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Blog Black Friday Shopping Pro

Tackle Black Friday Like a Pro

The busy holiday shopping season is upon us again and it all kicks off with Black Friday. This is the day that retailers everywhere give deep discounts on merchandise so you can save big bucks on everything from clothing to computers.

The atmosphere in stores can be frantic and this epic shopping day can be stressful if not approached just right. Don’t fret – we’re here with tips to get you through it so you can cross people off your holiday list while still getting great deals and not losing your sanity in the process.

Plan Ahead

Unless you have superpowers, it is impossible to visit every single store that has Black Friday promotions. Prioritizing and planning will not only help you get what you’re after, but it will also make the day less hectic. Most retailers publish their sales well in advance so taking a couple of hours to make a list of where you are going to go and what you are going to buy will keep you on schedule. If you are signed up for your favorite stores email lists, you’ll get all the deals directly delivered to your inbox

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Know Your Budget

During the holiday season, people put themselves in debt that can take many months, and sometimes years, to repay. To avoid putting yourself into a financial bind, make a budget and stick to it. Know how much you can afford to spend and creating a budget based on it. Make sure to not only think about the gifts you are going to buy but also put a little extra into the fund for those impulse buys that are sure to sneak up on you.

Make Time to Reboot

Being in ‘go’ mode can be stressful on both mind and body. Make sure to take time to regroup and make sure you are sticking to your plan of action for the day. Stop for lunch, fuel your body, and take a deep breath. You won’t miss anything that important by taking an hour to decompress. You’ll find that the second half of your day to be much more carefree if you settle down for a rest.


Keep Your Cool

Finding parking, crowded stores, and long checkout lines can be enough to send your stress meter into the red zone. We don’t want to sound like your mother, but you knew what you were getting into when you went out shopping on Black Friday so the best course of action is to just go with the flow.  Put a smile on your face and take in the spirit that is the holidays.

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Wind Down After the Day

Once the day is over and you’ve secured all those great Black Friday deals, you need to wind down from all the excitement. A great idea is to pull out the Crockpot and get your evening meal ready before you leave for the day. When you get home you don’t have to worry about feeding yourself or the troops. Dinner has cooked itself while you shopped away! Hide the presents, put on your favorite jammies, have a glass of wine or cup of tea, and enjoy a hot meal. You’ll have a great night’s sleep if you give yourself a little ‘you time’ at the end of the day.

Now that you have the inside scoop on how to approach Black Friday like a pro, we’re confident you’ll come out feeling fantastic about your haul. And don’t forget – Cyber Monday is just a few days later. Luckily you can do that in your comfy clothes right in your own home.

Do you have other Black Friday tips for the Pajama Company community? We’d love to hear them. Tell us in the comments or head over to our Facebook page and share them there!

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10 Gifts for Stress Management

Gifts That Promote Rest and Relaxation

‘Tis the season for holiday stress! Months of cooking, shopping, family time, and out-of-town guests take a toll on everyone. Since we’re all jonesing for a little R&R after the holiday season, gifts that promote rest and relaxation are guaranteed to be appreciated. These are our top picks for thoughtful holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

10 Thoughtful Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Women's Pajamas Bee Pattern

Queen Bee by The Cat’s Pajamas

1. Pajamas Fit for a Queen. Queen Bee pajama set by The Cat’s Pajamas is perfect for the queen in your life. This beautiful set is made from Pima cotton, which is premium long staple cotton. When it comes to cotton, the longer the fiber (staple), the softer the fabric. The set comes in three colors and would make a thoughtful, relaxing gift along with some loose leaf tea and a good book.

Father Son Matching Pajamas

Furry Monsters by Munki Munich

2. Something for Superdad. For your “biggest kid,” the man who makes them laugh the hardest, a pajama set that will bring a smile. This jogger set by Munki Munki comes in different colors and patterns and, best of all, comes with a pint-sized version so he can match his favorite little buddy. Throw in a luxe shave kit to give him a little “me” time.

Junk food funny adult onesie

“Junk Food” Hooded Fleece Union Suit by Boxercraft

3. A Little Fun for the College Kid. Is your college-aged kiddo wiped out from Finals and the holiday crunch at their internship? Let them kick back on the couch (in between shoveling the driveway) with this fun union suit by Boxercraft. Pizza and fries are totally optional.

unisex Dinosaur kids pajamas

Dinosaur Union Suit by Big Feet

4. For the Future Paleontologist. Do you have a little one in your house with a bad case of dino fever? Preschool is hard. Let their imaginations run wild before bedtime with this super playful dinosaur onesie by Big Feet.

Kashwere unisex plush bathrobe

Plush Bathrobes by Kashwere

5. A Spa Day for the Workaholic. We all have a friend or family member who gets caught up in “all work and no play.” Encourage them to take a break with one of our customer favorites, the Kashwere robe — once featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things. It is an ultra plush robe that can be worn year-round. Pair with a salt scrub and a face mask to encourage rest and relaxation.

Boxercraft Unisex Plaid Pajama Pants

Unisex Plaid Pajama Pants by Boxercraft

6. Relaxation for Everyone. Let’s be honest: the best part of the day is when you have finished your obligations at work and home and can “slip into something more comfortable” — for us, that something is pajama pants. Everyone appreciates a cozy pair of classic flannel pajama pants. Unisex plaid pajama pants from Boxercraft offer the pattern in every color combination. Give with a mug and hot chocolate to promote quality time with the couch.

Fuzzy Friends 'Duck' Slippers by Aroma Home

Fuzzy Duck Slippers by Aroma Home

7. For the Early Riser. Some of us are morning people and some of us have to wake up in the wee hours to start our day, for a workout, an early shift, or a long commute. During the winter months, those early risers are stepping out of bed and into a cold, dark house. Brighten up their mornings with a pound of quality coffee and these cheerful ‘Fuzzy Friends’ slippers by Aroma Home, with a menagerie of playful characters.

Cowboy Pajama Pants

Cowboy Cotton Pajama Pants by The Cat’s Pajamas

8. Even the Wild Ones Need a Nap. This is a gift for our friends who burn the midnight oil, who live by “work hard, play hard,” who are the first on the dancefloor when they’re not skydiving or mountain climbing. These cowboy pajama pants from The Cat’s Pajamas are perfect for the wild ones with restless hearts. Pair with a nice set of lowball glasses or their favorite spirit.

Party Pups Pajama Set

Party Pups Pajama Set by The Cat’s Pajamas

9. For the Animal Lover. Whether they’re dog people or cat people, The Cat’s Pajamas has a pajama set for the “fur mom” in your life. Caring for pets is a lot of responsibility. Acknowledge their love and their dedication with a gift they can use while snuggling their best friends on the couch. Throw in their furry friend’s favorite treat for a thoughtful, heartwarming gift they’ll love.

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Don’t Moose With Me by Lazy One

10. Kick Back with the Whole Family. These adorable ‘Don’t Moose with Me’ Flapjack Pajamas come in sizes for the whole family. Give the give of matching family pajamas. They’re perfect for fun family holiday photos and ideal for lazy movie marathons into the New Year.

We hope you enjoyed this list! For more gift ideas, family recipes, and inspiration for family fun this holiday season, visit The Pajama Company blog at thepajamacompany.com/blog.

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There’s still time…

Finishing up your holiday shopping? We’ve got just what you need to get the job done!

Shop pajamas until midnight tonight (EST), choose overnight shipping, and receive your PJs by Christmas eve!

Need some ideas in a hurry? Well, you know us…we’re always happy to share our suggestions:

Holiday PJs, Robes, & Nightshirts – you can’t go wrong with something cozy AND festive!

Pajamas for Animal Lovers  – dogs, cats, chickens, monkeys…we’ve got them all…

Love+Grace – our favorite new pajama line with fun patterns and super soft fabric!

Gift Pillows & Warm Blankets – a great choice when you’re unsure of their size.

Gifts by Price Range – shop gifts by price!

There you have it…happy shopping!


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Holiday Shopping Deals!

We’re having a Flash Sale! TODAY ONLY take 20% off our Munki Munki pajamas! Use “MUNKI” at checkout.

Click here to shop all Munki Munki pajama! Just in case you need a little help, here are a few of our favorites below…

Oh, and today is also the last day to shop and take advantage of UPS Ground shipping and still have guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Munki Munki Women’s “Giraffe” Flannel Pajama in Tangerine

Munki Munki Kids “Sock Monkey” Pajama Set in Blue


Munki Munki Women’s “Sledding” Nightshirt in Blue

Happy shopping!

Photo Credit: Neil Kronberg via Compfight cc

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Vote “No” to Christmas Chaos and “Yes” to SIMPLE

By Anne Badanes, The Pajama Company Holiday Editor

How did the holiday that promises peace on earth become a month of stress? We all know the reasons; we can look at our to-do list and see all the things that we must do. We feel the expectations that others have and we beat ourselves up with the expectations that we put upon ourselves. Many women feel they must be the magicians behind the “magic of this holiday”. We tend to forget that we are human.

For years I taught a seminar to help women avoid the stress of Christmas. It offered practical steps in dealing with those tough holiday issues whether it was extended family, budget worries, an overbooked calendar, or the unspoken “rules” of gift giving. In the seminar, the women evaluated their behaviors and expectations. Then they made hard changes that helped bring sanity and yes, even peace into December.

Here is the bad news. The seminar was held in September. That was early enough in the year for people to make the necessary changes such as telling mom that they wouldn’t be driving to Boise this year….or that they had a $10 limit for nephew’s gifts…or that they would not be in charge of a cookie exchange.

The countdown is here and it seems that everyone knows how many days until Christmas. With a bit of panic in their voices, my friends will say “Yikes only 13 more days until Christmas and I haven’t……..” and then they spew out a list of impossible tasks. I want to tell them there is no way they can get all that done in a month.

Instead of counting days until Christmas,  I concentrate on a few principles to keep it SIMPLE.  These thoughts are nothing new, I’ve gathered them from psychologists and authors who write about holiday stress. Through the years I’ve adjusted them for me.

  • I’ll think of my home as a place to relax and enjoy being with people, not a place for a photo shoot for Better Homes and Garden (pick the magazine) Or for a museum.
  • I’ll not compare myself to others when they start bragging about all they’ve done/bought/ planned for the holidays. Instead I will think of what is important to me.
  • Instead of racing to the malls or downtown, I will shop from home. It will save me money in the long run.
  • I’ll show others that I appreciate them using words not expensive gifts.
  • When possible, I’ll appreciate the winter solstice right when it gets dark, light a few candles and think about the meaning of the holiday.


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Five Gifts For Kids

Shopping for kids this holiday season? Check out our five current favorite items for children.


"Flower Power" kid's footed pajama; age 3-12; $44


"Glow in The Dark" PJ Rex pajama set; age 2-7; $32


Fuzzy Friends "Poodle" Slipper; One size fits most (up to 10); $24


Cozy Chic Hooded Robe; Age 2-5; $58


Sleepover Friends autograph pillowcase; $16

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Support Women-Led Businesses With Your Holiday Shopping

We’re proud to be a woman-owned business that is run and supported by women (girl power, woo!) and that’s why we were so excited when we heard about a holiday shopping guide focused on businesses just like us.

We’re thrilled that Tereza Nemessanyi chose to feature The Pajama Company in the list on her site, Honestly, Now. Check it out, vote for The Pajama Company and explore all the great ways you can support women entrepreneurs with your holiday shopping.

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New Holiday Nightshirts Are In!

Four new holiday themed nightshirts from Emerson Street have arrived just in time for the start of December. We have a feeling you’ll love their cute designs and witty twist on the holiday season as much as we do. Check them out below and let us know what you think. (All shirts are white 100% cotton, one-size-fits-all with a thin black V neckline, comes rolled in a cotton bag and cost $28).

"I've Been A Dear This Year!" nightshirt in a bag

Emerson Street "Merry Christmas!" nightshirt in a bag

Emerson Street "On Dasher, On Dancer, On Master and Visa!" nightshirt in a bag

Emerson Street "Peace on Earth!" nightshirt in a bag

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Cyber Monday Gift Inspiration

It’s Cyber Monday, the official start to the holiday shopping season, online. For some, this means the start of what we call “holiday shopper’s block.” With so many places to shop and people on your list to buy for, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are five gift ideas to help you to overcome that first shopping hurdle.

1. Matching footy pajamas – A fun and useful gift for a family or group of people.

2. “Dogs Are Proof That God Love Us and Wants Us to be Happy” Nightshirt — For the dog lover in your life.

3. “LIKE” T-Shirt — For the Facebook addict.

4. “Crossword” pajama pant — For the person on your list who appreciates a good puzzle.

5. Kashwere Perfect White Soft Robe — For a sister, friend, mother or wife who needs a little more luxury in her daily life.

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