10 family pajama sets that are perfect for Christmas and Hanukkah
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Confession: Before I was assigned this article, I had no idea that matching family holiday pajamas were a thing. I knew they existed, but I did not know that there are people out there who have a family tradition of wearing identical pjs while sitting around the Christmas tree. When I asked my mom friends where I should go to buy matching Christmas pajamas, I received a lot of different suggestions (and opinions).
Since I, and by extension my family, were totally clueless about matching holiday pajamas, we decided to try a number of the most popular brands to see which ones truly put the jolly in "jolly holiday." If anything, we came into this experiment completely biased against matching Christmas pajamas; after all, my husband is a Jewish New Yorker who doesn't understand why colors other than black exist, and I'm rather like a female Ebeneezer Scrooge—if it costs money and is holiday-themed, I want nothing to do with it.
Well, call it a Chrismukkah miracle, but now that we're done testing them out, we're actually still wearing some of these pajamas by choice. Even my crotchety husband admits that he's been swayed.
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Let's be honest: 2020 has not been a stellar year. If you're looking to treat yourself—and your family—to some truly luxurious matching holiday pajamas to make up for well, everything, look no further than the Petite Plume line at Maisonette. I'm always a sucker for anything even remotely French, so I was pretty sure that I was going to love these pajamas, and I wasn't wrong.
First of all, they arrived packaged in chic, high-quality cardboard boxes each tied with a satin ribbon. My son's and husband's pajama sets were packed together in one box, and my pajamas and my daughter's nightgown were tucked in the second box. I ordered these for myself, but nevertheless it felt like opening a gift.
As for the pajamas themselves, they're deliciously soft and comfortable. Prior to their initial laundering the pajamas felt really stiff, but after a wash in cold water and a tumble in the dryer, they felt perfectly worn in. The pattern—a menagerie of animals wearing party hats—is festive, but not overwhelming, and the bright green piping on the collars and cuffs adds just the right amount of holiday cheer. I personally love the menswear-style of the women's set, and my daughter was thrilled with her coordinating nightgown.
As far as the sizing, I would say that these are somewhat closer to European sizing. The pants fit my slender kiddo nicely, so if you have a child who prefers a roomier cut, definitely purchase a size larger than you normally would. It's also worth noting is that the sleeves seem to run slightly short in the adult styles—this was an issue with my and my husband's pair—but it was minor and certainly didn't keep us from wearing these quite a lot.
Petite Plume's pajamas are definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum—adult pairs are priced at $88, the kids pajamas are $58, and the child's nightgown costs $48—but if you're willing to splash out a bit this season, you won't be disappointed by the quality.
Because the Petite Plume pajamas are made from 100% cotton, they do come out of the dryer rather wrinkly, so if you're planning on a fancy family pajama photoshoot, you'll definitely need to plan ahead and reserve some time for ironing. Want to take your matching pajama game to the next level? Maisonette will monogram your pajamas for an extra $20 a pair.
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2. Little Sleepies
If you haven't heard of Little Sleepies pajamas, then you probably don't follow any celebrities who have kids on Instagram. Little Sleepies is the pajama brand for celeb parents and now I know why: Not only are they insanely cute, they are out-of-this-world soft. Made with sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo viscose, Little Sleepies are lightweight, stretchy, and silky soft. My kids opened the box when it arrived and they were so excited about the texture of these pajamas that they actually cuddled them like blankets.
Little Sleepies carries a variety of really charming prints all year round, but I have to say that their holiday styles are truly some of the cutest ones I've ever seen. While there are lots of prints available in the kids sizes (including an adorable Hanukkah design), they currently only have two choices if you want to outfit the whole fambam: a black and white Buffalo Check and a festive Fair Isle print. We selected the Fair Isle line because I can never resist a design that includes a gingerbread man.
If you're someone who prefers wearing pajamas made from thick material, Little Sleepies are going to miss the mark for you. However, if you like a lightweight pj that keeps you just warm enough, you'll be thrilled with a pair of these buttery soft jammies. Plus, the natural moisture-wicking properties of bamboo means that you'll be less likely to wake up all sweaty.
One thing I really like about the Little Sleepies pajamas is that they wash beautifully. I didn't have any issues with the colors fading, and none of the pairs got stretched out in the wash. The directions say that it's best to line-dry, as the fabric is kind of delicate, but I dried them on low, and they came out fine (though they are a static cling magnet).
Overall, the sizing of Little Sleepies pajamas seems right on the mark, but the men's pajamas are really long through the torso. It wasn't something that kept my husband from wearing them, but he did find it weird that he could pull his pajama shirt all the way down to the top of his thighs (and it did look a little strange).
Price wise, Little Sleepies aren't terribly expensive, compared to other sustainable pajama brands. The kids two-piece pajama set is $29.99, and the adult pajama pieces are each sold separately, which is great if you're someone who prefers to sleep in an old T-shirt instead of a matching set (ahem, me). The women's pajama top is priced at $26, and the bottoms at $30, while the men's top is $28 and the bottoms $32.
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What sets Primary apart from other brands is that the clothes have no slogans, no itchy labels, and all the pieces are wardrobe basics that can be mixed and matched for kids of all genders. The family pajamas are no exception: They're made from high-quality fabric and feature prints that appeal to everyone.
We ordered the Tree Print pajamas, because I figured that the not-super-Christmasy design would appeal to my husband. I was right (of course), and so far these are the holiday pajamas he's most willing to wear because they don't make him feel like a department store window decorated for Christmas.
Primary's matching family pajamas are made from thick, 100% organic cotton, which makes them perfect for families who want super toasty jammies that aren't flannel. My daughter complained that these were way too hot for her, but she sleeps in shorts and tank tops in the middle of winter, so take her review with a grain of salt. I found the pajamas to be really cozy and soft, and I liked that there were no itchy tags that had to be cut out.
One of the things I like about Primary is that all of their clothes and pajamas are pre-shrunk, so you don't have to worry about pajamas emerging from the wash a few sizes smaller than they went in. These do run slim, however, so definitely size up if you or your child prefer a roomier fit. Also, it's worth noting that there are no "men's" and "women's" sizes—they're just billed as "grown-ups"—and they come in sizes XS to XXXL, so there are plenty of options for parents of all sizes.
If you're not quite ready to take the plunge into full matching pajama territory, Primary may be just the brand for you. Since the tops and bottoms are sold separately you can choose coordinating, non-holiday pieces to mix and match with your more festive ones. Prices run $18 per piece for the kids sizes, and $29.50 each for the grown-up ones.
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4. Hanna Andersson Hanukkah Pajamas
Hanna Andersson may very well be the OG family matching pajama brand, and they really have their holiday game down. They offer the most extensive collection of festive pajamas that I've ever seen, and they're one of the few retailers who carry family Hanukkah pajamas. I realize that the market for matching Hanukkah pajamas is probably pretty limited, but as an interfaith family I really appreciated that Hanna Andersson offered an option for families who may not celebrate Christmas.
At present, they only offer one choice for matching Hanukkah pajamas—in a print called "Eight Nights"—but we were pleased with the dreidel and menorah motif. I've generally been impressed with Hanna Andersson's quality, and the family jammies did not disappoint: These organic cotton pjs are thick and cozy and ideal for chilly winter nights. The Long John style was universally liked by all the members of my family, and I appreciated that the women's style features a scoop neck (as opposed to a crew style) to prevent pulling across larger chests.
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5. Hanna Andersson Christmas Pajamas
When it came to selecting a set of Hanna Andersson matching Christmas pajamas, I became rather overwhelmed, because there are so many prints to choose from (including three different Star Wars ones). Were we a grey Tannenbaum, or a Candy Cane type of family? Every single option looked cute and festive, so I ceded control to my children and let them select their favorite pattern. They both liked the Gnome Sweet Gnome pjs, so into the shopping cart they went.
The Gnome Sweet Gnome pjs are also made from organic cotton but unlike the Hanukkah ones they all have contrasting red cuffs, and the women's set features a button front neckline. The Christmas print was colorful and fun and just the right amount of festive. The thick organic cotton fabric is so durable that the knees managed to hold up to the gymnastic moves my children performed on our front sidewalk, so if you're looking for Holiday pajamas that can be passed down from sibling to sibling, Hanna Andersson is worth purchasing.
In addition to the traditional matching pajamas, the Gnome Sweet Gnome line includes hats, sweaters, knee socks, and a nightgown for moms (or Nanas) who prefer a more feminine sleepwear silhouette. Heck, you can even get the family pet in on the action with the matching "pet johns."
Here's the bad news about Hanna Andersson's matching family pajamas: They are not cheap. A pair of adult pajamas rings up to $92, and the kids sets range from $40-$44 depending on size—and that's before tax and shipping. Keep in mind that they're crafted from high-quality organic cotton that will far outlast the holidays, but if you're looking for something that's a one time wear and you don't want to make a significant investment, these are not the pjs for you.
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6. The Children's Place
I don't know if it's due to the growing number of interfaith families or what, but this year there are a lot more options for Hanukkah-themed matching family jammies. The Children's Place, I'm happy to report, offers three different Hanukkah prints: This is How We Roll, Happy Llamukkah, and a Fair Isle fleece. Since llamas are all the rage these days—and the slogan made us laugh—we opted to try a set of the Happy Llamukkah pajamas.
I didn't realize that The Children's Place was doing matching family pajamas until a friend told me about them, and I'm so glad they did. When my kids were babies and toddlers I bought most of their jammies at The Children's Place, because their cotton zip-up footie pajamas were soft, comfy, and durable (plus they've always had the cutest prints). The matching family jams are just as great as those long-ago footie ones: The cotton is super soft, the print is vibrant and held up well through multiple washes, and everyone in the family agreed that these were a great addition to our matching pajama wardrobe.
The family pajamas are all unisex sizing, both for the adults and the children, which was fine for the kids but made the fit strange on my decidedly-curvier-than-a-man's body. I ordered the small for myself, and while the pants fit fine, the top was oversized through the shoulder, but pulled across my chest. It wasn't a deal breaker in terms of comfort, but if you're looking for a pair of Hanukkah-themed pajamas that are going to be figure flattering, this may not be the best option for you. On the other hand, the adult large fit my husband really well, and the kids sizes—a 6 and an 8—were just right for Noah and Rose. Plus they all three agreed that these were super comfy and much softer than the Hanna Andersson pairs we tried.
As for the Happy Llamakkuh design, it is beyond adorable. Listen, this particular print is not going to pass muster with your highly observant Jewish mother-in-law, but if you're looking for festive pajamas that get everyone into the spirit of Hanukkah, these will not disappoint. I think it's great that The Children's Place offers fun options for families who may not celebrate Christmas but who still want to get in on the matching family pajama trend.
If you're still on the fence about springing for matching Hanukkah pajamas let me convince you this way: The kids pajamas are on sale for $5.99 per pair (!) and the adult jammies are priced at only $13.49. If you only wear them eight times and get one cute family photo, you will have totally gotten your money's worth. Just remember to be sure to hand them down once you're done with them, because there's no reason for perfectly good Hanukkah pajamas to go to waste (do I sound like your mother-in-law, or what?).
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As the name suggests, Pajamagram specializes in sending gift boxes of pajamas right to your loved one's front door. If you've decided to go minimalist this holiday season, but your parents or in-laws are still insisting on sending you something, ask them to order a Pajamagram. The company carries 27 different holiday prints, and has the widest selection of sizes that I found anywhere online.
Pajamagram's selection of holiday matching print pajamas is really varied, though they (surprisingly) do not carry any Hanukkah prints. I ordered the St. Nick Matching Family Pajamas, because I liked that the top wasn't exactly the same as the pants, and I thought my kids would get a kick out of the Santa faces gracing the adult sets.
Pajamagram offers free keepsake packaging on every order, which includes a fabric gift bag for each member of the family and a personalized gift card. You can also opt for one of their premium gift wrapping options, which include a red velvet gift bag ($12.99), personalized canvas tote ($9.99), or a deluxe gift box ($5.99). The box was packed really nicely, and even though we opted for the free fabric bag, it was pleasant to unwrap and would definitely make a nice gift.
The description on the Pajamagram site says that the pajamas are snug-fitting, but we found that the sizing runs slightly large. I ordered a small for myself, and it was definitely more generously sized than any of the other brands that we tried. I also found that the kid's pairs were snug-fitting in the legs, but larger in the waist, so my slender kids had issues with the bottoms sliding down when they were wearing them. My husband's large pair fit more true-to-size, so the sizing doesn't seem to be an issue with the men's sets.
Thanks to a blend of 95% cotton and 5% spandex, the Pajamagram pj's have a lot of stretch. I found the fabric to be rather thin, especially when compared to the Hanna Andersson or Burt's Bees pairs. However, if you tend to get hot at night, the thinner material of the Pajamagram pjs could be a much cooler and more comfortable alternative.
The cost for our set of four matching pajamas was $194.96, before tax and shipping. Both pairs of adult pajamas cost $59.99, the child's pair was $39.99, and the toddler pair was $34.99. If you and your family want to take your holiday family matching pajama game to a whole new level, Pajamagram will personalize your pjs for an extra $12.99 per pair.
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I'm a big fan of Carter's pajamas for my kids because they're reasonably priced and they hold up to hard use and lots of washing. When I discovered that Carter's carried matching family Christmas pajamas naturally I wanted to give them a try.
Don't expect to go in to your local Carter's store to see the matching family pajamas in person—the adult sizes are only carried online. You can certainly purchase the kid's sizes in the store, but Christmas pjs sell out quickly and you'll have a larger selection of sizes and patterns available to choose from if you order everything online.
I decided to really go bold with this set of matching pajamas, so I ordered the bright green Christmas Santa set. If it looks bright on your computer screen, let me tell you that it is even brighter in real life. If you want over-the-top Christmas pjs that are going to shout "Merry Christmas!" in all of your photos, these are the ones you want. My kids loved the cute Santa faces and the bright red cuffs and neckline.
Not surprisingly, the kids pairs are great. They fit perfectly and the 100% cotton fabric is soft, comfortable, and has maintained its bright color through repeated laundry loads. The adult jammies, on the other hand, were a bit of a disappointment. First of all, the sizes run so incredibly small. My husband could barely squeeze his broad shoulders into the pair we bought for him, and the pants on mine were tight, short, and had a weird, uncomfortable seam that ran under my butt.
The pricing, on the other hand, cannot be beat. The adult pajamas are currently on sale for $22.50 each, the kids sizes for $15, and the toddler ones for $10. If you're a family on a budget who still wants to celebrate the season in matching pajama style, I highly recommend the Carter's pajamas. That way you don't have to feel guilty for spending gobs of money on pjs the adults only wear a few times.
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9. Burt's Bees
My kids wore a lot of Burt's Bees onesies when they were babies, but once they grew out of the toddler sizes, I sort of forgot that the company made things other than bath and body products. Several friends sang the praises of Burt's Bees holiday pajamas right off the bat, so the first pajama sets we ordered—and tried out—were from Burt's Bees.
Well. There is a reason that people are die-hard Burt's Bees pajama fans: They are incredibly comfortable, outstandingly soft, and fit perfectly. We may have initially been skeptical of wearing matching Christmas pajamas, but Burt's Bees has turned us into converts (yes, even my husband).
Burt's Bees pajamas are made from 98% organic cotton with a touch of spandex, which results in just the right amount of stretch and softness. The women's and kids pajamas are the same style—slim-fitting cuffed pants and shirts—while the men's pajamas have a wider leg paired with a solid colored henley top. My husband loved that his pair had the plain top, because he said that wearing 100% matching pajamas made him feel like an overgrown child.
As far as sizing goes, if you prefer loose-fitting pajamas, you'll want to order one size up from what you usually wear. The pants are designed to be slim fitting, but they are snug on both mine and my kids' skinny legs, so they definitely run on the narrow side.
One thing I liked about the Burt's Bees pjs is that the prints they carry are not over-the-top Christmas. I realize that this may not appeal to families who prefer a statement set of pajamas, but I liked that the colors were somewhat muted and the patterns were more wintery rather than holiday specific.
Price wise, these pajamas truly give you an amazing bang for your buck. The adult sets cost $39 each, the bigger kid sizes are priced at $24.95, and the toddler pjs retail for $16.95. They cost slightly more than I usually spend on pajamas, but I did feel that they would last a long time—far past the holiday season—and that the stellar quality and comfort warranted the slightly higher price point.
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Families who prefer flannel pajamas will love Target’s Plaid Pajamas. I’m not usually a fan of flannel jammies because I find that they make me sweat at night, but Target’s version is crafted out of a thin cotton so they feel lighter and cooler than a more traditional pair of flannel jams.
Due to timing, we only had a chance to try the women’s pajamas and the toddler nightgown, so I don’t have a “grouchy husband” review of the plaid pajamas, but I personally loved the menswear-style cut and found them to be very comfortable.
My daughter initially loved her “pajama dress,” but after a few minutes she began to complain about the sleeve cuffs because they hung down over the tops of her hands. Once I rolled them up she was much more content, and she happily drifted off into dreamland wearing her Tartan Plaid nightgown.
The sizes seem to run pretty true to size, and Target carries the Tartan Plaid jammies in both plus and big and tall options. There are also baby onesies and pet costumes so that the whole family can be dressed to the nines for your annual Christmas photo session.
Not surprisingly, Target’s prices on their matching family pajamas are very reasonable: The women’s pajamas cost $20, and the nightgown retails for $20. Add on a pair for dad at $25 and a matching kid’s set for $15, and you can outfit the entire family for less than $100—plus Target offers free two-day shipping.
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