The 32 Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters
The holidays are officially here: Starbucks released their annual cups and Hallmark announced their countdown to Christmas lineup. The arrival of the hap-hap-happiest season of all means it's time to start thinking about other important holiday traditions, namely finding the best ugly Christmas sweaters.
Without fail, every holiday season brings around an event where you'll want to be decked out in the gaudiest, tackiest, and ugliest sweater you can find. On this rare occasion, you forget all fashion faux pas and go on the prowl for the most atrocious clothing item to add to your closet.
Unfortunately, with so many holiday traditions like baking Christmas cookies or attending a local tree lighting ceremony, searching for the perfect sweater at your local secondhand store can become a daunting task. Luckily, the Internet has you covered with not only some of the ugliest sweater designs around, like a puking unicorn, but also some of the most functional, like a sweater with a built-in stocking that holds wine.
So whether you want an all-out ostentatious sweater to prance around in at the Christmas party, or a laid back festive print to pose in for your holiday Instagram, here's a list of the 32 best ugly Christmas sweaters available this season.
1A Sweater With A Giant Bow To Prove You're An Actual Gift
2A Sweater Vest With Merry Designs For Warmer Weather
Rock around the Christmas tree in this machine washable sweater vest featuring a family of festive penguins. Made from soft acrylic with shiny thread, this bargain buy will take you through multiple rounds of an intense gift exchange.
3A Tacky Christmas Sweater With A Fluffy Faux Fur Collar
Up your ugly sweater game with this machine washable Santa-print sweatshirt. Adorned with a white faux fur color and a giant St. Nicholas on each sleeve, this pullover comes in five additional crazy holiday prints.
4A Sweater With 3-D Pom-Pom Rudolph Noses
5An "Ugly" Christmas Sweater That's Not That Ugly
6A Unicorn Sweater With A Magical LED-Powered Surprise
For a mystical addition to your holiday look, this option from Derek Heart depicts Santa riding a unicorn. Despite the fact that it's made from acrylic and has actual built-in lights that reviewers describe as "bright" and "blinky," it's even machine-washable.
7A Sweater With Your Favorite Christmas Movie Quote
Camii Mia's sweater features the popular Home Alone 2 movie quote for a pop culture take on the classic ugly sweater. The waist-length polyester fabric is soft and cozy thanks to the small-weave knit, and it's even available in green, too.
8A Sweater With A Puking Unicorn That is Atrocious
If you need to win an ugly Christmas sweater contest, this cotton vomiting unicorn sweater is bound to take home the gold. The candy barf and unicorn eyes light up for a truly terrible addition to an already tacky red and green holiday print.
9A Sweater With A Hilarious Image Of The World's Most Adorable Animal
10A Sweater With A Built-In Stocking So You Never Have To Leave Your Wine Behind
This tacky sweater has a built-in Christmas stocking large enough to hold a bottle of wine so you never have to leave a conversation for refills. The double-panel construction and reinforced seams also ensure the pocket can hold up the weight of your favorite Cabernet.
11A Punny Christmas Sweater For The Mustache-Lover
It takes a special kind of person to love puns as well as the most sickeningly-upbeat Christmas song ever created. Embrace both with Spreadshirt's stache sweater. It uses 50 percent pre-shrunk cotton, so it's extra soft — and it's double-stitched for durability. For even more festiveness, opt for the red.
12A Cozy Christmas Cardigan That's A Little Corny And A Little Cute
13A Rudolph Inspired Sweater For Christmas Caroling
14A Flashy Cat Sweater With Pom-Poms, Tinsel, And Bells
It's a little bit heinous, but mostly endearing. This Christmas sweater is built to last with high-quality double-panel construction and reinforced seams for years of holiday fun. The tacky design has bells, pom poms, shiny tinsel, and one highly-disgruntled kitty.
15A Christmas Sweater That Proves You're A True GOT Fan
Refuse to forget your favorite fandom this holiday season with the Jon Snow ugly Christmas sweater. The pre-shrunk sweatshirt is pill-resistant and made from a cotton polyester blend that proves GOT is always relevant.
16A Cardigan With A Built-In Tie For Formal Affairs
Feel overdressed without hassle or over-heating. Faux Real's ugly cardigan comes complete with a built-in tie, undershirt, and buttons — all in eye-assaulting colors and prints. And don't worry about it being too hot, because this fully-polyester option is lighter than most.
17A Christmas Sweater Guaranteed To Not Be A Fashion Faux-Paw
Leapparel's paw-sitively precious dog Christmas sweater is made from 100 percent polyester and features a realistic 3-D print that promises not to fade, peel, or flake. Tons of reviewers say it was a huge hit at their ugly sweater parties — and it's available in cat, cow, and lion designs, too.
18A Holiday Sweater Classic Enough To Be A Gift From Grandma
19A Sweater That's Purrfect for Cat Lovers
Reveal your inner cat lady with this adorably decorated sweater featuring two cats and the phrase "Meowy Catmas." Printed on a cozy polyester and cotton blend sweatshirt, this sweater has non-chafe side seams and is tag-free for your comfort.
20A Holiday Sweater That Uses T-Rex As Festive Decoration
Alex Stevens takes traditional fair isle Christmas sweaters to the next level by adding dinosaurs into the mix. This knit sweater is made from 100 percent cotton and earns positive reviews for being super soft.
21A Sweater With Lights And Reindeer Antlers For Anyone Who Doesn't Mind Extra Attention
Shine like Rudolph in this reindeer hoodie sweater which features a light-up collar designed to stand out— in case the 3-D reindeer antlers on the hood didn't do the trick. Clean the cotton blend sweater after a rowdy Christmas party by simply tossing it in the washing machine.
22A Super Fuzzy Christmas Sweater Covered in Santas
Stay trendy with V28's fuzzy sweater made from stretchy feather yarn. Soft and shiny, each sweater is adorned with colorful patches of either Santa or penguins adorned in sequins. And this time you don't have to pick from just red or green— there's also pink, peach and cyan blue options!
23A Cozy Christmas Pullover For Fireside Movies
Feel like being a tad ironic, but not full-fledged? Stay warm and cozy in this Shineflow pullover, which features all of your favorite holiday things: snowflakes, reindeer, and a loose, flowy fit. Great for Hallmark-binging or the dreaded family photo, this sweater comes in gray, black, or navy blue.
24A Simple Christmas Sweater That You'll Wear More Than Once
Despite the fact that it's one of the most affordable options, this Hanes ugly Christmas sweater is surprisingly well-made. It's created with a cotton-blend fleece interior for warmth and a loose, relaxed fit for layering — plus it's totally fine in the washing machine. Check out their other witty designs, like "Gnome More Mr. Nice Guy," "In It For The Cookies," and "All I Want For Christmas Is Wine."
25A Sweater That Santa Claws Will Adore
26A Holiday Sweater For Llama Lovers
Blizzard Bay's Christmas sweater has a giant fuzzy llama sporting a red scarf that just screams festive fun. Plus, this cotton sweater comes in rare tall sizes.
27A Christmas Sweatshirt That Comes In Under Budget
If you live in warmer weather, or simply want a cheaper option, Hanes' Christmas sweatshirts come in under $15 and are made of a lightweight cotton blend. With over 19 tacky options available, you'll easily find your ideal Christmas companion.
28A Comfy Sweater For the Queen In You
Made from primarily cotton, this ugly sweater reminds you to "Sleigh All Day" with big, bold text and rows of festive prints. Reviewers say the pullover crewneck design is so comfy, they "wear it around the house on cold days."
29A Christmas Sweater For The Star Wars Geek
At first glance, this sweater just looks like your average Christmas tree — until you realize that it's comprised entirely of Star Wars pictures. It's made from an officially-licensed brand, and the un-brushed fleece and slouchy fit means it'll keep you warm and cozy all season. (It comes in bright red and deep navy, too.)
30A Jolly Sweater That's Not Pom-pous
Go all out in this acrylic Christmas sweater that features green patterned sleeves, fuzzy white trim, white pompom snow, a gold tinsel decorated tree, colorful pompom ornaments, and a sequined star. It's no surprise this sweater is only hand washable.
31A Sweater That Makes You The Life Of The Party
32A DIY Christmas Sweater For A One-Of-A-Kind Creation
Instead of decking the halls, use this Ugly Christmas sweater kit to create your gaudiest creation yet. The 100 percent cotton sweater comes in six basic holiday-inspired designs to ensure no one else will walk into the office party sporting an identical sweater.
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