Elf Costume Ideas
We've always had a fascination with near-human, magical creatures! From the gem-obsessed dwarves from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the mischievous Leprechauns that show up during St. Patrick's Day, humans are always celebrating the fantasy characters of our imagination. Perhaps the most celebrated magical being that we love is the elf! Some of them are fighting for good, like the elves from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Other ones are baking some delicious cookies, but the elves that everyone seems to love most have to be Santa's elves, who spend their days crafting the Christmas toys that make their way to every good girl and boy!
Just thinking about all of those happy, hard-working elves tinkering away on the latest toys is enough to put a smile on our faces. If you're looking to share that holiday magic with the world, then it might just be a time to dress up like one of the festive elves from Santa's shop! Of course, selecting the perfect elf costume can be quite the daunting task, especially since we have one of the largest selections of Christmas costumes on the internet! Well, we're here to help you. This handy costume guide will help you find the right elf costume for you, whether you're shopping for yourself or if you want to dress up the kiddos for the next family photo.
Women's Elf Costumes
First, let's take a look at some women's elf costume options. You have a lot to consider when picking an elf costume. You can take a more traditional route, or dress up like your favorite holiday movie character. We even have a few options for those looking to wear something a little bit sexy this year. Just check out some of our favorite outfits below.
Jovie the Elf Costume
We had to talk about Jovie! After all, the movie Elf is one of the best holiday movies by far! In fact, we think it should be a Christmas tradition to watch it sometime during the season. Zooey Deschanel is fantastic in that film, and if you want to step into her shoes, then your choice is simple! A Jovie the Elf costume is the quickest and easiest way to turn into the iconic character. We recommend using this look as part of a couples' costume for holiday parties, so you reenact some of the adorable music scenes.
Christmas Elf Costume
If you plan on taking on a more traditional look, then something from a Will Ferrell movie may not really be your cup of tea. The great news is that we definitely have some of the best classic Christmas elf costumes. In fact, many of our elf costumes are exclusive Made By Us designs. That means we take great care to infuse them with some classic Christmas spirit, and they're outfits that can't be found anywhere else.
Sexy Elf Costume
Depending on where you live, the holidays can be chilly. Trust us, we come from Minnesota, so we know all about having a white Christmas when December rolls around! (Actually, much of our year is filled with snow.) That's why it may be the time to wear something that heats things up. That's right! We're talking about a sexy elf costume. If you want an outfit that's confident and maybe just a little bit naughty, then this may just be the outfit for you. Just don't be surprised if your name makes its way onto Santa's naughty list this year—you've been warned!
Holiday Elf Costume
Sometimes, you just want to go all out! Even elves get that sort of feeling. You know, toss some tinsel throughout the house and baking a metric ton worth of frosted sugar cookies. Well, our holiday elf costume for women is for precisely that kind of person! It brings a touch of elegance and style that's a little bit traditional and really brings the holiday spirit to the table. Just don't be surprised if you feel like covering every inch of the house with Christmas lights the second you put it on.
Christmas Elf Makeup Tutorial
Whether for Halloween or your next holiday party, add a little extra flair by adding this makeup look to your elf costume. The application uses a green eyelid color with a white highlighter for a frosty look followed by applying a rosy blush in the cheeks and a bright red lip color. This quick look is great for a company holiday party or a night of neighborhood caroling. Even if you don’t want to adorn a full costume, this tutorial goes great with a few simple choice accessories like a festive elf hat.
Men's Elf Costumes
We think that deep down, all guys wish they were elves at Santa's workshop. Just think about it. Most guys secretly still love playing with toys, a lot of guys like to tinker with things, and the elves also live on a steady diet of Mrs. Claus's famous sugar cookies. Doesn't that sound like the very definition of heaven? Well, if that's the sort of holiday dream that you want to turn into a reality…or at least turn it into a partial reality, then you'll definitely want one of our men's elf costumes. You may have to dig inside to figure out what kind of elf you are, though. Are you a serious-business elf who needs a very traditional look while he builds toys? Or are you a fun-loving human masquerading as an elf, like Buddy from the movie, Elf? Why don't you check out some of the costumes below and see which one feels right for you!
Buddy the Elf Costume
Men's elf costumes start with Buddy the Elf. The 2003 movie quickly became a new holiday classic with its heartwarming tale of a human-turned elf looking for his original human family. Wearing this Buddy the Elf costume gives you a great reason to break out your best Will Ferrell impression. It also gives you the perfect excuse to reenact scenes from the film, like eating a full plate of spaghetti doused with maple syrup. You could also pair up with Jovie to recreate the iconic duet scenes!
Elf on the Shelf Costume
Elf on the Shelf has become popular over the years. The little red-clad elf hangs around the house, keeping watch on the family to ensure that everyone is on their best behavior. During the night, the elf sneaks off and reports all of the good deeds—and bad deeds—to Santa Claus. It's a cute way to get your children to make sure that they're on their best behavior. But it's also an adorable costume to pay the kids a visit right before Christmas Eve to let them know that Jolly Old St. Nick is coming to make a visit.
Adult Elf Costume
There's that old adage that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. For some, that means wearing a fancy business suit or a full-on flight suit. For us? Well, it's wearing a uniform that would let us work in a toy factory. There's nothing more pure and fun than toys, so Santa's Workshop seems right up our alley! If that seems like it's right up your alley too, then an adult elf costume is an easy way to get the look for the job.
Finally, if you're looking for some simple and basic, then you should give this elf outfit a shot. This elf outfit brings you a look that comes with everything you need to start as a Christmas elf. This is the sort of outfit that we suggest if you plan on heading to your Christmas party in full costume, but don't want to break the bank getting into the spirit!
Kids' Elf Costumes
Come to think of it, wouldn't being an elf from the North Pole be a child's dream job, too? All the newest toys to play with, plenty of cookies and holiday treats to eat, and they even get to be best buds with the holly jolly man himself, Santa! And the very best part? Every day is a snow day! If your little one wants to get into the Christmas mood, or if you're trying to plan a holiday photo with the fam dressed up as residents from the North Pole, then one of our kid's elf costumes are precisely what you need.
Girls' Elf Costume
For the girls, we recommend our classic girl's elf costume. This adorable costume is the ideal outfit for any child looking to present their resume to Mr. Claus himself. Of course, this costume has the bright reds and rich greens that are a staple during Christmas time. It even comes with a curled hat. Once your child is all dressed up in it, she'll be ready for a job interview at Santa's Workshop!
Boys' Elf Costume
This boys' elf costume brings the same kind of style as our girl's costume, but with pants! This simple outfit helps your child get ready for a trip to the workshop. We're sure that Santa would be happy to have your little one as a toy tester, so make sure that your young one has plenty of experience testing out toys before you send him off to the North Pole.
Baby Elf Costume
Is it baby's first Christmas? Well, then it's extra-important for you to get adorable pics! You have to start capturing these holiday moments now, and a cute baby elf costume is a great way to start. We can already see the heartwarming pic of your little one all dressed up in front of the Christmas tree!
Toddler Santa Elf Costume
Okay, so you have a toddler on your hands! That means it's time to batten down the hatches and take your vitamins, because those little ones have boundless energy and an insatiable curiosity. It also means that they're primed to hang out with Santa to give him plenty of pro tips on making the best toys! We recommend this adorable toddler elf costume to get your little one the uniform of an official toy consultant.
Elf Costume Accessories
Do you have a better idea of what sort of elf costume you want? Well, you might be wondering what the next step is to all of this! It's simple: accessories. The key to turning a good costume into a GREAT costume is all in the accessories. Having a great collection of costume accessories is your chance to upgrade your outfit and put your own mark on the look. We have a ton of great options for elf costumes and we'll take a look at some of our favorites below.
You won't catch many elves trekking around in a pair of sandals. They're always wearing that curled-toe footwear. We have an ongoing theory that elves naturally have curly toes, which explains why they need that special footwear. We can't really test this theory, since we've never met an elf in real life to ask them! Anyways, if you want to have the standard footwear of an elf, then you're going to want a pair of elf shoes to finish your outfit.
Okay, so maybe classic curled-toe shoes aren't your thing. The good news is that it's not the only option when it comes to proper elf footwear. You can always treat yourself to these elf boots, which capture the traditional look of elf shoes, complete with a tiny curled tip. But these shoes do it in a modern and stylish way that will help you feel confident as you dress up for the holidays.
Elf Ears Cosplay
Everyone knows that elves have pointed ears! From classic fairy tale depictions to J.R.R. Tolkien's elves, and even the elf-like Hylian people from the Legend of Zelda, every elf that we can think of has those pointy ears. If you plan on doing an authentic elf costume, then you definitely want to be rocking a pair of elf ears designed for cosplay. It's a great way to get you looking like an elf who's traveled straight from the North Pole.
Dog Elf Costume
Finally, we'll leave you with a costume to help man's best friend! Your doggo wants to be a part of everything you're doing. Whether you're headed on a short walk around the neighborhood or you're whipping up some holiday treats, your pooch is right there next to you. You can bet that he wants to get dressed up for Christmas, too, which is why a dog elf costume will put a little smile on your pup's face.