New funny Elf on the Shelf ideas for teens, hilarious jokes and trendy poses that are sure to elicit laughs from your favorite high schoolers.

The elf on the shelf is one of my favorite traditions we’ve ever celebrated as a family, and that won’t change no matter how old we get!

Years ago, when the twins were little we jumped on the Elf bandwagon and it was so fun to pose and create new ideas for him daily (Oh, for the good old times!)

The elf’s magic has worn off some with the teens grasp on what’s real and fake these days… but he’s still a big hit with the family.

Christmas Ideas for Teens

In fact, last year we all took turns putting the elf in his proper spot. The next day, when we found out what the elf had been up to, we all had a good chuckle at his antics.

The fact that my children are now old enough to be considered part of the fun is one of the many things I enjoy about getting to have teens in the house!

It’s a huge hassle to keep the elf on the shelf magic in place for the entire December without a few fresh and new ideas to motivate you. So I am excited to have this post updated for another fun year.

The following is my current fav list of humorous, witty and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for teenagers and a couple new trends I’m so excited to try out this year.

What is Elf on the Shelf?

For anyone not familiar with the “elf on the shelf” concept, here’s a quick recap:

  • Elves are required to leave Santa’s workshop at The North Pole every night and report back to him the following morning. Santa can use this to find out if the kids were good or bad.
  • If you touch an Elf, they will lose all their magical abilities! Obviously our teens just play along with this story now.
  • Additionally, they wake up in a new location every day often doing naughty or funny things!

Funny & Fresh Elfie Ideas For Teens

Keeping the magic strong for teens means you’ll have to come up with fresh and funny elf on the shelf ideas. I feel like what makes these ideas specific to teens is that you can get away with some more innuendo that younger kids may not get, more pop culture references, and a few more mature jokes here and there.

But let’s be clear, any elf on the shelf can be geared towards teens. It’s all about having fun and making them laugh.

Expert teen mom tip: The more you can connect the elf to the teens actual life – the better the idea lands. So take these ideas and make them your own!

1. We are Lit!

An easy concept for a late night, wrapping up your elves wrapped in Christmas Lights.

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2. My Elfie sitting era!

A swifty loving printable Elf on the shelf series for your favorite concert going girl. This is a buy and print idea which will have an entire week of Elf ideas done for you.

3. The Office Inspired Elf Prank

4. Elf Pranks Teen Photos

Make a custom elf on the shelf playlist this year

5. Make a custom Elfie playlist for your teens to enjoy.

6. Want to make your almost grown up boy laugh? Try out a little lemonade stand. Ha!

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7. Scan & print elf idea for high school finals week

Follow the always fun Coco where this idea was sparked.

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8. Melted snowman

This is a cute idea to make a funny snow day memory.

9. Elf Playing Mini Golf

This could be moved into any sport your teen is into these days from football to basketball – let the Elf make the dunk for them!

10. Funny Kissing Booth Idea

This idea is extra fun if you can incorporate their boyfriend/girlfriends name in the mix. 😉

Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Teens

Easy To Do Poses

We are all busy at the end of the day and with our teens staying up SO LATE it can be hard to get your elf in the shelf into position. For those very late nights, here are a few easy poses that will bring lots of fun!

11. Hanging Out in the Bathroom

12. Rock Climbing in the Kitchen

A classic made better when elf is climbing on their favorite candy this year!

13. Elf Swinging in the Doorway

Another fun idea to surprise your teen when they walk out of their room in the morning, making them smile before they start their day.

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14. “Ur Mom is Hot”

Hahaha! They’ll love this Hot Momma one 😉

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15. Elf games!

Grab mini versions of your favorite games from The Dollar Store to inspire your playing skills.

16. Pooping Chocolate Kisses for Cookies

17. Elf on the Shelf Taking a Selfie

I’m not sure there’s a more teen appropriate elf on the shelf idea than this one!

18. Elves Built a “Gingerbread House”

19. Ball Pit for Elves Only

20. The Elf Making S’mores

Elf on the Shelf Hiding Spots for High Schoolers

I love sticking the elf in common places that I know my kids visit in the morning like in the kitchen cabinet by the cereal, in their shower, in their shoes, or sometimes even in their car!

It’s fun that they are older so our elf can explore and bring even more fun & jokes along with him.

Classic bathroom elf prank for teens

21. Toilet paper prank

Elf in the bathroom is always a fun place to find him hiding and with these toilet paper jokes, you’ll be sure to get a laugh.

22. Wrap Up Their Shoes

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23. Elf in the fridge

This made me laugh so hard. My teens sang this song on repeat not that long ago and I’m sure they’d both crack up at this funny chicken wing song idea.

24. Game of Tik Tac Toe on Mirror

25. Elf with Some Vending Machine Money

26. Hanging on the Mirror and Writing Funny Sayings

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27. Underwear Elf on the shelf prank

Get ready to see your teens eyes get really big when they see their favorite elf hanging in their underwear… just be sure you grab clean ones for this joke. 😉

Funny elf on the shelf poses yoga style with poster

28. Elf Yoga

Get your bendy positions on point with this fun yoga pose elf poster.

29. All Nice and “Toasty”

30. Please Clean Your Room Joke

Holiday Activities for Teenagers

Simple & Hilarious Elf Pranks For Teenagers

The prank of it all is the best part in my opinion! There aren’t a lot of traditions that still make us all laugh as a family, but our elf on the shelf is certainly one of them.

Here are some all time favorite pranks you can play with your elf to get your teens in the right mindset for the holiday.

31. Hiding in your Teens Car

32. Elf Sleeping in the Fridge

33.  Shaving Elf Idea

34. Elf Playing with Teens XBox

35. Playing with Teens Makeup

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36. Elf ironing kids chips

Love this classic take on the dreaded house chore, plus the kids will have a snack for lunch ready to go!

37. Milk Has Gone Bad Joke

38. Roller Coaster Staircase Railing

39. Taco Tuesday Wrapped Elves

40. Elves at a Drive-In Movie

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Teens

Easy Funny Elf on the Shelf Pose Ideas

Now every day doesn’t have to be a huge elaborate show, these simple elf on the shelf ideas for teens are great to just throw together and still get a good laugh.

Again, as our teens get older it’s honestly just to make everyone smile and have fun for a few moments.

41. Sleeping in Shoes

42. Turn the Whole Family into Elves

43. Elves Hitting a Christmas Pinata

44. Gift Wrapped Toilet

45. DJ Pipsy The Elf on the Shelf

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46. Barbie Elf Ideas that will be do fun

Topping this list would be seeing our elfie drive away in the pink malibu barbie car!

47. Another fun Barbie idea for your Elf on the Shelf is to have him fixing the car so Barbie can get on her way to L.A.

48. TP’ing Hammock in the Bathroom

49. Elf Clipped to the Fridge

50. Roasting a Marshmallow

Easy Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Teenagers

51. Packing Peanut Igloo

52. Elf Stuck in a Whisk

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53. Getting your favorite elf to play twister is crazy simple for a rushed school morning with this easy to set up prop set that you can reuse year after year.

54.  The Floor is Lava

55. The sharpie selfie photo update is a funny way to start any day. Just be sure you use rubbing alcohol to get it off the frame glass afterwards.

56. Making a Flour Angel

57. Hiding in the Cups

More Holiday Ideas That Teens Will Love

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Which of these Elf on The Shelf ideas do you think your teens will love the most? I’m very excited about the Taylor Swift downloads this year. Follow along on our Instagram to see our Elf ideas come to life everyday this month.