25 Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas


A few years back, my dear husband threw me a birthday party. My birthday falls during the magical month of December. Not only do I get all of the joys of Christmas but they are intermingled with my birthday. It’s always a lot of fun.

Anyway, back to the party! So, my husband hands me a package, right? I think it’s going to be my birthday present. I open it up and inside is the tackiest Christmas sweater I’ve ever seen in my life.

He tells me to put it on and then goes and gets one himself. Later on in the evening, I discovered my husband threw me an ugly holiday sweater party for my birthday. So. Much. Fun.

Ugly Christmas sweaters are fun to wear during the holiday season and not just at parties. Show off your inner elf by sporting the gaudiest sweater you can find!

If you’re really feeling the holiday spirit, you can make your own ugly Christmas sweater!

Today, I’m bringing you 25 of the ugliest, tackiest, most holly jolly Christmas sweater ideas the internet has ever seen. You’ll look so shiny that Santa might just have you lead his sleigh and give Rudolph the day off.


Lightup Christmas Tree Sweater

Either this guy is super thrilled about his ugly Christmas sweater or he is ashamed to be wearing it. I can’t tell if that facial expression is of pure pride or humiliation lol!

What a crazy Christmas sweater! I love how the lights on the tree actually light up! I hope his sweater doesn’t burn out any bulbs.

I don’t think this sweater would be too hard to make. Plus, you can trim your sweater tree in any color scheme that you want.

Bottle Cap Christmas Sweater

Wow! That’s a lot of bottle caps all for the sake of making an ugly Christmas sweater. I give this lady a lot of credit for coming up with such a creative idea, though. Not only is she sporting a holly jolly sweater of tackiness, but she’s also recycling!

Santa just may leave her something extra special under the tree this year.

Tree Climbing Santa Sweater

Is this even a sweater? It looks more like a Christmas decoration. Like, this guy should be sitting on a table as a centerpiece.

I’m guessing he is the winner of the ugly Christmas sweater contest. Just check out that toy train on the hem of the sweater! Very cool.

Christmas Sparkle Tree Sweater

I think this sweater idea is really cute! The sweater itself isn’t over the top. Now, that all becomes a different story when she raises her arms up and becomes an actual Christmas tree.

This sweater probably isn’t very hard to make. Plus, you get to wrap yourself in garland. What could be better than that?

Ugly Rudolph Sweater Vest

This sweater is more cute than ugly. Who wouldn’t want to show up at the company Christmas party wearing Santa’s favorite reindeer on their chest?

I love all of the tinsel and ornaments, too. Even the Red-Nosed reindeer is sporting a Christmas bowtie and scarf. Adorable!

National Lampoon’s Sweater

Cousin Eddie would be so proud! Just look at how realistic that squirrel is. Honestly, if I saw someone wearing this sweater I’d probably do a double take because of that rodent! It looks like it is going to crawl right up into that lady’s hair.

If you are a guy or girl who likes to drink a frosty brew during the holidays, this is the ugly Christmas sweater for you. Doesn’t the snowman look happy? Perhaps, he’s just a little tipsy.

I like how the “cheers” looks a little shaky. Maybe, whoever made this sweater was sipping on some suds while they made it.

Bumble Christmas Sweater

This sweater totally steals my heart because I am a mega Rudolph movie fan. Just look at the bumble’s crazy eyes! Haha! he either has the Christmas spirit or he’s been sipping the eggnog.

Reindeer Candy Sweater

When your kiddo wants to know where Christmas candy and holiday decorations come from just show him this sweater. I don’t think your wee one will be asking for any more candy canes, haha!

This sweater is really clever!

Light ’em Up Sweater

I LOVE these DIY lighted sweaters. Nothing says “holiday spirit” like an ugly sweater that illuminates the room when you walk in. Check out all of those winter-themed decorations!

This sweater looks simple to make and extremely cost-friendly.

Christmas Tree Tie Sweater

What a clever way to use ugly holiday ties! All this sweater requires is a regular red, green, gold, or silver ribbed shirt and your choice of Christmas ties.

Make sure you choose some gaudy bows for the sleeves and top of the “tree”.

I bet I could find some pretty awesome ties in my grandpa’s closet.

Reindeer and Wreath Sweater

This sweater is glorious! It’s ugly, gaudy, and very sparkly! You would definitely make your mark at the company Christmas party when you showed up in this frock.

This is the company office party photo you’ll probably hope disappears. Lol!

Cat Lady Sweater

Are you a cat lady? Maybe, you’re a cat man. Whatever the case may be, this sweater is seriously ugly. That’s why I love it so much!

It’s cute, simple, and totally captures cat-lady problems during the holiday season.

Poinsettia Ugly Sweater

I don’t know what I like more; the sweater or this guy’s face. Does he not look like a jolly little elf? He must be super proud of that ugly poinsettia sweater. I know that I sure would be!

I LOVE holiday poinsettias so I might just make this ugly Christmas sweater.

Ugly Horse Sweater

Okay, so this guy went all out with his ugly holiday sweater. The horse head adds an extra touch of ugly, don’t you think?

This Christmas sweater is epic on so many levels. It makes me want to start neighing like a pony. Haha!

Ugly Candy Can Sweater

This sweater is ugly and simple. To me, it says, “I waited until the last minute to make my ugly sweater for the holiday party”.

All you need is a plain sweater, a few candy canes, some garland, ornaments, and hot glue. Instant ugly Christmas sweater.

Lighted Rudy Sweater

This sweater is bright and gaudy. Just the way an ugly Christmas sweater should be. Plus, the Santa hat gives the outfit a nice kick of holiday cheer.

I think Rudolph likes those lights!

Bountiful Bows Sweater

Is this a sweater or an ugly Christmas dress? Whatever the case may be, I love it! This outfit isn’t even that ugly. Gaudy? You got it. However, it is more cute than anything else.

I love the bow skirt and garland around the neckline. How long do you think it took this girl to make this outfit?

Beared Santa Sweater

Santa’s beard is obnoxiously long! I bet this lady will be dipping her sweater in hot cocoa and buttered rum all evening long if she isn’t careful.

This sweater can easily be a DIY project with a plastic Santa head, beard, and ornaments. Get creative!

DIY Gingerbread & Tree

This is a simple and cute way to show off your holiday spirit. These charming “ugly” Christmas sweaters are easy to make and are super cost-efficient. The blogger who made these sweaters said she only invested $1!

These ugly sweaters are perfect for couples.

Pregnant Mama Sweater

Pregnant mamas want to get in on the ugly Christmas sweater fun, too! Isn’t this an adorable idea? I love how Rudolph’s nose is right on her belly! Super cute.

Mounted Deer Head

If you are going for simple, this is the ugly Christmas sweater for you. It isn’t overly gaudy and I’m guessing it would be a breeze to make.

Morbid? Yes. This sweater a little on the morbid side. After all, you’ve got a dead deer head on your chest. LOL!

Baby Ugly Sweater

Aw, how cute! Make your ugly Christmas sweater a family affair with a DIY sweater for your little one.

This sweater is so cute! I can’t really say that it is ugly because, how can it be? It’s being worn by a smiling, chubby baby.

Home Alone Sweater

If you are a Kevin Mcalister fan, this Home Alone Sweater is just what Santa ordered. It is a homemade classic!

Bow Sweater & Wine Cover

This ugly Christmas sweater makes me laugh! Not only did she make a tacky holiday sweater for herself, but she also crafted one for her bottle of wine, too.


Well folks, I really hope you enjoyed this list of 25 ugly Christmas sweaters. I know I sure enjoyed making it! I want to wear all of these sweaters during the holiday season. Perhaps, I’ll start on December 1?

I love the pregnant mama sweater, the baby sweater, and the wine cover sweater. These are such cute ideas! Literally, everyone in your life can fashion a sweater from this roundup.

Which one of these DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas will you be using? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “25 Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

  1. Can you please tell me where i Can get these games at? Even though I have a 16 yr old son I believe we would have a great time playing these next year.☺

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