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Best Elf On The Shelf Ideas: These Parents Are Upping The Game

These ideas are amazing!

For many, the start of December means the return of The Elf on the Shelf. You know, that little guy in red who watches over the kids all day and reports back to Santa at night?

While not every family participates in this Christmas tradition, those who do take it very seriously. They buy their elves outfits, they give him or her names, and most importantly, they find super creative ways for their kids to find their elf (or elves) every morning.

Just check out these epic ideas we found on Instagram. These parents take their elf very seriously.

Sprinkle is ready to perform in The Nutcracker. 👯🎅🏻🎄

A photo posted by Jennifer (@ferdalump_lane) on




#elfontheshelf #elfpets #snowballfight #naughty

A photo posted by lindyclou (@lindyclou) on


IT'S DECEMBER! IT'S DECEMBER! IT'S DECEMBER! 🎄🎁🎅 #happyholidays2015 #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Gia Bo Bia (@gia.bo.bia) on


Max got interrogated by chasers toys! Haha #elfontheshelf

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#elfontheshelf Shenanigans || My kids' favorite so far. 😁 #christmas2015 #latergram #elf

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Imperials have captured our #elfontheshelf #starwars

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#day2 #elfontheshelf #minecraft #violentfreeminecraft #readingsession #christmasspirit

A photo posted by Jaime Weisel (@__jaime__) on


The elf has arrived! It must be December! #worklife #elfontheshelf

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what a silly elf #zippy #elfontheshelf #christmasismyfavorite

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Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can... #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Mary Shrontz-Morgan ☕️❄️⛄️ (@shrontzinator) on



🎶 Guess who's back, back again 🎶 Day 1 #elfontheshelf #elliottheelf #christmastraditions #northpolebreakfast

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Jolly McJinglepants is back! #elfontheshelf #dearlordhelpme #ilovemykids

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they're back! #elfontheshelf 🎄

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#minecraft #elfontheshelf

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#keenanelf #eots #elfontheshelf #xmascards

A photo posted by Rachael Keenan (@keenanelf) on



Max strikes again! ☺️🎄🎅🏻 #elfontheshelf #Max #elf #mischief #prankster

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