Elf on the Shelf Care Package

Our Elf on the Shelf didn’t show up until the middle of December last year. That didn’t leave any time to prepare for his arrival. This year we are planning ahead to make sure our Elf on the Shelf experience is extra special. (You know how much l like to plan ahead)!

I started asking M and M (8 & 6 years old) some questions about their elf. Where is he now? When will he come back? How will he get here? What will make his travels more pleasant?

Elf on the Shelf - care package - perfect for safe travels (plus tips on prepping for December with the Elf)

Together we decided to sit down and create a little Elf on the Shelf care package… to make sure he has everything he needs for the long trip. Family creating parties are one of my favorite things to do. We sit around our creative table and chat while we work. The best part is I can see the process that went into the final product… and usually it’s the process that shines!

Elf on the Shelf - care package - perfect for safe travels (plus tips on prepping for December with the Elf)

Our Elf on the Shelf Care Package

  •  Snacks and a drink.
  • A scarf and mittens.
  • A notebook for writing about his journey.
  • A bag of coal (hmmm… I guess Little M thinks he’ll need that?)
  • A bag of art supplies. Little M insisted that everyone does art when they travel. Wonder where she gets that from… hee hee.
  • A card and gifts.

I think our elf will be very happy to receive this special care package. Don’t you? What would you add in?

Elf on the Shelf - care package - perfect for safe travels (plus tips on prepping for December with the Elf)

Little M also thought he would like a place to come home to. That will cover at least one night of placement!

Elf on the Shelf Prepping

  • Peanut Blossom has made Elf on the Shelf planning super easy by providing a printable Elf Planning calendar. (Just make sure those early readers don’t find it!)
  • Dirty Diaper Laundry shared how she altered her Elf to make him easier to pose. Her first Elf Hack makes him bendy and grippy. Her second Elf Hack adds magnets. (She put the magnets on the outside but I might try stuffing small magnets inside the gloves. Hmmm are my sewing skills good enough for that?)
  • I already know there will be days that I completely forget to move the Elf… Sweet C Designs uses a special card (which she made into a printable… so nice) for times that the Elf gets touched. I’m going to use it cover my “moving” mistake instead.
  • Find some elf ideas… you can start on my Elf on the Shelf Pinterest Board.
  • You’ll notice that I did not ever call our elf by name… that is because none of us can remember. I’m reluctant to rename him because it may be written down and stored in the bottom of the Christmas stuff with the elf. A smarter move would have been to save it on my computer or written in this year’s calendar. How do you keep track of your elf’s name? Or do you just have a better memory than us?

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What special Elf on the Shelf moments are you excited about?


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  1. I am raising my boys, 4 and 2, in a multi-religion house and Elijah, our elf (Santa is an Equal Opportunity Employer you know) is actually going to show up with our menorah on the day of the 1st night of Hanukkah (Wednesday before Thanksgiving) and spend the first 8 days sharing the magic of Hanukkah (Dreidel anyone?) before heading into the magic of the Christmas season… Thank you for the planner that will help so much and I love your idea of the card in case he forgets to move that happened once or twice last year =/

  2. We built our elf house tonight! We are slowly building it up so he can come home! My 4 year old and I had a great time being creative together tonight! Thanks for the idea!

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