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100 Genius Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Steal This Christmas

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1. Melted Snowman Prank

Let's hope that wasn't Olaf. From pinkpeonyhome.
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Let's hope that wasn't Olaf. From pinkpeonyhome.

2. The Voice

No one can hit a high note like an elf. From Picklehead Soup.
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No one can hit a high note like an elf. From Picklehead Soup.

3. Spa Day

At the North Pole they don’t use cucumbers, they use peppermint starlight mints.
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At the North Pole they don’t use cucumbers, they use peppermint starlight mints.

4. Blowing Bubbles

All you need is a balloon to pull this one off! From SamOurElfOnTheShelf.
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All you need is a balloon to pull this one off! From SamOurElfOnTheShelf.

5. McDonald's

Did you know The Hamburglar is actually part elf? From tallystar.
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Did you know The Hamburglar is actually part elf? From tallystar.

6. Jurassic Park

Rated ELF-13 for intense scenes of dino on elf violence. From The Howards Got Elfed.
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Rated ELF-13 for intense scenes of dino on elf violence. From The Howards Got Elfed.

7. Painting The Elf-fell Tower

Those are some cultured looking elves. From elfingaround.
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Those are some cultured looking elves. From elfingaround.

8. Elf Vs. Elsa

Way harsh, Elsa. FYI, this one will either thrill or horrify your kid.
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Way harsh, Elsa. FYI, this one will either thrill or horrify your kid.

9. Peas On Earth

That is one punny elf. From SamOurElfOnTheShelf
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That is one punny elf. From SamOurElfOnTheShelf

10. Titanic

But instead of “I’m the king of the world!” they yell “I’m Santa!”
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But instead of “I’m the king of the world!” they yell “I’m Santa!”

11. Eyelash Extender

These really make his eyes pop. From KimPoyser.
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These really make his eyes pop. From KimPoyser.

12. The Nutritionist

Elf diabetes is a rarely discussed epidemic. From Spot of Tea Designs.
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Elf diabetes is a rarely discussed epidemic. From Spot of Tea Designs.

13. Stilts

Practicing for the elf circus. From tricia_flinn.
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Practicing for the elf circus. From tricia_flinn.

14. Knife Thrower

Something tells me this elf isn’t too sharp. From annymalla.
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Something tells me this elf isn’t too sharp. From annymalla.

15. Enjoying Some Schweddy Balls

Your kids might not know WTF is happening here, but adult fans of Saturday Night Live will find it pretty damn funny. From christmaself_2017.
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Your kids might not know WTF is happening here, but adult fans of Saturday Night Live will find it pretty damn funny. From christmaself_2017.

16. Thirsty Little Elf

Fun fact: Elf legs can behind backwards AND forward. From Peachy Parade.
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Fun fact: Elf legs can behind backwards AND forward. From Peachy Parade.

17. Playing Pie Face!

They didn't get the shaving cream from Santa. From Christmas Elves.
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They didn't get the shaving cream from Santa. From Christmas Elves.

18. Batman Prank

Our elf friend said the Batman with George Clooney was the best one ever. From wvmomofsix.
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Our elf friend said the Batman with George Clooney was the best one ever. From wvmomofsix.

19. Harry Potter

This elf is going to make some little Muggles very happy this Christmas. From Shelf the Elf.
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This elf is going to make some little Muggles very happy this Christmas. From Shelf the Elf.

20. Cookies With...A Special Ingredient

They say you should never look in the kitchen. This goes double for an elf kitchen.
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They say you should never look in the kitchen. This goes double for an elf kitchen.

21. Cookie Butter Pigout Session

Fun fact: There's a tiny Trader Joe's at the North Pole. Parking stinks there too.
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Fun fact: There's a tiny Trader Joe's at the North Pole. Parking stinks there too.

22. The "Have You Been Working Out?" Elf

If you laid off the sugar, elf, you might actually look like that! From My Elf Belly Belle.
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If you laid off the sugar, elf, you might actually look like that! From My Elf Belly Belle.

23. Condiments

You can order these costumes from TailVeilsBoutique for $6.00.
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You can order these costumes from TailVeilsBoutique for $6.00.

24. Surrounded By The Rebel Alliance

This elf made the mistake of talking trash about the prequels.
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This elf made the mistake of talking trash about the prequels.

25. Darth Vader Dispensing Some Non-Holiday Magic

Honesty, this elf thought saying George Lucas looked like Santa was a compliment! From cBattery.
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Honesty, this elf thought saying George Lucas looked like Santa was a compliment! From cBattery.

26. And This Star Wars Viewing Party

It’s nice to see elves — and the gang from Star Wars — CAN put their differences aside, isn’t it? From vkmainsmith.
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It’s nice to see elves — and the gang from Star Wars — CAN put their differences aside, isn’t it? From vkmainsmith.

27. Enjoying Buddy's Famous Spaghetti

Let your elf feast on Buddy's famous spaghetti. From I Heart Naptime.
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Let your elf feast on Buddy's famous spaghetti. From I Heart Naptime.

28. Laundry Day

Syrup stains. Lots and lots of syrup stains. From chavi.m.
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Syrup stains. Lots and lots of syrup stains. From chavi.m.

29. Cookie Monster Torture

Sorry, Cookie Monster. None for you.
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Sorry, Cookie Monster. None for you.

30. And this Cookie Monster Interrogation

"We know you ate the cookie, Cookie. Just admit it!" From Macabee and Noelle.
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"We know you ate the cookie, Cookie. Just admit it!" From Macabee and Noelle.

31. The Sketch Artist

Jack Dawson has nothing on this elf. From Nannersp.
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Jack Dawson has nothing on this elf. From Nannersp.

32. John and Yoko

“Imagine all the elves, living life in peace…”
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“Imagine all the elves, living life in peace…”

33. Elf Twister

Elves love to get silly on egg nog and play this. From leslielarch.
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Elves love to get silly on egg nog and play this. From leslielarch.

34. A Brown Sugar Angel

Elves do love their sugar. From Ziggy The Elf.
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Elves do love their sugar. From Ziggy The Elf.

35. Hot Dog

This one is funny, but elves have learned the hard way not to do it around a hungry Santa. #RIPSparky. From Elf on the Shelf Adventures.
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This one is funny, but elves have learned the hard way not to do it around a hungry Santa. #RIPSparky. From Elf on the Shelf Adventures.

36. Magic Trick

The Magnificent Macabee is indeed magnificent, but don’t bring up that one time he messed up at Santa’s Birthday party. #RIPSugarplumMary From macabeeandnoelle.
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The Magnificent Macabee is indeed magnificent, but don’t bring up that one time he messed up at Santa’s Birthday party. #RIPSugarplumMary From macabeeandnoelle.

37. Trapped Under A Glass

Making this an even worse situation? This elf has to pee. From Elf on the Shelf Adventures.
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Making this an even worse situation? This elf has to pee. From Elf on the Shelf Adventures.

38. Lego Elf

Am I wrong to worry the Lego Elf is going to kill them in their sleep? From The Adventures of Alfie and Poppy the Elves.
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Am I wrong to worry the Lego Elf is going to kill them in their sleep? From The Adventures of Alfie and Poppy the Elves.

39. Silly String

This elf was mad to learn the silly string was not, in fact, made of cotton candy. From The yearly shenanigans of Belly Belle.
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This elf was mad to learn the silly string was not, in fact, made of cotton candy. From The yearly shenanigans of Belly Belle.

40. WWE(lf)

Hulkamania got nothing on Elfamania. From RMA Photography Detroit.
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Hulkamania got nothing on Elfamania. From RMA Photography Detroit.

41. Bean Boozled

They totally got "barf," didn't they? From Smarty the Elf.
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They totally got "barf," didn't they? From Smarty the Elf.

42. The Little Drummer Boy

Meet Ringo the Elf. From Frugal Coupon Living.
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Meet Ringo the Elf. From Frugal Coupon Living.

43. Building A Gingerbread House

If you surprise your kids with a finished Gingerbread House the next morning they will really be amazed! From macabeeandnoelle.
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If you surprise your kids with a finished Gingerbread House the next morning they will really be amazed! From macabeeandnoelle.

44. The Downward Dog

Relieving all of the Christmas season stress. From The Howards Got Elfed.
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Relieving all of the Christmas season stress. From The Howards Got Elfed.

45. Magic Carpet Ride

From Enza's Bargains. Find the easy how-to here.
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From Enza's Bargains. Find the easy how-to here.

46. Visiting The Little Elves's Room

Fun fact: Elf bathrooms actually smell wonderful! From Bella The Elf.
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Fun fact: Elf bathrooms actually smell wonderful! From Bella The Elf.

47. School Is In Session

Elves are known to be short with their students. From A Small Snippet.
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Elves are known to be short with their students. From A Small Snippet.

48. Gingerbread Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut has nothing on these elves. From The Howards Got Elfed.
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Joey Chestnut has nothing on these elves. From The Howards Got Elfed.

49. The Nail Salon

Tiny nails need care too. From brummiejo.
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Tiny nails need care too. From brummiejo.

50. Golfing

Don't call it miniature golf if you don't want to offend your elf. From Peachy Parade.
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Don't call it miniature golf if you don't want to offend your elf. From Peachy Parade.

51. Roasting Marshmallows

The elf here isn't sure how to break it to Barbie that she is on the naughty list. From x_meplustwo_x.
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The elf here isn't sure how to break it to Barbie that she is on the naughty list. From x_meplustwo_x.

52. Teenage Mutant Ninja...oranges?

You can do this one with apples too. From Little Monsters and Me.
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You can do this one with apples too. From Little Monsters and Me.

53. Emoji Cookie Party

Kids love emojis, and kids love cookies, so this one is sure to be a hit! From glitchgirl2.
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Kids love emojis, and kids love cookies, so this one is sure to be a hit! From glitchgirl2.

54. Gift Exchange

Hanging with their pal, Mensch on a Bench.
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Hanging with their pal, Mensch on a Bench.

55. Lawnmower Prank

You'd get mad if he weren't so darn cute! From Scout Our Cheeky Elf.
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You'd get mad if he weren't so darn cute! From Scout Our Cheeky Elf.

56. Minecraft

This elf probably isn't watching everything your kid is doing. From Defining Fabulous.
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This elf probably isn't watching everything your kid is doing. From Defining Fabulous.

57. Photo Frame Prank

Fun fact: Elves don't say "Cheese!" when they take a photo. They say, "Sugar!"
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Fun fact: Elves don't say "Cheese!" when they take a photo. They say, "Sugar!"

58. Snap! Elf! and Pop!

Now that is one sugary cereal. From laurenahermann.
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Now that is one sugary cereal. From laurenahermann.

59. Elf In A Balloon

If your kids ask how the elf got in there, the answer is "magic." But if you want to know, click here.
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If your kids ask how the elf got in there, the answer is "magic." But if you want to know, click here.

60. Marshmallow Igloo

It'll keep your elf warm, and if they get hungry they can take a bite! From rookster17.
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It'll keep your elf warm, and if they get hungry they can take a bite! From rookster17.

61. Sledding

Sledding...the number one cause of elf injuries. From Chippie the Scout Elf.
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Sledding...the number one cause of elf injuries. From Chippie the Scout Elf.

62. The Classic Wrapped Toilet Prank

"Merry, uh, Christmas!" From abel_and_ezra.
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"Merry, uh, Christmas!" From abel_and_ezra.

63. The Mechanic

Truth be told, elves are terrible mechanics — they try to fix everything with sugar. From Newmantube.
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Truth be told, elves are terrible mechanics — they try to fix everything with sugar. From Newmantube.

64. Hammock Nap

And to think the elves at the North Pole are working double shifts to get all the toys ready! From niljgrim.
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And to think the elves at the North Pole are working double shifts to get all the toys ready! From niljgrim.

65. Netflix and Chill

They'll start Frosty the Snowman, but they won't finish it.
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They'll start Frosty the Snowman, but they won't finish it.

66. Elf In A Jar

Do your kids whine about not being able to touch the elf? Well, if you put your elf in a jar they can “safely” carry them around with them! From chrissykelly16.
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Do your kids whine about not being able to touch the elf? Well, if you put your elf in a jar they can “safely” carry them around with them! From chrissykelly16.

67. Photo Booth

Say "Sugar!" From Living Locurto.
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Say "Sugar!" From Living Locurto.

68. Lemonade Stand

Just a warning..this lemonade is VERY sweet. From Tricia_Flinn.
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Just a warning..this lemonade is VERY sweet. From Tricia_Flinn.

69. Hot Air Balloon And Underwear Basket

Your kid will get a good laugh upon seeing their underwear in the air.
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Your kid will get a good laugh upon seeing their underwear in the air.

70. Sack Race

Wow, really poor showing from Thor. From _theelf_onthe_shelf_.
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Wow, really poor showing from Thor. From _theelf_onthe_shelf_.

71. Spider-Elf

This elf's got a red suit just like Spidey. Coincidence? I think not.
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This elf's got a red suit just like Spidey. Coincidence? I think not.

72. The Mummy

Dig the dad joke (or is that a mom joke?) here! From taj22.
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Dig the dad joke (or is that a mom joke?) here! From taj22.

73. Joining The Scooby-Doo Mystery Gang

The Grinch is like, "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those damn kids!" From heartofvikkilee.
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The Grinch is like, "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those damn kids!" From heartofvikkilee.

74. Movie Night

This one is fun — tell your kids you will have a movie night that night, then enjoy the candy and popcorn in the display once you start the movie! From Elfing Around.
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This one is fun — tell your kids you will have a movie night that night, then enjoy the candy and popcorn in the display once you start the movie! From Elfing Around.

75. The "Clean Your Damn Room, Kid!"

You can try something like this when your kids REALLY need to clean their rooms. Genius! From gemmafinnkill.
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You can try something like this when your kids REALLY need to clean their rooms. Genius! From gemmafinnkill.

76. Toast Homes

Low-cost elf housing. From allison_kipling.
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Low-cost elf housing. From allison_kipling.

77. Drag Race

Hopefully they stay away from "Dead Elf's Curve." From allison_kipling.
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Hopefully they stay away from "Dead Elf's Curve." From allison_kipling.

78. Going Bananas

Another option: draw minions on the bananas! From alexismiller_ltd.
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Another option: draw minions on the bananas! From alexismiller_ltd.

79. Got Pringles?

Sour cream and onions is good, but elves really love the “syrup and candy canes” flavored Pringles. From jack_the_elf_01.
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Sour cream and onions is good, but elves really love the “syrup and candy canes” flavored Pringles. From jack_the_elf_01.

80. Karate

Word of warning kid — touching your elf won't turn out well for you. From The crazy antics of Zigsy and Fofo the Christmas Elves.
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Word of warning kid — touching your elf won't turn out well for you. From The crazy antics of Zigsy and Fofo the Christmas Elves.

81. Purse Thief

This elf needs the money to feed his bad peppermint bark habit. From heartofvikkilee.
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This elf needs the money to feed his bad peppermint bark habit. From heartofvikkilee.

82. Laying Out At The Beach

These elves ain’t never going back to the North Pole. From Brulee Mistletoe and Rudolph Red.
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These elves ain’t never going back to the North Pole. From Brulee Mistletoe and Rudolph Red.

83. Working Out

He's the only elf in the gym — the rest are off eating cookies. From Velocity Sports Performance.
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He's the only elf in the gym — the rest are off eating cookies. From Velocity Sports Performance.

84. Water Skiing

Elves don't only snow ski, you know. From hollymarie34.
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Elves don't only snow ski, you know. From hollymarie34.

85. Christmas Vacation

Hey, it's Cousin Elfie!
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Hey, it's Cousin Elfie!

86. Rave Elves

If your kids ask why these elves are sucking on pacifiers, change the subject. From ashnichol80.
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If your kids ask why these elves are sucking on pacifiers, change the subject. From ashnichol80.

87. Snowball Fight

Sorry, elf, but my money's on Olaf. From Tillie & Toodles Elf on the Shelf.
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Sorry, elf, but my money's on Olaf. From Tillie & Toodles Elf on the Shelf.

88. Copy Machine Hijinks

“Elsa and the Elfster, makin' copies!”From Ruby's Elf Buddy.
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“Elsa and the Elfster, makin' copies!”From Ruby's Elf Buddy.

89. Zip Line

"Yippee ki-yay!" From Sheldon the Elf.
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"Yippee ki-yay!" From Sheldon the Elf.

90. The Bathroom Prankster

Elves should think twice before pulling this trick, though. Given a choice between wiping with tape or an elf, I’d choose the elf. From Sew Many Possibilities.
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Elves should think twice before pulling this trick, though. Given a choice between wiping with tape or an elf, I’d choose the elf. From Sew Many Possibilities.

91. DJ Sweet Beats

Spinning only Christmas music, of course. From Elf On The Shelf.
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Spinning only Christmas music, of course. From Elf On The Shelf.

92. Underwear Thief

Guaranteed to get your kids giggling. From life.styled.by.dominique.
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Guaranteed to get your kids giggling. From life.styled.by.dominique.

93. Seriously Under Attack

Man, what did this elf do to upset ALL of those Legos? From van_westend_mom.
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Man, what did this elf do to upset ALL of those Legos? From van_westend_mom.

94. Googly Eyes

Give your kids a thrill when they open the fridge. From christmaself_2017.
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Give your kids a thrill when they open the fridge. From christmaself_2017.

95. Making Pancakes

True story: This elf used to date Aunt Jemima before they changed the bottle. From nikjgrim.
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True story: This elf used to date Aunt Jemima before they changed the bottle. From nikjgrim.

96. "Be Good"

And if your kids ARE good, they can eat the candy! From ohmandie.
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And if your kids ARE good, they can eat the candy! From ohmandie.

97. Poker Night

The guilty look on the elf’s face? He’s counting cards. From d.shoe.
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The guilty look on the elf’s face? He’s counting cards. From d.shoe.

98. Kissing Booth

Now THOSE are some sweet kisses. From ocamorena360.
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Now THOSE are some sweet kisses. From ocamorena360.

99. Sick In Bed

As all elves know, he will be better ASAP if he has a bowl of warm syrup. From tortoiseandhound.
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As all elves know, he will be better ASAP if he has a bowl of warm syrup. From tortoiseandhound.

100. And Then The Perfect Goodbye

Until next year, elf buddy! From Gloria the Elf.
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Until next year, elf buddy! From Gloria the Elf.

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