About Us

Janette Coombs, founder of the Elf Shelf

photo by Sharna W Photography

Janette has been searching for a way to add purpose and meaning to Nick’s life after high school. In a giant leap of faith, she started The Elf Shelf as a way to incorporate Nick into a business that helps him utilize his joyful spirit and nature.

Her love of people and creative energy is what makes each gift basket truly unique.


Nick is the inspiration behind The Elf Shelf.

photo by Kate Barber

photo by Kate Barber

Nick is 18 years old and has struggled with several disabilities since birth. But as an ELF, he has special abilities to bring joy to family and friends—with the power of a smile. Having earned a certificate of achievement from Stevens High School, ‘12, Nick is working hard as the chief ELF at The Elf Shelf. One of Nick’s favorite things to do is shop for items for his gift baskets and to make special deliveries!


Janette and Nick, the Elf Shelf

photo by Kate Barber