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With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to deck your closet with a festive sweater (or three). And we recommend getting ugly. Gone are the days when regular Christmas sweaters can be worn seriously: this year, the best ugly Christmas sweaters are king.
But what does an ugly Christmas sweater even mean these days? It could be your dad’s cringy old knitwear from the eighties, but you can go further — much further. Online brands are creating some hilariously over-the-top, laughably ugly sweaters that liven up any casual holiday party or Christmas card. After all, the holidays are the most stressful time of the year — funny, ugly sweaters are a great way to reduce that stress for everyone.
What Are the Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
From sweaters inspired by The Office to “Santa Pooping,” there’s something for every holiday occasion and every naughty Christmas lover. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a loved one or the whole family, check out the best ugly Christmas sweaters below.
1. Idgreatim Unisex Ugly Christmas Crewneck Sweatshirt
What does Santa Claus look like under that big coat? Amazon has a couple of ideas, as shown by these crewneck sweatshirts. With a hairy torso, sailor-Santa-style tattoos, tree ornaments hanging off the nipples and a gangster chain of Christmas lights, the sweater is everything you associate with Christmas, only wrong (and funny).
2. Snoop Dogg Unisex Christmas Sweater
It’s safe to say that we would all like Snoop Dogg to read us a bedtime story on Christmas Eve — no matter our age. This sweater features the LA rapper’s face, along with lines from the fictional Snoop-ified version of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” While it’ll make any hip-hop fan chuckle, the sweater is also comfortable to wear all night thanks to a soft mid-weight French terry fabric and flattering slim fit.
3. Blizzard Bay Men’s Ugly Christmas Sweater
Contrary to how we normally depict Santa Claus, he might actually be a fitness model (he does move pretty fast, after all). This sweater from Blizzard Bay shows St. Nicholas, along with a few of his elves, getting in shape before a night of gifting. It’s made of a comfortable knit, lending that classic Christmas sweater look and feel.
4. Tipsy Elves Women’s Winter Whale Tail Sweater
Tipsy Elves is one of the best brands for over-the-top, funny Christmas sweaters (you may have seen them on the show Shark Tank). This Winter Whale Tail sweater is one of our favorites from the comical brand, showing Santa bending down to place presents while accidentally showing a pantie line. We also like the bright, vibrant Christmas colors which really make the sweater stand out.
5. Merry Corruption Of a Pagan Holiday Unisex Pullover Hoodie
For a more high-brow joke, grab this “Merry Corruption” hoodie. It reads “Merry capitalist consumer-driven corruption of a pagan fertility holiday. I mean merry Christmas,” bringing some intellectual satire to the holiday season. Plus, the hoodie is also quite comfy with a thick, cotton-blend construction to keep warm while you talk Marxism instead of singing carols.
6. Tipsy Elves Men’s Santa Pooping Ugly Christmas Sweater
Another great sweater from the comedians at Tipsy Elves is this Santa Pooping crewneck. As the name suggests, the sweater shows Santa taking a bathroom break down an unlucky chimney while reading the paper. Made of a stretchy knit fabric for comfort, the sweater boasts bright colors befitting any holiday party.
7. The Office Unisex Christmas Sweater
The Office’s Christmas episodes yielded some of the show’s most memorable moments, such as the one captured in this sweater. After an office Christmas party goes awry, Michael Scott delivers the line, “Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame.” The quote is memorialized in this hilarious sweater — sure to get a laugh out of any fellow fans of The Office.
8. Borat Unisex Christmas Merch Lightweight Sweatshirt
Since last year’s release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s reporter is once again on everyone’s mind. The bumbling Kazakh gets festive in this sweater, saying “It’s Christmas, very nice!” while wearing a face mask as a G-string and another mask on his head. Borat fans will obviously love the sweater, but even non-fans are sure to chuckle. The sweater itself is made of midweight French terry cotton and polyester for a comfortable, flexible feel.
9. Die Hard Unisex Yippee-Ki-Yay Ugly Christmas Sweater
One of the big debates that always pops up during the holidays is whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. This sweater takes the line that yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It blends Christmas details — snowflakes and reindeer – with the movie’s famous line: Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherf-cker. It’s a non-traditional festive call, and it’s sure to elicit some comments from co-workers, friends and family — whether or not they’re fans of Die Hard.
10. Wild Bobby Unisex Barry Wood Ugly Christmas Sweater
For the seriously raunchy, check out this sweater from Wild Bobby. It features Wardy “Wood” Joubert III, whose nude photo became infamous in the meme world almost a decade ago. The photo has resurfaced in recent years, making this Christmas sweater all the more relevant — and all the funnier. The sweater depicts Wood with a Christmas hat and a gift box over his famous private parts, saying “I have a big package for you.” It’s certainly hilarious, but only for the right crowd: maybe don’t wear this one to family holiday parties.
11. Treezus Ugly Christmas Sweater
Yeezus gets re-imagined as Treezus in this Kanye-inspired ugly holiday sweater, which features the rapper’s mug as the Christmas tree topper. Available in more than a dozen colors, sizing up to XXL, and made from a cozy 50/50 cotton and polyester blend, this is an easy (Yeezy?) conversation starter at your festive gathering.