Try the Christmas Pickle! Elf on the Shelf. It was cute for a while, but any parent knows that it's a pain in the hoo-ha to hide that sucker every night, and even if you do remember to put it somewhere, your elf scenarios will never live up to the ones on Pinterest.
We have the antidote: the Christmas Pickle. Apparently, there's an age-old tradition about a Christmas pickle. Get a pickle ornament (yes, these exist) and leave it out for Santa with the milk and cookies. Santa will place the ornament somewhere deep in the reaches of the tree. On Christmas morning, whoever finds it first gets an extra present!
Read more here: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/12/sick_of_elf_on_the_shelf_fort_lauderdale_native_launches_christmas_pickle.php
Get your own Christmas Pickle here: http://www.pickleaddicts.com/products/christmas-pickle-tree-ornament-german-legend-holiday-tradition