How To Write An Elf On The Shelf Goodbye Letter: Free Printable

When the holiday season is nearly over and parents are cheering at the thought of getting rid of the Elf On The Shelf, it can be especially difficult for the little ones to say goodbye.  It can be quite a challenging time to negotiate through all the sadness of saying goodbye coupled with the excitement of Christmas Eve.
So,  if you’re wondering how to negotiate through this tricky time and how to end elf on the shelf antics, I have carefully created a gorgeous elf on the shelf goodbye letter, free printable from Santa. I have also given you a free elf on the shelf goodbye letter template, in case you would like to draft your own letter.
An elf on the shelf goodbye letter makes it easier for your children to understand that the Elf is leaving, but that he will be back before they know it next year!
The elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable, also lets your child know how well they have looked after the elf and that the elf has reported good behaviour from the child. 

If you are looking for an elf on the shelf welcome letter read this post

How to write an elf on the shelf goodbye letter.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Saying goodbye to your elf on the shelf 

  1. Decide whether or not your Elf will return next year.

    This will determine how you are going to word your elf on the shelf goodbye letter. If you feel that it was too much work to keep remembering to move your elf on the shelf, you might like to tell the child  that the elf is going back to the North Pole to live with Santa permanently as he is so busy, but thank you for letting the elf stay.

  2. Write a list of all the things your child has done well since the elf arrived.

    You will include these in these in your goodbye letter from the elf

  3. Download our free editable elf on the shelf letter.

     Say thank you for looking after the elf and for  being  so kind to him and explain to your child that they will (or will not) be returning next year.

    elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable

  4. Explain that the elf now needs to go and help Santa deliver all his presents.

    Your child will then know that the elf has said goodbye and has had to leave because he had an important job to do!

  5. Leave a small treat like a cookie and a glass of milk for your child from the elf .

     Hopefully, this is softens the blow slightly of the Elf going home! 

  6. Remind your child in the elf goodbye letter that they need to be in bed early!

    My kids are very keen go to bed early if the elf tells them to! 

  7. Take a break and be glad you got through November and December with the elves!

    Phew its over for another year!

Boy Elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable 

 boy elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable

Girl Elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable 

girl elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable

Elf on the shelf goodbye letter template

elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable

Last minute elf on the shelf ideas

If you’re looking for more elf on the shelf ideas, I have the perfect post for you. I’ve created a comprehensive list of last-minute elf on the shelf ideas for you to use if you have a busy life and are short of time, or if you have forgotten to move your elf and don’t want to get caught out! (every parent’s worst nightmare). Your kids will love all of these simple elf on the shelf ideas and you won’t have to worry about forgetting ever again!

elf on the shelf  goodbye letter free printable

Christmas Elf on the shelf crafts

Looking for some Christmas crafts? Why not download our free printable elf colouring pages to keep your family busy over the Christmas season and to help get your Christmas party off with a bang! It’s one of the easy ways to keep your child busy while you wrap a few presents or work from home!

elf on the shelf  goodbye letter free printable , elf with present colouring pages

I hope your kids enjoy their elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable from the North Pole. Let us know how your elf goodbye goes!


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elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable

Frequently asked Q&A

What is the elf on the shelf? 

The elf on the shelf normally arrives with an elf arrival letter from the North Pole and has been sent by Santa. To download your free elf arrival letter click here
Traditionally the elves move during the night and get up to all sorts of mischief while the family sleep.
The elf on the shelf doesn’t move during the day, if the Elf gets touched by a family member the elf loses its magic and will not move at night! The elf generally returns home to the North Pole  with an elf good bye letter on Christmas Eve.

How do you get a free elf on the shelf goodbye letter?

All our Elf on the shelf goodbye letters are free to download.
 Just click on the button below the picture of the Elf, to be directed to the printable elf on the shelf goodbye letter free printable.

Why is the elf on the shelf only played at Christmas?

 The elf on the shelf is a Christmas tradition for the month of December, similar to that of an advent calendar whereby the elf goes back home to the North Pole to live with Santa for the rest of the year.

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