Elf arrives by hot air balloon

Our Favourite Elf on a Shelf Arrival Ideas

That magical time of year is almost here. Our favourite little elves are on their way from the North Pole, heading to families all over the Shire to sprinkle some Christmas magic. So it’s time to start thinking about how your cheekly little Elf on the Shelf will let the kids know he’s back. Because everyone knows that before the big, jolly fellow makes his holiday debut, he sends his little helpers to our homes to keep an eye on the little ones.

Start the season out right by coming up with special Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas that your kids will never forget. Whether he arrives in grand fashion or in a more subtle sweet way, your kids will be beyond excited to welcome their Elf on the Shelf home.

The Elf on the Shelf tradition turns up the Christmas spirit to fever pitch, creating a daily countdown to Santa’s arrival, from December 1 to Christmas Eve. It’s also an awesome way to help the kids behave in that crazy lead-up to Christmas Day (remember, the elf will report the kids’ behaviour to Santa every night).

Here are ten simple but adorable ways your elf can arrive on 1st December.

So sweet

Elf on a Shelf Luggage

Elf arrives with luggage made from jewellery boxes. (via Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats)

Beep beep

Elf On a Shelf Car

Arrives in Toy Car. (via Elf on the Shelf Ideas)


Elf on the shelf mail

A cardboard box and some Christmas printables transform Elf on the Shelf’s arrival into an exciting delivery. (via Ashley Cormier)

Air Mail


Simple, eye-catching and totally doable if you’ve left your elf’s arrival ’til the last minute. (via Busy Kids Happy Mom)

Knock-knock, special delivery

Jazz up your fairy door with some Christmas lights and a tiny wreath, and let the kids know their little visitor has magically arrived. (via smudgey) Tip: Click the smudgy link to get your free Elf on a Shelf arrival letter printable.

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