Aww guys, I totally recommend Elf on the Shelf, or any handmade/homemade version. It's so magic listening to Eleanor scamper around the house each morning, hunting for this mischievous elf.
Although his icing sugar angel did turn into this... Kid had a lot of icing sugar in his ears.
So much fun using all these props...
Actually the props have been the best/easiest part of Elf on the Shelf this year. Before the start of December I collected up any items I thought might be useful and put them all in a basket. Easy to dip into if I'm strapped for ideas.
But we've been doing quite a few easy ones too, and truthfully, they are equally well received. The joy lies in the hunt and the discovery, we have found. So we've toned it down a bit.
Only a few nights left now. Kinda sad. We've had fun.