12 Clever & Naughty Elf on the Shelf Ideas

“He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake,” – no, not Santa Claus, but his sneaky little minion, The Elf on the Shelf.

Each year, parents rely on their little elf to be consummate spies on their kids’ behavior around the holidays. Didn’t put your toys away? Picked a fight with your little brother? Talked back to your parents? The elf is watching, and he’ll report directly to Santa.

But while the parents use their little house elf to promote good behavior and incorporate holiday traditions, sometimes the little elves have too much eggnog and get into trouble themselves. Take a look at some of our favorite funny pics of the little elf behaving badly, and get inspired to be creative with your little elf this year. But be warned: Some of these are for mommy and daddy's eyes only. 

Does your family have The Elf on the Shelf? If your kids love him as much as we do, then order them a Personalized Elf on the Shelf ornament from 1-800-Flowers. It makes for the perfect addition to any Christmas tree -- just make sure your elf ornament doesn't get into as much trouble as these naughty elves!


  • Dec. 26 Relaxation

    The day after Christmas is a time to kick back and relax for little Elf.

    Image via Elf on Shelves

  • Go the F**k to Sleep

    Just winding down with his favorite book after a long day of work.

    Image via Elf on Shelves

  • Lay off the 'Sauce'

    Every elf has to eat from the four major elf food groups.

    Image via Elf on Shelves

  • Cookie Surprise

    Har har, Elf. Very funny.

    Image via Elf on Shelves

  • LEGO Retaliation

    Looks like all of the LEGO people were tired of Big Brother always watching.

    Image via Picklehead Soup

  • Lifting Weights

    Elf is trying to get super buff for Barbie, one rep at a time.

    Image via Dirty Diaper Laundry

  • Snack Break!

    You're only halfway through these clever ideas, but why not stop for a festive snack? Treat the family to a plethora of chocolate treats in an adorable and creative Elf on the Shelf dessert tin from Harry London. The best part? After the sweets are done, the tin makes for a happy home for that naughty little puppet.

  • Passed Out

    After sneaking up a few too many cold ones on that shelf, Elf has finally passed out.

    Image via National Post

  • Wine Kegger

    Elf knows how to party in the classiest way possible

    Image via My Bad Elf

  • Party Train

    Elf is hopping on the party train. Next stop: Barbie's house.

    Image via My Bad Elf

  • D**k in a Box

    Elf is a fan of Saturday Night Live. He also has a special surprise, it looks like.

    Image via Baby Center

  • Wrecking Ball

    Elf puts Miley Cyrus to shame.

    Image via Tumblr

  • Elf is all 'Lit Up'

    The Christmas tree isn't the only thing getting lit this year.

    Image via My Bad Elf

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