What to Wear For Your Holiday Cards and Family Photos This Season

Embrace the cheesiness and say “cheese.”

Getting your kids to simultaneously smile (and look at the camera) during family photo sessions is never easy. But figuring out what everyone should wear can be equally frustrating — especially when it comes to your holiday photos. Luckily, we’re here to help you get your greeting cards out in time this season. 

Whether you want to go preppy in matching cable-knit sweaters or cozy up around the tree in the same pajamas, we’ve put together five different outfit ideas that’ll make coordinating the whole family’s look easy on you. The best part? None of these items will break the bank and they’ll arrive quickly (they’re all available on either Walmart or Amazon). And why not have a little fun this year? We even included an ugly holiday sweater that’s available in both children’s and adult sizes so you can all stay matchy-matchy. 

In the spirit of making things easy on you, a lot of these items can double as the perfect outfits for other holiday get togethers throughout the season. Well, maybe not the fleece onesies. But don’t worry: we even found pajamas that your family pet can wear, too! Below, shop our favorite festive get-ups that’ll have the entire family looking good.

Keep Things Casual in Matching Plaid 

Nothing says the holidays like a little plaid, especially bright red buffalo plaid. If your family’s not the stuffy type but you do love a buttoned-up look, a plaid palette is the perfect middle ground. Plus, you’ll get a lot of use out of all these clothes.

Women’s Plaid Button Front Shirt by Time and Tru

Mom’s up first. This classic red plaid pattern will look chic paired under a faux fur vest like this one.

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Men’s and Big Men’s Super Soft Flannel Shirt

Ask your partner to match you by wearing his own flannel button down. It’s so warm and soft, you’d never believe it’s less than $10!

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Baby Girl and Toddler Girls Pinafore Dress Set by Wonder Nation

Available in sizes 12M-5T, this two-piece dress set is a versatile (and adorable) outfit your child can wear to multiple get-togethers throughout the season.

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Reindeer Antler Headband with Bow-Knot

Top off your child’s holiday look with a cute headband featuring Rudolph’s antlers.

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Pose in Preppy Cable Knit and Fair Isle Sweaters

If you’re the preppy type, stick to sweaters this season. Your family will thank you for the comfy nature of a cozy sweater, but on the outside, you’ll all look ready to take on the country club. Throw some fair isle in the mix for extra holiday flair. For the bottoms, pick your poison, but we say jeans or khakis.

Women’s Soft-Touch Crewneck Novelty Sweater by Amazon Essentials

For an unexpected take on color, wear this brown fair isle sweater featuring cream, black, and blush pink designs. Add your favorite jeans and Chelsea booties and you’ll be ready to roll.

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Men’s Cotton Fisherman Cable Crewneck Sweater

This 100 percent cotton men’s crewneck sweater is so soft (and easily wearable) — and it has over 1,000 5-star reviews on Amazon!

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Red Fair Isle Sweater

This machine-washable cotton sweater for girls screams “happy holidays!” Plus, it comes in other beautiful colors, like pale blue and lilac.

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Unisex Cable Knit Cardigan from Amazon

Cardigans are in! Have your kiddos match in this adorable cable-knit version that’s available in sizes 3T to 11.

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6-Pack of Santa Hats

If you want to go all out (and pull the whole look together), ask the whole fam to sport matching Santa hats.

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Get Glam in Formal Holiday Attire 

Whether your family loves a reason to dress up or you want to go this route ironically, this look is a win no matter what the angle. If you’re sending a “happy new year” card, this is a great getup.

Stretchy A-Line Flared Cocktail Party Dress

Sometimes it’s fun to get the whole gang dressed up! Wear this flattering red mini dress paired with your favorite necklace and pearl earrings for a festively elegant look.

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Men’s Christmas 4-Piece Bow Tie Set

Give your regular ties a break and opt for this 4-pack of holiday bow-ties that’ll work for other dressy events throughout the season.

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Sequin and Glitter Tulle Christmas Dress

The gold ribbon on this dress creates a show-stopping bow in the back. Take a cue from the model and have your child wear pretty gold flats to finish the look off.

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Boys Pinstripe Suit Set with Matching Tie by Avery Hill

Your child will look handsome as ever in this one-stop shop suit, vest, and tie set that looks way more luxurious than the price tag suggests.

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Get Fun and Festive

This is the obvious outfit: holiday-themed! Whether you want Christmas pajamas or Hanukkah sweaters, nothing says happy holidays quite like a family rocking Santa hats, reindeers, and dreidels!

Santa Claus Print Long Sleeve Crewneck Knit

Your friends will be asking where your adorable Santa-printed sweater is from once they see your card this year. After the photo session’s over, you’ll also have an easy, comfy outfit to wear to the cookie contest or while watching Elf at home.

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Happy Hanukkah Sweater for Men

Tell ’em you’re celebrating Hanukkah without telling me you’re celebrating Hanukkah. This sweatshirt will do the work for you!

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Unisex Reindeer Christmas Sweater

This unisex reindeer sweater will brighten up your kids’ moods. So much so, you hopefully won’t need a bazillion different takes to get the perfect smiles.

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Matching Dinosaur Sweater Set for the Family

If you’re going for that ugly sweater vibe, this Christmas dinosaur option is available for babies, toddlers, men, and women.

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Cozy Up in Matching PJs

Capture that just-outta-bed look with matching PJs. Your family will thank you for keeping this year’s family photo theme so casual.

Family Christmas Pajamas Set in Red

There’s something magical about wearing matching PJs around the holidays. This plaid set has sizes available for the whole family — including Fido!

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Nordic Fleece Christmas Onesies for the Family

If only we could wear onesies to work. This super cozy fleece option is perfect for sitting around the tree trying to get the perfect shot.

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Matching Family Pajamas by PajamaGram

These navy and plaid pajamas are another amazing (and affordable) option you can all wear.

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