Elf on the Shelf has been in our home for years. As the years go by, my Elf designs have become more creative but not my budget. Almost every item I used comes from the dollar store! The key is to think outside the box, use items you already have at home, and have fun with it. Disclaimer: I am inspired by a lot of ideas that are already out there, so you might see them in other places (full credit is given to the original creators) but I try to add a little twist to it.