I purchased our Elf on the Shelf in December of 2012 when I was six months pregnant with what everyone assumed would be a girl. The only elves left at Target were girl elves, so I picked one up, imagining our future daughter searching for it at holiday time. Much in the same way, we also ended up with a pink nasal aspirator. I was nine months pregnant and at Buy Buy Baby, where they only had pink ones in stock. So I purchased one, and the next week gave birth to a baby boy. We actually still have the nasal aspirator, and I chuckle each time I see it. And, this is how Parker happened upon having a girl Elf on the Shelf (which I actually don't think is that out-of-the-ordinary since most of the adults he encounters at play dates/story times/classes are women, so having a girl elf watching him follows this structure).
Despite the fact that we've had our elf three years, this is the first year she's actually come out (partially because we were moving last year, and partially because this is the first year where Parker could really get into it).
Our elf arrived (via "hot air balloon") the day after Thanksgiving, and I pointed out she was a girl elf. Parker promptly named her "Lady" (so pragmatic and practical). Since then, I've had way too much fun with Lady's antics. I told my husband that I missed my calling as a professional elf stager. Here are some of my favorites...
Pilot Elf (I purchased the outfit on clearance post-Christmas at Target last year when everything is 80% off... totally the time to add to your elf's wardrobe!)
My biggest find, however, is sticky velcro. The elf is made of felt, which sticks to the velcro incredibly well. So I place the velcro stickers wherever I want the elf to be, and presto!
And while I love Lady, this little guy has to be my favorite elf of all.