80+ ugly Christmas sweater ideas for a funnier (and weirder) party season

Von John Griffith / November 30 2021

Christmas is mere weeks away so it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Buying a tree, decking the halls, and sending out festive greeting cards to your family and friends is nice and all, but it can’t hold a candle to our favorite tradition – the ugly Christmas sweater (or UCS for short)! There are so many reasons to love this adorkably tacky garment. It makes everything a lot more fun and lighthearted, and you can compete with your friends and coworkers to see who will come up with the best (a.k.a. most outrageous) design. Not to mention that adding a dose of humor to your family get-together or Xmas party is always a good idea. So, in today’s article we will explore 80+ mind-bogglingly amazing ugly Christmas sweater ideas. After all, nothing says Christmas cheer like a good old tacky holiday jumper!

Feel the festive cheer with our ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas!

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Funny and ugly Christmas sweater ideas

Ever wondered how ugly Christmas jumpers came to be? At first glance they may seem like an ironic statement devised by a bunch of hipster millennials. And while that’s not exactly far from the truth, it’s worth pointing out that the UCS’s roots go much further back than that – as far as the distant 1950s, to be precise. Of course in those days people didn’t think of the jumpers as ugly, and wore them without a hint of sarcasm. Your grandparents, for example, probably saw these iconic knitted garments as nothing more than a quaint and cozy expression of holiday cheer.

However, all this changed in the 80s and 90s. The sweater generation of the 50s had already reached middle and old age, and their fashion sense became the subject of jokes and ridicule among the hip youngsters of the day. Elderly people wearing UCSs began appearing in holiday films and comedy shows, and many viewers found this hilarious. Some began copying the style for fun, but it wasn’t until the 2000s that the UCSs’ popularity truly exploded. According to some sources, the first ugly Christmas sweater party was held in 2001, and people absolutely loved it. Clothes manufacturers got a hint of this, and quickly started churning out a variety of quirky and garish designs. Today, there are companies specialized exclusively in ugly Christmas sweaters that rake in tens of millions of dollars every year! However, in our humble opinion, the best UCSs are the handmade ones. And in that line of thought, we present to you:

Ugly Christmas Sweaters DIY Tutorial!

DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas

Now that you are familiar with the wonderful history of the ugly Christmas sweater, you are probably excited to make, or buy one of your own. Choosing a design may be a bit tricky because when it comes to UCSs, only the sky’s the limit. You can transform yourself into a Christmas tree or a fireplace, opt for a design inspired by your favorite film or TV series, become a human present, or even a walking beer pong table – yes, absolutely anything goes! And to better demonstrate this point, we invite you to take a look at our gallery. It features some amazing ugly Christmas sweater ideas that will have you rolling with laughter and/or scratching your head. Enjoy, and don’t forget to keep an eye on our webpage for more amazing (and fun) Christmas articles!

You don’t say!

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Plain white sweater with applique detail, shaped like Christmas lights – this design may be simple, but it nevertheless succeeds in being super tacky!

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This image is worth a thousand words…

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?

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More cool DIY ideas

A match made in heaven

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Transform yourself into a human present with this amazingly ugly sweater

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Going the extra mile

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santa's body drawn on a green jumper, worn by a smiling young man, with a short beard, ugly sweater ideas, combined with a red and white santa hat

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Ugly Christmas sweater and drinking game, all in one. The dream of every stereotypical alfa male and/ or party animal

six red plastic cups, stuck on a red jumper, with a large green triangle, resembling a christmas tree, ugly sweater ideas, worn by a man, holding several yellow beer pong balls

close up of a black jumper with red, green and white motifs, featuring snowflakes and presents, holly branches and xmas trees, and a large target, with the words you miss you drink

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Relationship GOALS.

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A Dragon Ball inspired UCS? Sign us up!

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Why embarrass yourself on your own, when you can get ugly Sweaters for your pets too?


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cats on a grey couch, wearing a red and a dark navy christmas jumpers, decorated with fair isle motifs, and festive messages, ugly sweater party for your pets

yellow buttons on a red and white jumper, with green details, and a christmas tree motif, on a guinea pig, with brown and cream fur, ugly sweater party for animals

“Why, human, why? Why must you mock me?”

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shih tsu dressed in a red jumper, featuring white and black fair isle patterns, standing on a red and gold baroque chair, near a lavishly decorated christmas tree, cute christmas sweaters

cream colored dog, looking at the camera, with its tongue hanging out, dressed in a dark grey, fair isle jumper, cute christmas sweaters for pooches

With a jumper like this who needs a Christmas tree?

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For extra close friends

retro pattern featuring gingerbread men, christmas trees and nutcrackers, and little holly branches, on the ugliest christmas sweater, in red and teal, white and green, shared by two men

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And here are some awesome suggestions inspired by popular films and TV series:

vintage style cute ugly christmas sweater, with good and evil gremlins, surrounded by white snowflakes and christmas trees

luke skywalker and darth vader, fighting with lightsabres, on a navy blue and grey xmas jumper, with orange details

sweater inspired by the tv show stranger things, black with a christmas-like pattern, featuring bikes and xmas trees, walkie talkies and numbers, and the words mery christmas, turned upside down

Especially for Rick & Morty fans

bearded dark-haired man, wearing a black, red and white jumper, featuring santa clause, and characters from the animated TV show rick and morty

rick and morty from the eponymous animated TV show, printed in full color, on a plain black sweater, with red and white christmas themed patterns

collage with two images, showing two young men, one dressed in a red jumper, with a multicolored festive pattern, and a red beanie hat, the other one wearing a dark navy sweater, with snowflakes and a christmas tree

We love this jumper, we really do. But please don’t wear it to your super religious uncle/grandma/friend’s Christmas dinner! 😀

jesus holding a balloon, and wearing a party hat, a cross necklace, and a white t-shirt with the words birthday boy, written in red, on a green jumper, also featuring a white dove, girls ugly christmas sweater, on a slim brunette young woman

cute ugly christmas sweater, in light grey, with an image of a tabby kitten, wearing a red and white xmas jumper, and a santa's hat

target in white, red and lime green, and the words you miss you drink, on a black sweater, with a multicolored festive pattern, girls ugly christmas sweater, seen from the front, and from the back

Fun for all the family!

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straw blonde woman, laughing and wearing a black festive jumper, with colorful sleds and snowmen, near a laughing man, in a black cardigan, decorated with bells and christmas wreaths

drunk santa lying on snowy ground, with a bottle and a few fir trees nearby, on a white and green ugly xmas jumper

No one is safe from the ugly Christmas sweater craze

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teddy bears and presents, xmas trees and wreaths, on seven jumpers and cardigans, in red and green, black and white, worn by young men and women, cute ugly christmas sweater ideas

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We love these witty and creative ideas!

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he sees you when you're sleeping, written on a white jumper, decorated with red and green garlands and snowflakes, under an image of nicolas cage, wearing a santa hat, girls ugly christmas sweater, worn with black leggings

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Robot VS Raptor – a Christmas classic (not really)

robot and a dinosaur, snoflakes and lightning bolts, stars and little space ships, printed in white, on a cute ugly christmas sweater, with a white background

identical blue jumpers, with christmas trees, decorated with gold garlands, and white and red pom poms, worn by a smiling couple, posing for a selfie

gingerbread men dressed like ninjas, on an orange-red cute ugly christmas sweater, with white and light green stripes, and the word ginjas, worn by a smiling man

An excellent suggestion for Trekkies

mr. spock hand-drawn on a red, cute ugly christmas sweater, decorated with blue and white snowflakes, and the words trek the halls

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More adorable animals in ugly Christmas jumpers

cross between a shih tsu, and a king charles cavalier spaniel, with brown and white fur, wearing a red and green xmas jumper, cute christmas sweaters for puppies

adult dachshund in a red jumper, with a festive message, written on the jumper's back in white, cute christmas sweaters, snow on the ground and on the dog's head

candy cane and a holly branch, embroidered on a multicolored jumper, worn by a brown dog, with a beige muzzle, cute christmas sweaters, on a white background

How cute is this?!

mink colored bunny, with fluffy fur, wearing a green and white knitted jumper, with red fair isle details, cute christmas sweaters, for rodents

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There is no such thing as “too tacky” when it comes to UCSs!

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And because it’s 2018, and internet memes have officially taken over the world, this “most interesting Santa in the world” sweater is a thing that exists

meme-inspired jumper in black and red, featuring santa in the pose of the most interesting men in the world, holding a glass of milk, near a plate of cookies

plush reindeer toys, stuck to the front, and the back, of two white and red jumpers, worn by a brunette woman, and a dark-haired man

We are at a loss for words here…

guy in a brown, plastic horse mask, dressed in a red jumper, with a large, brown horse head image, and a pattern, with smaller horse heads, and white snowflakes

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This lady is way ahead in the ugly Christmas sweater game

hat in green, shaped like a christmas tree, and decorated with garlands and baubles, worn by an elderly woman, dressed in a white jumper, featuring an xmas tree, and holding a giant peppermint cane

brown dog and a yellow retriever, sitting side by side, wearing identical santa costume jumpers, in red and white

A true masterpiece

light blue jumper, decorated with a christmas version of michelangelo's the creation of adam, featuring a deer on a cloud, and a santa surrounded by elves, diy ugly christmas sweater, decorated with felt shapes

lime green ribbon, shaped like an xmas tree, and stuck on a dark blue jumper, decorated with glowing christmas lights, diy ugly christmas sweater, with multicolored beads and small flowers

It’s hard not to be impressed by this lady’s creativity

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Ugly Christmas sweaters have officially jumped the shark

string lights in different colors, wrapped around a grey and white shark, image on a dark red xmas jumper

bespectacled man with a short beard, wearing a red sweater, featuring an image of a brown cartoon deer's head, with a red nose

Let’s not forget the ugly Christmas sweater’s cousin – the tacky holiday vest

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our ugly Christmas sweater ideas!

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