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It may seem impossible but we are already in the process of discussing Christmas ideas. 2021 has really flown, hasn’t it? The holiday season will be upon us before you know it.

Halloween is about to come and go and we all know that Thanksgiving will be here soon enough. Before you know it, it is going to be time to get back to all of our favorite, time honored Christmas traditions.

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For many children, this means that the return of Elf on the Shelf is soon upon us. But did you know that there is an alternative that some would consider to be even better? Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf is here for all of the Jewish children of the world and he is every bit as awesome as you would have imagined.

However, there is another alternative that we had never even heard of before now. Adults who are tired of trying to find new places for the Elf on the Shelf are sure to love this one. Instead of having to come up with new ideas each day, they are now able to enjoy all of the fun that is associated with Santa’s Lazy Gnome.

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Okay, so we are just going to come out and say this. This gnome is much cuter than his shelf-sitting cousin. The vibe is not nearly as creepy. The makers of the gnome are here to help parents during their busiest time of the year and we are here for it. There are no silly games to be played here whatsoever.

“No hide and seek or silly games to keep this Santa helper around,” the toy description reads. “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.” At 10 inches tall, this doll is perfect for any mantle or shelf, you can trust us on that.


Much like Elf on the Shelf, the Lazy Gnome comes with a book that tells the whole backstory. The set that comes with the book usually retails for a bit more but right now, it can be had for just $26.99 with free shipping. Check it out on its website here to learn more.

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