Elf on the Shelf ideas

Holiday contest for ideas!

I recently picked up a vintage Elf to start the “Elf on the Shelf” tradition with my kids. I’ve seen a few posts from around the web with tons of cute ideas for how to place him around the house. I think Dave and I will have as much fun cooking up ideas for where to place him as the kids will when they discover his nightly activities each morning.

elf on the shelf
This is the cute little guy I picked up at my favorite antique mall for $6. Love that he’s teal and green. He fits right in! The felt mistletoe is from West Elm.

My question to you all: Do you do the Elf on the Shelf in your own family? What are some of your favorite ideas for ways to place him? What’s the funniest or most creative idea you’ve heard for the Elf? And just to make it extra fun, I’ll draw a Elf on the Shelf idea at random from the comments section below. You might win a set of vintage Christmas stocking ornaments from my online store, Bluebird Goods. I’ll make the selection on December 1st.

vintage-style stocking ornaments

UPDATE: I used Random.org to generate a number between 1 and 12, and it drew #1! So Natalie Seim, you’ve won a set of 3 vintage-style stocking ornaments from BluebirdGoods.com! Please email me at alana@alanawaters.com so I can get your mailing address. Thank you!