106 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

From a little silly to downright naughty, here are 106 Elf on the Shelf idea prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Whether your Elf on the Shelf is pulling a prank on your kids or you want to share some adults-only antics with your friends, there’s something here for everyone. Have fun!

106 Elf on the Shelf Ideas by ElfShaming

  1. Playing board games
  2. Playing card games
  3. Playing reindeer games
  4. Playing with knives
  5. Playing hard to get
  6. Hanging out
  7. Hanging up
  8. Leaving notes
  9. Leaving poop
  10. Leaving a mess
  11. Leaving Santa
  12. Cute
  13. Kissy
  14. Kinky
  15. Sneaky
  16. Sexy
  17. Sewing
  18. Singing
  19. Inappropriate use of marshmallows
  20. Inappropriate use of scissors
  21. Inappropriate use of markers
  22. Inappropriate use of tape
  23. Inappropriate use of a gingerbread house
  24. Inappropriate use of a candy cane
  25. Inappropriate use of Christmas lights
  26. Inappropriate use of cleavage
  27. Inappropriate use of a smartphone
  28. Running
  29. Rowing
  30. Looking
  31. Listening
  32. Thinking
  33. Throwing
  34. Up high
  35. Down low
  36. Should he be drinking that?
  37. Should he be eating that?
  38. Should he be reading that?
  39. Should she be watching that?
  40. Should she be buying that?
  41. The big 7: lust, envy, gluttony, greed, pride, sloth, wrath
  42. Lies
  43. Confessions
  44. Persuasion
  45. Excuses
  46. Blackmail
  47. Bribes
  48. Revenge
  49. Regrets
  50. Road trip
  51. Sexual relations with himself
  52. Sexual relations that are logistically tricky
  53. Sexual relations with multiple partners
  54. Exhausted
  55. Obsessed
  56. Forgetful
  57. Stealing food
  58. Stealing jewelry
  59. Stealing hearts
  60. Poor life choices
  61. Retelling an urban legend
  62. Retelling a children’s book
  63. Retelling the story of your favorite TV characters
  64. Retelling the story of his rap sheet
  65. Retelling the story of his sordid past
  66. Retelling favorite song lyrics
  67. His relationship with the dog
  68. His relationship with the internet
  69. His relationship with the kids in the house
  70. The truth behind the smile
  71. The truth about her last Girls Night Out
  72. The truth about how she interacts with the toys of the house
  73. What he cooks
  74. What she cleans
  75. What he bakes
  76. What she hides
  77. What he reads
  78. What she writes
  79. How she spent her time at the store
  80. How he spent his time in the attic
  81. How she spent her last dollar
  82. How he spent his Spring Break
  83. How she got away with murder
  84. How she ruined the party
  85. How she got an injury
  86. How she spends her days
  87. How she spends her nights
  88. In the kitchen
  89. In the bedroom
  90. In the bathroom
  91. In the basement
  92. In the living room
  93. In the closet
  94. In the yard
  95. Getting creative with chocolate
  96. Getting creative with stickers
  97. Getting creative with cotton
  98. Getting creative with frosting
  99. Getting creative with chalk
  100. Getting creative with cameras
  101. Getting creative with LEGO
  102. Getting creative with zip lines
  103. Favorite outfit
  104. Favorite craft
  105. Favorite prank
  106. Favorite hiding spot

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Mistletoe Takes Revenge

Anne thought it would be nice to start a new tradition with her two young boys, so she decided to introduce an Elf into the holiday season.

Being that she loves all things vintage – and it is, in fact, her job to find beautiful old things with charm and style – she went with an old school wooden ornament Elf.

How quaint!

Mistletoe the Elf delighted her children, and left notes for them each day. She was even a little lenient on the “no touching the Elf” rule when her boys wanted to take Mistletoe on a short joy ride around the kitchen on one of their toy trucks.

The following day, Mistletoe’s note mentioned that he enjoyed his ride on the truck. Next thing you know, BOOM.

Mistletoe the Elf leaves a note on ElfShaming

One of her sons takes Mistletoe on another joy ride, and it doesn’t end well at all.


Mistletoe Loses an Arm on ElfShaming

Anne jumped right in, rigging a sling for Mistletoe’s now-amputated arm until the boys went to school. Then she fixed him as quickly as she could with hot glue and a prayer.

Mistletoe the Elf on ElfShaming via SplendidJunk

This time, Mistletoe’s note had a P.S. on the back of it, requesting the play time be slightly less dangerous.

But that wasn’t enough. Oh, no.

Mistletoe waited until the family was fast asleep, slipped into Anne’s very special cabinet full of delicate vintage items she had carefully curated from estate sales and cleaned up into near-perfect condition, and with his newly refurbished arm BUSTED. IT. UP. YO.

Mistletoe Takes Revenge on ElfShaming

I guess it’s true what they say: revenge is a dish best served…broken.

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Insane in the Elf Brain

Everyone hopes they’ll get The Best Elf Ever each holiday season.

Maybe one with a sweet face and festive, jingly outfit!!!

What’s important to understand is that yes, elves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors…but it doesn’t matter what they look like – or how adorably innocent they appear to be. 

They will always get into trouble.

Insane, but true, facts about elves: 

1. They will always raid the candy and snack cabinet.

Patti InsaneInTheMomBrain Elf got the Candy on ElfShaming

2. They will always try to swim in your marshmallows.

Patti InsaneInTheMomBrain Elf swims in marshmallows on ElfShaming

3. They will always find their way into your liquor cabinet (and sombrero wall hangings).

Patti InsaneInTheMomBrain Elf got into the booze on ElfShaming

4. They will always read your porn on the potty (and probably not flush afterwards).

Patti InsaneInTheMomBrain Elf reads porn on the potty on ElfShaming

5. They will always twerk The Biebs, if given the opportunity. 

Patti InsaneInTheMomBrain Elf twerks Justin Bieber on ElfShaming


Even “The Best Elf Ever” is insane in the elf brain. They just can’t help themselves.

(And you should probably lock up your Biebster at least ’til the New Year.)

Today’s Elf is Patti of Insane in the Mom Brain. She likes to raise money for good causes, like kids with cancer. You can help her do just that right here. I already did!
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Dobbie’s Back – and He’s Crafting!

Dobbie the Elf is Back on ElfShaming

Dobbie is one of the most (in)famous elves on the internet.

Many call him an inappropriate Elf on the Shelf.

He’s perfectly fine with that.

He happens to live with an artsy crafty family, and took it upon himself to join in on the family fun. You know, help decorate the house. Make it look more festive.

Snowflakes are a lovely addition to any home’s decor. There’s no way a project like this could go wrong. Unless…

Dobbie making snowflakes Elf on the Shelf Idea TheBeardedIris on ElfShaming

Oh, Dobbie. Not again.

Elf submitted by The Bearded Iris. Find it on the Baby Rabies #InappropriateElf contest, as well!

7 Deady Elf Sins: Gluttony

From every Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board I’ve seen, it appeared that elves live on itty bitty elf donuts (with sprinkles) and the occasional marshmallow.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had been misled by Pinterest, yet again.

Yes, they enjoy sweets.

But they also enjoy the lamb chops I was saving for my husband, my kids’ favorite angus beef meatballs, and pinot noir…in very large quantities.

Who knew something so small – whose job it is to sit around all day watching kids – had such a massive appetite??

Back to the grocery store I go…

Elf on the Shelf 7 Deadly Elf Sins on ElfShaming

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The Gluten-Free Elf on the Shelf

Your Elf on the Shelf was sent to you by Santa to help remind the kids that he is watching.

These elves have a simple task: keep an eye on things, take notes, magically return to the North Pole each night, give a detailed and honest report to the thick guy in red velvet, and go back to his/her perch for another day of voyeurism. 

Did you notice the use of the phrase “detailed and honest report” in there?

Many elves pride themselves on their honesty and detail.

Others have an intolerance to gluten and are willing to overlook all sorts of Naughty List Behavior in exchange for some delicious gluten-free cookies and milk.

One such elf is Cocoa.

All it takes is a gluten-free bribe and Cocoa is willing to look the other way.

Gluten Free Elf on the Shelf on ElfShaming

You’re only letting yourself down, Cocoa.

Well, yourself and Santa Claus. 

For a cookie.


Elf submitted by Courtney of Our Small Moments.
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The 7 Deadly Elf Sins: Envy

I always thought that elves had 10 fingers and 10 toes.

I was wrong.

Then I figured that since they’re magical, and all, they wouldn’t care about this manufacturing oversight.

Again, I was wrong.

Envious Elf 7 Deadly Elf on the Shelf Sins on ElfShaming

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The 7 Deadly Elf Sins on ElfShaming

Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride.

These are known as The Seven Deadly Sins, but when it comes to The Elf on the Shelf? They take on a whole new meaning.

Greedy Elf 7 Deadly Elf on the Shelf Sins on ElfShaming

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing my own elf’s 7 Deadly Elf Sins, and invite you to join in:

ElfShaming 7 Deadly Sins Elf on the Shelf


Photograph your elf doing any of the 7 Sins and post it directly to the ElfShaming Facebook Page. The favorites will be featured right here on ElfShaming.

As always, I accept everything from adorable G-Rated sins to R-Rated. 

So show me what Santa sent you, however they’ve been sinning.

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You Won’t Believe Where Dickie Doo Has Been

Dickie Doo takes celebrating a bit too far.

PurplePinkie on @ElfShaming #ElfontheShelf

Rhonda and the ladies from The Purple Pinkie Salon were in a festive mood. It was time for their annual Christmas party!

They bid farewell to the salon’s Elf, Dickie Doo, hopped into the car, and headed out for a night of merriment.

Then things took a bit of a turn, to say the least.

Someone snuck a ride.

Shouldn't he be in a really REALLY small carseat?
Shouldn’t he be in a really REALLY small carseat?

When the giggling gang got to the hotel, they thought it would be fine to just leave Dickie Doo in the room.

Then they changed their minds.

Ooooohhhh...big screeeeen...
Ooooohhhh…big screeeeen…

With a resigned sigh, Rhonda popped him in her purse, told him to behave, and went to the bar to toast the holidays with friends and co-workers.

Dickie Doo was quick to get in on the action.

Hey! Quick hoggin' the cabernet, DD!
Hey! Quick hoggin’ the cabernet, DD!

Dickie Doo’s serving size was WAY bigger than it should have been, so the night quickly got out of control.

Case in point: within fifteen minutes of his first drink, Dickie Doo got stuck in the cleavage of Miss Full Figure Drag Queen USA, who suddenly had a fist full of singles.


One of Rhonda’s friends was able to pry Dickie Doo out and the ladies dragged him back to the hotel room. Enough is enough, Dickie!

They made him Pinky Swear to be on good behavior for the rest of the night, locked the Adult Access channels on the TV, and went back out without him.

It is unclear what happened after that, but there was a little security footage…


…and then…

Must! Not! Leave! Evidence!
Must! Not! Leave! Evidence!

Rhonda was charged for six busted hotel security cameras on her floor, in the elevator and by the rear hotel exit, but Dickie Doo didn’t show back up until the following week, so she’s not sure where he went, what he did, or how he got back home.

And Dickie Doo sure as heck ain’t talkin’.

Next year? There will be a mandatory handbag and car search before Rhonda and the Purple Pinkie crew head out for their holiday celebration. You can bet your bottom (crumbled, sweaty) dollar on that.

Elf submitted by Rhonda from The Purple Pinkie.
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