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19 Elf On The Shelf Ideas Only Adults Will Appreciate

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Once the Elf on the Shelf starts making an appearance, you know the holiday season is in full force. But when you need a break from the cutesy set ups, it may be time to brainstorm Elf on the Shelf ideas for adults.

This is perfect for those nights when you just need a good laugh in the midst of the holiday stress. It also works if your kids are fast asleep and you just need a moment for some grown-up humor. (After all, you will want to make sure the little ones don’t sneak a peek at these funny Elf on the Shelf ideas.) They aren’t exactly the definition of kid-friendly; many are even worthy of a “NSFW” warning.

But first, a little history. According to the official site, the Elf on the Shelf tradition was created by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. It features a charming scout elf from the North Pole who lets Santa know which kids are being naughty or nice. The concept also involves setting up the elf in mischievous poses around the house, waiting to surprise the children.

Although it's a kids’ tradition, the internet proves that grown-ups have figured out to get a good chuckle out of it. Don’t believe me? Check out these 23 adult Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep you entertained all month long.

1Martini Party

Dessert for grownups? Yes please. I'll take three.

2Hot Tub Ladies

Clearly, Barbie and her friend wanted in on the fun. They sure look cozy, don't they?

3Fireball Pup

This might explain why your four-legged friend has been acting strange.

4The Pin Pricker

What a naughty elf. Hide your condoms, people.

5Elf Electrocution

Someone is up to no good... again.

6Potty Mouth

Oh, elves. Aren't they just sweethearts?

7The Girls

You'll never look at eggs the same way again.

8Merry Mooning

This is how you know someone had way too much eggnog.

9The Hangover

Thankfully, this elf has a hat to hold his hair back.

10Potty Training Gone Wrong

Something tells me elf essential oils don't smell too great.

11Goodbye Olaf

Who knew there was beef between the elves and Olaf?

12Squash Surprise

This is exactly why you should eat your fall squash before the elves get to it.

13Caught In The Act

Even the angel on top of your Christmas tree isn't safe from a naughty elf.

14RIP The Grinch

Thanks to this mischievous elf, there's a good chance the Grinch can't steal Christmas after all.

15Rough Night

This one didn't even make it to the bathroom.

16What's For Dinner?

Christmas cannibalism at its finest.

17Secret Toys

Because adults need toys, too.

18Merry Mug Shot

Santa isn't going to be happy about this one.

19Jolly Vibrations

Well, this elf is clearly ready to party.