To kick off this year’s series of gift guides, I want to start with something perfect and seasonal for the holidays: Sleepwear. This quintessential category of gift is something we’ve all received before, to varying levels of success. Getting it right is all about choosing thoughtful, quality pieces. I’ve taken the guess work out of it for you by trying out options for every type of recipient, and sharing my favorites below:
For someone who wants classic and cozy:
Nothing says winter like buffalo plaid PJs. This pair from Karen Neuburger is available in plus sizes, and their incredible softness means your recipient will be reaching for them time and again. The fleece finish is plush and warm without being overly heavy, and I honestly didn’t want to take these off.
A classic shirt and pants pajama set is something of a foolproof gift set – it can work for any age or comfort level (as far as exposing skin goes), and everyone likes to feel cozy. There’s also nothing awkward about gifting a luxe set of PJs (a massive bonus when you are unsure about what to get). A high quality designer set like this one shows thought, which they will remember every time they snuggle up in this cute plaid.
For someone who doesn’t want (or need) all that coverage:
If you are shopping for someone who lives in a warmer climate, or a family member who tends to come down to breakfast in an oversized tee shirt even on the coldest winter mornings, give the gift of luxe that lets them keep their legs out. This DKNY sleepshirt is the softest modal jersey, and fits true to size. It also has a great amount of stretch, taking the guesswork out of ordering.
The henley neckline and the chiffon high-low hem elevate this sleepshirt, making it cute enough to walk outside to get the mail (or even for a quick run to the coffee shop).
This sleepshirt also comes in navy, and I’m honestly considering ordering it in the second colorway too – it is just that comfortable. Don’t be surprised if you give someone this for Christmas and see them wearing it the next day: The feel of the fabric is so inviting you just want to put it on immediately.
For someone that you can’t figure out a gift for:
We all have that person (or three) on our list that we just can’t figure out what they might want. Perfume seems too risky; a giftcard too impersonal. My recommendation: A plush, luxurious robe. This has been one of my favorite gifts to receive in the past, and I end up wearing my softest robes all the time.
In fact, I’m actually wearing this Ralph Lauren robe as I type. It is incredibly soft (a theme I insisted on for all my final picks!), and just super easy to wear. You can throw it on to lounge on the sofa and read, or lay in it to luxuriate in that wonderful post-shower feeling. It is also chock-full of thoughful details, like a secure inner tie to prevent wardrobe malfunctions, and enough fabric to provide family-breakfast appropriate coverage.
The embroidered RL crest on the pocket is also giving me Harry Potter vibes, and I am not mad at it. This robe is true to size, and the style is another one where the risk of incorrect fit is very low. I love the rich, on-trend red, but this snuggly goodness also comes in black if you are shopping for someone with a more monochrome aesthetic.
For your significant other who loves a little romance:
This robe is perfect for lounging around with your love, or just adding a little romance to your own morning (while all of these options are #treatyoself-worthy, this might be my top pick for self-gifting).
The gorgeous copper color of the robe is pretty without being precious, and the mixed lace and scalloped edge of the chemise look like something you’d see in La Perla (if they offered plus). Oh La La Cheri actually goes up to a size 4x, and is a tiny fraction of the cost of similarly detailed pieces in straight size.
For stocking stuffers:
I used to think I wasn’t a slipper girl, but when temps drop down to single digits, my usual barefoot life just doesn’t cut it. For those very wintry days, it is all about fuzzy socks and heavy duty slippers. I personally am anti-Uggs as shoes for public life (I saw approximately 8,000 too many soggy, salt-ridden boots during college to ever reconsider my stance on that), but I’ve come around to their value as slippers (after all, Uggs look like they should be slippers in the first place!) If you are shopping for someone who loves slippers, these Ugg cable knit, fur-lined slippers are incredibly soft and cozy, and even have a real sole so you can wear them outside to get the mail (but no further than that! lol)
For less of a commitment, Hot Sox have a bunch of fun, seasonal options (including a dog in a Santa hat pair that I need for myself!). Barefoot Dreams is the best for fuzzy socks to wear around the house (though I might end up wearing one of the grey pairs with shoes for fashion).
This post is sponsored by Bare Necessities. All thoughts and opinions my own, as always!