Every December, our Elf on The Shelf (named Timmy) visits our home. My children are 6 and 10, and very much "believe" and play along that their Scout Elf is checking up on their behavior to report it back to Santa. Every night I get the lucky job of moving said Elf around from room to room to make it look like the Elf has made his nightly visit to the North Pole.
And so it goes..
This year I've seen a plethora of Elf on the Shelf merchandise at my local Barnes & Noble and Target. When I saw this little Elf Skirt (full name The Elf on The Shelf Claus Couture Collection Scout Elf Skirt), I knew that I had to get it. My daughter, while perfectly content with Timmy the Elf - had been asking all sorts of questions about our Elf - and the skirt played right into it. You see, she wanted to know if Timmy had either a sister or a girlfriend. When I asked her why she said she really hoped that maybe they could visit sometime. It made perfect sense to her, and it made one of those 'lightbulbs in my head' turn on! I got the idea that occasionally Timmy's twin sister could visit and this might give me a few more options for "move the elf" scenarios. So, despite the fact that this elf skirt is not much more than pleated piece of white felt with red snowflake stitching on it and a velcro closure... I gladly parted with my $6.95 and purchased it.
From the manufacturer:
This dazzling ice-white, pleated skirt is sure to please the most fashion conscious female Elf on the Shelf . Beautifully embellished with holly berry red snowflakes, this skirt will make your girl elf outshine the stars this Christmas season. Simply place the skirt where your elf can see it. She will slip into it just before heading back to the North Pole for her nightly visit with Santa. One size fits all.
There are instructions for the skirt - to leave it out where your Elf can find it so they can "hop into it" before their nightly visit to the North Pole. This might be useful if you named your Elf a girl when it came to your house and wanted to "gift" it the skirt. Of course, your Elf won't actually hop into it - it is just one more thing that Mom, Dad or whomever has "move the elf" duty must remember.
In our home this season I have been adding in occasional visits from our Elf's sister. Her name is Tina and my daughter noted that she looked suspiciously like Timmy except wearing a skirt! Still, since the skirt looks like the outfits that the girl elves are all wearing in the Elf on The Shelf movie - she has come to accept and welcome Tina and enjoys her antics as much as Timmy's. The other night Tina got into my daughter's play jewelry and was wearing one of her bling-bling (fake plastic) diamond rings as a bracelet and one of her bracelets as a necklace!
In conclusion, the elf skirt has added some more fun for our Elf on the Shelf antics. My kids love it, and I'm satisfied. I do think the $7 is really a lot for a small piece of felt that someone crafty could probably whip up in no time at all. However, since I'm not crafty this skirt fits fine!
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Amount Paid (US$): 7
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: Whole Family