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Elf on the Shelf Idea Calendar and Checklist

Free printable elf on the shelf calendar and checklist to help you keep organized this year! Plan out your ideas and to-do’s with these helpful holiday templates. 

Because the holidays are so busy, it’s easy to get behind on all things elf. But not with these helpful templates! I print them out after Thanksgiving, along with my elf arrival and goodbye letters. Then I start planning!

elf on the shelf calendar and checklist

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is elf on the shelf. My kids love finding him each morning in December and I love seeing their faces light up with excitement each day. Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of 50+ elf ideas and many of you have requested a planning calendar and checklist. You ask and I deliver. 😉

Some days I have more creative and funny ideas than others. And then there are days where I’m lucky if I remember to move him to a “new” spot. If I happen to forget, I just tell them “Boe” (our elf name) was so tired last night that he slept in. Ha!

This year I’m prepared to be more organized, so that I don’t have to hop out of bed at midnight because I forgot to move him. 😉 If you don’t have one yet, here’s the elf  that I bought. I know some people don’t love this tradition….but I love the “magic” it brings at Christmas time. Totally worth the extra effort in my opinion!

elf on the shelf calendar

To download the elf calendar + checklist:

  1. Enter your info below to snag your free calendar and checklist printables.
  2. Print the templates out on card stock paper on a colored printer (you can also have it sent to the copy store to print for less than $1).
  3. Plan out your ideas! We love to kick off the season with these adorable elf kisses.
elf on the shelf checklist

So let’s hear it…does your family have an elf come visit your home every year? What’s their name?

elf on the shelf calendar

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  1. I’m having trouble printing the Elf Checklist. The PDF file opens in a new window but after I hit “print” there is an error message. It may be on my end, but just in case, can you email me the PDF file? Thank you so much! This is just what I was looking for!

  2. Gotta love auto correct!  That should’ve said “We have an  elf at our house, and my girls (5 & 9) named her Candi Sparkles.

  3. Yay! I found you again! I’m in the middle of finishing up my posts about the elves this year, and I wanted to make sure I had a link to your site, and I had forgotten to Pin it to my elf board! I printed off your calendar and it was SO incredibly helpful. Thank you so very much. Have a great day. 😀
    (Oh, and half the fun was having my 15 year old help me do elfish things for my 9 year old.)

    1. I’m so glad you had fun with the calendar Melinda! Elf on the Shelf is such a fun tradition. So fun that your 15 year old daughter could help. 🙂

  4. Hi. Would like to thank you for the fantastic ideas, you have made my life easier
    Lol as I have 3 elfs in our house

  5. We started elf on the shelf two years ago. My daughter’s (7) elf is named sparkles. I have to say I have just as much fun with creating the “magic” as she does finding her elf every morning. Love the ideas, I will definitely use some of them.