Elf On The Shelf: Printable Customizable Elf Memo Notes

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Elf on the Shelf has become a tradition in households since 2010. We didn’t get our elf, Elfie, until December 2011 but we’ve enjoyed having him around ever since. Like I’ve mentioned a few times there are many different ways to use your Elf, and you don’t have to use it the same way everyone else does. I tend to be a little different with mine.While our Elves don’t get into things, making messes or causing a scene ours moves around the house, leaves little notes, treats, and if someone misbehaves a letter often appears reminding my kids during the holidays while it may be stressful and a bit overwhelming, we have to make sure we are being nice to others and listening to our parents!This brings me to The Elf Memos. I created these in hopes I would be able to get away with a more genuine note from the North Pole and our Elf-friends. While it may seem silly to us, our kids do pay attention and notice if things aren’t just right. This way, with a photo of the elf on the memo it has to be real, right?

Well, according to my kids – YES!

With this free printable you can write whatever you want on it. Save it, use your favorite editor to add words so your kids don’t notice your handwriting, or you can handwrite – it’s up to you! I just wanted to make sure there were a fun and creative way to make it seem a little more real to keep the magic going.


My 4 oldest kids don’t believe in Santa, or the elf any more so it’s just something fun I do for the youngest 4. My youngest is only 8 months old so we will be holding on to this tradition for a long time, and when my kids head off with their own families I plan to gift them with an Elf on the Shelf in hopes the tradition can continue with their kids (if they chose to have any) so I need to get more creative as time goes on. I have a few other Elf on the Shelf ideas up my sleeve, but for now, fun memos from the elves is a great, fun and creative way to let the kids know the Elves magic lives on, and they are watching!


  • Reply Stacie December 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    That is such an awesome idea! This is a great way to bring a level of interactivity to any Elf on the Shelf.

  • Reply Joe December 3, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    That is pretty awesome. I had thought that everything that could be done with Elf on the Shelf had been done. I was wrong!

  • Reply Dwight Andrew Alleyne December 3, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Those Memos are pretty cool. We are always trying to think of ways to keep the Elf on the shelf interesting for our daughter. So this will definitely help

  • Reply Audrey December 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Your way is definitely unique, and I like that! I like the Elf on the Shelf for the kids who still believe. This is great!

  • Reply Kristine Nicole Alessandra December 4, 2018 at 3:14 am

    We don’t do Elf on the Shelf but some of my friends do. They say it is fun! I don’t have little ones anymore so I guess I will have to suggest this to my cousin who still has a 4 year old daughter.

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore December 4, 2018 at 11:26 am

    These are really cute! I wish I had these when my kids were little! Such an awesome idea!

  • Reply Lora Frost December 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Love this idea. You are oh so right about kids keen eye for detail. These printables are the perfect accessory for the Elf. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Becca Wilson December 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    These elf notes are so very cute. We don’t do the elf but I have friends that do so this is awesome!

  • Reply Peter December 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Such a great and creative idea. The kids love the elves so much. Great way to keep the kids inspired about bein. The best they can be

  • Reply Vanessa Delia December 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    That’s a really cute idea and I love that the notes are printable. I’m still not so sure about the Elf on the Shelf thing, but these are perfect for those that go all out with it.

  • Reply Katrina kroeplin December 5, 2018 at 12:38 am

    My youngest love our elf Gideon. She’s 6 so the perfect age for all the fun.

  • Reply Rosey December 5, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Your elf is nice and has treats to share. :) I think the elf is fun. We didn’t do ours this year though, my son simply put him on display in his room. I guess he’s officially outgrown the fun. ;)

  • Reply Mary edwards December 5, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for sharing with us. I’m going to pass this on to my Facebook group as they post their photos of elf daily

  • Reply jan December 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    These are so well done and make it all look better.

  • Reply Autumn Murray December 5, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    What a cute idea and a time saver for parents who run out of ideas or are short on time. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Victoria Ess December 6, 2018 at 6:33 am

    This is such a cute idea to make a fun tradition even better!

  • Reply Janet M December 6, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for this. It will be so much fun for the holidays.

  • Reply Lynda Cook December 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    That is a great idea, so much fun, my daughter has started the Elf this year for her little one, should be lots of fun!

  • Reply Holly D December 7, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    These are super cute! Great addition to the elf on the shelf fun! Going to share this with my sister in law as well!

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