Elf on a shelf photos to inspire you before Christmas

Are you looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas and inspiration?

At the start of December mischievous elves come out to play in homes across the South Coast.

In the lead-up to these little scouts are sent by Santa himself have been appearing in different spots in South Coast houses each day.

They help keep children on their toes by reporting back to Santa at the North Pole each night, letting him know who has been naughty or nice.

While the cheeky little elves have a job to do, it seems they also like ­getting up to mischief along the way.

Just take a look at what they got up to in recent years.

We’d love to know what the elves have been up to in your house.

Email your photos to damian.mcgill@fairfaxmedia.com.au with ELF in the subject line.

All entries will appear online and some might even make it into the paper!