The Best of Elf on the Shelf

It's that time of year again! Time for the spy in elf's clothing to cause all manner of havoc in the home, all in the name of reminding the little ones to stay on their best behaviour during the countdown to the holidays.

The premise of the phenomenon that is The Elf on the Shelf is that one of Santa’s Scout Elves keeps an eye on the children during the run-up to Christmas and reports back to the North Pole.

Every night once the kids are asleep, parents set up a cheeky tableau for their little nippers to discover the following morning and it turns out, the mums and dads really get into it, even more so than the kids.

Twenty-five long days of creative torture for mums and dads across the globe but for us at Zoella HQ they’re a constant source of laughter, and surprise at the festive geniuses across Instagram!

Here’s a gallery of 17 ideas to inspire that little Elf’s next move, or to just give you a good laugh!

What have your elves been getting up to in the run-up to Christmas this year? Let us know in the comments below!