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The Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters That Are So Bad, They’re Great

'Tis the season for finding the best ugly Christmas sweaters to demolish the competition at your annual holiday party.

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Hilariously ugly Christmas sweaters

Showing up at a holiday gathering wrapped in our best ugly Christmas sweaters has become a seasonal tradition. It’s right up there with putting up a Christmas tree, watching the best Christmas movies, and singing Christmas songs. Ugly Christmas sweater–themed parties date back to the early 2000s, and they’ve only gotten more outlandish since.

While you’re shopping for gifts for her, gifts for him, best friend gifts, and funny gag gifts, browse a bunch of sweaters you wouldn’t be caught dead in any other time of year. Wear one to an upcoming holiday party or just snuggle up in one on a cold winter day (they may be ugly, but they’re warm and comfy). Read on for 30 of the best ugly Christmas sweaters (and sweatshirts) that’ll have you winning “best of the worst” at your holiday party.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Knit Funny Fair Isle Pullovervia

Ugly Christmas Sweater Knit Funny Fair Isle Pullover

Fans of Home Alone, one of the best Christmas movies for kids, will get a kick out of this ugly sweater. Even if you don’t understand the reference, the sweater is still a great conversation starter.

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Hooded Ugly Christmas Sweater Reindeervia

Hooded Ugly Christmas Sweater Reindeer

This sweater doubles as a reindeer costume. It’s hilarious, functional, and can keep you covered if snow starts to fall. But forget about the reindeer games; arrive at your holiday gathering with fun Christmas party games.

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Go Jesus Its Your Birthday Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Via Amazonvia

Go Jesus it’s Your Birthday Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

In all the hubbub of shopping and cooking and decoration and baking, it’s easy to forget the real reason for the season: the birth of Jesus. This is one of the best ugly Christmas sweaters since it serves as a not-so-subtle reminder. It also makes for a funny gag gift if you are looking for any ideas.

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Raisevern Unisex Christmas Sloth Sweatshirtvia

Raisevern Unisex Christmas Sloth Sweatshirt

Who says sloths can’t be part of the joys of the holiday season? Sure, they may be late to your Christmas party, but no one can resist adorable sloth faces. This makes for a funny secret Santa gift idea.

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Tipsy Elves Womens Light Up Christmas Sweatervia

Tipsy Elves Women’s Light-Up Christmas Sweater

What’s better than an ugly Christmas sweater? An ugly Christmas sweater that lights up. You’ll be the envy of all party guests when you show up wearing this light-up getup. Grandma might object to the silliness, but we think this sweater is the perfect way to spice up your family Christmas photo.

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Femfetti Bye Buddy Ugly Holiday Sweater

As quickly as Elf was added to the funny Christmas movies canon, so too was this endearing quote. Wear this funny Christmas sweater around and see who responds the way Buddy does: “Thanks, Mr. Narwhal!”

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Blizzard Bay Mens Ugly Christmas Sweater Light Upvia

Blizzard Bay Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Light-Up

Looking for outrageous holiday gifts for the men in your life? Look no further. Dinosaurs, UFOs, cats on pizzas; you’ll have a tough time choosing since these are some of the best ugly Christmas sweaters around.

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FineBrands Christmas Ugly Sweatshirt

A twist on your favorite binge-able TV show, this print is the perfect best friend gift. The Grinch, Kevin Mccallister, Ralphie, Buddy, and Clark Griswold are the stars of the holiday, besides the big man in red himself.

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Daisyboutique Men's Christmas Rudolph Reindeer Sweatervia

Daisyboutique Men’s Christmas Rudolph Reindeer Sweater

Reindeer are so overrated. Sure, they can fly and pull Santa’s sleigh (and occasionally have phosphorescent noses), but not even Rudolph is as funny and cute as this Christmas llama. This makes for a fun gag gift for boyfriends.

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Tipsy Elves Ugly Christmas Sweaters Wrapped Presentvia

Tipsy Elves Ugly Christmas Sweaters Wrapped Present

Dressing up as a Christmas present is peak festiveness. This has “present” written all over it, so go ahead and wrap it up as a gift for your sister.

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Idgreatim Unisex Ugly Christmas 3d Sweatshirtvia

Idgreatim Unisex Ugly Christmas 3D Sweatshirt

This is one of the most chaotic funny ugly Christmas sweaters out there, which means you should definitely add it to your Christmas list. And yes, the dog’s nose is 3D.

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Holiday Time Mens And Big Mens Ugly Christmas Sweatervia

Holiday Time Men’s and Big Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater

Yes, that is Santa riding a Christmas tree rocket. You really can’t get any more ridiculous than this. Wear it to your family gathering, come prepared with Christmas jokes for kids, and cement your title as the funniest aunt or uncle around.

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Opposuits Fun Ugly Christmas Costume For Menvia

OppoSuits Fun Ugly Christmas Costume For Men

Take your ugly Christmas sweater game to the next level with an ugly Christmas suit. It comes with matching pants, blazer, and tie, perfect for your next Christmas party or budget meeting. Snag this as a hilarious gift for your brother if you want to make him laugh this holiday.

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Forum Novelties Light Up Christmas Sweatervia

Forum Novelties Light-Up Christmas Sweater

Striped sleeves and a giant wreath that lights up: Talk about gaudy! But gaudy makes for the best ugly Christmas sweaters.

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Die Hard Christmas Movie Pullover Sweatervia

Die Hard Christmas Movie Pullover Sweater

Many people name this action film as their favorite Christmas movie since it takes place on December 25. Whether you think it’s a holiday movie or insist it’s an action flick, this will certainly spark a lively debate.

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CottonCandyPrintShop Bebe It’s Cold Outside Sweatshirt

Let a favorite fictional character bring some fun to the season in the most comfortable way possible. Moira Rose always brings the style, and this sweatshirt is particularly cute with jeans.

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Well Happy Birthday Jesus Crewneck Sweatshirtvia

Well Happy Birthday Jesus Crewneck Sweatshirt

What is better than a reference to The Office? A comfy, thick sweatshirt covered in a Michael Scott quote. Slip this on, then brush up on these well-known Christmas movie quotes.

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Tipsy Elves Santa Unicorn Christmas Sweatervia

Tipsy Elves Santa Unicorn Christmas Sweater

Unicorns and Santa are both magical and—don’t tell the kiddos—made up. It’s the perfect pairing. The sweater is high quality and will keep you warm on those chilly winter nights, which is probably why it has over 400 five-star reviews.

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Well Worn Up To Snow Good Snowman Christmas Holiday Sweatervia

Well Worn Up To Snow Good Snowman Christmas Holiday Sweater

The best ugly Christmas sweaters are often cheeky and a bit naughty. You can channel your mischievous side with this snowman who is up to snow good. And if you’re looking for a gift for your father-in-law, this is a fun option.

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V28 Ugly Reindeer Christmas Cardiganvia

v28 Ugly Reindeer Christmas Cardigan

Embrace the true meaning of ugly Christmas sweaters with one that evokes the original sweaters—those created in earnest, not as a joke. Your elementary school teacher probably owned a similar cardigan.

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Uideazone Funny Ugly Christmas Sweatshirtvia

Uideazone Funny Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

It’s unclear precisely when the first less-than-stylish holiday sweater was created, but every December, the quest to find the best ugly Christmas sweaters re-emerges anew. Somehow, we doubt any can get uglier than this one.

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All The Jingle Ladies Grey Sweatshirtvia

All the Jingle Ladies Grey Sweatshirt

Bring some Beyoncé to your holiday parties. Wear this with black leggings and heels, so you can perform the “Single Ladies” dance.

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Hanes Womens Ugly Christmas Sweatshirtvia

Hanes Women’s Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

Nutcrackers are an old Christmas tradition, and they offer lots of nutty puns. Bring on the wisecracking remarks in this cozy sweatshirt.

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Ugly Glitter Lights Christmas Fair Isle Sweatervia

Ugly Glitter Lights Christmas Fair Isle Sweater

Glitzy and glam and fab, this toes the line between fabulous and tacky, and we love it. It’s easy to make this sweater dressy or keep it casual, depending on your event.

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T Rex Santa Ride Kids Ugly Christmas Sweatervia

T-Rex Santa Ride Kids’ Ugly Christmas Sweater

Millions of years ago, Santa gave out presents to good little dinos on his flying T-Rex. Kids will especially love this funny Christmas sweater.

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Sidefeel Knitted Holiday Pullovervia

Sidefeel Knitted Holiday Pullover

A retro look that evokes cozy vibes, this fair isle pattern is classic. While this is pretty stylish, you can still get away with wearing it to an ugly Christmas sweaters party. (Alternately, it’d make a great gift for Mom.)

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Santa Jaws Is Coming Womens Mint Shirtvia

Santa Jaws Is Coming Women’s Mint Shirt

Ugly Christmas sweaters don’t necessarily have to be sweaters. A short-sleeved T-shirt still sends the same message and provides just as much fun.

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Followme Womens Ugly Christmas Sweatervia

#followme Women’s Ugly Christmas Sweater

Get noticed with a knit pattern. This one offers snowflakes sleeves and a giant tree, complete with a star on top. Not ugly enough for your ugly Christmas sweaters party? Consider it as a gift for the Grandma who loves all things bright and knit.

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Gabrielle Porcaro
Gabrielle Porcaro is a freelance writer, stylist, and market editor based in New York. She covers fashion, activewear, lifestyle, home, and beauty, and anything else that might come her way. When not working she enjoys traveling, museums, working out, and binging TV.