Kids are crazy for Elf on the Shelf , but for parents it can be equal parts fun and formidable. Who hasn't spaced out about moving the elf one night only to be met with questions from prying tots in the morning? (One mom recently confessed that she told her kids they were too naughty that day for their elf to make the trip back to the North Pole.)
Even if you do remember, in the middle of such a hectic time, it can be almost impossible to think of a new creative spot  to put the lil watcher every single night! But help is here: let these 50 pics we found around the web inspire where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning! Have a great idea you'd like to add? Tag #popsugarmoms on Instagram , and we'll check it out!
Bubble Gum Trouble
Instagram user jennycookies'  elves snuck into her daughter's (awesome) vintage gumball machine.
Instagram user michelebell's  went out to sea.
Little Drummer Boy
Instagram user lizbrownlee's  elf showed off a hidden talent: drumming!
Instagram's jennycookies'  elf went a little crazy with his advent calendar.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Instagram's alfieontheshelf's  elf went up, up, and away!
Instagram user jordynns_mommy23  had her elf get crafty with paper snowflakes, which she hung outside of her bedroom door.
All I Want For Christmas
It was holiday shopping time for Instagram user jennycookies'  elves, who circled some of their favorite things.
Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's  elf made some Rice Krispies Treats, and added himself to the cereal box.
It was time to relax by the pool (or bathtub) for Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's  elves.
Instagram user michelebell's  elf took a stove-top soak in marshmallows.
Instagram user lizbronwlee's  elf had a run in with a creature from the deep.
Elf Photo Shoot
Instagram user jordynns_mommy23's  elves set up a photo shoot iwth some of her favorite stuffed toys and dolls.
What Does the Elf Say?
Instagram user michelebell  comes up with some incredibly inventive elf ideas, including this ode to "What Does the Fox Say?"
Scout Masterson's elf  (one half of the Guncles ) got ambitious with some mini cake pops.
Intagram user alfieontheshelf  elf went on a jewelry heist.
Instagram user dankellermtg's  elves plotted to steal some Christmas donuts.
Instagram's alfieontheshelf  suited up her elf Alfie for college game day.
Making a Map
Instagram user jennycookies  had her elves Buddy and Snowflake draw a map from the North Pole to their family's farmhouse. Of course, they had to pass through a candy cane forest and a sea of gumdrops!
Elf Kissing Booth
Living Locurto's printable elf kissing booth  is sure to make your little ones pucker up!
Instagram user Michele Bell  crafted a "s'more sweatshop," with her elf as the ringleader.
A Door of His Own
The elf belonging to Flickr user Melissa Hillier  got his own little door to decorate for the holidays.
Stuck in the Blender
Instagram user deee_ski  put her elf in a very precarious position, thanks to some toy villains.
A Fruity Ride
Instagram user goatgal1982  had her elf ride on a caterpillar made of pomegranates. We're thinking oranges or apples would work, too!
Snow Angel Elf
Flickr user beatrice.killam  posted this cute pic. Easy, clever, and guaranteed to induce squeals from your little ones.
Elves at Work
Instagram user jennycookies's  elves were busy baking.
It's a Hold Up!
Instagram user nessarogers1981's  elf found himself in a precarious situation, thanks to an army of little men.
Long Winter's Nap
Instragram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas  gave an elf a cozy place to curl up for a nap — and a tiger toy to cuddle.
The Countdown Is Over!
Instagram user myselfanddi  posted this picture, a cute way to cap off your elf's Christmas stay.
Instagram's lizbrownlee  put her elf to work, giving some medical attention to Cookie Monster.
Petite Pancakes, Please
Instagram user tally_baby  made her elf a plate of tiny pancakes. Yum!
Getting in a Workout
Instragram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas  gave an elf a marshmallow barbell workout.
Instagram user colleens_aforkandacork  had her elf spell out an important message with Rice Krispies.
Instagram's lishajae616  let her elf do a little self searching on Facebook.
Instagram user jennycookies  thought her elf might enjoy redecorating her daughter's dollhouse one night.
Instagram's roxygurl00  let her elf get into a little trouble with the copier.
Hanging With the Stars
Instagram user overtiredmommy  (aren't we all?!) had her elf take a trip through the stars.
Your elf can show his non-Christmas colors and support your favorite team on game day, like Twitter user @callmemrscounsins .
Instagram's brittblumey  let her elf get in a little toilet-paper trouble in her tree.
Instagram's jordynns_mommy23  introduced her elf to another famous Santa's helper.
Instagram's insta_xmas_elves_ideas  decided to go diving for candy.
In Mom's Purse
Flickr user Venita Norton  came up with this clever setup. Surely the elf is reminding mom it's time to do some Christmas shopping?
A dry erase marker makes this project, found through Design Dazzle , easy and super adorable.
Nothing but Net
The sports theme scored two points with Twitter user @misskate92 's elf.
The Jenga Jingle
Instagram's rhi-love  put her elf in a Jenga box.
A Christmas Tree Classic
Flickr user tubesox_family  went for this classic pose with her elf.
Upside Down Elf
Twitter user @robvescovo  put his elf in a classic spot but hung him upside down.
Instagram's http://instagram.com/p/SLY-P0K8E2/  implored his children to eat some vegetables.
A Sleigh Ride For Two
Flickr user southernsharing  lets the elf take a sleigh joy ride with Barbie.
Flickr user AngryJulieMonday  took her elf to the extreme on a zip line.
Let Him Ride
Instagram user amandadawnbrown  propped her elf on the back of a very patient pooch.