Our Elf on a Shelf 2018

Our Elf on a Shelf 2018


This is our fifth year of doing Elf on a Shelf in one form or another. I haven’t the time or inclination to commit to the whole concept, but do think it is cute idea and Pickle gets very excited. Here are our ideas to do a little more relaxed version of  Elf on a Shelf…

Our Elf on a Shelf 2018

  1. I find the traditional vinyl faced doll from America a little creepy if I am honest, so each year I have bought a cute cuddly Elf.
  2. Our Elf actually stays with us, Pickle can’t bear to part with him on Christmas Eve. So he stays to enjoy Christmas then just goes away with the decorations.
  3. I used to get a bit stressed about finding something for him to have done every night, and would remember as I was heading to bed, exhausted and not in the mood for a naughty elf!! So, our Elf just chills with us, watches movies, comes out and about with us – all the while keeping Santa up to date with how Pickle is behaving.
  4. Our Elf arrives on December 1st and this year is bringing some cosy Christmas pyjamas, new slippers and a onesie for Pickle plus a sticker book and his Advent Calendar plus new pyjamas and dressing gown for Luke – with an an Advent Calendar for him too. This is the first year that it is just the boys at home – my daughters are coming home later in December for Christmas.
  5. I have bought a huge Christmas bag with an Elf on it which will have all the goodies inside.

Our Elf on a Shelf 2018

My Elf on a Shelf bargains include:

Giant bag £1 B&M Bargains.

Advent Calendars – 79p each – Aldi (They are £2 for exactly the same in other stores).

Pyjamas and Onesie for Pickle – £9 and £10 Peacocks plus I had 20% discount in the Black Friday sales.

Super soft dressing gown for Luke £9.99 – Aldi. This is SO cheap! It is excellent quality and others I have seen are from £18 – £29.

Our Elf on a Shelf 2018

I am also popping in this lovely sign from Hey Santa, you can read my review about it over on my Pembrokeshire Mum blog.

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Do you take part in Elf on a Shelf? If so, what have you planned for this year?

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  1. Oh wow – how exciting! I hope they enjoy having the elf to visit and that he doesn’t cause too much mischief 🙂

  2. Ad this has got me feeling festive and happy. Love the whole elf on the shelf thing…such fun xx

  3. As I have a big gap between my older two and my toddler, they are insistent about doing elf on the shelf for him this year, I find him kind of creepy so have resisted up until now, but as they want to do it for him and have fun with it, I have relented. I love the idea of your more relaxed elf though, and I think ours will get put away with the decorations too! 😀

  4. I can’t wait to see what elf on the shelf gets up to this year, some people are so imaginative and admittedly I do cackle at the more rude ones too x

  5. We’ve been doing this for the last 8 years and the kids absolutely love it. I have to admit Im struggling to come up with new ideas now!

  6. Aww how cute. All the product prices are really good too! Definitely affordable Christmas ideas for children 🙂 xx

  7. Elf on the Shelf has gone down well in our home. I always like to see what others do for their Elf on the shelf. Love the photos.

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  8. I don’t take part in elf on the shelf but quite a few of my friends with kids do, but like you I think the original doll from America does look a bit creepy! X

  9. Some great ideas for those with little ones. Maybe I should start it for Mr W!

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