Did Christmas even happen if you didn’t take a near-professional photo shoot of your whole family in matching pajamas?… YES. IT TOTALLY DID. Christmas PJ’s, presents, trees, Elf on the Shelf – none of them are the the reason for the season and if you cannot do them, you should feel zero guilt.
That said, any tradition that brings you joy has value. Personally, I LOVE the idea of matching Christmas PJs. My boyfriend and I have two dogs, and we’re our own little family. We spent last Christmas just hanging out around the apartment and made sushi instead of the traditional Christmas feast. It was a wonderful holiday and exactly what we wanted. for this stage of our lives.
A lifelong cheapskate, I balked at the idea of shelling out big bucks for matching pj’s in 2018 (photo below) and we ended up getting some flannels from Old Navy for about $45 total (still way too much for two pairs of pants and one top that I knew we’d wear only once or twice). We also live in Texas, so flannel pajamas are good for about 3 days out of the year. More on Old Navy pjs later.
I knew I could do better, but I waited until the last minute and had the worst time finding the sizes we needed at a decent price.
In 2019, i used the guide below to find these ADORABLE yeti pjs above for just $18 each from JCPenny. MUCH better, comfier and surprisingly better quality. I’ve also updated the resources below for 2020 so get shopping!
I spent hours doing research and hope to save you from spending too much or getting something you’ll change out of as soon as the photo is done.
Retailers stock up around Halloween on family Christmas pajamas and THEY DO NOT RESTOCK.
So you end up finding the CUTEST sets and they don’t have the sizes you need. I was only looking for him, regular XL men’s size, and a plus size women’s option for me, and it was near impossible. This year I want to get matching ones for our dogs, a 7 pound mini Aussie and a 50 pound Mountain Cur.
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Here are the best options I found through my research.
Easiest/ Best Quality Option
My favorite set: https://amzn.to/31T6Tas
PajamaGrams has a ton of adorable options on their site and also on Amazon, where you can get free 2-day shipping for all the procrastinators out there. But they are by far the most expensive option.
- Wide size selection (XS-3X)
- Options for pets
- High quality flannel and cotton sets
- Great reviews
- Can order for the whole family from one page
- Free returns through Prime
- Adult sizes are $50 each (though if you search for the adult sizes individually they go down to $40-$45)
- Pet/ Kid sizes are $15-20 each (which adds up fast)
Similar sites: Hannah Anderson is similar to PajamaGrams with similar pricing but no plus size or pet options.
Patpat.com is the cheapest option I found online. Wish runs a close second. Before I ordered the Old Navy Pjs last year, I tried a wish pair, paying special attention to the sizing, but what came in fit neither of us and we ended up donating them.
BEWARE OF SIZING AND QUALITY ON THESE SITES. The ethical production of these is also suspect.
- Decent selection of cute styles
- Under $20 sets, many around $15 each
- Suspect quality
- Few sizing options for kids and adults (no plus, limited kids)
- Sizing runs way off
- Reviews generally bad
- Long shipping period
Long and short, I’d spend a couple extra bucks on another place just to ensure you get the pjs and they don’t die in the wash.
Similar sites: Walmart appears to be sourcing their pj’s exclusively through third party, overseas retailers this year. Expect the same pros and cons as above.
Good Options Worth Considering
Target is an easy place to source Christmas pajamas with a decent selection and a moderate price.
- Decent selection of styles
- Has some specialty partnerships like Peanuts, Grinch and Star wars
- Some plus size options
- Some in-store availability
- Moderate pricing at around $25 a set
- Terrible website options for navigation (it is impossible to find the sets together and you have to tab through all pjs to see them)
- Pet costumes, if available are on a completely different area of the site
- Picture unavailable options – such as pet costumes for sets or plus that aren’t out of stock, they just don’t carry them
- Mostly flannel options
- Just okay quality – not stretchy, frays, weird fit according to reviews and personal experience
Old Navy is easily accessible and fine, but not my fav option.
- Wide size range for adults and kids (XS-3X)
- Simple but cute patterns
- Thermal options
- Can buy pieces separately, pairing tees and pants or full sets for most
- Moderate pricing with coupons
- Good quality
- Limited patterns, and many don’t translate well to photos
- Only Thermal or Flannel options
- Hard navigation – sets aren’t listed together but you have to go to each gender’s loungewear tab and compare to see if its available.
- Many styles only available for men or women or kids
- Stiff fabric, not stretchy
THE BEST OPTION
JC Penney came THROUGH this year. They didn’t show up in any of my searches for “Matching family Christmas Pajamas” but when I went directly to their site, I found the largest selection at the cheapest price. I ended up buying two full adult sets of pjs in the most adorable style for $45 after shipping to my local store and a coupon. Original price for these was close to $90.
- The MOST options out of all the sites, with nightdresses, leggings, onesies, pets, etc. for each style
- Easy to navigate, with costumes grouped and searchable
- Unique styles I didn’t find anywhere else
- Flannel and cotton options
- Wide size range for adults kids and pets
- Cheapest for good quality
- Everything is already on sale
- Extra 20% off with code “spooky”
- Not available in stores
I ended up buying the adorable YETI Christmas set which is photo matchy matchy but still unique between the gendered costumes. It looks comfy, is cotton so we won’t overheat and should be perfect to lounge in all day. I spent $45 for both, but it’s two full sets and I’m certain we will wear these far past Christmas. I also got $7 back by using Ratuken. Try it here! It’s free and saves you money!
Similar sites: Kohls also has similar sales and styles, with slightly less selection.
Mix and Match
I bought our adult pjs from JC Penney this year but plan to source our dog costumes elsewhere. We already have these adorable elf pjs I got on clearance last year for $1-2 each (remember to look for steals after the holidays for pet stuff!). We’ll either use these or get simple red dresses for the girls through Amazon. Rory already has one, also gotten on clearance last year, so it would just be one for Maggie.
Update: My friend Lydia Senn at Frugaldebtfreelife.com recently talked about some adorable matching Christmas PJs she found at Dollar General for just $10. They also sell online and offer plus size options.
Happy Christmas PJ shopping! May you spend within your budget and stress out as little as possible. Merry Christmas.