Where to Get Kindness Elves

Kindness ElvesWhere to Get Your Kindness Elves:

Target has some cute ornaments that could double as Kindness elves that don’t cost a lot.  Hurry though, last year these ornament sold out quickly.  Remember, it doesn’t matter as much as what your elves look like as what they do.  

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Switch Witch: Halloween Fun

Switch WitchCan’t wait until Christmastime to have fun with your Elf?  Try the Switch Witch!  It is available on Amazon.com.  More about it: http://www.switch-witch.com

Actually, Switch Witches have always been here, but now your family can

enjoy their fun. Each October, long before Halloween, your friendly young

Switch Witch will come to visit!

Your Switch Witch will stay with your family as a guest in the days and

weeks until Halloween night. Kids will be kind hosts as they make their

Switch Witch friend feel happy and welcome. In exchange, each smart little

Switch Witch has an amazing surprise . . .

On Halloween night at bedtime, kids leave a heap of their trick-or-treat

sweets with their Switch Witch pal . . .

. . . and in the morning they will see that their candy has been switched

(wink! wink!) for a special switch gift!

 

Make Your Own “Kindness Elves”

These adorable “Peg Dolls” would be great to use as Kindness Elves.   This great video from Everywhere You Go explains how to make them.

You’ll Need:

Felt and Fabric Scraps
Wooden Beads
Pipe Cleaners
Sand Paper
Wooden Peg Clothespins
Paint and Pens

I love how you can easily customize them according to what you have on hand and the look you want to achieve.

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Christmas Elf Treat Bag Ideas

These Christmas Treat Bag Ideas would be fun to make with the kids and pass out to friends, family or hand give as classroom treats.   Some of them are even elf-related!   Be sure to follow the links for the details on how to make them.

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Elf Kisses via Starlight Stamper

Reindeer Noses via Creations by Kara

Reindeer Noses via Creations by Kara

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Elf Pillows via Mommysavers.com

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Magic Elf Gum Drops via Google Docs (blog source unknown)

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Snowman Soup via FlipChickDesigns

 

Kindness Elf Printables

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Kindness Elf Printables

Mommysavers has some great Elf on the Shelf Printables designed to inspire kindness for your elf.  Some of them include:

 

Random Acts of Kindness for Your Elf

  • Donate toys
  • Call a relative just to say “hi”
  • Send a care package
  • Write teachers a thank-you note
  • Help an elderly neighbor
  • Donate classroom supplies
  • Bring flowers to someone
  • Bake cookies for someone
  • Offer to babysit
  • Leave “wishing pennies” near a fountain
  • Give outgrown clothing to a friend
  • Donate to the food shelf
  • Leave change in the vending machine
  • Create artwork for nursing home residents
  • Donate books to your school library
  • Leave a treat for your letter carrier
  • Leave a treat for sanitation workers
  • Make treats for the volunteer fire department
  • Drop off some crayons and coloring books at your local doctors office, or hospital
  • Bring flowers to a nursing home
  • Make “homeless bags” to keep in the car
  • Pick up litter at the park
  • Pack extra treats with your kids school lunch for them to share with friends
  • Donate dog/cat treats to the Animal Shelter

Target Savers found this cute little “Hermie” elf doll at Target in the stocking stuffer bins.  He’s just $5 – much less than the Elf on the Shelf licensed dolls and would be great as a “Kindness Elf”!

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Where to Buy Kindness Elves

Where to Buy Kindness Elves

Where to Buy Kindness Elves

You don’t need a certain type of elf or doll to do this project.  You can use what you have already!  You don’t even need an elf.  You can have a “Kindness Bear,” “Kindness Reindeer” or even your existing Elf on the Shelf doll.

That said, the Kindness Elves pictured here came from the seasonal department at Target in the $3 ornament bins.  Originally, they had ski poles and skis but I removed them.  I thought they were both cute and affordable.  Other places to look are Ikea, craft stores, and any store that sells holiday ornaments.

Other Places to Buy Kindness Elves

Where did you purchase your kindness elf?

More Target Elf Ideas:

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About Kindness Elves

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Kindness Elf Origin

The concept of the “Kind Elf” may have sprung from the backlash behind the explosive popularity of The Elf on the Shelf.   All sorts of alternatives to The Elf on the Shelf started popping up.  The MaryAm the Kindness Elf and  Kind Little Elf Kit were introduced in 2013. Bloggers began to write about the acts of kindness performed by their elves instead of pranks and mischief.  For the Love of My Home came up with some great acts of kindness and elf printables, and user “Why Bird” from The Money Saving Expert Forums Declared November 20th “Elf Day” and spent the entire day committing acts of kindness.  Anna of The Imagination Tree  (a UK-based blogger) also wrote about “Kindness Elves” in November 2013.  Look at all the kindness they have inspired!

The idea behind KindnessElves.com is to perpetuate the idea of kindness during the holidays and all year long as well as act as a portal for sharing all these inspiring ideas and stories.  If you are  blogging the Kindness Elf tradition, please comment below so we can add your site to our blogroll.

 

Kindness Elf Blogroll:

Catch a Single Thought – I love how she named her elves- Joy, Love and Peace.  Follow along here on Catch a Single Thought

Bits of Positivity  – Is using variations of Elf on the Shelf to encourage kindness

The Kindness Kids – The Orthodox Mom - uses our same Target elves and has some cute arrival ideas on her site

The Crazy Nuts Mom has a cute little Kindness Elf poem to introduce your elves to your kiddos as well as printable templates

Clarina’s Contemplations named her Kindness Elves Nico and Nati

My HodgePodgery  also has cute little elf ornaments from Target

The Day of Knight  has a cute little “Christmas Angel” spreading kindness

Motherhood Faith Fitness  is also having her cute little pair of elves inspire kindness this season

Courtney DeFeo has a great “Light ‘Em Up” series designed to spread kindness

BeckieandBrad found their Kindness Elf “Charlie” for $4.99 at Ikea

Izzy Anderson has a kinder, gentler elf that leaves notes when he hides

Only Little Once is using the traditional Elf on the Shelf to teach kindness

Teaching Madness is using an elf to foster kindness in the classroom

Tabith at the StuderTeam is blogging kindness with their elf, Marco

IgniteLearningLLC has an elf on the shelf with a new focus this year: KINDNESS

Teaching Ace is using Kindness Elves in the classroom and presenting kids with a kindness challenge each day

 

 

Kindness Elf Printables and Kindness Calendars:

Laurie at Passionate Penny Pincher has some great “Elf Acts of Kindness” printables

Mommysavers has thee pages of Elf on the Shelf Printables for RAKs

Light ‘Em Up has a printable sheet of 20 Elf Kindness Ideas

The Educators Spin On It has some wonderful Kindness Elf Printables:  14 Kindness Elf Messages

 

More Elf on the Shelf Alternatives (Some Humorous):

The Christmas Mouse

Goat in the Garage

Wisemen Adventures

Rascally Reindeer

The Kindness Elves: A New Christmas Tradition

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The Kindness Elves:  A New Christmas Tradition

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition is extremely popular these days, but some people find this type of elf “magic” is a bit off-putting or even creepy.  Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative.  This Kindness Elf Tradition combines both the fun and magic of the elves with the spirit of the season.   The Kindness Elves use their magic to help others; whether it’s by baking holiday treats, shoveling driveways for the elderly or writing a kind note. Each day in December The Kindness Elves perform an elf-like RAK.

Ideas for Your Kindness Elves:

  • Give a box of unused toys to a younger friend or neighbor
  • Call Grandma/Grandpa just to say “hi”
  • Send a care package to someone far away
  • Make a card for a teacher
  • Offer to walk the dog of an elderly neighbor
  • Send a care package to someone in the military (here are some resources if you don’t know anyone)
  • Bring in needed supplies for the classroom
  • As a family, volunteer as a foster family for a kitten or dog at the Humane Society
  • Bring flowers or cookies to the neighbors
  • On trash day, bring the cans back up to the neighbors’ garage after the truck has gone by
  • Leave “wishing pennies” near a fountain
  • Give your kids’ outgrown clothing to a friend
  • Donate to the food shelf
  • Leave change in the vending machine
  • When you’re at the convenience store, buy a lottery ticket for a stranger
  • Write a letter to an anonymous nursing home resident (include some of your kids’ artwork)
  • Donate books to your school library or child’s classroom
  • Leave a treat in the mailbox for your carrier
  • Make cookies or brownies for your local volunteer fire department
  • Drop off some crayons and coloring books at your local doctors office, or hospital
  • Bring flowers to a local nursing home
  • Pack extra treats with your kids school lunch for them to share with friends

Read more about the Origin of the Kindness Elves