Editor’s note, December 2018: Check out our newest Elf on the Shelf story with 38 (and counting) fresh picks for Elf on the Shelf with kids. Click here to go to the full story.


The best things come in small packages. The brilliant brainchild of Atlanta mother-daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, Elf on the Shelf is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Dutifully reporting to Santa on who is naughty or nice, this little one has some magic moves. Need the playroom cleaned up stat? Just point to Santa’s scout. Having bedtime battles? Place the Elf in a strategic spot. Check out these inspiring ideas of where to place everyone’s favorite holiday helper, courtesy of Atlanta party stylist Amy Croushorn of Amy’s Party Ideas. Because seeing is believing.

Caught Pink Handed

Have your elf stage a scene and tape up an area with crepe paper. Frame the little fella with the materials so they know who done it.

Where do you put your Elf on the Shelf? Share with us below!

—Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of Amy’s Party Ideas