Looking for Elf on the Shelf arrival gift ideas for your little ones? We share 37 fun suggestions to celebrate your elf’s arrival.
As Elfie returns to join the crew, it can be fun for them to bring a little something for your children to mark the beginning of advent. What better way for your elf to make a grand entrance and sprinkle some Christmas spirit.
Of course any advent treat will do the job perfectly. We’ve gathered together our favourite creative ideas for how to enjoy this fun tradition, including lots of easy last minute gifts and small presents that won’t break the bank so you can choose the perfect gift for your little one.
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Elf on the Shelf Arrival Gift: 37 Ideas
Elf On The Shelf Arrival Letter
The simplest idea of all but it could be the thing that sprinkles the most magic. A welcome letter as your elf returns to join you. Download our free printable poem or handwrite your own message from the North Pole. A great option for sharing news of what your elf friend has been doing the rest of the year.
North Pole Breakfast Invitation
Rather than you putting on a North Pole Breakfast for your elf, they could deliver an invite as they arrive. Something to look forward to in the first days of advent. We’ve created a whole range of North Pole Breakfast & Elf Printables for you to use.
The perfect addition to your North Pole Breakfast celebrations, or indeed Hot Chocolate station! And this Christmas Jumper mug from Emma Bridgewater will be used for years to come (plus £5 of each sale goes to Save The Children as well!)
Elf on the Shelf gifts don’t come much easier than an advent candle but that’s 24 evenings of candlelit dinners right there! We love these super cute designs by This Is Nessie.
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Is your elf in charge of delivering the advent calendars? Hannah’s family elf is! Such a fun way to add extra holiday cheer to an already exciting day if the advent calendars arrive by Elf-Mail!
A classic and perfect elf on the shelf tradition! Enjoy those Christmas jammies for the whole month of December when they are delivered alongside the arrival of your elf. And Selfie Craft Co have taken the Christmas PJ to the next level with these countdown to Christmas colour-in pyjamas. Perfect for keeping little hands busy!
Your Elf could arrive with a new bauble for the Christmas tree. What a sweet tradition this would make and a great way to slowly build a collection of baubles for your little one too. We love the beautiful keepsake bauble designs by Jayne Remond.
Forget the decorations … why doesn’t your Scout Elf arrive with the tree! Signalling the start of the holiday season loud and clear, this would make a fun elf arrival idea for the whole family. Whether the tree arrives ready to be dressed, or magically decorates itself overnight is up to you of course!
Cuddly Christmas Soft Toy
Make up for the no-touch rule for Elfie with a new cuddly toy friend. We love the fabulous Jellycat range for serious points on the cute scale!
What better Elf on the Shelf arrival gift than something to help write and decorate a letter to Santa?! We can’t resist these fabulous Christmas crayons by Crayon Box.
Christmas Escape Game Puzzle
Ideal for any treasure hunt / puzzle loving children! Help Head Elf Bernard send a special Christmas message in this festive escape room style challenge from Puzzle Post. Aimed at 6-9 year olds, it’s a fabulous elf delivery … especially as you write or record the message to be uncovered!
Christmas Activity Book
An activity book to keep your little one busy over the festive countdown. We love Orchard Toys’ Countdown To Christmas with activities for every day of December.
Hands-On Imaginative Play Craft Kit
Perhaps your little one would prefer some imaginative play? What about a playdough creative kit to enjoy. We adore these mini kits from Little Hands Learning.
What about if your elf arrives sporting a fresh look with a new adorable elf outfit?! We love the creations by Totally Elf – the perfect fit for your elf friend!
What could be more indulgent than a special festive bath complete with goodies from your Elf on the Shelf. Check out Soul and Soap for beautiful Christmassy bath bombs and shower foams that are sure to be a hit.
Candy Cane Treasure Hunt
Your Elf on the Shelf could share a message that they’ve laid out a Candy Cane Treasure Hunt for your little ones around the home.
Grow Your Own Candy Cane Garden
Sticking with the candy cane theme … how about your scout elf arrives with peppermint swirl (or equivalent) seeds to plant. Then, overnight the seeds could start to grow into candy canes. Obviously not the best botanical lesson 😉 but a fun way to share a little Christmas magic!
Christmas Craft Kit
Perfect for keeping excited little ones busy, your elf could deliver a small Christmas craft kit to enjoy. We love the range available at Baker Ross.
Welcome members of the extended Elf on the Shelf family with an Elf Pet. We love Noorah, Santa’s magical arctic fox.
If you’re feeling brave, welcoming a new addition to your family, or simply want to mix up the festive fun, why not have your elf arrive with a friend from the North Pole! Double the trouble, double the fun?!
Kindness Advent Calendar
Encourage an advent of kind acts for others with the delivery of a kindness advent calendar by your Scout Elf.
Both of us have heirloom Snow Globes that come out year after year and take pride of place on the sideboard. Lean into The Santa Clause movie and have your elf deliver a Snow Globe from the North Pole each year for your little one, full of magic and wonder. We love this beauty from Little Empire Homeware.
Magical reindeer food, or the ingredients to make it, would make a wonderful North Pole gift from your Elf on the Shelf!
Movie Night Treats
What’s the Christmas countdown without some movie night snuggles?! Your elf could bring a gift of movie night treats to enjoy as you watch a Christmas movie together. May we suggest …. Elf 😉
We love paper chains. So versatile, so fun and very eco friendly! If your Elf on the Shelf arrives with a gift of paper chains, you could immediately have a paper chain making competition. And then begins the decorating! Perfect, easy fun for the whole family.
A great way to get the kids outside. Your Elf could arrive with a Scavenger Hunt to enjoy with the results being sent back to the North Pole for Santa to see.
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Grab these FREE Elf on the Shelf printables; easy to use and the perfect addition to your North Pole Breakfast celebrations!
What Gifts Does The Elf Bring?
Having your elf deliver a treat as they arrive is a great way to set the tone for the start of the holiday season. Whether it’s a personal message, new Christmas toy, something tasty, advent calendar, or an invite to a special occasion, this is a fun way to get the holiday spirit going for the whole family.
It doesn’t need to be anything particularly extravagant. Anything your Elf on the Shelf brings along is sure to bring sprinkled with Christmas magic. For example, a handwritten note from the North Pole, free printable colouring page, or scavenger hunt activity are all fun ideas that won’t cost a penny!
When Else Could An Elf On The Shelf Bring A Gift?
Of course, we’ve been talking about gifts delivered for your elf on the shelf’s arrival on December 1st. But there’s no rule that says it has to be then! Some other great times for an elf gift include:
- Tree Decorating Day – great for an annual bauble tradition!
- First day of the school holidays – delivering some holiday fun to keep the kids entertained
- Tickets for an event during the Christmas countdown – how magical to have these arrive ‘By Elf’, especially if it’s for a visit to see Santa himself!
- As they leave on Christmas Eve – maybe your Elf delivers the Christmas Eve Box, or a goodbye message and a gift to keep your little one from feeling too sad at their departure the next day.
- On Christmas Day – perhaps your Elf leaves a gift alongside the stocking treats from Santa Claus (just set one of the smaller gifts aside and mark it from Elfie.
There are so many cute ways to set up new traditions with presents from your elf.
We do hope you’ve found these Elf on the Shelf Arrival Gift Ideas useful. What other ideas have you got in mind for Elfie? Do let us know in the comments below!
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