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15 Insanely simple Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas Eve

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Elf on the Shelf's last day

Santa's arrival means Elf on the Shelf's scouting duties are at an end until next year. Here are 15 fun (and easy!) ways to give your North Pole visitor a proper send-off on Christmas Eve.


Reindeer food

elf with reindeer food

Look here! Elfie has a bag of reindeer food (oatmeal mixed with glitter) for the kids to scatter on the lawn for Rudolph and friends. Attach this poem so the kids will know what to do:

"Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!"


Saying goodbye to his buddies

elf with buddies

After 23 nights cavorting in your home, Elf will have surely made some good friends. On his final morning, it's only natural he'd be found having a final goodbye with his buddies!


Making snowflakes

elf with snowflakes

Yes, even Elves get a little homesick. It seems Elfie has been trying to create his own White Christmas by snipping up a flurry of snowflakes.


A little gift before he goes

elf with gift

The kids will have to wait until Christmas morning to open their Santa gifts, but perhaps they'd like to open one small gift from their Elf on the Shelf on Christmas Eve! Make it an ornament and start an annual tradition!


Perched on the fireplace tools

elf fireplace tools

Wrap Elf's tiny, mittened hands around the handle of a fireplace tool and give him a front-row seat for Santa's sooty arrival.


Curled up with a favorite book

elf with book

Elf might be found reading a favorite Christmas book or a new one to add to your family's holiday collection.


Elf under the mistletoe

elf under mistletoe

Somebody wants a kiss goodbye! No mistletoe on hand? Grab some clippings from the yard!


Hanging out in the Christmas tree

elf in tree

Tucked in among the branches, Elf could almost be mistaken for an ornament!


Goodbye note

elf with note

A simple goodbye note is a sweet way to end Elf's stay in your home. Goodbye, Elfie! We'll miss you. Until next year — when the fun will start all over again!

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