10 Best Elf on the Shelf Leaving Ideas (with free printable)

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I know you are sad that the elf is going back to the North Pole, not! If you are looking for some Elf on the Shelf leaving ideas that will impress the kids keep reading.

We have had the Elf on the Shelf pay us a visit for over 8 years, and my son despite being a teenager absolutely loves them. I say them, as we have 4!

Saying goodbye to the Elf can be upsetting for younger children, so I have put together our favorite goodbye elf on the shelf ideas.

So finding epic last night Elf on the Shelf activities can be challenging.

But not anymore. I have put together the best elf goodbye ideas.

Elf on the Shelf leaving ideas

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When does the Elf on the Shelf leave?

The elf on the shelf’s work will be done on Christmas Eve, and Santa will scoop them up on his return to the North Pole after he has delivered all the presents to the boys and girls.

But don’t be too sad, they will be back on or around December 1st of next year.

Elf on the Shelf departure ideas

You are going to love these elf goodbyes, there are 10 for you to choose from, or go wild and do them all!

I mean you won’t need to remember to move them for another 11 months!

These are such a great way to say goodbye to the elf. They have been such a big part of the children’s lives for 24 days, so they should be sent off with a bang.

Elf on the Shelf yearbook

Create your very own Elf on the Shelf yearbook, and add photos of the 24 days of Elf on the Shelf antics as a wonderful reminder for the kids to cherish.

This is super easy to create, download our free elf on the shelf yearbook cover at the end of this post, and add your photos inside. There are 2 covers to download one with a boy elf and one with a girl elf.

The covers say Elf on the Shelf yearbook 2023, and the reverse of the book says see you next year!

Just print off the cover on cardstock and then fold it in half.

elf on the shelf year book
You will receive the 2023 yearbook

I added 24 photos onto 1 page and folded it in half. However, you could make this a much bigger yearbook with your 24 days of Elf fun on each page.

Please remember though, you will probably be very busy on Christmas Eve already, so you definitely want this to be as easy as possible.

I used glue to add this page to the back of the cover so it looked more professional.

If you forgot to move the elf on any day just add in a silly Christmas photo, check out my husband with his beard ornaments!

elf on the shelf yearbook

For even more elf on the shelf goodbye ideas check out some of our favorites. We tend to do most of them as we are crazy!

elf on the shelf activities bundle


Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download your free Elf on the Shelf year book covers

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 17 April 2024 by homeschoolof1

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