comments below.
Before we begin, make sure you are set up with ideas and an elf that can pose. For many of these Elf on the Shelf ideas, make sure you have an elf that can bend. You can do that easily with our Bendable Elf on the Shelf tutorial. You also can shop our collection of Elf Printables for ideas to cover the entire season!
Elf on the Shelf Hiding in the Tree Skirt
Let’s start with a Lazy Elf on the Shelf Idea. We will share more about this idea later, but for now, let’s keep it simple and direct and then finish your Elf calendar with plenty of additional ideas.
You’re tired. You’ve tried all the Lazy Elf on the Shelf ideas you can’t. Here is one more Easy Elf on the Shelf Hiding Spot. Go to bed, and put Elf right here. Call it a game of hide and seek in the morning.
Elf on the Shelf Supplies Needed
- The Elf on the Shelf Doll
- Tree Skirt
Pick up your Elf. Fold him neatly in a ball. Lift the tree skirt. Place Elf under the tree skirt. Go to Bed. As you begin to close your eyes, remind your husband he is in charge of the Elf tomorrow night. Give him this blog post full of easy ideas.
Tomorrow we will begin with Elf on the Shelf hiding spots as Elf moves around the home.
Does Elf on the Shelf stay in the same spot?
No. The Elf does not stay in the same spot. Each night the Elf returns to the North Pole to report back to Santa naughty and nice behavior. In the morning, the Elf on the Shel can be found in a new spot. If Elf on the Shelf is found in the same spot the next day, there are 25 Reasons Elf on the Shelf didn’t move. Have some of them in your back pocket.
Tip: See more Frequently Asked Elf on the Shelf Questions.
Best Elf on the Shelf Hiding Spot Ideas
Every holiday season, the Elf on the Shelf emerges from the North Pole to embark on its mischievous adventures, bringing a touch of magic and excitement to our homes. But, as any seasoned elf enthusiast knows, the real fun lies in finding new and creative places to hide this little visitor each night. If you’ve been struggling to come up with fresh Elf ideas or are new to this delightful tradition, you’re in for a treat. In this blog post, we’ve gathered an enchanting collection of Elf on the Shelf hiding places that will spark your imagination and captivate your family’s hearts. Get ready to embark on a journey of festive wonder and discover the perfect spots to make your elf’s nightly escapades unforgettable!
What are the best places to hide the Elf on the Shelf? There are many creative places to hide the Elf from the kitchen to the bathroom, playroom, and even in the living room. We have put together 24 of the most unique Elf on the Shelf hiding spots all around the house.
Tip: Also take a look at the Master List of Elf on the Shelf Ideas to never run out of a new Elf hiding places daily.
With the eggs
In the heart of the kitchen, our mischievous Elf on the Shelf left a delightful surprise – eggs adorned with handwritten messages in colorful marker, adding a whimsical touch to breakfast.
In the refrigerator
Our Scout Elf decided to take a tiny bath in the fridge, humorously sitting alongside a rubber ducky in the water dispenser. A whimsical twist on the daily routine that brought smiles all around
In the freezer
Elf on a Shelf turned the freezer into a winter wonderland, ice skating merrily in a frozen bowl of water. To complete the icy spectacle, he fashioned candy canes into his clever makeshift ice skates. A frosty delight that left us all charmed!
In the pantry
Nestled within the pantry, our Scout Elf on the Shelf played a game of hide-and-seek among the canned goods, peeking out mischievously beside the beans and soups.
In the microwave
Inside the microwave, the family elf embarked on a popcorn adventure, leaving a charming mess of popped corn all around. A whimsical surprise that added a sprinkle of joy to the kitchen!
In the cookie jar
The North Poel Elf couldn’t resist the temptation of the cookie jar, perched inside the glass jar, peeking out with a mischievous grin. A sweet surprise!
In the Christmas Tree
In the cozy living room, our Elf on the Shelf embraced the holiday spirit with a camouflage twist, disguising himself within the Christmas tree’s branches, his face painted in camo colors using dry-erase markers. A playful and festive surprise, blending magic with a touch of hidden charm
Under the Christmas Tree
Venture into the living room where our Elf on the Shelf found a cozy hideout under the Christmas tree. With only his playful bottom peeking out from beneath the tree skirt, he adds a sprinkle of whimsy to the holiday decor.
In the couch cushions
Our mischievous Scout Elf made the couch cushions his treasure trove. With only his legs peeking out, he’s on a quest for hidden treasures, pulling out coins, goldfish, and small toys from the depths of the cushions for a playful surprise
Climbing the wall
Amidst the living room’s holiday splendor, the family elf scaled new heights by using sticky Christmas bows as ‘rock’ holds to climb the wall. A whimsical feat that added a touch of enchantment to the room’s festive decor!
In the television
In the heart of the living room, our mischievous Elf found himself in a ‘sticky’ situation inside the television, captured in a screen image with a humorous message: ‘How do I get out of here?’ A playful twist that brought laughter to the holiday entertainment.
Climbing the Christmas tree
Elf on a Shelf embarked on a daring adventure by scaling the towering Christmas tree. A delightful sight that brought the spirit of the season to new heights!
In a slinky
Elf on the Shelf discovered a fun way to make an entrance – descending the stairs inside a slinky! With each step, he has brought a playful twist, delighting both young and young-at-heart.
Climbing the bookshelf
In the vibrant playroom, our adventurous Elf on the Shelf scaled new heights by climbing a towering bookshelf, a string tied around his waist to aid his ascent. A daring feat that added a touch of whimsy to the room’s literary treasures!
On the computer
The tech-savvy Elf on the Shelf was caught in the act, holding a tiny mouse and browsing Facebook on the computer. A modern twist that brought a smile to the digital-savvy in the household!
With a Game
In the lively playroom, Elf on the Shelf challenged a doll to a spirited game of Connect 4, adding a dash of competitive fun to the festive atmosphere. A playful match that showcased his strategic skills!
The industrious North Pole Visitor donned construction attire and became a LEGO architect, crafting a miniature house with colorful bricks. A delightful scene that showcased both his building skills and festive spirit! See more Elf on the Shelf Toddler Ideas.
On the fan
The mischievous Scout Elf decided to catch a breeze, hanging from the spinning fan in nothing but a pair of underwear. A lighthearted and unexpected sight that added a touch of laughter to the room.
On the towel rack
In the bathroom, our adventurous Elf on the Shelf transformed the towel rack into a cozy retreat, hanging in a makeshift toilet tissue hammock.
In a toilet paper roll snowman
In the bathroom, our mischievous Elf on the Shelf found a snug hiding spot inside a roll of toilet paper, cleverly fashioned to resemble a snowman. A delightful surprise that blended holiday charm with a touch of toilet humor and Elf on the Shelf bathroom antics!
In the shower
Scout Elf was caught in a comical predicament, taking a “reindeer poop cleanup” shower after an adventurous trip back from the North Pole. A lighthearted scene in the bathroom.
In the Tub
A daring Elf duo was spotted hanging onto the water spout for dear life, suspended above what looked like a perilous tank of toy sharks below. A thrilling and imaginative sight that brought adventure to bath time!”
On the counter
In the bathroom, our Elf on the Shelf played a merry prank by sitting on the counter next to the sink, with a Santa hat and beard reflection in the mirror. A delightful surprise that allowed kids to experience a jolly transformation into Santa Claus while getting ready!
On the toilet fishing
In the washroom, our mischievous Elf on the Shelf was caught perched on the toilet’s rim, engaging in a cheeky fishing adventure. Beside him, a free printable Elf on the Shelf note added a playful touch, declaring, ‘Fishing in the potty is a little bit naughty!’.
All Elf on the Shelf Hiding Ideas are found in our Master Elf on the Shelf List.
When putting together your month of Elf on the Shelf Hiding Places, use our Elf on the Shelf Calendar. You can use our recommended ideas or add your own Elf on the Shelf ideas. Use our Elf on the Shelf Master List of Ideas for inspiration!
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What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and an 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, that the Elf is not touched 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.
Feel free to join in the festive fun and share your own creative hiding spots or ideas in the comments section below. Let’s foster a spirited community of holiday enthusiasts and inspire each other with our Elf on the Shelf adventures!
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