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More Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2023

Oh Elf on the Shelf, you either love him or you don’t. 2020 may have landed him in quarantine (no judgement!) or you’ve decided to step up your game. Whatever your elf decides to do this year, try these funny Elf on the Shelf ideas! Some are naughty, some are nice. 

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2023

Halloween is my creative holiday. I saw that Elf on the Shelf meme about people’s Elves on the Shelves being quarantined with a note for a couple of weeks in 2020 and had to laugh. Absolutely no judgement here. In fact, some of those kits are so stinking cute. 

However, if you need some fun ideas for your Elf on the Shelf, I’m sharing my friend Tara’s ideas! She cracks me up every year. This year, since the youngest found out about her elf, they decided to continue on with the fun and tradition and have competitions each week within their family.

Your elf may move each night, he may be naughty, he may be helpful, or he may be gross or funny. Tara has several elves to add to the mischief.

Hopefully these Elf on the Shelf ideas will give you some more suggestions about what to do with your elf.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter

You can welcome your elf with this free printable Elf on the Shelf welcome letter! It even includes a goodbye letter for Christmas Eve.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter

Elf on the Shelf sELFie

This elf was a little mischievous and took sELFies at night for the family to see!

Elf on the Shelf 2020 Selfie

Elf on the Shelf Massacre

This one was a disturbing submission from Tara’s husband, but it brought laughs to many on Facebook! These elves took out their frustrations on the decorations.

Elf on the Shelf Massacre

Toasty Elves

This is a super cute idea. I hear it is cold outside, but it is toasty in here! Get it? Toast-y. I’m partial to anything involving food.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2020

Elf on the Shelf Taco Thursday

I told you I’m partial to the ideas with food. Taco Tuesday, Taco Thursday, dress up your elves like burritos or tacos and have a fiesta!

Elf on the Shelf Burrito Idea

Elf on the Shelf Circus

Have your elf do some acrobatics for a fun Elf on the Shelf Circus!

Elf on the Shelf Circus Idea

Buddy the Elf

How many of you have elves named Buddy? Yeah, same here. So we may all be fans of the movie Elf! Have a movie night with Buddy’s favorite food groups!

Elf Movie with Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Undies

This elf was a little naughty and decided to expose people’s unmentionables on the chandelier.

Naughty Elf on the Shelf

Potty Elf on the Shelf Ideas

So these elves may have an obsession with the potty.

Dirty Elf on the Shelf

2020 elf on the shelf toilet paper

Elf on the Shelf Potty Humor


Welp these poor elves found themselves in a bit of a predicament.

Elf on the Shelf 2020 ideas

Yearbook Fun

Sometimes your Elf on the Shelf may want to take a trip down memory lane with a yearbook or book of your choosing.

Mischievous Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Family

Sometimes elves get married, sometimes they have babies, sometimes they get pets. You can introduce a new family member anytime!

Elf on the Shelf Baby

Partying Elves

Hey, you never know what elves are up to on the weekends.

Elf on the Shelf Drinking Cocoa

Peek-a-Boo Elf

Nothing says good morning like an elf in the Raisin Bran!

Elf on the Shelf Hiding Place

Elf on the Shelf Sack Races

I thought this was a really cute idea – an Elf on the Shelf sack race. Grab some paper bags and your child’s other toys and have a race!

Elf on the Shelf Sack Race

Elf on the Shelf for Teens

This Elf is a little dirty, but I could see teens laughing at this one. 

Elf on the Shelf Idea for Teens

Star Wars Elf on the Shelf

If you have any Star Wars fans, then this Darth Vader parody is sure to be a hit!

Star Wars elf on the shelf idea 2021

Enjoy all these fun Elf on the Shelf ideas. For more fun following Tara’s family elves, follow their Instagram account – twinkle_jingles_and_buddy


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