If you're anything like us, you're both excited and annoyed that your home is taken over by a mischievous elf for close to a month each year. It's awesome to see your kids light up when they see the elf's new hiding spot, but such a hassle when you wake up at 2 a.m. realizing you forgot to move the dang thing again and are now fresh out of Elf on the Shelf hiding ideas.
Some elves make their debut the day after Thanksgiving. Others don't show their face until December. Even so, that's still 24 days of creativity.
Here are a few Elf on the Shelf hiding ideas to get you through the holidays that are easy to pull off in an apartment.
A couple of helium balloons help your elf's arrival go off without a hitch.
Hot hot hot … hot chocolate!
Bathroom? Check. Toilet paper? Check.
Just don't look down…
The elf takes the Iron Throne.
This one is easy to pull off in an apartment. The bows won't leave marks behind so you don't have to worry about losing your deposit over elf misbehavior.
It's a par-tay!
This move usually buys you a few days of not moving the elf because he's just too sick to move! [Insert evil mom laugh]
We really like this one because the baking sheet keeps the elf's mess contained.
Who doesn't love a good campfire?
He's holding out for a hero.
If you're running low on places to hide the elf around your apartment, move him outside to your car. There are so many places to hide!
Because the elf is a jar, your kids can get away with "touching" the elf without him losing his magic. It's a good way to let your kids show the elf around your home and ride to and from school.
Have your elf deliver baking supplies to make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve! This is perfect for a day or two before Christmas.
Add a corncob pipe and a button nose and you've got yourself a snowman regardless of the weather.
Who doesn't love the yellow henchmen? Elf sure does!
You may not have time to make fresh-squeezed orange juice in the morning, but Elf has enough time!
Elf loves crafting and making unique snowflakes.
It may be too cold outside for sack races, but that won't stop the Elf!
Elf loves this marshmallow Rice Krispies treat as much as the next person.
Nothing like a family game of Twister for some family bonding time.
With all the sweets and treats of the holiday season, Elf is taking time for exercise.
Elf wants some fresh air, so let him rest on the wreath.
Elf obviously does not have spidey-senses as he's been trapped by Spiderman in a web.
Elf was a little tight for cash around the holidays, so he's sneaking some spare change out of the piggy bank.
Elf is very active and loves to go(ld) fish.
Elf has excellent balance as he scales his way across the tightrope.
Elf has the ability to scale walls — whether they are painted walls or brick, he can scale them all!
Elves need to stay healthy and flexible so they can have the energy to keep doing their pranks!
Maybe the elf being locked outside isn't such a bad thing… the house is much cleaner!
At least he's leaving a mess in the toilet and not somewhere else.
“You look quite a bit taller since the last time I saw you… wasn't that yesterday?"
Now you have proof of what the elf was up to!
This time, the elf decided to help us out by doing some deep cleaning. Or, maybe he just did it for the couch change — finders, keepers!
Clearly, this elf didn't read about Gulliver, or else he might have seen this coming.
Up, up and away!
There's nothing like the great indoors — no bugs, great temperature and indoor plumbing is just down the hall!
Santa gave his elf a secret mission and this elf intends to complete it.
Let elf enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the pond with his new ducky friends!
This elf likes to party — but he does it quietly, so he doesn't wake anyone up!
Unlike Ralphie, this elf actually likes the pajamas Aunt Clara sent.
Jim Halpert would be proud of the work this elf is doing around the house.
Elf and the other toys like to have fun together — even if it makes a little bit of a mess!
“Elf… I am your father."
Elves are really good at fixing things — especially motors that never ran in the first place.
Rub-a-dub-dub, there's an elf in the tub.
Don't be fooled — this little guy can take on even the best pool players.
Step right up! Come see this elf in action as he clowns around and shows off his talented animals.
After all of the holiday shenanigans, this Elf on the Shelf has been hiding a lot and needs a little bit of rest and relaxation.
Moving the elf is a beloved family tradition that children love and these Elf on the Shelf hiding ideas can help you keep the magic alive for your children during the holiday season.