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Ideas, Inspiration, & Prizes – 2021 Elf on the Shelf Challenge

Do you Elf on the Shelf? I know for many it’s a love hate kind of thing. We love the joy that it brings our kids to see their elf every year and wonder what new shenanigans he/she will be up to. But as parents it can be hard, hence the hatred, to remember to move the elf each day and even harder to come up with ideas besides moving him/her from here to there. We’re here to help.

Last year, we presented our first Elf on the Shelf Challenge. It was such a hit we are doing it again! It’s our way to bring some joy to you as you bring joy to your children. Because these are some tough times and if we can bring extra joy to your kids, we are here for it.

Our Elf on the Shelf challenge will give you a nightly idea, through our Facebook page, of how to pose your elf. If you share YOUR PICTURE with us, you’ll have a chance to win some Amazon cash for you to help you plan your elf’s 2022 shenanigans.

Elf on the shelf challenge image

How will the Elf on the Shelf Challenge work?

Every day, at 10 pm, between November 25 and December 24, 2021, on our Facebook page we will post a scenario or idea from our list of 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas. We’ll show our elf, Frosty putting his twist on that idea. We’ll keep it easy, with challenges that involve items most people have in their homes.

Then, it’s your turn. You’ll create a pose with your elf using our idea. If you share YOUR PICTURE with us under that Facebook post BEFORE 10 pm the following day, you’ll have a chance to win some Amazon cash for you for your own fun OR to help you plan your elf’s 2022 shenanigans.

I’ll check the comments and each person who has followed the directions will get credit for an entry towards our Elf on the Shelf prize. We’ll list all the entry names below under Challenge Entries and assign them a number.

On December 26, 2021, we’ll use random.org to generate a random number. The entry that matches that number will be our winner. The winner will be contacted through Facebook and have 48 hours to respond. The prize will be mailed out by January 5, 2022.

Here’s an example

Let’s say the scenario we post on Facebook is “For tonight’s Elf on the Shelf Challenge have your elf make a tiny bracelet and not clean up his/her mess.” We share a picture like below. What could you come up with?

Elf on the Shelf
Sprinkles got into the rainbow loom | Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

Then, our Facebook fans and those participating in the challenge will post a comment with their picture of their elf meeting the challenge.

Let’s say Susan Smith, Marc White, and Shanay Jones each leave a comment with a picture. We’ll put each of their names on the list of entries below.

Do I need an Elf on the Shelf to participate?

You will need an elf, but it doesn’t need to be an Elf on the Shelf. However, the prize may include accessories best suited for an Elf on the Shelf.

Elf on the shelf car
I can just see this Elf in the car bragging to Barbie about his other ride being a sleigh. ;-)

The Prize

The winner of our Elf on the Shelf challenge will win a gift bag of elf goodies (to help with future elf escapades) and a $25 Amazon gift card. We promise the elf goodies will be valued at at least $25.

The prize details

  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • Elf goodies and accessories
Elf on the shelf playing uno

How to Enter the Elf on the Shelf Challenge

Follow our Facebook page. Turn on your Facebook notifications. Make sure you’re checking our Facebook page every night at 10 pm for that night’s challenge.

Then, comment with your entry. You don’t need to be fabulous. You don’t need to be the best entry. You can be inspired by other entries. You get credit for trying. All entries are worth the same value. There will be 24 days to enter so 24 chances for you to win.

For a sneak peek at some of the challenges read our 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas. We won’t use every idea from that list, BUT every idea we use will come from that list.

Elf on the Shelf Outfits Elf on the Shelf Puffy North Pole Parka
Elf on the Shelf Puffy North Pole Parka

Elf on the Shelf Challenge Rules

This challenge is subject to the following rules and conditions:

  • No purchase is necessary. There is no fee to participate.
  • You may earn one and ONLY one entry each night by leaving one photo comment on that night’s Elf on the Shelf challenge post. Comments must be left by 10 pm the following day. Comments that do not match the challenge, while appreciated, will not be valid or count as meeting the requirement. Comments left after 10 pm deadline will not be valid toward the challenge.
  • By participating you agree that Jersey Family Fun has permission to use your photo for inclusion in their Elf on the Shelf stories and posts for a period of 5 years.
  • Contact information is a requirement for the winning entry: name and a valid email address and mailing address is required. This information will not be shared with anyone other than Jersey Family Fun.
  • Our giveaways/contests are by no means sponsored by Elf on the Shelf, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube or any other social media platform. None of these social media channels are responsible if you don’t win.
  • Chances of winning are dependent entirely on the number of eligible entries received.
  • We will pick 1 winner. The winner will receive the prize as listed above.
  • This giveaway will end December 25, 2021 at 10 pm. The winner will be announced shortly after that. Make sure you are responding to your Facebook notifications and messages. You will have 48 hours to claim your prize by emailing us back through Facebook messenger. All prizes not claimed will either remain with the company sponsor or Jersey Family Fun to be used at a later date. The prize will be mailed by January 5, 2022.
  • Once all entries have been validated, we will use Random.org to select a random number that will match with a corresponding entry. The name that matches the entry will be the winner.
  • Winner agrees to provide contact and shipping information to Jersey Family Fun and/or the giveaway sponsors, including full name, address, phone number, and email address for the purposes of shipping the prize.
  • Unless otherwise stated, giveaways and contests are only available to residents in the United States. Void where prohibited by law.

Challenge Entries

  1. November 25 – Jennifer Paula
  2. November 25 – Geri Walsh Albano
  3. November 26 – Jennifer Paula
  4. November 26 – Geri Walsh Albano
  5. November 27 – Jennifer Paula
  6. November 27 – Geri Walsh Albano
  7. November 28 – Geri Walsh Albano
  8. November 28 – Jennifer Paula
  9. November 28 – Margie Corhan
  10. November 29 – Jennifer Paula
  11. November 29 – Geri Walsh Albano
  12. November 29 – Margie Corhan
  13. November 30 – Jennifer Paula
  14. November 30 – Jamie Hale Dattoli
  15. November 30 – Geri Walsh Albano
  16. December 1 – Jennifer Paula
  17. December 1 – LJ Beau
  18. December 1 – Geri Walsh Albano
  19. December 2 – Jennifer Paula
  20. December 2 – Maggy Stella
  21. December 2 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  22. December 2 – Geri Walsh Albano
  23. December 3 – Jennifer Paula
  24. December 3 – Geri Walsh Albano
  25. December 4 – Jennifer Paula
  26. December 4 – Bridget Paz
  27. December 4 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  28. December 4 – Geri Walsh Albano
  29. December 5 – Jennifer Paula
  30. December 5 – Bridget Paz
  31. December 5 – Geri Walsh Albano
  32. December 5 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  33. December 6 – Jennifer Paula
  34. December 6 – Bridget Paz
  35. December 7 – Jennifer Paula
  36. December 7 – Geri Walsh Albano
  37. December 7 – Bridget Paz
  38. December 8 – Jennifer Paula
  39. December 8 – Bridget Paz
  40. December 8 – Geri Walsh Albano
  41. December 9 – Bridget Paz
  42. December 9 – Jennifer Paula
  43. December 9 – Geri Walsh Albano
  44. December 10 – Bridget Paz
  45. December 10 – Geri Walsh Albano
  46. December 11 – Bridget Paz
  47. December 11 – Jennifer Paula
  48. December 11 – Geri Walsh Albano
  49. December 11 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  50. December 12 – Jennifer Paula
  51. December 12 – Bridget Paz
  52. December 13 – Joanne O’Keefe-Smith
  53. December 13 – Christina Egan
  54. December 13 – Jennifer Paula
  55. December 13 – Bridget Paz
  56. December 13 – Geri Walsh Albano
  57. December 14 – Joanne O’Keefe-Smith
  58. December 14 – Maggy Stella
  59. December 14 – Jennifer Paula
  60. December 14 – Bridget Paz
  61. December 14 – Geri Walsh Albano
  62. December 14 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  63. December 15 – Joanne O’Keefe-Smith
  64. December 15 – Bridget Paz
  65. December 15 – Geri Walsh Albano
  66. December 15 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  67. December 16 – Alisha M Sharp
  68. December 16 – Maggy Stella
  69. December 16 – Lori Kristine Grindlinger
  70. December 16 – Jennifer Paula
  71. December 16 – Heidi Shillabeer
  72. December 16 – Bridget Paz
  73. December 16 – Geri Walsh Albano
  74. December 17 – Joanne O’Keefe-Smith
  75. December 17 – Jessica Quirk
  76. December 17 – Suzanne Rethore Smith
  77. December 17 – Maggy Stella
  78. December 17 – Lori Kristine Grindlinger
  79. December 17 – Bridget Paz
  80. December 17 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  81. December 17 – Geri Walsh Albano
  82. December 17 – Jennifer Paula
  83. December 18 – Jennifer Paula
  84. December 18 – Bridget Paz
  85. December 18 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  86. December 18 – Geri Walsh Albano
  87. December 19 – Lori Kristine Grindlinger
  88. December 19 – Bridget Paz
  89. December 19 – Jennifer Paula
  90. December 19 – Geri Walsh Albano
  91. December 19 – Shari Roberts Anderson
  92. December 19 – Alisha M Sharp
  93. December 19 – Jessica Quirk
  94. December 20 – Maggy Stella
  95. December 20 – Jessica Quirk
  96. December 20 – Jennifer Paula
  97. December 20 – Bridget Paz
  98. December 20 – Jamie Hale Dattoli
  99. December 20 – Geri Walsh Albano
  100. December 21 – Joanne O’Keefe-Smith
  101. December 21 – Jessica Quirk
  102. December 21 – Lori Kristine Grindlinger
  103. December 21 – Geri Walsh Albano
  104. December 21 – Bridget Paz
  105. December 22 – Bridget Paz
  106. December 23 – Lori Kristine Grindlinger
  107. December 23 – Bridget Paz
  108. December 23 – Geri Walsh Albano
  109. December 24 – Jessica Quirk
  110. December 24 – Kimberly Velardi Zuccarello
  111. December 24 – Alisha M Sharp
  112. December 24 – Geri Walsh Albano
elf on the shelf on bookcase
That silly elf colored their noses red!

And the winner is

Last year’s (2020) winner was Geri Walsh Albano. Our 2021 winner is Bridget Paz.

2021 Elf on the Shelf Challenge winner
2021 Elf on the Shelf Challenge winner Bridget Paz elves playing drums
2021 Elf on the Shelf Challenge winner Bridget Paz
Geri Walsh Albano winning entry

Need an Elf on the Shelf?

Amazon has a great collection of Elf on Shelf elves to help you compete in our Elf on the Shelf challenge.

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