I have a love/hate relationship with ugly Christmas sweaters. How about you? What makes for the ugliest Christmas sweater? Once considered gaudy or tacky, folks now create and wear ugly Christmas sweaters to win pride and prizes via themed parties and contests. We’ve collected a fun list of some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters for the entire family from Amazon and some of our favorite Etsy sellers.
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The ugly Christmas sweater has become a regular sight during the holidays. Sweaters you once thought were hideous, possibly worn by a grandmother or elementary school teacher are now “in fashion.” It’s pretty easy to spot ugly Christmas sweaters. Lots of red and green with large characters of holiday staples like snowmen, Santa, reindeer and more. Practically any animal with a Santa hat is included in the mix. Having bells, lights, ribbons and other baubles definitely creates some winners in this category.
Ugliest Christmas Sweaters
I’ve had a blast searching for the ugliest Christmas sweaters. What do you think? Would they rank as ugliest in your book?
Female Abominable Snowman Light Up Sweater
I think I might win at an Ugly Christmas Sweater party in this one. Buy it here.
Green and Red Ugly Christmas Sweater with Bow
Can you imagine wearing this one? It would be fantastic at a White Elephant gift exchange. Buy it here.
I love this one with Santa performing one of the popular dance moves. Buy it here.
What’s the History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
It’s hard to say when this theme started. When I did some research and found vintage sweaters, it seems that many were actually meant to be fashionable in their day. Since then, companies like Tipsy Elves have launched entire businesses based on the ugly Christmas sweater popularity. According to Time Magazine, there has been a noticeable increase in Ugliest Christmas Sweater parties.
In the 80s, generally “ugly” sweaters (by today’s standards) became a popular norm through TV shows like The Cosby Show, fashion brands like United Colors of Benetton and more.
More Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Etsy!
Personalized Family Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts
Get the entire family into the act with these customized sweatshirts from FamFam Shirts on Etsy.
Kids Light-Up Penguin
You can see this penguin sweater even with the lights out. While kids might not call this one ugly today, wait until they look back on family photos.
Homemade Ugliest Christmas Sweater for girls
This Etsy seller certainly creates some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters for sure!
Moving on from Etsy, you can find a plethora of Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Amazon as well.
Here are even more favorites:
What’s your spirit animal?
Lately, the sloth is my spirit animal, why not make it my Christmas sweater too! Buy it Here!
How about a Christmas Dress?
Women’s Christmas Santa Claus Print Pullover Flared A Line Dress is sure to turn heads.
The Reindeer with Glasses
This Ugly Christmas sweater comes in sizes for both men and women. Buy it here!
Tacky Christmas Sweater w/Ornaments
This Tipsy Elves Men’s Gaudy Garland Sweater is sure to be a winner! Buy it here.
Men’s Santa Unicorn Christmas Sweater
I don’t think my husband would be caught dead in this one except for an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Buy it here!
Unicorn Red Sweater for Girls
I’d love to see my daughter’s face if I give her this one! Buy it here.
Sort of cute and Ugly
I can’t decide if this one is cute or ugly. Kids Rudolph Reindeer Red Nose Ugly Christmas Sweater. Buy it here!
Too Cute for Ugly Sweaters
Last, but not least, I had to include a cute one as well, although this one may also be seen as ugly soon enough. This is another Etsy one – you can buy it here!
Does an Ugly Christmas sweater bring on a nostalgic feeling for you? It certainly does for me. Check your parents and grandparents closet and see what you can find. Who knows, maybe it will be an Ugliest Christmas Sweater winner!