Parents share genius places to hide Elf on the Shelf when you run out of ideas

Parents with small children will no doubt already be familiar with the Elf on the Shelf tradition.

But for those of you who don’t know, Elf on the Shelf was created to encourage good behaviour in the run-up to Christmas.

The premise behind it is that you tell your children that the elf will report back to Santa Claus each night to say who has been naughty or nice, returning in the morning in a new spot in the house.

However, coming up with 25 different places to put your elf once your children have gone to bed is a tough task.

So, we’ve compiled a list of weird and wonderful places that you can hide your elf if you’ve run out of ideas.

Quarantine elf

In keeping with the coronavirus pandemic this year, a number of people have been putting their elf in quarantine.

Either position him next to a letter which reminds your little ones to wash their hands, or place them inside their very own self-isolation box – that’s 14 days that you don’t have to think of new ideas.

Naughty elf

This mischievous elf got up early to trap a little girl in her bedroom with sticky tape.

But we wonder how long it took her to notice where the elf was hiding?

While another elf made a mess of the Christmas tree.

Simply drape some toilet roll around the tree and hide Santa’s spy in amongst it.

Incorporating other toys

One mum used little army figurines and twine to set up a hostage scene.

And another created a drive-in movie scene with mini toy trucks and a tablet.

Naughty and nice list

Creating a naughty and nice list is a great way to remind your children why the elf has come to visit.

Dozing elf

Use an open book or a tablet case as a tent for this idea.

Just tuck your little elf into a sleeping bag, and you’re good to go.

Or create a hammock out of toilet roll by carefully attaching tissue to a towel rack.