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10 Fun Places to Put 'The Elf on the Shelf' ® (Besides the Shelf)

by Jacqueline Burt on November 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

elf on the shelfRemember Christmas before "The Elf on the Shelf" ®? Back then, seems like parents spent all of December repeating the same warning over and over: "Santa's watching!" Now that we have a visual reminder of all-powerful St. Nick, we can finally save our breath for the New Year.

The only problem? Kids are getting wise to our tricky ways. They know exactly where mom and dad are most likely to hide that sneaky elf. And if the elf is always on the bookshelves in the living room, well, how's Santa going to find out about naughty behavior in, say, the kitchen?

With that question in mind, we came up with 10 other places around the house where "The Elf on the Shelf" ® can get cozy between now and Christmas. Good luck, and keep those little ones guessing!

"'The Elf on the Shelf' is a registered trademark of CCA & B LLC."

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Filed Under: toddler activities, holidays, christmas


  • craft...


    November 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM
    Reminds me of a Raggedy Ann doll my family and I used to hide in various places around Halloween to creep each other out.
  • Miche...


    November 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM
    Does anyone else think this is one of the creepiest things ever?
  • Doomy234


    December 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    It is a very creepy toy. I would hide it just to freak people out. Muahaha. One day he'll be in the bathroom cabinet. The next on top of the ceiling fan in the living room. Peeking behind books on the bookshelf. I would hide it in cookie jars, in backpacks, hangers in the closet. I'd put it in so many places it would give people nightmares. :D

  • Shell...
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    Shelly Johns

    December 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    not creepy, cute and fun

  • Three...


    December 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    My kids LOVE their elf on a shelf! :)  Right now, she is in our van... on the center console, riding in a Barbie car with Ken.  LOL! 

  • Tara...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Tara Lynn Orbin-Huff

    December 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    He is creepy. But if it works & the kids are having fun, who cares!  

  • leona24


    December 3, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    Those are so ugly!!! Why why why why?????
  • marsh...


    December 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I'm not at all impressed with those locations...So far we have seen the elf on top of the curtain rod, on top of a giant mirror, the cabinet tops and tomorrow he will probably be hanging from the light fixture.  The point is that my son enjoys searching for him.  If the elf is sitting in his shoe or holding his toothbrush, well that's no fun, AND then he has to touch the elf to finish dressing in the morning.  We all know what happens if you touch the elf, DON"T WE????

  • ruby_...


    December 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    This thing creeps me out. IDK what it is. But it's just wrong. 

  • Alice...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Alice Longworth

    December 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM
    YES creepy. I like it in the freezer but down the toilet or in the garbage bin would be even better.
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