Whether you think the Elf on the Shelf is charming or a footless agent of chaos who can turn even the most welcoming holiday home into a surveillance state worthy of Foucault, one thing is certain: if your kids are already on board with him, then you have to stick with it. Taking away a tradition from your kids probably isn’t worth the trouble no matter how unsettling and spooky said tradition is. So what’s a dad to do? One option: change the little sneak’s outfit, which decreases the creep factor as you count down the years until your kids finally outgrow the tradition. Here are some options.
Elf on the Shelf Holiday Hula
Every hardworking elf deserves a tropical vacation, and the flowery vest, grass skirt, and yellow lei in this set will make it look at home on a Hawaiian beach.
Elf on the Shelf Flurry Flight Jacket
Even creepy elves look cooler in “leather” jackets like this one, which comes complete with aviation-inspired patches and goggles.
Elf on the Shelf Merry Movie Night
The Elf on the Shelf spends his time watching movies about himself, sitting in his peppermint- and snowflake-patterned chair while munching on popcorn. It’s all pretty self-absorbed, but the Santa-hat-wearing dog on his sweater is a Christmas sweater we wouldn’t mind wearing ourselves.
Self on the Shelf Jingle Jazzy
Your elf will sparkle while clad in the glittery blue suspenders, high-waisted pants, thick black glasses (so he can better spy on your kids, we assume), and plaid tie that make up this set.
Elf on the Shelf Snuggle & Hug Nightgown
Plaid PJs and a cheesy holiday shirt are a pretty timeless Christmas morning outfit, so we’d recommend saving this getup for a costume change the night before Christmas, a.k.a. the night before you can banish the elf to the attic for another year.
Elf on the Shelf Silly Snowman
Snowmen are much friendlier and less menacing than this elf, so dressing him up as a frozen friend is definitely an upgrade. If only he too would melt when the weather gets warmer.
Elf on the Shelf Super Hero Boy
The fact that his chest just says “Super Hero” is a bit uncreative, but the red-and-white-striped cape and green goggles and boots are actually pretty cute.
Elf on the Shelf Deluxe Set
Unlike the other products on this list, this FAO Schwarz exclusive comes with an elf, a keepsake storage box, and an outfit. That outfit? A red tux and gold bow tie for even the most formal of Christmas parties.