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The Best Matching Holiday Pajamas for Every Type of Family

Photo: Hanna Andersson

Depending on where you fall on the holiday-spirit scale, wearing matching family pajamas can feel like a joyful way to kick off the wintertime festivities or a chore. But there’s no denying that it’s become a tradition beloved by many. No matter how you feel, more brands than ever offer tasteful, non-cheesy options for the entire clan, which means “matching” does not necessarily have to mean that everyone is wearing the PJ equivalent of an ugly Christmas sweater. Below, I’ve rounded up the nicest matching sets for all ages from some of our favorite tried-and-true brands, many of which I’ve personally purchased or tested, for everyone from the littlest babies to the elderly relatives. You’ll find picks for every type of celebration — including a few plainer styles that you can wear all year long. And for those of you who believe that the gaudier the pattern the more fun you’ll have on Christmas morning, I’ve got you covered, too. What you won’t find, however, is a single adult onesie here, because I believe that only babies belong in them. Below, the best matching holiday pajamas for every type of family.

For the family that keeps it classic

Hanna Andersson makes some of our favorite everyday kids’ pajamas in the thickest ribbed cotton, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s holiday offerings are just as good. (I’ve dressed my older one in Hanna Andersson’s pajamas for over three years now.) Not only do the clothes last forever (and make really nice hand-me-downs), the patterns are some of the best out there, with a PJ for every taste. You’ll find traditional styles like plaids, snowflakes, and Fair Isle, but also year-round designs like stripes and fruits.

For the family that celebrates Hanukkah

This menorah-themed set is also from Hanna Andersson. For any of the brand’s pajama styles, the website makes it easy to add to cart for every member of the family from the same page, including pets. Most patterns, like this one, come in long john, flannel, and nightgown options for adults, while children’s sizes come in long john and playsuits and babies’ in zippered one-piece sleepers, meaning everyone will feel cozy throughout all eight days and nights of the Festival of Lights.

For the family that prefers not to be too matchy-matchy

We at the Strategist love Primary’s gender-neutral clothing for children, and the brand’s holiday PJ shop expands its offerings to adults too. Primary lets you mix and match within the same theme for both grown-ups and kiddos, so you can get different-patterned bottoms and tops depending on your preference. For babies, I like this navy Fair Isle pattern made from hearts, stars, and Christmas trees that can be paired with grown-ups’ emerald stripes or even solid navy separates.

For the family that keeps it simple

Primary sent me a set of these striped pajamas a couple of years ago and they were actually my family’s first foray into matching styles. The pieces feel nice and thick and cozy, and we still wear the separates during the colder months. My tip if you’re also going the striped route: Adult couples should get reverse-matching shirts to vary it up, so a striped shirt and solid pants for one person and a solid shirt and striped pants for the other.

For the family that insists on flannel

Old Navy is another favorite one-stop shop for the whole family for affordable and cozy matching sets that are available in a huge range of sizes and styles. (My husband and I own several non-holiday options from Old Navy that get a lot of wear throughout the year.) You’ll find jammies in flannel, microfleece, and thermal-knit fabrics that come in shorts, joggers, one-pieces, nightgowns, and more. You can also get accessories, like holiday socks, sleep masks, and stockings — and complementary gear for your furry friends, too.

For the family that gets their Christmas tree up the night of Thanksgiving

Decorate your tree with the family in this set emblazoned with illustrated versions of kitschy glass ornaments like pretzels, mushrooms, and snowflakes. Another plus of shopping at Old Navy is that you can buy pieces as separates instead of going all in on one design.

For the family that celebrates the holidays all year long

“Target is one of my favorite places to buy matching PJs because it carries a bunch of sets that are nice-looking, affordable, and come in lots of sizes,” Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst wrote a couple of years ago. You’ll find a range of matching holiday sleepers in traditional holiday-colored patterns like tartan and buffalo, but also novelty prints like holiday gnomes and penguins. This year, it even collaborated with artists to create limited-edition collections, like this one from Alice Butts printed with the message “Black Joy Every Season.” Get a matching bandana for your dog, too.

For the family that says Feliz Navidad

And here’s another special collection made in collaboration with Nicaraguan American designer Kathie Baptista, with festive tees to pair with your bottoms of choice — and dress your dog or cat in too.

For the family that can’t get enough of Baby Yoda

In addition to more classic designs, Hanna Andersson also carries cute character sets like the Grinch, Star Wars, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Peanuts, Black Panther, and more. What’s cuter than Baby Yoda? Baby Yoda in a Santa hat. And here are some other Star Wars–themed PJs for fans of the original franchise.

For the family that prefers to wear gray

Little Sleepies is another sleepwear brand that offers cute pajamas for the entire family, but instead of using the traditional cotton for its separates, the brand makes them from custom-milled bamboo viscose fabric that’s breathable and super-soft to the touch. (The brand sent me and my whole family a set, and I can attest to how lovely everything feels and how nicely the adult styles drape on the body.) Bamboo viscose is known to have cooling effects for hot sleepers, but it’s also great for year-round wear, allowing you to get more mileage out of your pajamas. Gray might be an unexpected choice for the holidays, but if you want something more seasonal, they have that too. Check out these other styles in Hanukkah, red reindeer, gingerbread Fair Isle, and tartan patterns. And for the die-hard Frozen fan, there are Anna-and-Elsa-themed sets, too.

For the family that composts

Organic-baby-clothing brand Mori has a small collection of matching family jammies, too, for those looking for something a bit more sustainable. Each piece is made in Turkey from a blend of organic cotton and breathable bamboo viscose. I like that there’s a pretty tightly edited selection of mostly muted solid colors and one Fair Isle print. (The brand sent me two sets of navy jammies for my kids, and now they’re part of the nighttime rotation.)

For the family that’s expecting

Savannah-based Lake makes luxe-feeling pajamas from premium Pima cotton for every age and size in sophisticated stripes, patterns, and cuts (and holiday prints too), but Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo, who’s expecting, is partial to this maternity set with a flowy, nursing-friendly top and comfy elastic pants that the brand sent her. “They are really soft,” she says. And the baby can match with Mama when it arrives. There are also sets for men, so Papa can match, too.

For the family that likes things old-fashioned

Petite Plume makes preppier styles with contrast piping and cute patterns and even gives you the option of adding monogramming on the pocket (you can choose from nine different fonts), making those family photo ops look that much more regal.

For the family that just wants to be comfortable

And finally, you can’t go wrong with these matching flannel sets in a classic Christmas tartan from J.Crew, which makes some of our favorite, most comfortable sleepwear. Writer Ottessa Moshfegh also swears by them. And all these styles, along with other holiday offerings, are currently on sale for over 50 percent off, making it even easier to outfit the entire family.

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The Best Matching Holiday Pajamas for Every Type of Family