Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! You are either singing along with me at this point, or you are cringing at the thought that Christmas has rolled around again.
Truthfully, I’m not a huge Christmas person. I like to decorate, but I’m not much of a gift-giver or receiver for that matter. I just like to eat!
So it takes something extra special to draw my attention to Christmas. A few years ago, someone came up with the amazing idea of having ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ parties. That made my ears perk up.
Which is where we are headed today. Whether you are a Christmas person or not, everyone loves a good party, and they love it, even more, when they can concoct the ugliest outfit they can imagine that also ‘decks the halls.’
Well, here are some ideas to get you festive and in the spirit just in time for the parties:
Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas
1. Gaudy Garland Sweater
This idea is one that looks pretty simple to create. You take an older cardigan and cover it in tensile and other festive yet gaudy décor.
Then you sport it with no fear knowing that everyone is going to know that you were definitely at the party that night!
2. Star Trek Ugly Sweater
Some people really love certain TV shows. For me, I’m a huge Matlock fan. For some, it is Star Trek. If you are a Star Trek fan, then you’ll love this sweater.
Not only is ugly enough to pass as an ugly sweater, but it also has a Star Trek character on the front with the message of ‘Trek the Halls.’ Kind of catchy don’t you think?
3. 3D Ugly Reindeer Sweater
Would you believe that you can actually purchase a premade ugly Christmas sweater? Yes, you actually can. The place where you can purchase this sweater will be linked below.
But if you would like to make it yourself, it looks simple enough. Add some garland, a reindeer picture, and any other gaudy Christmas décor that you can find.
4. The Ugly Sweater Set for Couples
This ugly sweater idea is one that you’ll have to use for inspiration only. It was a picture posted on Instagram once upon a time but is no longer available.
So with that in mind, you will love this idea. The guy gets to wear the sweater with a reindeer head on top. The girl is the sweater that looks like a mantel. Therefore, you could finally mount your husband’s head to the mantel and get a good laugh.
5. The Ugly Shoes
If you are going to wear an ugly sweater, then you might want the perfect shoes to accompany the outfit.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Just pick a pair of shoes out and deck them in garland and a few bows. You’ll be ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ styling in no time flat.
6. Cheap and Ugly Homemade Christmas Sweater
This sweater might have been something my grandmother would have loved years ago. Today, many people get a good laugh out of styles we once wore on purpose.
So if you find this sweater something nostalgic, then you might want to consider making it. Just put a few Christmas iron-on decals on the sweater and finish it with garland.
7. A Christmas Story Sweater
I love this Christmas sweater because I love ‘A Christmas Story.’ If you are a fan of it, then you’ll love the use of shotgun shells and a Santa saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
So if you’d like to go classic with your ugly sweater, then consider something along these lines. You are sure to get a laugh or two.
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Sweater
Another favorite Christmas movie classic is ‘ The National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’ If you’ve ever watched the movie, then you know the trouble this family had with getting a tree in their home.
Well, through the process they end up with a tree that has a squirrel in it. Obviously, this sweater would bring a few good laughs.
9. Mirror Ugly Sweater
This ugly sweater is another one that is pretty hilarious. You put a Santa face on your sweater, which is pretty traditional.
But you don’t include Santa’s face. Instead, you put a mirror, and let the mirror display the ‘ugly’ part. Most people would chuckle over this.
10. Another Ugly Christmas Story Sweater
This is another really cute ugly sweater idea. It is based on ‘A Christmas Story’ which is another one of my favorite Christmas movies.
So they include a picture of Ralphie in his bunny rabbit suit, the lovely leg lamp that Ralphie’s dad was so proud of, and the fragile box that his father struggled to pronounce correctly.
11. Easy Reindeer Couple Ugly Sweater
This would be a fun ugly sweater idea to make with your sweetheart. One of you would get to decide to be the head.
Then the other would get to be the backside of the reindeer. But when you stand together, you make a completed picture.
12. 3D Grinch Ugly Sweater
The link below will take you to where you can actually purchase this sweater. It does look pretty intricate, but some people probably could recreate their own version.
So if you are a fan of The Grinch, then you might want to consider this sweater idea. It is green and hairy. You are sure to stand out.
13. The Beer Snowman Sweater
Some men prefer to have parties that are for males only. They are apparently called ‘beer parties.’ I’m not a man so I guess I’ve never been included in such an event.
But if you are, you’ll want to consider creating this ugly sweater. It has a snowman, holding a beer, and being festive.
14. Kittens and Mittens Ugly Sweaters
Do you remember the old nursery rhyme about 3 little kittens who soiled their mittens? I think this sweater is kind of a play on this.
Regardless, this sweater is absolutely adorable for an ugly sweater. It has lots of different colors and certainly looks festive.
15. Yeti to Party
This sweater is a playful turn on the Yeti monster. It has a crazy looking snow monster that is covered in garland and lights.
So if you want a sweater that will light up the night, then you should consider this one.
16. The Candy Cane Sweater
This sweater is a basic zip-up hoodie that was taken one step further. Instead of just remaining a basic red, it was covered with a lot of candy canes.
Which means, if you are looking for a simple DIY ugly sweater, then you should consider this one. All you need is candy canes and a glue gun.
17. The Ugly Sweater Dress
If you want to bypass making your own ugly sweater, you can buy this one at the link below. Just be prepared, the price tag is a little more than what DIYing one might cost.
But if you’d like to try to recreate this masterpiece yourself, you’ll just need some garland to recreate the tree and the outline of the sweater.
18. The Bottle Cap Christmas Sweater
This sweater is definitely a hoot, and shouldn’t cost much when trying to recreate it. All you need to do is save some bottle caps for a while.
Then you attach a bow to the top like a tree topper. That is all it takes to create this simple but cute ugly sweater.
19. The Christmas Story Window Sweater
I love the idea behind this sweater. They recreate the window scene from a Christmas story. It is perfectly gaudy with garland.
Then they include the Christmas tree, the famous fragile box, and then the leg lamp as well. It is classic and very neat.
20. Christmas Tree Sweater with Suspenders
This tacky Christmas sweater can actually be purchased at the link below if you want to skip trying to make it yourself.
However, if you decide to DIY it, then you just need to create a tacky Christmas tree and some suspenders down the side.
21. The Leg Sweater
This is another sweater that comes from ‘A Christmas Story.’ It has a 3D version of the leg lamp, which is really cool.
So if you want a sweater that will stand out both figuratively and literally, then you’ll want to consider this idea.
22. Beer Holder Ugly Sweater Vest
Let’s say you like to have a few drinks with you wherever you go when you party. Then this vest could be what you’ve been looking for.
So you’ll just need to tacky it up and make a place for a few beers to fit in as well. You’ll be ready to party in no time.
23. The Sick Reindeer Couples Sweater
This one might not be for every couple, but if you find bodily functions funny, then it could be just right for you.
So as you can tell one person gets to be the front of the reindeer. Then the other gets to be the backside. Both ends have lights and décor flying out of their chosen orifice.
24. Shut Up and Drink
In case you are at a Christmas party and someone needs a reminder that they should drink their beverage, you might want to wear this sweater.
But you’ll want to guard your drink as people may want to run by and snag it right from your sweater.
25. Stuffed Christmas Sweater
This sweater is another one that looks like a reindeer has been mounted, stuffed, and hung up on your sweater.
Needless to say, you’ll probably get a great laugh out of this. So if you want a humorous sweater, then consider choosing this one.
26. Stuck in the Chimney
This sweater is very unique. It actually depicts Santa being stuck in a chimney. Which is quite humorous to those around you.
So you have a sweater that looks like Santa at the top, and then a fireplace at the bottom.
27. The Chimney Christmas Sweater
I really love this ugly sweater. It has a fireplace on the front. Then when you raise your arms, they look like the mantel.
So you can easily recreate this yourself by attaching a few pictures to the arms of the sweater and then recreating a fireplace picture.
28. Ya Filthy Animal
Can you go an entire Christmas season without watching ‘Home Alone?’ Umm…I can’t! I absolutely love that movie.
So when I saw this sweater that has one of their favorite taglines, I knew it was a must share.
29. Become a Christmas Tree
Let’s say you want to go one step further than a sweater. You’d like to have an all-over Christmas themed ugly outfit.
Well, if that is the case, then you’ll love this outfit where they were able to create an entire outfit that looks just like a Christmas tree.
30. The Abominable Snowman
This is a cute sweater that sports the abominable snowman. It is a little girlier than some of the other sweaters.
But if you like a snow monster and bows, then this could be just what you’ve been looking for in an ugly sweater.
31. Oh Snap!
This sweater brings gingerbread men and women into the equation. They are basically cracking to go along with the saying, “Oh Snap!”
So if you have a fondness for gingerbread men, then you might want to choose this design for your ugly sweater.
32. The Stocking Wine Holder Sweater
This sweater is pretty unique. It is gaudy enough to classify itself as an ugly Christmas sweater. It also has this large stocking that really stands out.
But the stocking also doubles as a wine bottle holder or any other beverage for that matter. So if you want to carry your drink around, you can just tuck it in there.
33. The Christmas Tree Sweater
This sweater is pretty cool. When you let your arms down, it looks like a typical gaudy sweater.
But when you raise your arms, it looks like a complete Christmas tree. It is really cool the way it comes together.
34. Ugly Tie Tree Sweater
This sweater is really cool because it requires so little but makes a really neat looking ugly sweater. You begin by taking a bunch of different ties.
Then you put them together to form a Christmas tree. You add a bow to the top as a tree topper.
35. The Advent Calendar Sweater
When I was little I used to love our advent calendar. We had one that you moved a small stuffed mouse along it.
Well, this is kind of the same idea, only it is on a sweater. Then you stuff the calendar full of treats.