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Santa's Lazy Gnome is like Elf on a Shelf – pictured here with book

Tired parents, rejoice!

If finding creative ways to move an elf on the shelf around every single day during the holidays stresses you out, but you still want your little ones to feel the Christmas magic – why not try one of Santa’s Lazy Gnomes? πŸ˜‰ Instead of moving him around every night, Santa’s Gnome just hangs out in the same spot and watches over your children wherever they are.

Best. idea. ever. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

“No hide and seek or silly games to keep this Santa’s helper around. Santa sent The Lazy Gnome to help with the Naughty/Nice list. These mysterious friends report to Santa if you’re naughty or nice, even when you’re out of sight.”

While Santa’s Lazy Gnome is available to order for $34 shipped, it is currently only available for shipment in January 2019 – so consider snagging one for next Christmas! Along with the little guy, you will also get a 40-page children’s book that explains to your child how the Gnome helps Santa.

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Santa's lazy gnomes on Amazon

Want to snag a similar, more affordable Lazy Gnome and have it arrive VERY soon? Amazon has similar Santa’s Gnomes priced at just $12.99 each with free shipping – OR with free one-day shipping on a $35 order for Amazon Prime members. There are even more fun choices on Amazon here!

We’re lovin’ this guy

Will you be snagging one of Santa’s Lazy Gnomes?

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Comments 35

  1. Emily

    Ugh!! I wish this came out 4 years ago! My kids are attached to that dang elf – my husband has literally army crawled through our house to switch that elf. I remember one morning my daughter came into the bedroom and was like “I’m going to go look for Bubblegum (our Elf)” – I distracted her for a few minutes while I texted my husband (who was down in his office) to move the Elf because we forgot – all of a sudden I heard his office chair go slamming into the wall because he got up so quick to move it. Sometimes we put our kids on the naughty list just so we have a few days off from moving it.

    • Kim

      Same! That darn thing stresses me out. I even set up a daily reminder so I won’t forget and I STILL sometimes forget. It’s actually my least favorite part of Christmas now and I’m a “let’s decorate before Thanksgiving and do ALL the Christmas things” kind of girl. I still enjoy watching the kids get excited about it, just hate having to come up with new ideas and hiding spots.

    • Laura

      Same here. I hate that elf! But we’re too far in to get out now 😟

  2. je

    I got a gnome last year, not as an alternative to the elf, but just because they are so cute. Ours is on display all year long. He’s really lazy. πŸ™‚ I actually just got 3 more this year so our gnome isn’t so lonely. One for each person in our family.

    • Melissa

      Cute Re one for each family member!

  3. Cassie

    Haha. I have seen that parents are getting “elf fatigue.”

  4. Tracy

    All of these comments re hilarious and I can SOOOO relate to them!

  5. nikis22

    Never getting a stupid Elf… Lol this gnome is right up my alley

  6. Susan Crawford

    I have always thought the elf on a shelf was creepy. it’s the face, yuck. I would buy a couple of these because they are kind of cute.

  7. Lynda

    Please remove!!! My kids read this site!!!!!!

    • Jamie

      Keep them off the site then. This can actually help some people!

    • Jess

      If they’re old enough to read the site solo they probably know the elf is fake.

  8. Marie

    I didn’t even hear about the elf until I was in my 20’s. I’m in my early 30’s now and see the stress my friends go through moving those elves for my children and TOTALLY understand why my parents never did it (could have also been because they were newer immigrants and had never heard about it themselves). I have always enjoyed my holidays just fine without it. And if I have kids….. they might get a gnome. πŸ™‚

    • Lm

      Elf on the Shelf didn’t start until 2005, so this is not an old tradition. Most of us did not have this growing up.

      • Marie

        Oh I didn’t know, thanks. I know my parents still would have never done this. Lol

      • Rachael

        Actually… I am 38. We had one when I was little that now comes to see my children. However, there was no story or marketing. It was just in our house.

  9. Jes

    I have an alarm set on my phone for 9:20 every night during our elf’s visit. Some nights are more elaborate ( usually weekends) but most of the time he just moves around. No need to add to may already high stress.

    • AmyA

      Same here. Phone alarm set for 8:30 every night. I just move the elf to different locations. No creative shenanigans here. I may be off the hook soon as my kids are starting to question the elf’s authenticity.

  10. Darla

    Stop elfing around! This is what I don’t understand- We buy this elf to watch over our kids to make sure they are being ‘good’. Then people have their elf do mean, rotten stuff or get into mischief. Why is it that the elf doesn’t have to be ‘good’ too? Seems ironic to me…

    • Lindsey

      Our elf does not do bad things. He is a kindness elf. He has my boys write thank you cards, donate their time, & tell someone they care about them. My kids love it. πŸ₯°

    • Kim

      We have the elf and ours doesn’t do naughty things. Once he wrote “I love my family” in marshmallows but that wasn’t naughty in my opinion. But I agree, it is incredibly ironic when the elf does bad things.

  11. Becky

    Love this idea! I went to JoAnn today and they had a lot of gnome things and they were having a great sale.

  12. Meghan

    As an alternative: A Christmas Star From Afar

  13. Ashley

    How about just moving the elf without complaining and enjoy your kids while they still believe in Christmas magic?

    • Emily

      Oh, I’m sorry that you took us being exhausted some days to get back out of bed to move an elf as us NOT ENJOYING OUR KIDS. What a horrible thing to say. Or did we take that out of context like you did our statements?

    • Stacey

      After 4 or 5 years of having one and tired of coming up with fun ideas and having your child disappointed his elf doesn’t do anything fun anymore it becomes stressful every night to come up with fun things. I love our joy it just adds to the stress sometimes.

  14. Gisette

    I love the Lazy Gnome idea!!!! πŸ˜†.
    I can totally relate to the comments about how exhausting moving The Elf can be. When my kids were younger I used to hide that darn Elf all over the house and you know my kids now never bring it up now they are older 🀨 did I do it for nothing??! πŸ€” Oh, the life of being a parent πŸ™ƒ

  15. Jennifer

    Where was this before I started the Elf? My kids aren’t giving up Bells now…My lazy self forgot to take him out on the 1st and the kids got upset so he made a late appearance. It didn’t help that my husband told my oldest that Santa wouldn’t be able to find our house without the Elf. But now my husband is responsible for moving him so that’s a little justice…

  16. v

    My oldest gets up for school first, and he is helping to remind me this year to move the Elf for his little brother. He thinks he is pretty cool now.

  17. Raquel

    I don’t mind the elf since my husband is responsible for coming up with ideas, lol!! Although, I think we need to start just moving him around a few nights instead of having him “do things”. Today he’s in a doll tent hanging with some barbies. I’m just glad my 8 year old still believes.

  18. Rachael Cramer

    My mother in law made some cute gnomes for my work Christmas party… She made a basket of three of different sizes, and placed a bottle of whisky under the hat of one of them. The bottle was the “body of the gnome” Cutest gift ever with an adult surprise!

    • Rachael

      I should mention that this gift is for Adults only! πŸ™‚

  19. LR

    I actually just made 4 of those gnomes yesterday with socks! They are incredibly easy to make and there are a ton of tutorials online. $34 is kinda crazy for a gnome.

    I just wanted to add my two cents here about the elves and the gnomes. We have 2 elves, and we hide them around the house every night like most people do. They bring the kids candy canes and other little surprises. They are adorable and a total pain at the same time. Adorable because they bring our kids joy, and a pain because it’s stressful to “have to” come up with fun ideas every day. I’m sure most of you agree.

    I just wanted to say that it would be so great if parents would just use them for the fun of it. For the magic. Instead of using them to manipulate their kids into being good. Do we really want our kids to be good because they think they have a spy in the house? Or do we want them to be good because that’s the good thing to do? Just sayin’…

  20. Emily

    We do The Shepherds Treasure to focus on showing others kindness and pointing them to Jesus. Come with daily cards and a book that helps explain and they have simple daily ideas. Our shepherd also brings the ornament for our Jesse advent tree everyday.

  21. Laura

    This is AMAZING! like seriously who has time to make a mess at night, only to clean it up in the morning after the kids See it??? Certainly not me, which is why I never started that silly tradition. I bought one last year and he sits in our tree all of December. I am definitely going to order the gnome and start that tradition. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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