The first thing to learn about Elf on the Shelf is that you don’t “buy” one, you adopt one.
On Elf on the Shelf’s dedicated website, search to find your Nearest Adoption Centre .
You just need to type your location into the field to find the Santa-approved adoption centres closest to you.
You’ll then get presented with a map scattered in elf heads to see where your nearest adoption centre is.
Parents are advised to contact the adoption centre directly to make sure the elves aren’t out of stock.
When we did a quick search, it seems you can pick up an elf from chain stores such as WH Smiths, Sainsbury’s, Mothercare; toy shops such as Smyths and Hamleys; and many independent local shops too.
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