Here are several nice deals for these Elf on the Shelf Plushee Pals for $10.95. There are several to choose from and they are a cute alternative to the dolls for less. Just keep in mind these Plushees would be much harder to pose each day.
You might want to grab it now so you have plenty of time to start this tradition for the holidays.
Another fun alternative is the Pop-in-Kins that also include a book. They are about $16 right now.
Shipping is free with Prime or $35 orders.
Prices can change at any time on Amazon.