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Running out of Elf ideas? Check out these locally made Elf on the Shelf kits

Posted December 7, 2016

Courtesy: Kelly Fair

I don't know about you, but my kids' Elf on the Shelf arrived on Monday and I'm already tired of the little guy.

I'm not tired of my seven-year-old's excitement every morning to see where he's hiding. That, I'll admit, I do love. But I'm over the early morning worries that we never moved the thing. And I'm not even the one who hides it. It's my husband's job. (I've written about my love-hate affair with our elf before).

Well ... if you're like me and you've run out of creative ideas or just need a little motivation to move around your elf, Kelly Fair has something for you.

Fair launched her Elf on the Shelf accessory kits this year. So far, business has been great, selling as many as 50 kits in a single week. Fair, who lives locally, sells four kits, good for 10 days of activities for your elf. Each kit has its own theme. They cost $20 each.

"I originally got the idea after hearing several of my friends complain last year about how hard it was to find places to move their Elf on the Shelf every night, and even more difficult to find creative things for the elf to do," she tells me. "I had a lot of creative ideas, plus the organizational skills to assemble them into easy to use kits, and wanted to make life easier for my friends with kids. So, voila!"

Her goal with each kit, she tells me, was to include a few significant items for each theme that people wouldn't otherwise have lying around the house and for the kits to be quick and ready-to-use.

So, the "Around the House" series, for instance, has a three-day scene in which the elf uses a tiny wooden wheelbarrow and some tiny clay flowerpots to plant seeds, tend them and harvest candy canes. The kits include everything you'd need to set it all up.

"The kits also include pictures and a description for each setup, so if it's late at night and you don't want to think, you can just copy exactly what you see in the picture," Fair tells me.

(Been there).

You can check out Fair's kits and buy them online on her ArtFire shop.

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