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The 29 Best Elf on the Shelf ideas to try this Christmas

He's back! Try new Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep the Christmas season shenanigans festive and fun!

By Danielle Valente
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Let's face it: Santa can't be in a million places at once. That's why Elf on the Shelf ideas are necessary during the holidays.

These little North Pole spies—who are tasked with keeping a watchful eye on kids in Kris Kringle's absence—are often found in silly situations...to say the least. From playing the family piano to taking a dip in the sink, the funny fellas are always up to something wild. But don't let your kiddos move 'em! That's how the elves lose their magic.

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Before you venture out to festive Christmas events for kids or wander around in search of the most delicious hot chocolate in NYC, find a quirky spot for your family elf and keep the Christmas creativity coming! You'll even catch your favorite character in some of the best Christmas movies for kids! You can run, but you certainly can't hide.

Take a look at our picks for the best elf on the shelf ideas and let the games begin! (And get a chuckle out of these funny elf fails, too!) 

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Photograph: Courtesy @roo_day

1. Channeling those Picasso vibes

Photograph: Courtesy @roisin03

2. Playing cards with pals

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Photograph: Courtesy @tisforteacher

3. Trying (but failing) to stay hydrated

Photograph: Courtesy @shebesorted

4. Pursuing a rock-climbing adventure in the kitchen

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Photograph: Courtesy @shebesorted

5. Jumping into a ball pit!

Photograph: Courtesy @werethemillers2

6. Taking a quick trip to space

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Photograph: Courtesy @zemilie7

7. Sneaking spoonfuls of Nutella (and forgetting to wipe off the evidence)

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Photograph: Courtesy @vintage_frills

8. Catching up on a midnight snack

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Photograph: Courtesy @emma_long_x

9. Designing the ultimate holiday look

Photograph: Courtesy @scout_ourcheekyelf

10. Capturing sentimental family photographs

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Photograph: Courtesy @forward_planning_

11. Dashing through the snow

Photograph: Courtesy @ladylithia

12. Exploring new heights

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Photograph: Courtesy @shan_the_elf

13. Rocking around the Christmas tree

Photograph: Courtesy @mad_skillz_84

14. Playing a challenging game of Jenga

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Photograph: Courtesy @mshoneysclasshive

15. Being a graffiti menace

Photograph: Courtesy @sherri_davis_

16. Channeling his spidey senses

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Photograph: Courtesy @billy_theelf

17. Making meals with the Kitchen Aid

Photograph: Courtesy @themessybunwife

18. Scratching some chores off the list

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Photograph: Courtesy @maryannmaldonado

19. Ensuring that no bathroom goes without toilet paper

Photograph: Courtesy @lizziejim

20. Enjoying a slice of summer

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Photograph: Courtesy @gags1972

21. Trying to impress the judges on "The Voice"

Photograph: Courtesy @justjazz93

22. Giving the house a festive makeover

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Photograph: Courtesy @flyby_jinglebells

23. Relaxing and floating around

Photograph: Courtesy @reanna211

24. Being a selfless vigilante in Batman's absence

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Photograph: Courtesy @sarahdyan

25. Parking the sleigh properly

Photograph: Courtesy @reggie_tenzing

26. Venturing to pre-historic times

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Photograph: Courtesy @savorbakingco

27. Stocking up on seasonal sweets

Photograph: Courtesy @mrs_elkins1013

28. Enjoying a white Christmas

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Photograph: Courtesy @ameliageika

29. Attempting (unsuccessfully) to play like Liberace

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