10 Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas (+ giveaway)

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Our favourite little elves are on their way from the North Pole, heading to families all over Australia to sprinkle some Christmas magic. So it’s time to start thinking about how your cheekly little Elf on the Shelf will let the kids know he’s back.

The Elf on the Shelf tradition turns up the Christmas spirit to fever pitch, creating a daily countdown to Santa’s arrival, from December 1 to Christmas Eve. It’s also an awesome way to help the kids behave in that crazy lead-up to Christmas Day (remember, the elf will report the kids’ behaviour to Santa every night).

Here are ten clever ways your elf can arrive on 1st December. And if you haven’t got an Elf on the Shelf, we’re giving one away (as well as a few other elf goodies, worth more than $200).

Air mail

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas paper plane

Simple, eye-catching and totally doable if you’ve left your elf’s arrival ’til the last minute. (via Busy Kids Happy Mom)

Floating on air

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas air balloons

A few helium balloons and a teeny basket and you have a floaty elf heading down from the North Pole. (via Peach Parade)

Treat delivery

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas afternoon tea

A cheeky little spread fit for an elf, and his delighted kids. (via Project Nursery)

A real gift

Krazy coupon lady elf delivered in a box

Surprise! Look what the postman left. (via Krazy Coupon Lady)

Knock, knock

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

Jazz up your fairy door with some Christmas lights and a tiny wreath, and let the kids know their little visitor has magically arrived. (via smudgey)

Special delivery

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

This cute little printable makes elf arrival as adorable as it is easy. (via Eighteen25)


Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

A cardboard box and some Christmas printables transform Elf on the Shelf’s arrival into an exciting delivery. (via Ashley Cormier)

Write it out

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

Use Froot Loops or lollies to write a special arrival message to the kids. (via Melanie Stofka)

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This cheeky elf as the best ride in town and his car is pretty easy to organise too. (via Mommysavers.)

Bring a friend

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

While an elf on his own is pretty magical, it’s even better when he brings a friend (we’re giving away one of those cute St Bernard dogs down below!)(via Elf on the Shelf)

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There are a bunch of new Elf on the Shelf traditions being launched this year, including a Letter to Santa. The 22 piece set uses special paper to transform the kid’s letters to the big man into miniature ornaments, that the elves can take back to the North Pole. Also included is a storybook that explains once the letters are placed in the oven with the help of an adult, they will shrink.

This year a new pet also arrives – Saint Bernard. His story is all about encouraging acts of kindness to help spread the Christmas cheer. While the new Scout Elves at Play kit is full of tips, tricks and elf-sized tools to help mums and dads spread the Elf on the Shelf magic.

The Elf on the Shelf traditions will be available to purchase nationwide with official retail Adoption Centres opening across Australia including at Myer, Dymocks booksellers, and independent speciality store locations.

One lucky Mum’s Grapevine family will win an Elf on the Shelf Christmas Prize Pack, which includes:

  • Elf on the Shelf $69.99
  • Letters to Santa $49.99
  • Elf Pets St. Bernard $49.99
  • Scout Elves at Play $49.99

It’s worth more than $200 and has everything you need to create Christmas magic at your house.


Step One: Visit the Mum’s Grapevine Elf on the Shelf inspiration pages (click here), and in the entry form below, tell us where your favourite place to hide Elf on the Shelf is.

Step Two: Click ‘Share’ below and get your Facebook friends to enter too!

Entry is open to all Australian Mum’s Grapevine newsletter subscribers.

Competition ends November 10, 2017.