I know that there are a lot of conflicting opinions about the Elf on the Shelf, ranging from “such a good idea” to “what a creepy little elf.” Well, for those of you who would like to get in on the fun without the “creepiness,” I found a wonderful alternative.
Amazon is currently offering the Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf storybook and stuffed character set for just $15.78. This is a savings 42% off of list price. Shipping is free on orders of $35+ and for Prime members.
[photo credit: Inside the Magic]
What is Hide-and-Hug Olaf?
This deluxe set features a hardcover story about Olaf the Snowman and a huggable Olaf plush doll. Following the theme of the book, parents can hide the plush doll each night for children to find and deliver Olaf’s big, warm hug! How cute is that?
I personally love our Elf on the Shelf, but I appreciate several aspects of this Hide-and-Hug Olaf set, especially because it removes the temptation to touch the hiding character (a huge Elf on the Shelf no-no). I also think that parents who have a hard time with the amount of story fabrication that goes along with the little elf will appreciate the premise and ease of use of this set. Olaf could also be used along with the Elf on the Shelf (if you already have one). Just think about the fun situations the two little hiders could get into!
Judging by the popularity of the Frozen movie, I think that it might be hard to get your hands on this Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf set once the holidays begin (and once your kids start seeing them in the store), and certainly at this price. Pick one up for your kids or grandchildren and start a fun new holiday tradition.
Your turn: How do you feel about the original Elf on the Shelf? Do you find him cute or creepy?