The Elf on the Shelf is a bit like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. Either way there is no getting away from it come December 1st – or, for the Americans among us straight after Thanksgiving.
For those that don’t know the The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition started in 2005 – so, nearly 15 years ago – with a picture bookwritten by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and nice. It describes elves visiting children from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season.
For those wanting to join in the elf antics you can ‘adopt’ your own small scout elf with an The Elf on the Shelf keepsake box (at a new lower price for 2019) that also comes with a hardbound copy of the story book. Alongside this there is a whole host of evergrowing props, outfits and accessories to help your scout elf return each day. Therefore we’ve rounded up the most stylish ‘Elf Extras’ out there to help your style your Elf scenes – as children believe in Santa’s scout elves just as fiercely as they believe in Santa – so do follow our golden rules (below) for keeping the magic alive!
>> Party Time! This glizy number with ensure your Scout Elf id the belle of the ball. Claus Couture Collection Pastel Polar Princess Dress, £8.95
>> Camp Out! The perfect way to set up a cosy scene with a sleeping bag and campfire set – and how cute is the marshmallow stick? Elf on the Shelf Goes Camping Set with sleeping bag, £25
>> Coffee Time: These Starbucks christmas decorations are the perfect size for your elf when they need their caffeine fix. Starbucks Christmas Hanging Ornament Decoration (2019 Red Cup Edition) from £8 (in store)
>> Do you wanna build a… Gingerbread house? You can with this cute (and easy) downloadable craft from the official Elf on the Shelf site Download here
Baking Elf: If your scout Elf is going to be baking the above Gingerbread house you’re going to need a pinny. Elf on the Shelf Sweet Shop Outfit, £8.95 (This cute culinary set includes a twill apron with front pocket and plastic mixing bowl and faux wood spoon)
>> School of Rock: Let your elf rock around the Christmas tree with this cool ensemble… Claus Couture Collection North Pole Rock-and-Roll outfit, £8.95
>> Soft Landing: Welcome back your Scout Elf with inflatable holiday plane – includes activity pack with ideas, props and accessories for additional fun. The Elf on the Shelf Peppermint Plane Ride, £11.95
>> Elf for an Elf: Maybe your Scout Elf would like their own elf! This mini Elf comes form the Worlds Smallest Toys brand – and, we love it! Worlds Smallest Toys Elf on the Shelf £9.99
The Elf on the Shelf Golden Rules for keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive!
While all children know The Elf on the Shelf’s rules, it’s important for grown-ups to get to know them, too! Please remember these helpful tips for preserving the scout elves’ magic this Christmas… (and for setting up those daily scenes!)
- Please Don’t Touch the Scout Elves.When you do, they lose their Christmas magic and are unable to fly to the North Pole to complete their duties. Children know this to be one of the cardinal rules of the North Pole, and they worry when they think one of their North Pole friends has been touched and lost his or her magic.
- Elves Are Not Mischievous or Naughty. Scout elves like to have fun, but they are never mischievous or naughty—they are always nice! After all, they wouldn’t want to end up on Santa’s naughty list. You will never see an elf partake in anything inappropriate—it’s just not the North Pole way.
- Scout Elves Don’t Like Pins, Needles or Anything Sharp. An authentic North Pole scout elf never has anything pinned, stapled or fastened to it—think how much that would hurt!
- Scout Elves Never Land Next to Lights or Flames. Just like you, scout elves like to keep a safe distance from fire while they’re roasting marshmallows and from the glimmering lights on the Christmas tree to avoid getting burned. If you notice a scout elf has landed too close to a flame or light, just let him know so he can fly to a new spot!
- Elves Move Themselves by Flying Each Night. Children know that scout elves use their Christmas magic to fly wherever they need to go. Please refrain from saying things like someone “moved the elf.” If someone moved them they would lose their magic!
- Families Don’t Buy Elves, They Adopt Them. Santa approved Official Scout Elf Adoption Centers across the world as a way for families to welcome scout elves into their homes.