Need some Elf on the Shelf inspiration? These celebrities have got your back.

If there’s one Christmas tradition that is sure to bring both a huge amount of excitement AND stress to any household, it’s the phenomenon that is Elf on the Shelf.

In case you missed it, the elf is on a very important mission from Santa, and every night while their children sleep, parents are supposed to place the elf in random positions for them to find come morning to prove that he reports back to Santa on their behaviour every day.

Looks like this elf is doing a kind deed and giving this pup a yummy treat! #ScoutElfIdeas #ElfontheShelf

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Sounds fun? But what about the part where you actually have to THINK OF PLACES for your little elf mate to hide?

How many positions, places and activities can you possibly come up with to make finding the elf an exciting activity EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

That’s where celebs come in.


While some celebs are sharing their exasperation at “running out of ideas” for where to put their elves every morning (we’re looking at you, Jackie O), others are posting snaps of their own Elf on the Shelf adventures for their millions of followers.

Listen: Holly Wainwright shares her elf’s adventures on This Glorious Mess.


Yes, that means parents are also given handy hints as to where they can hide their own elf during the festive season.

Like Sarah Michelle Gellar, who made her elf engage in a game of Twister one night.

Or Sabrina The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, who showed her kids exactly how the elf gets to and from Santa’s workshop every night.

Kourtney Kardashian’s elves (yes, there are two) played a game of pool while her kids were sleeping.


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Actress Busy Philipps is without a doubt the undisputed queen of celebrity elf on a shelf-ers, flooding her feed with hilarious (and rather bizarre) elf placements.

The elves have really taken to the hotel & spa life. #elfontheshelf

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Wondra Flour snow angels. When Birdie saw them this morning, I kid you not, she chuckled and said “Ha! A classic!”

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Jersey Shore star Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi got a little…well, got a little adult with her attempts last Christmas.

LOL! Elf on the shelf season! Lorenzo is still too young to get it, but he named our creepy elf “STAR” ❤️

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We probably don’t recommend scarring your children for life while indulging a little bit of Christmas fun.