Ok so I am going to be honest. I think it's stupid to spend $30 on a creepy UGLY elf. yes you get a book with it big deal it's still VERY overpriced in my opinion.
I decided that we could find a CUTE elf and not spend more than $5 on it and do the same thing with it. So I did at Hobby Lobby for $3!! He's adorable and we are doing the same thing you do with the official elf on the shelf.
I call myself self crafty and cheap! LOL
ALL that matters is that my girls love it. I honestly KNOW that Shaylee saw the official elf and thought he was scary so this was good I got the cute cheap one.