With Christmas just around the corner I’m starting to get excited about all the Christmas fun I can get up to with Baby this year. She’s still young but it’s never too early to start Christmas Traditions, so when the opportunity arose to review a Cheeky Elf starter kit I really couldn’t wait.
About the elf tradition
Back in the 2000’s the elf tradition was born. Suddenly households were buying their children unassuming toy elves which would magically (or through the hard work and planning of many a devious parent) come to life at night and get into all sorts of mischief before returning to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
About the product
Cheeky Elf starter kits are available with either a girl or boy cuddly elf and can be purchased as either a basic pack containing the elf, some activity items, and a candy cane for £21.99 or a deluxe pack which contains everything included in the basic pack, plus an elf jumper and sleeping bag for £25.99.
I will be reviewing the deluxe starter kit with a girl elf which contains:
- A cuddly elf with posable arms and Velcro hands;
- A mailing box, designed to look like it came from the North Pole;
- An elf sleeping bag;
- An elf woolly jumper;
- A candy cane;
- A letter from Santa explaining the elf to your child;
- A behaviour chart for your child;
- A Christmas journal;
- A elf passport;
- A report card;
- Parent instructions.
Opening the Cheeky Elf starter kit
To say I am excited about this review is an understatement! I love Christmas and I want to pass that love onto Baby so that she will be able to enjoy the season just as much as I do.
My first impressions of the Cheeky Elf were very positive. The starter kit arrives in a plastic mailing bag, inside which is a mailing box which has been printed with a ribbon and North Pole postal marks so that you can add your child’s name and address to the box and act as if it was delivered by post on the 1st of December. This is a lovely touch that will make the elf’s story much more plausible.
When you open the box for the first time, the first thing you see is an envelope marked clearly as instructions for parents. Inside is a letter containing both instructions on how the elf tradition should work and advice on things like, how to introduce the elf, how best to get hold of the elf each night, and how to convince your child to part with their elf on Christmas Eve. This letter is very helpful for someone like me who knew very little about how the elf tradition works, I also like the forethought that went into putting it into an envelops, so if you give the box to your child without opening it first, the magic isn’t ruined.
The next item in the box is a letter from Santa which explains to the child why they have been sent an elf.
Finally, we come to the elf itself. I did contemplate getting an elf kit for Baby’s first birthday but when I looked online at the Elf on the Shelf, I was put off by how ugly the doll is. It reminded me more of the killer clown in Poltergeist than a friendly elf! Baby’s Cheeky Elf is much nicer to look at. The entire doll is stuffed and reminiscent of a little rag doll. It’s also practical with arms that are posable allowing you to wrap them around things, or make the doll hold things. The hands also have Velcro on them which make it easier to hang the elf up. I can’t wait to start getting her into all sorts of scrapes, ready to be found in the morning.
As I received the deluxe pack I had a lovely little sleeping bag and woolly jumper for Baby’s elf, in addition to the other items. These are not necessary but they do add a little bit of interactivity to your elf. Children who like to roll play will enjoy putting their elf to bed in their special sleeping bag and putting their jumper on if it’s chilly, and as the deluxe pack is only £4 more expensive than the basic pack, I honestly can’t imagine why you wouldn’t upgrade.
The remainder of the box is filled with paper activities and accessories. There is a passport for your elf, a behavioural chart for your child which including star stickers to mark off good behaviour, a report card for your elf to send back to Santa, and a Journal for you and your child to fill in. There’s even a child sized candy cane as the icing on the cake. Replacements for all of the paper items are available online so you can even replace them year on year and keep them as keepsakes.
I really love the pack that the Cheeky Elf have pulled together. The elf itself is adorable and the added extras give the pack a well-rounded feel. The quality of all the items is exceptional and I love that it’s all contained in the North Pole mailing box.
I thought the price of both the basic and deluxe starter kits was very reasonable for what you’re getting, and while you can buy add on items on the Cheeky Elf website, it doesn’t have the over commercialised, money grabbing feel of the Elf on the Shelf website.
If you would like to purchase your own cheeky elf, head over to https://www.thecheekyelf.co.uk/
- Cute and friendly looking elf
- Well thought out and made
- Reasonably priced
- Well written instructions
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