These 32 Ugly AF Sweaters Will Win The Holidays

by Braelyn Wood
Amazon / Bustle

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.


A Sweater With A Giant Bow To Prove You're An Actual Gift

FunCostumes 3-D Bow Sweater (S-3XL), $40, Amazon

Made from 100 percent acrylic fabric, this cozy ugly sweater has a giant gold bow plastered on the chest. With festive green cuffs and a built-in gift tag that reads "You're welcome," you'll look like a fresh delivery from the North Pole.


A Sweater Vest With Merry Designs For Warmer Weather

V28 Ugly Christmas Vintage Knit Sweater Vest (XS-XXL), $18, Amazon

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.


A Tacky Christmas Sweater With A Fluffy Faux Fur Collar

EnlaChic Women's 3D Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt (S-XXXL), $19, Amazon

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.


A Sweater With 3-D Pom-Pom Rudolph Noses

V28 Christmas Reindeer Sweater (S-XXL), $15-$30, Amazon

This festive sweater is made from 100 percent pre-shrunk cotton and features eight reindeer with 3-D pom pom noses. Available in sizes S to XXL, V28 also offers sweaters in eight other holiday prints.


An "Ugly" Christmas Sweater That's Not That Ugly

Camii Mia Crew Neck Pullover (S-XXL), $30, Amazon

This crew neck pullover is a stylish option for holiday parties with dual-tone coloring and merry reindeer print. The polyester and nylon blend makes it soft to the touch with a ribbed neck, cuff, and hems to trap warmth for an extra cozy fit.


A Unicorn Sweater With A Magical LED-Powered Surprise

Derek Heart Light Up Christmas Unicorn Sweater (L), $30, Amazon

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.


A Sweater With Your Favorite Christmas Movie Quote

Camii Mia Crew Neck Ugly Christmas Sweater (S-XL), $22-$33, Amazon

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.


A Sweater With A Puking Unicorn That is Atrocious

Blizzard Bay Vomiting Unicorn Sweater (S-XXL), $45, Amazon

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.


A Sweater With A Hilarious Image Of The World's Most Adorable Animal

Isabella's Closet Santa Sloth Sweater (S-XL), $30, Amazon

Sloth lovers everywhere can appreciate this festive Christmas sweater decorated with the world's most beloved sleeping mammal. The cotton sweater features three-quarter sleeves, a stylish bateau neckline and a classic holiday fair isle print.


A Sweater With A Built-In Stocking So You Never Have To Leave Your Wine Behind

Tipsyelves Women's Christmas Stocking Sweater (XS-XXL), $40, Amazon

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.


A Punny Christmas Sweater For The Mustache-Lover

Spreadshirt Stache Ugly Christmas Sweater (S-3XL), $31, Amazon

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.


A Cozy Christmas Cardigan That's A Little Corny And A Little Cute

SheShy Women Christmas Cardigan (S-XXL), $30, Amazon

Opt for SheShy's cardigan style Christmas sweater for a lightweight and practical option. With functioning pockets and funky geometric designs, this sweater will easily put you in the holiday spirit.


A Rudolph Inspired Sweater For Christmas Caroling

Eshion Plus-Size Reindeer Sweater (XL-XXXXL), $24, Amazon

Eshions's bright red cotton and acrylic blend sweater is printed with an adorable graphic of Rudolph elevated with snowflakes. The long-sleeved top is designed with extra length, making it a great option to pair with leggings.


A Flashy Cat Sweater With Pom-Poms, Tinsel, And Bells

Tipsy Elves Cat And Bells Christmas Sweater (XS-XL), $50, Amazon

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.


A Christmas Sweater That Proves You're A True GOT Fan

Motivashirts Jon Snow Ugly Christmas Sweater (S-XXXL), $25-$28, Amazon

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.


A Cardigan With A Built-In Tie For Formal Affairs

Faux Real Men's Ugly Cardigan with Tie (S-XXL), $15-$25, Amazon

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.


A Christmas Sweater Guaranteed To Not Be A Fashion Faux-Paw

Leapparel 3-D Print Dog Sweater (XS-XL), $16-$29, Amazon

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.


A Holiday Sweater Classic Enough To Be A Gift From Grandma

Raisevern Unisex Ugly Christmas Sweater (S-XXL), $30, Amazon

This unisex sweater features a toned down striped holiday pattern accented with festive snowflakes. Made from 100 percent acrylic, the high-quality sweater is preshrunk with a relaxed fit and crew neck cut.


A Sweater That's Purrfect for Cat Lovers

Just My Size Plus Size Ugly Christmas Sweater (1X-5X), $5-$17, Amazon

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.


A Holiday Sweater That Uses T-Rex As Festive Decoration

Alex Stevens Men's Dinosaur Christmas Sweater (S-XXL), $30, Amazon

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.


A Sweater With Lights And Reindeer Antlers For Anyone Who Doesn't Mind Extra Attention

Christmas Ugly Sweater Co. Reindeer Hoodie (S-XXL), $40, Amazon

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.


A Super Fuzzy Christmas Sweater Covered in Santas

V28 Ugly Christmas Jumper (XS-XL), $15-$25, Amazon

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!


A Cozy Christmas Pullover For Fireside Movies

Shineflow Reindeer Snowflake Pullover (S-XL), $23-$27, Amazon

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.


A Simple Christmas Sweater That You'll Wear More Than Once

Hanes Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt (S-XXL), $6-$25, Amazon

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."


A Sweater That Santa Claws Will Adore

Ugly Fair Isle Meowy Christmas Crewneck (XS-XXL), $30, Amazon

Cuddle up with your cat in this 100 percent cotton crewneck sweater. The relaxed fit sweater also comes in green and is machine washable, so you can wear it all throughout the holidays.


A Holiday Sweater For Llama Lovers

Blizzard Bay Festive Llama Ugly Christmas Sweater (L-XXL), $45, Amazon

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.


A Christmas Sweatshirt That Comes In Under Budget

Hanes Men's Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt (S-XXXL), $8-$13, Amazon

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.


A Comfy Sweater For the Queen In You

Ugly Christmas Sweater Co Sleigh All Day Sweater (S-XX), $30, Amazon

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."


A Christmas Sweater For The Star Wars Geek

Star Wars Women's Christmas Tree Sweatshirt (XS-XXL), $30, Amazon

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.)


A Jolly Sweater That's Not Pom-pous

Allison Brittney Women's Christmas Tree Sweater (S-XL), $20-$35, Amazon

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.


A Sweater That Makes You The Life Of The Party

Tipsy Elves Women's Beer Pong Sweater (XS-XXL), $40, Amazon

Never get bored at another Christmas Party again with this sweater's built-in drinking game. Each sweater comes with six detachable velcro red solo cups and two ping pong balls, so the party never has to end.


A DIY Christmas Sweater For A One-Of-A-Kind Creation

Christmas Ugly Sweater Co. Make Your Own Sweater Kit (XS-XXL), $14-$35, Amazon

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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