Elf on the Shelf is a tradition that has taken the UK by storm with over half a million British parents having adopted the beloved elf into their homes since 2005. According to research, in 2018 Brits also searched for it more times than they looked up Father Christmas or even Santa.
For new parents who may not have heard of it yet, the Elf on the Shelf toy sits around the house watching over your kids. The premise being that it was sent from the North Pole by Santa to report on your kid’s behaviour. Every morning the kids will wake up to find the little scout in a new and exciting spot or scenario.
If you’re thinking of adopting one for your household, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one, seeing as there are over 2,000 stores (or ‘adoption centres’ as Elf on the Shelf like to call it) across the UK, including Argos, Amazon and the Elf on the Shelf store itself.
Once you’ve got an elf, thinking up ideas for where to put it can be a difficult task. It definitely seems to be worth it though, as, according to Beano, around a third of kids in the UK count it as one of the special things about their family Christmas. So, here’s a round-up of the best places to put your Elf on the Shelf.