2017 Holiday Gift Guide from the Pajama Company

Ultimate Holiday Gift-Giving Strategy: The ‘2-Stop Shop’

It feels like Labor Day was only yesterday and yet somehow we’ve managed to fast forward through Halloween, blast past Thanksgiving, and Christmas is just around the corner?! Begin the annual lies: “I’m going to get my Christmas shopping done early this year” and “I’ll have the gifts wrapped by the end of November…” Sound familiar?

These are the lies we tell ourselves until mid-December when we end up on an aimless 10-hour Saturday mall run, buying whatever wrapping paper is left at Rite Aid, and giving at least six people on our list Starbucks gift cards. Hey, we’ve all been there. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out with a new strategy: The ‘2-Stop Shop.’

One part Cyber Monday and one part last-minute drugstore run, this strategy is designed to personalize the bejeezus out of your Cyber Monday haul for easy, thoughtful, personalized gifts for everyone on your list.

Step 1: Pick a Theme

Pick one theme for your holiday gifting and splash it across your entire list. By choosing a theme you will shop at one store for everyone, eliminating the dreaded Saturday-in-December-mall-crawl. For example, if your theme is outdoors, you might shop for everyone at Cabela’s. If your theme is foodie, you might browse Williams-Sonoma. You can also shop at a convenient catchall store like Target and use the theme to narrow your focus.

Step 2: Make Your List + Browse Cyber Monday Deals

By Black Friday most stores offer previews of their Cyber Monday deals. Browse and bookmark so you’re ready to go when the sales start. Cyber Monday is an excellent alternative to avoid the crushing crowds and stress of Black Friday. Additionally, if you do all your shopping in one place, you will probably meet the minimum amount to qualify for free shipping, so it won’t cost you anything extra to shop from the comfort of your home.

Step 3: Purchase + Personalize

Once you’ve made your purchases, personalize each gift with a trip to your local drugstore or dollar store. Pick up your wrapping paper and gift bags and throw in a couple little things for each person to create a thoughtful touch. Is your theme foodie? Pick up a funny apron for dad to go with that set of gourmet marinades. Use festive ribbon to tie a cookie cutter to the baking cookbook you got for your sister. Toss chocolate Santas into gift bags for your nieces and nephews. Pick up little trinkets that have special meaning or relate to inside jokes you have with friends. Have fun with it!

Relaxation-Themed Holiday Gift List

To show you how the ‘2-Stop Shop’ strategy works, we’ve selected the theme relaxation and created a holiday gift list that includes everyone in the family.

Give Pajamas and Coffee for the Holidays in 2017

PJ Salvage Women’s Coffee Time Flannel Pajama Set from The Pajama Company

Lazy Saturday Morning

These warm flannel pajamas are perfect for lounging on a leisurely Saturday morning. Personalize this gift with a mug, coffee beans, and biscotti.

Give a Bathrobe and an At-Home Spa Day for the Holidays 2017

Kashwere Super Soft Shawl Collared Robe from The Pajama Company

Spa Day

A luxurious bathrobe will encourage your special someone to put their feet up. Personalize this gift with bath salts, nailpolish, and a face mask.

Give footie pajamas and a movie night, holidays 2017

Lazy One Kids “Timberland Bear” Footy from The Pajama Company

Movie Night

For the young or young at heart, give a pair of footie pajamas. Personalize this gift with a DVD, popcorn and movie theater snacks.

Give Silly Slippers, Holidays 2017

Fuzzy Friends “Grey Elephant” Slippers from Aroma Home from The Pajama Company

The Perfect Bedtime

For littlest ones on your list, give a pair of silly slippers, a bedtime book, hot chocolate, and a teddy bear.

Give Pajama Pants to Your College Kid, Holidays 2017

Boxercraft Stewart Plaid Traditional Flannel Pajama Pant from The Pajama Company

Dorm Duty

For the college-aged nieces and nephews, you can’t go wrong with comfy pajama pants. Include a pack of instant noodles, snacks, a thermos, or an iTunes giftcard to encourage them to kick back in their dorm room.

Give a Romantic Night in with a Bathrobe, Holidays 2017

Kashwere Super Soft Shawl Collared Robe from The Pajama Company

Romantic Night In

A plush robe, massage oil, chocolates, and a scented candle. Bonus points if you watch a few videos online to learn massage techniques!

Give Slipper Socks, Dog Lover, Holidays 2017

Aroma Home Knitted “Dog” Slipper Sock from The Pajama Company

The Bookworm

These warm fuzzy slipper socks are perfect for a cozy night in. Throw in a paperback, an assortment of teas and cookies, and give the gift of a quiet evening.

Give Pajama Pants, Sports Fan, Holidays 2017

Daisy Alexander Classic Green Flannel Pajama Pant from The Pajama Company

The Sports Fan

Give a pair of extra comfortable pajama pants for lounging, a branded beer mug, and game day snacks for a thoughtful gift bag.

The Jetsetter

For your friend who’s always on the go for work or for fun, pick up a pair of comfortable PJs that she can slip into after a long day of travel. Personalize the gift with travel-sized items and an eye mask.

For more ideas for getting festive in your PJs this holiday season, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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New Family Holiday Traditions, Matching Pajamas

New Ideas for Fun Family Traditions

As the days get shorter and the colors of fall give way to frost, our lives become wrapped in tradition. It begins with Halloween: trick-or-treating, neighborhood Halloween parties, themed family costumes, or just stealing all the peanut butter cups out of your kid’s candy stash… no matter how big or how small, the shift from fall to winter signals a shift into a season filled with traditions and memories that will last a lifetime.

There are popular traditions that you share with others, such as the turkey you might be cutting into in the coming days, and then there are ones that are unique to you and your family. Young families have the special and unique opportunity to start traditions with their families and choose what their children will remember from their childhood about this special season — and might pass on to their own.

Here are a few ideas for new traditions you might like to start with your family this holiday season.

New Family Holiday Traditions Dinovember

1. Dinovember

Dinovember” has become a popular new tradition that families are adopting. Take a common toy that many children have — such as plastic dinosaurs — and make it appear that the toys come alive at night and get into mischief during the month of November. This tradition sparks their imaginations during a season best known for magic.

2. Celebrate the First Freeze

Instead of dreading the icy winter weather, celebrate the first time the temperatures dip below freezing. Treat your family to hot chocolate and make a pile of s’mores in the kitchen to warm everyone up. This celebration is even better in a pair of footies!

3. Holiday Book Exchange

Make the most of the cozy couch time this winter and host a family book swap. Swap books within your immediate family or encourage your family and guests to bring books to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a wonderful conversation starter and you might be surprised to find that you share a similar taste in literature with another relative.

Matching Family Pajamas for the Holidays

Browse matching family PJs from The Pajama Company.

4. Pajama Friday + Holiday Movie

We’ve heard of wearing matching family pajamas on Christmas Eve, but why not break them in the day after Thanksgiving? Signal the beginning of the holidays by spending the day digesting in your matching PJs and watching your first Christmas movie of the season together — while eating turkey sandwiches of course!

5. Thanksgiving Leftover Cookoff

Get creative with your Turkey Day leftovers and challenge everyone in the family to make new dishes. Make it a group effort and snack on everyone’s creations throughout the day!

6. Brain Teasers

Choose a brain teaser each day for the month of December — or take turns choosing so no one is left out of the fun! Post each day’s brain teaser where everyone can see it, like on the fridge. Each night at dinner, everyone says what they think the answer is. It’s a fun way to for the family to bond throughout the month.

7. Advent Hunt

Instead of the traditional Advent calendar, hide little Christmas treats for your kids around the house each day in December. Tuck tiny treats into their coat pockets, backpacks, under their pillows, and next to their toothbrushes. Keep the magic of Christmas going all month long!

8. 12 Days of Christmas

Younger generations are making an effort to combat the over-commercialization of Christmas by raising children with one present on Christmas Day and a stocking stuffed by Santa. To extend the giving season, wrap a children’s book for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Kids can take turns each night opening a book and you can read the book together as a family. In keeping with the idea of combating commercialization of the holiday, purchase the books from a secondhand bookshop or thrift store.

Oprah's Favorite Things Holiday Tradition

Aroma Home Knitted “Owl” Slipper Sock

9. Our Favorite Things

Many families celebrate Christmas Eve by opening a small gift. As the kids get older, a fun twist is to share your ‘favorite things’ a la Oprah. Everyone purchases one small gift for everyone in the family — a favorite chocolate, coffee brand, slippers, skincare product, funky iPhone cover… anything small that you enjoy and want share with your family.

10. Sparkling New Year’s

Stay up late with the family and count down until midnight. Cozy up in your pajamas and enjoy snacks and wait for the ball to drop. When the moment arrives, celebrate the coming of the New Year by lighting sparklers and letting the kids run around outside in the brisk winter air. A simple and beautiful way to welcome the New Year together.

11. New Year’s Day Brunch

One last hurrah! For the families that adore the holiday festivities, send off the season with a bang. Have an over-the-top New Year’s Day Brunch, complete with champagne or sparkling cider and an elaborate feast. For those who are too tired to cook, order a smorgasbord of everyone’s favorite takeout and toast the end to another successful holiday season!

12. Family Fun February

Once the holidays are over, most people are faced with a long winter ahead. Put an end to the winter blues and break up the monotony of the day-to-day with ‘Family Fun February.’ One night a week, pick an activity to do together: board games, a movie night, a pizza party. It doesn’t need to be big or elaborate, just a time to connect with each other.

For more ideas for getting festive in your PJs this holiday season, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

 

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Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

12 Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

With the holiday season just around the corner, we know that many of you have family holiday portraits scheduled in the coming days. When you are planning your family portrait this holiday season, consider some outside-the-box options.

Each year we receive dozens in the mail that, frankly, all look the same — and into the trash they go!  Ditch the matching sweaters and have some fun this winter with pictures that are guaranteed to bring holiday joy.

Matching Family Flapjack Pajamas

Matching family pajamas from Lazy One.

1. Matching Flapjacks

Nothing brings out your silly side like matching pajamas. Flapjacks are a super cute and fun alternative to color-coordinated formalwear. They are also a great way to create a holiday vibe in you photo before the Christmas decorations go up.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

2. The Joy of Family

Poke fun at all that “quality time” you’ll be spending with your family this holiday season with a family portrait that’s so funny and honest it hurts. The card could also serve as a PSA to your loved ones to put the phones down this holiday season!

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

3. Too Big for Santa?

Too big for Santa? No such thing. Go to your local mall and pay Santa a visit for a classic photo with a twist. Instead of having the kids sit on Santa’s lap, it’s time for the parents to take a turn.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

4. Silent Night

Ain’t it the truth! With the kids home from winter break, all the parents will understand this endearing play on words. Silent night, indeed.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

5. Wrapped Up in the Holidays

Everyone’s least favorite part of holiday decorating: the lights. One goes out, they all go out. Why are they blinking now?! It takes three hours to untangle them and another twelve to locate the one lightbulb responsible. Incorporate them into your portrait for an extra festive photo!

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

6. Winter is Coming

Have fun with pop culture with this absolutely epic ‘Game of Thrones’ reference. This photo is sure to be the Christmas card everyone in your family will be talking about this year.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

7. Ugly Sweater

The go-to funny holiday photo, ugly Christmas sweaters are a popular theme for holiday cocktail parties and family portraits alike. Don your most hideous Christmas sweater or pick some up at your local thrift shop. Smiles, guaranteed.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

8. Love is Everything

Create what is arguably the most relatable family holiday portrait. The holidays are the most stressful time of the year. We have all been to a family gathering or two that didn’t go quite as planned… poke fun at the fam with a staged “awkward” holiday portrait everyone can relate to.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Another funny portrait classic! Dress dad up as Santa and stage a smooch with the kiddos looking on. It’s funny, playful, and absolutely adorable. This portrait will be the one you put on your mantel every year.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

10. Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Sleep in heavenly peace? ‘Co-Sleeping’ is when a child… and a dog… and a cat… and two more children… end up in your bed at some point in the night. Really, every parent co-sleeps at some point. This wonderful, relatable pose is made even cuter with a set of matching family pajamas!

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

11. Over-the-Top Family Portrait

Get everyone a matching sweater and lean into the idea of the super-staged over-the-top family portrait. And when we say get everyone a matching sweater, we mean everyone. This perfectly posed pooch in his matching argyle getup makes for a hilarious and adorable family photo.

Funny Family Holiday Photo Ideas

12. Embrace Your Crying Kiddos

Rather than stress out about grumpy little ones during your family portrait session, embrace it. Some of the cutest and most hilarious family photos are the less-than-perfect ones we never planned for.

For more ideas for getting festive in your PJs this holiday season, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Pajama Halloween Costume Ideas

6 Pajama-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

When it comes to Halloween, there are those people who meticulously plan their costume a year in advance — finding the perfect props and carefully sewing, stitching, or gluing their masterpiece together — and then there are the rest of us. Halloween is less than a week away and we’re willing to bet you don’t have a costume either.

Rather than be the party pooper who shows up to the Halloween bash as themselves, look no further than your pajama drawer. By utilizing your pajamas in these six simple costume ideas, you will be warm, comfortable, and at least a hundred dollars richer for not having ordered a last-minute costume online.

Unlike an inflatable T-Rex or a garden gnome, you can wear your pajamas again and again. Here are costume ideas for the rest of us.

Six Ways to Wear Your PJs on Halloween

Baby in Footy Pajamas Halloween Costume IdeaBaby Footy Pajama Halloween Costume

1. Babies in Footy Pajamas

No need to splurge on a Halloween costume! Turning your favorite footy pajamas into a fun and comfortable costume is easy. Use your footies and go as a baby for Halloween. Throw your hair in pigtails, add blush for those sweet rosy cheeks, and buy a pacifier or an oversized lollipop. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Hillbilly Halloween Costume PajamasHillbilly Hunter Pajama Halloween Costume

2. Hillbilly Hunter in Flapjacks

For a playful Halloween costume, pick up a pair of super fun flapjacks and go as a hillbilly hunter. Add a winter hat, a jean jacket, and a pair of boots to complete the look. Pick up a cheap water gun or Nerf gun from a toy store. If you want to kick it up a notch, consider adding a mullet wig!

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3. The Third Trimester in a Nightshirt

If there’s one thing pregnant women love and appreciate, it’s a pair of comfy pajamas… but really, who doesn’t? Turn your softest nightshirt into a Halloween costume by hiding a beach ball in a shirt underneath and go as the “Third Trimester.” Throw on a pair of warm fuzzy slippers and waddle into the Halloween party with your hand on your back — costume complete!

College Student Halloween Costume Pajama Pants

4. College Student in Pajama Pants

When you think of pajama pants, you think of college kids rolling out of bed and sprinting to class. Pull out your warmest oversized flannel pajama pants and grab a backpack or a textbook. To really sell the “college student” look, wear a hoodie or pull a pair of Ugg boots over your jammies.

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5. Boxer in a Robe

The champ is here! Turn a soft, plush, silky bathrobe into a Halloween costume by going as a boxer. Put on a pair of athletic shorts, sneakers, high-top athletic socks, and tape your hands with medical tape to complete the effect.

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6. Crazy Cat Lady in a Nightgown

If you have a nightgown in your dresser, you already have a funny Halloween costume to wear! Pick up a pack of large safety pins and a few kitten stuffed animals. Pin the cats to the nightgown and you have a cat lady costume! Go the extra mile and throw some rollers in your hair.

With these Halloween costume ideas, there’s no need to dress up for the party. For more ideas for getting cozy in your PJs this fall, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Fall Reading List, Best Autumn Novels to Read in Your Pajamas

Fall Reading List: Curl Up in your PJs with These Wistful Novels

The crisp fall weather inspires us to put on our warmest pajamas, curl up on the couch, and snuggle up with a soft blanket and a good book. Here we have listed our favorite fall reads across all genres. But what exactly constitutes a ‘fall read’?

When autumn sets in, the days get shorter and colder, making many people miss the carefree sun-filled days of summer. ‘Wistful’ is a word that is often used to describe books that give us a feeling of slight melancholy, usually brought on by nostalgia. Fall reminds us of childhood, school years, and signals that the holidays are just around the corner. Not all novels that remind us of fall take place in autumn. ‘Fall,’ in a feeling, is a mood that defines each of these moody classics.

Best Fall Novels to Read in Your Pajamas

Fall Reading List Pajamas Cider House Rules

1. The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Cider House Rules is a classic coming-of-age novel set on an apple orchard in New England in the early 1900s through World War II. The story follows Homer Wells, an orphan who is trained as a medical assistant to orphanage director and obstetrician, Dr. Wilbur Larch. The novel follows Homer as he navigates his life as an adult outside the orphanage, where his idealist childhood views are put to the test. Between the coming-of-age storyline, lost loves, and the rustic setting in Maine, this classic will warm your soul.

Fall Reading List Pajamas Dead Poets Society

2. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

Have you ever read a book based on a movie? Not something you see often, but the novel Dead Poets Society is actually based on the 1989 film and published the same year. The story, set in 1959 New England, follows Todd Anderson through his senior year at an elite all-boys prep school where he encounters a new English teacher, John Keating. Keating challenges the boys to “make their lives extraordinary” in this touching tale about being true to yourself and taking control of your destiny. Carpe diem.

Fall Reading List Pajamas The Shining

3. The Shining by Stephen King

You can’t create a fall reading list without a ghost story and Stephen King, the king of horror, perfects the genre in his flawless telling of The Shining. This was his first hardback bestseller and the book’s success solidified King as the contemporary horror author. The Shining focuses on Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of a historic hotel in the remote Colorado Rockies. Jack’s son, Danny, possesses ‘the shining,’ psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific past. As fall passes and winter traps the family inside the hotel, the supernatural forces in the hotel cause Jack to slowly lose his mind, putting his family in incredible danger. Prepare to sleep with a light on after reading…

Fall Reading List Pajamas Pride and Prejudice

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice, follows the emotional development of young Elizabeth Bennet, who learns to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential in this humorous commentary on gender, education, marriage, and wealth. The cold, gray London fall sets the tone for the novel — sure to make you reach for your softest, warmest bathrobe while you settle in for a good long read.

Fall Reading List Pajamas Catcher in the Rye

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Set in the 1950s, The Catcher in the Rye follows sixteen-year old Holden Caulfield as he abandons his prep school in Pennsylvania to go to New York City for three days. Written in the form a flashback, it’s clear that present-day Caulfield is narrating the story from a sanatorium. The book’s title says it all: the novel is about hanging on to your childhood for as long as you can. Set in autumn in New York, the plot alone will make readers nostalgic for the dreams of their youth.

Fall Reading List Pajamas Devil Wears Prada

6. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Moving away from the classics for a moment, The Devil Wears Prada makes this list because 1) what’s a reading list without a little ‘chic lit’ and 2) many fashion-forward individuals believe that the fall runway shows signal the true beginning of fall. This book follows protagonist Andrea “Andy” Sachs as she navigates a rocky year as the personal assistant for the editor of a popular fashion magazine in New York. The nightmarish job has a profound impact on her personal life and begs the question, how far are you willing to go to achieve your dreams? The Devil Wears Prada makes for excellent light reading before you and your pajamas get into bed for the night.

For more ideas for getting cozy in your PJs this fall, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Fall Sleepover Ideas

How to Throw a ‘Pumpkin Spice’ Themed Slumber Party

Three words: pumpkin spice everything. After an absolutely gorgeous summer, fall has finally arrived on the East Coast and temperatures are slowly starting to drop. With school back in session it’s the perfect time for a cozy slumber party, whether you’re in middle school or you’re in college. What better way to celebrate the season than in your favorite pajamas surrounded by all things pumpkin spice?

Not only is pumpkin spice the caffeinated beverage of choice for many this time of year, it creeps into our soaps, candles, and pastries too. The scent makes you feel like you’re hovering over a warm apple pie. To capture this feeling of warmth and comfort we’ve assembled a list of our coziest slumber party must-haves for the perfect fall pajama gathering.

8 Ideas for the Best Fall Slumber Party

1. A Soft and Snuggly Setup

In the designated sleeping area, whether it’s your living room or your dorm room, pull together all the softest, coziest blankets and pillows you can find. Drape them over sofas or arrange them in baskets or strategically placed stacks around the floor. All the soft layers and cushions will invite your guests to settle in and get comfortable for the night.

2. The Scent of the Season

Place ‘pumpkin spice’ air freshener (think plug-ins) or well-attended candles around the room. If you’re using candles, dim the lights to achieve the “autumn glow” effect of a fireplace. splurge on autumn-scented hand soap for the bathroom and stack your fluffy towels high for guests to use if they want to shower off the next morning.

Great Fall Party Ideas

3. Freshly Baked Fall-Themed Treats

Bake or purchase fall baked goods. Think apple or pumpkin pie, fruit-filled crumb bars, or cinnamon-kissed Snickerdoodle cookies. Making s’mores in the oven is another great option. Simple fall snacks include roasted nuts, caramel corn, soft-baked pretzels, and warm dips for your chips.

4. Warm Bellies with Hot Drinks

For drinks, consider warm or cold apple cider and hot chocolate — don’t forget the marshmallows! For the 21-and-over slumber parties (adults like to get cozy too!) mulled wine, sangria made with orange and cinnamon sticks, and hot toddies are a nice addition to the menu.

5. Cozy Fall Activities

There’s something about fall that brings back memories of childhood: the excitement of a new school year, meeting up with friends, Halloween and trick-or-treating, the holidays just around the corner. When planning activities for your child’s sleepover think of the classics: Twister or classic board games like Trouble, Life, Connect Four, and and Clue. These are still fun for teenagers and adults alike! Other adult options could be Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, or the latest card game craze: Cards Against Humanity. Don’t forget to load up on nail polish and magazines with cheezy quizzes and celebrity gossip!

6. Snuggle Up with These Wistful Fall Movies

Pop the popcorn and curl up with one or two of these cozy favorites. Kids movies, romantic comedies and everything in between: Hocus Pocus, Pets, Fantasia or Fantasia 2000, You’ve Got Mail, Good Will Hunting, Keeping The Faith, Rushmore, The Dead Poets Society, When Harry Met Sally, Rudy, Stepmom, Autumn in New York, Practical Magic, and Garden State to name a few. Of course there are millions of Halloween slasher films and psychological thrillers to choose from as well, if romcom’s aren’t your thing.

Adult Women Footie Pajamas for a Slumber Party

Navy Flannel Footy Pajamas from Big Feet Pajamas

7. Don’t Forget Your Jammies!

Fall is the beginning of pajama season. It’s the perfect time of year to break out your flannels for winter. Footie pajamas are still all the rage with the “big kids” reliving the comforts of their childhood. For your ‘pumpkin spice’ slumber party, you might want to think about a pair of pajamas with a fun fall print like these from PJ Salvage.

8. Wake Up to a Warm Fall Breakfast

Oven-baked “breakfast casseroles” are easy to make and can feed a crowd. There plenty of recipes online for various egg, sausage, and hashbrown casseroles, fresh toast, and oven-baked pancakes. For an easy breakfast, heat up frozen waffles and serve with loads of toppings — berries, jams, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce — a variety of muffins (don’t forget pumpkin!) and granola are other options to consider. This may be a great time for the hot chocolate to make a reappearance as a little pick-me-up before your guests head home.

For more ideas for getting cozy in your PJs this fall, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Fall Fun Ideas in Flannel Pajamas

Fall is More Fun in Flannel! Some Things Are Just Better in PJs

Summer has officially come to a close. It won’t be long before pajama season is in full swing. Crisp fall air, brisk mornings, chilly nights, crunchy leaves, and cozy blankets slowly steer us indoors before winter. Fall is a season that is based largely on the sense of smell and soft, warm textures. Just the thought of freshly baked goodies, ‘pumpkin spice’ scented everything, wool sweaters, cashmere scarves, and pillowy down comforters are enough to make you want to crawl back in bed for a long nap.

With our internal clock set to hibernate, it’s no wonder we don’t want to get out of our pajamas until April. Here is a list of our favorite fall activities that are far better when enjoyed in the comfort of our favorite flannel jammies.

Ideas for Fall Family Fun

PJ Salvage Women’s Coffee Time Flannel Pajama Set in Dove

8 Fall Activities That Are Better in Your PJs

1. Sipping Coffee in Bed

Whether you live in an old house or a drafty apartment, waking up in the wee hours before work can be a challenge. A chilly bedroom and cold floors aren’t exactly inviting you to get up and get ready for work. This is why many people opt to set their coffee timer and grab their cup of coffee to go — to go back to bed, that is. Keeping your PJs on and returning to your cocoon to caffeinate warms you up so you can muster up the strength to head into the shower.

2. A Good Book

After you’ve finished dinner and washed up, it’s time to slip into your pajamas and curl up with a good book. While reading isn’t a seasonal activity, there’s something extra relaxing about reading in your favorite chair under a cozy blanket when the evening chill has set in.

3. Late Night Pie

In the fall we can’t seem to go a week without a baked good landing in our home. Maybe you love to bake or you have friends or family who can’t wait to bake the first apple pie of the season. Either way, odds are there is a pie in your fridge that’s calling your name. Eventually you’re bound to sneak down to the kitchen in the wee hours to warm up a slice. Wrapped up in your favorite flannels with a belly full of warm pie, you’re sure to return to bed sleepy and satisfied.

4. Bubble Baths

After a long, stressful day at work, nothing melts the day away and takes the autumn chill out of your bones like a long hot bubble bath. As the water starts to turn lukewarm, hopping out of the tub and into a pair of soft flannel jammies lets you to take the warmth and comfort of a bubble bath with you all the way to bed.

5. Weekend Brunch

Weekends are for sleeping in and staying in your PJs for as long as possible — all weekend, if possible. Summer brunches are filled with fresh fruits and light fare, but by autumn your morning melon is replaced with french toast smelling of cinnamon and hot stacks of pancakes drenched in maple syrup. The only thing that could possibly make either of those things better is enjoying them in your flannels. With your jammies on you can be as warm and cozy on the outside as you are on the inside.

6. Wine and a Movie

As the temperatures cool and we get deeper into our fall hibernation, going out on the town becomes less and less appealing. Enjoying a movie with a generous glass of red on a Friday night, wrapped up in a blanket or a bathrobe, sounds like a better use of your time.

7. Evening Cocoa

Cocoa, tea, cider, a hot toddy — whatever your poison, it’s better in your PJs. Curling up by the fire or by the glow of your latest Netflix binge with a warm ‘mug of fall’ in your hands will instantly relax you. Cocoa taps into comforting childhood memories and the cinnamon apple smell of cider provides instant stress relief. Treat yourself to a sip of something sweet in your pajamas this fall.

8. Dinner by The Fire

Whether it’s the roar of your fireplace or the twinkle of candlelight, enjoying your takeout by the glow of a fire, no matter the size, makes your rushed after-work meal instantly cozy. Turning down the lights will also help you decompress before heading off to bed, allowing you to fall asleep faster. As an added bonus, research has shown that sitting by a fire may actually help reduce blood pressure. When coupled with the calming effects of your favorite PJs, you’ll be stress-free and off to dreamland in no time.

For more ideas for getting cozy in your PJs this fall, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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Back to College with These Dorm-Ready Pajama Looks

8 Classic Pajama Looks for Anywhere on Campus

Long after you graduate from college, you will feel nostalgic excitement when you spot a soon-to-be college freshman roaming the aisles of a department store, cart packed full of storage bins, towels, and twin sheets. When you leave the comforts of home, your dorm room becomes a cave of comfort.

After a few months, the dorm itself becomes more like home: packed with friends and familiar faces, sharing takeout in the lounge, watching a favorite movie with a roommate, late night study sessions. Students develop different routines and schedules and the dorm becomes a buzzing hub of activity, just as a house is for families.

A person’s idea of home revolves around one key element: comfort. One of the classic comforts of home is your ability to wear pajamas anywhere you go. Check out our PJ “Look Book” below for ideas on how to stay cozy, calm, and comfortable anywhere on campus.

The Back-to-College Pajama Look Book

Women's Pajama Pants for Back-to-College

Boxercraft Black Stripe Lux Jogger

1. The “I’m Running Late for Class” Look. The line for the shower was six people deep and you finally got your turn — there was even hot water this time! Now you’re sprinting back to your dorm room in your bathrobe pick out a stylish outfit and do your hair with the 10 minutes you have left to get to class… or pull on the pajamas that are already on your bed, throw on a hoodie, and head out the door? No brainer.

Women's Onesie for Back-to-College

Big Feet Pajamas Adult Navy Plush Hooded One Piece Footy

2. The “It’s Too Cold for Jeans” Look. It’s a winter wonderland! And by winter wonderland we mean sleet and freezing rain sloshing around in a frosty snow globe. Your class is across campus and life is good underneath your fluffy, warm down comforter. The thought of pulling on a pair of cold, stiff jeans isn’t the motivation you need to leave your cocoon. Taking a hot shower and zipping yourself into a pair of flannel one-piece footie PJs that feel more like a sleeping bag than actual clothes? That’ll do the trick.

Unisex Back-to-College Pajama Pants

Boxercraft Red and Black Plaid Flannel Pajama Pant

3. The “But It’s Raining” Look. Wet, cold, foggy: gross. You’re already going to have to navigate puddles and maneuver an umbrella when it’s raining sideways. Throw a jacket over these cozy flannel pants, slip on some dry rain boots, and you’re ready to swim to Organic Chemistry.

Dorm Life College Women's Boxers

Boxercraft Fushia Dot Flannel Bitty Boxer

4. The “We Don’t Have A/C in Our Dorm and It’s 96 Degrees Outside” Look. If you’re sharing a hot tin can with 300 other co-ed sardines it can get a little stale and stuffy by springtime. After you’ve spent the night sweating next to your desk fan, it might be time to cool off in some breezy boxers in the fresh morning air.

Comfy Slippers for Dorm Life, Back to College

Fuzzy Friends “Tiger” Slippers from Aroma Home

5. Finals Footwear. What day is it? Is it still nighttime? Where are the coffee filters? All questions you find yourself asking during dreaded finals week. This is not the week for real clothes. Or showering. Or sleeping. Or socializing. No finals week zombie walk is complete without a pair of comforting, fuzzy slippers. Slip these on, grab a slice of cold pizza, and knock out that test.

Plush Women's Robe for Back-to-College

PJ Salvage “Stars” Women’s Plush Robe in Aqua

6. The “That Party Was Epic But I Need 10 More Hours of Sleep” Look. The party is over and you’re feeling less than peppy in the AM. You don’t want to leave bed, but the cafeteria stops serving bacon at 11. Compromise: a bathrobe is essentially a comforter you can wear. Win, win.

Back-to-College Extra Wide Leg Pajama Pants

Boxercraft Women’s Navy Stripe Margo Loungepant

7. The “We Can’t Afford to Go Out Tonight” Look. When your budget looks like it’s about to be blown, it’s time to rally the troops for a binge-worthy Netflix marathon. Order a pizza and get comfortable in a pair of super soft, extra wide-leg pajama pants. It’ll feel like you’re watching TV in bed, even though you’re surrounded by ten of your closest, brokest friends.

Unisex Sushi Pajama Pants for Back to College

The Cat’s Pajamas Women’s “Sushi” Cotton Pajama Pant in White

8. The “It’s Been a Rough Week” Look. Pajamas, above all, are a security blanket. Whether it’s a breakup, roommate drama, or stress from balancing school and life with your new internship, sometimes we just need to hibernate on the weekend. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate (or noodles), turn on a Law and Order marathon, and shut off your phone. Put on a pair of PJs in the most fun, outrageous pattern you can find. You’ll be feeling like yourself again by Monday.

Embrace every pajama-filled, pizza-laden, coffee-saturated, sleep-deprived moment of your college experience — and good luck to the class of 2021! For the latest in dorm fashion, visit us at www.thepajamacompany.com/dorm-ready.

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Six Pajama-Perfect Careers

Do you ever wish you could have one blissful day of wearing your pajamas to work? Starched suits with bland ties, high heels, dress pants, button downs, blazers. All seem designed to confine and limit personality. Whether the requirement is business casual or super formal, the rules of what to wear in a professional environment can make getting up in the morning harder than ever.

We all have moments where passion dips and the boring side of a career threatens to take over. For some jobs, it would be wise to set aside social norms in favor of shaking things up.

6 Pajama-Perfect Careers

  1. Programmers

The world already thinks of you as basement-dwelling mega hackers. Why not live up to that belief and roll right out of bed wearing your finest pair of pajamas? Arrive at your Silicon Valley position with a soy latte and ignore any shocked stares.

  1. Postal Carriers

There’s a reason most mail delivery trucks have no doors. What better way to show off the latest in sleepwear fashion? Plus, it’ll give you a great talking point in the community as you deliver Amazon Prime packages.

  1. Writers

This one’s essentially a no-brainer. Serious scribes don’t need to dress up to ponder their work in progress. Ties stifle creativity.

  1. Doctors

You spent years toiling to get through undergrad, med school, internship, and fellowship. You’ve worked hard and you deserve to treat yourself, so throw any expectations out the window. Besides, you hardly sleep. It’s only fair. (This is especially appropriate if you’re a pediatrician.)

  1. Entrepreneurs

It’s your business and chances are you have launched in your own home office. You’re the boss so your style sets the trend for your employees. Here at The Pajama Company, we think working in pajamas is key to productivity.

  1. Poker Players

How can anyone keep their poker face when their opponent is dressed for bed? This strategy will help you maintain your edge as you raise the stakes.

 

All silliness aside, changing your clothing really can help you improve your mindset. Efficiency is as much about passion as it is about skill. If something is lacking in your professional life, consider taking a risk. It could be the change you need to work better and have a more satisfying nine-to-five experience.

 

 

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Made in America: Grilling Ideas for 4th of July

Made in America: ‘American’ Marinades for The 4th of July

What’s more American than hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cold beer? None of those things, actually. “Hot dogs” or frankfurters originated in Frankfurt, Germany, where a similar pork sausage was served. The hamburger is a deviant of a dish served in Hamburg, Germany in the 1800s. Beer? Originated in Egypt and Iran and was spread throughout Europe by German and Celtic tribes. Apple pie originated in the Netherlands in the 1500s. French fries… well, you get the idea.

This weekend, America will be 241 years young. Our traditions and our culinary history are defined by our immigrant culture. Even formalized barbeque started on the shores of the Caribbean. While these traditions may have started overseas, they are now woven into the tapestry of our nation. Key ingredients in a special sauce that makes America, America.

Given that a majority of our Independence Day traditions take place on the grill, we thought it would be fun to try these ‘Made in America’ marinades with that are inspired by various drops in our country’s melting pot. Marinate meat for a minimum of 30 minutes to as long as overnight. Happy 4th!

8 Traditional ‘American’ Marinades for Your Independence Day BBQ

1. Irish-American Whiskey Marinade

Irish immigrants first arrived in America around the year 1820 and the first Irish-American whiskey, The Emerald, was made in the U.S. in 1865. This whiskey marinade is fantastic on steak or hamburgers.

  • 1 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 – 1 ½ oz. soy sauce
  • S1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • a few grinds black pepper

2. Summer Italian-American Marinade

The first large rush of Italian immigrants to the U.S. was also in 1820. By the 1930s, Italian Americans were the leading producers of grapes in California. Many well-known wine brands such as Mondavi, Carlo Rossi, Petri, Sebastiani, and Gallo came from those early enterprises. The marinade below is excellent on grilled chicken or fish.

  • 1 ¾ c. dry white wine
  • ½ c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. minced red onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt

3. Mexican-American Carne Asada Marinade

Mexican American history spans 400 years (yes, older than the United States!) and varies from region to region in the U.S. In 1900, there were more than 500,000 Mexican-Americans living in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Texas. With the influx came chipotle (or smoke-dried jalapeno) peppers — the primary ingredient in adobo sauce. This marinade is fantastic for Carne Asada, or grilled flank steak.

  • ¾ c. orange juice
  • ½ c. lemon juice
  • ⅓ c. lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ c. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped canned chipotle pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • ½ c. olive oil

4. Haitian-American Epis Marinade or Base

In the French colony of Saint-Domingue, France tried to reintroduce slavery in 1804 to a revolt by former slaves. Saint-Domingue was declared the Republic of Haiti. Many of the wealthy colonists fled and took their Haitian slaves with them to New Orleans. Wealthy Haitian freedmen also immigrated, seeking to cultivate their own plots of land in South Florida. “Epis” means “the all-soaked” is used as a base or marinade in most Haitian meats, in rice blends, soups, and stews. This incredibly flavorful marinade is so versatile it can be used on poultry, fish, or beef.

Blend:

  • 10 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 c. cilantro
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 3 scallion stalks
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 tsp. clove powder
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice (1 lime)
  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vinegar

5. Greek-American Souvlaki Marinade

Greek immigrants have been colonizing in America since the late 1700s in Florida. By 1866, the community was so numerous that America had established its first Greek consulate in New Orleans. Souvlaki is a dish of skewered meat and vegetables, typically served with grilled bread or pita with various garnishes and sauces or as a dish with a side of fried potatoes. This marinade is a great on just about anything, but really pops on grilled chicken!

  • ⅓ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper

6. Korean-American BBQ Marinade

In 1903, the first group of Korean laborers came to Hawaii on January 13 (now known annually as Korean American Day). Between 1904 and 1907, roughly 1,000 Korean immigrants entered the mainland from Hawaii through San Francisco. After the annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910, Korean migration to the U.S. came to a full stop. It wasn’t until 1952 that opportunities were more open to Asian Americans, enabling Korean Americans to move out of enclaves and into middle-class neighborhoods. With Korean immigration came Bulgogi or “Korean BBQ.” This tangy marinade is beautiful on grilled short ribs. The longer you marinate, the better!

  • ½ c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 ½ tbsp. raw or turbinado sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ c. chopped scallions

7. Israeli-American Date Marinade

This recipe actually came from a collection of marinades suggested for Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut), so it’s a fitting marinade for the 4th! Israelis began migrating to the United States shortly after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. Date honey or date syrup (silan) was first brought to Israel by Iraqi Jews and is used similarly to molasses in a number of dishes. There are a number of recipes online for making your own or you can purchase silan online from websites like Amazon.com. This marinade pairs very well with a smoky grilled chicken and is best if left to marinate overnight.

  • 4 tbsp. silan (date syrup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

8. Jamaican-American Jerk Chicken Marinade

Jamaicans were originally brought to the United States as slaves in 1838 with the explosion of the sugar plantations in European colonies in the Caribbean. That said, the first immigration wave for Jamaicans in America wasn’t until the 1960s. Presently, most Jamaican-Americans and immigrants reside in New York City. This dish might very well already be on your grilling menu. Grilled jerk chicken dates back to 1655, likely earlier, standing the test of time.

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 fresh Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • ¼ c. fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

We wish you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day! Like many Americans, we look for opportunities to support the American worker and American entrepreneur. We’re proud to tell our customers about the brands we carry that produce 100% of their merchandise in the United States.

For more inspiration for family activities or gift ideas, visit us at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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