The Elf on The Shelf is a book, but also a new tradition that has become more and more widespread in recent years.
Specifically, in every house, there is an elf who observes those who live there and goes to the North Pole every night to report to Santa Claus. Finally, on Christmas Eve, everyone receives gifts depending on how ‘good’ they were.
The idea, which is not necessarily new, turned into a real frenzy, with the sale of The Elf on the Shelf, which comes bundled with a DVD and an elf doll that is said to come to life during the night. The book was written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell and published in 2005.
How Much Does an Elf on the Shelf Cost?
In general, the doll and the book are sold together, and the price of one package purchased online is anywhere between $25 and $35, without the shipping fees. The elf doll comes in different versions, as a girl or a boy, with dark or light skin.
Depending on the retailer, you will have to pay anywhere between $30 and $50 for a package that includes the elf doll, the book, and a bonus DVD, purchased online.
In case you want to buy only one item and not the entire set, then you should plan on spending:
- anywhere between $12 and $17 for the plush versions of the Elf on the Shelf doll, plus the shipping fees;
- anywhere between $14 and $18 for The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Sound Story Book, plus the shipping fees;
- anywhere between $7 and $16 for the DVD, plus the shipping fees.
The shipping fees are variable and depend on the retailer. There are some that will deliver your products at no charge, while others may charge around $5 per order. Make sure you check the shipping cost before placing an online order.
Elf on the Shelf details
Parents use it especially to create all kinds of games – every morning the elf is in another part of the house, doing various things and the children have to find it; he cannot be touched, but the children can talk to him and tell him what to pass on to Santa; sometimes the elf leaves the notes with what to do that day, from decorating the Christmas tree to writing greeting cards for the family.
In 2011, a movie, An Elf’s Story, was released based on this idea.
The movie was not well received, with nothing standing out from other Christmas animations. By the way, the very idea of a real elf who follows everything you do does not delight everyone and some psychologists have drawn attention to its negative effects.
What does the elf do at night?
Well, the internet is full of images that ‘catch’ him in the middle of the action. And it’s not really good behavior.
Here are some great game ideas for Elf on a Shelf:
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
No ideas come popping up in your head? These are the Elf on the Shelf game ideas that sound the best in our heads:
- Dress it up: You can dress up your elf in all kinds of fun personalized sweaters or other clothing pieces and accessories.
- Leave sneaky footprints: You can use powdered sugar or flour and add it to a footprint stencil and leave the elf somewhere in a running stance.
- Special delivery: You can set the elf up in a special delivery box or wrap it as a present on its first night back.
- Issues in the kitchen: You can have your elf either serve up mini pancakes, eat a plate of spaghetti, or even make flour snow angels.
Elf on the Shelf Pros
The children look forward to the elf returning every year.
Finding the elf every morning is a fun game for kids.
You can choose the gender, skin tone, and eyes color of your elf.
Elf on the Shelf Cons
Some families may not like the idea of an elf who spies on their children and report their behavior to Santa.