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15 ugly Christmas sweaters worth your attention

These ugly Christmas sweaters are so bad, they're good.

Collage image of four ugly Christmas sweaters against a pink and orange background. Credit: Reviewed / Tipsy Elves / Kohl's / Marshalls

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Sweater weather is finally upon us, and fortunately, this significant switch in fashion corresponds with the holiday season. That means everyone is not only looking for ways to dress festively (and comfortably), they're also in the market for the best ugly Christmas sweaters to wear to every festive soireé.

Ugly Christmas sweaters are the epitome of a win-win: You can wear them to office parties or family gatherings, and in some cases, they're acceptable enough to transition to after-hour events when heading to happy hour or restaurants without drawing too much attention. It's the best of both worlds. However, finding an ugly sweater that can do all of that (and more) is no easy task—and that's where we come in.

From over-the-top selections to ones that make subtle statements, we've rounded up 15 of the best ugly Christmas sweaters to make a staple in your closet this season and next.

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1. For the one who wants to stand out: A tinsel-covered sweater

A man wears a green sweater festooned with green tinsel.
Credit: Reviewed / Tipsy Elves

Only for the bold, why not try this tinsel-covered option from Tipsy Elves?

The Men's Gaudy Garland Ugly Christmas Sweater from Tipsy Elves isn't for the faint of heart. This green sweater is decorated with yards upon yards of green tinsel and Christmas ornaments that add texture and interest to your most hilarious holiday look. We love this sweater for being everything a holiday sweater should be: funny, sparkly, and just a little bit extra. Shop the style in men's sizes XS to 5XL.

$64.95 at Tipsy Elves

2. For the one who loves a twist on a classic: A festive Fair Isle

A red fair isle sweater.
Credit: Reviewed / Old Navy

Keep it classy (and of course, ugly) with this fair isle option from Old Navy.

Not quite ready to go all-out ugly this Christmas? We get it, it can be a lot of pressure. Why not ease into it with the Cozy Matching Fair Isle Sweater for Men from Old Navy? Offered in six holiday-ready patterns, in men's sizes XS to XXXXL, this sweater dips a toe into Ugly Christmas Sweater territory without jumping fully in. We particularly love the snowflake and the dog options. The best part? Some of these sweaters have corresponding matching versions in women's, kids, and even pets sizes, letting everyone get in on the fun for a memorable holiday.

$54.99 at Old Navy

3. For the youngest partygoers: A gift-themed baby sweater

A baby wears an ugly Christmas sweater that looks like a present.
Credit: Reviewed / Tipsy Elves

The cutest gifts come in the smallest packages, so this gift-themed sweater is perhaps the least ugly sweater on the list!

Bringing the little ones along to your holiday party? Look no further than the Little Present Ugly Christmas Sweater. Available in sizes 6M to 18M, this sweater will be the sweetest gift you bring to the celebration. With a red and green colorblock and topped a brilliant gold bow, Little Present sweater is anything but ugly.

$39.95 at Tipsy Elves

4. For the person who thinks outside of the box: An unexpected approach

Collage of a woman wearing an ugly sweater featuring quartered illustrations.
Credit: Reviewed / Belk

Keep things light and bright this season with this Christmas sweater from Belk.

Why wear one ugly Christmas sweater design when you can wear four? Own the trend with the Joyland Women's Patchwork Jacquard Christmas Sweater, which depicts four holiday scenes including a Christmas tree, a holiday plaid, candy canes, and a stocking. Shop the style in women's sizes S to XXL.

$59.50 at Belk

5. For the men who want to show off their humor: A funny, family-friendly find

Two ugly Christmas sweaters, one reads
Credit: Reviewed / Amazon

Step into this hilarious family-friendly sweater that's available at Amazon.

This year, show off your funny side with the help of the Tipsy Elves Fun Classic Ugly Christmas Sweaters, available in 19 patterns and phrases. Available in men's sizes XXS to 5XL, opt for a beer pong-inspired sweater with matching velcro balls to keep the party going all night long, or slip on one that reads "big gift energy."

According to over 5,000 reviewers, these festive sweater designs are funny and stylish, while being cheeky and envelope-pushing at times. It also received glowing recommendations on how high quality the material is.

$39.95 at Amazon

6. For the school Ugly Christmas Sweater party: A Grinch-themed toddler's sweater

A child-sized ugly Christmas sweater with a pattern featuring The Grinch.
Credit: Reviewed / Target

For the Ugly Christmas Sweater party at school, send them off with this sweater featuring the Grinch.

If they're going to get a lump of coal this year instead of a present, consider the The Grinch Define Naughty Knitted Pullover Sweater. This sweater features a knit pattern of The Grinch with his sly smile centered in a holiday-friendly wreath. Shop the style in toddler's sizes 12M to 5T.

$16.99 at Target

7. For the vintage lover: A sweater vest

A woman wears a red Christmas vest with holiday patterns on it.
Credit: Reviewed / Marshalls

Channel your inner first grade teacher with this Christmas sweater vest from Marshalls.

This vintage-inspired sweater vest might remind you of the ones that your grade school teachers would wear come December. We love the Poof Holiday Fair Isle Vest, which allows you to layer up for a warm but not stuffy holiday look. This is a great option if it's not quite a winter wonderland where you're celebrating this year. Shop the vest in women's sizes S to L.

$14.99 at Marshalls

8. For the person who is always hot: A lightweight sweater

Two color variations of a fair isle sweater, one in orange and one in a dark green.
Credit: Reviewed / Amazon

Slip into this lightweight ugly sweater from Jouica Store this holiday season.

Step into the unbelievably soft Jouica Women's Casual Lightweight V Neck Batwing Sleeve Knit Top Loose Pullover Sweater this season to avoid overheating at every celebration. The relaxed fit and v-neck style provides breathability and it comes in 27 patterns and colors, with four specifically designed for the holiday season. Available in women's sizes XS to 3XL, over 6,000 reviewers claim it's "endlessly versatile," and "the perfect holiday sweater."

$34.99 at Amazon

9. For the couple who loves to coordinate: Matching ugly Christmas sweaters

A matching ugly Christmas sweater where one reads
Credit: Reviewed / Etsy

Score this matching set of ugly Christmas sweaters from Etsy.

Can't decide what to wear? If you have a significant other, this BOGO Set of Couples Christmas Sweaters, Funny Christmas Sweatshirts is the answer to every holiday conundrum. Featuring two sweatshirts (one in green and another in red), each one highlights a catchy phrase and comes in sizes XS to 3XL, with the opportunity to mix and match sizing.

$41.65 at Etsy

10. For the one who wants to sparkle: A bold choice

Collage of a woman wearing a red ugly Christmas sweater covered in tinsel.
Credit: Reviewed / Belk

Add some texture and sparkle to your Ugly Christmas Sweater party with this tinsel-covered option.

Who said that tinsel had to be reserved for the tree? The Joyland Women's Tinsel Sweater keeps you festive with various holiday logos, ornaments, and multicolored tinsel strands. Shop the style in two colors in women's sizes S to XXL.

$59.50 at Belk

11. For the entire family: A matching set in adult and kid sizes

A set of matching green fair isle sweaters with reindeer on them.
Credit: Reviewed / Amazon

Get the whole family in on the action with this matching set, available in sizes for the kids and grownups alike.

If you're taking the whole family to an ugly Christmas sweater party, shop the Totatuit Family Matching Christmas Sweater. Available in six colors featuring a reindeer print, this Instagram-ready style is available in kid's, women's, and men's sizes S to XXL.

From $22.99 at Amazon

12. For when "Ugly" is too much of a commitment: An attractive red Fair Isle

Collage of a woman wearing a red fair-isle sweater.
Credit: Reviewed / Lucky Brand

Fair Isle patterns may not be ugly, but they're certainly a Christmas classic.

If you're looking for a sweater that reads Christmas without reading ugly, consider this elegant and vibrant Fair Isle Sweater from Lucky Brand. The sweater, available in three colors, is classic while still looking totally modern when styled with jeans and a slouchy beanie. Shop this cozy style in women's sizes XS to 2XL.

$99 at Lucky Brand

13. For when just a sweater won't do: This sweaterdress

Collage of a woman wearing a sweater dress with the face of Santa on it, where the tinsel makes up Santa's beard.
Credit: Reviewed / Kohl's

Your ugly Christmas sweater can be an ugly sweaterdress with this fun tinsel-festooned option from Kohl's.

Looking for a one-and-done style? Try the Juniors' Plus Size Born Famous Gnome Sweaterdress, which features a classic Fair Isle pattern in red, green, and black. But the crowning glory of this sweater dress has to be the gnome face on the front, complete with a tinsel beard decorated with ornaments. Sure, it's a gnome, but go ahead and tell people it's Santa Claus. We won't tell. Shop this style in women's plus-sizes 1X to 3X.

$50 at Kohl's

14. For the animal lover: Christmas sweaters featuring holiday creatures

Collage of two men wearing green ugly Christmas sweaters. One features a hipster cat, and the other features a cow wearing its own ugly sweater.
Credit: Reviewed / Kohl's

We heard you liked Ugly Christmas Sweaters, so we put an Ugly Christmas Sweater on a cow on your Ugly Christmas Sweater.

The Big & Tall Holiday Sweaters at Kohl's are available in 15 outrageous designs that are sure to get a laugh at your company Ugly Christmas Sweater competition. From giraffe's sharing a candy cane, to a llama dressed as an elf, to a t-rex dancing alongside a Christmas tree, this line of sweaters is classic, ridiculous, and here for a good time. Shop the style in men's tall sizes L to 4XB.

$60 at Kohl's

15. For your furry friend: A dog-sized ugly Christmas sweater

A dog wears a Christmas sweater that looks like a Christmas tree.
Credit: Reviewed / Chewy

When we say the whole family can get in on the fun, we mean it! Even your four-legged besties.

One thing's for sure: You won't want to forget scoring an ugly Christmas sweater for your four-legged friend, and the Frisco Christmas Tree Dog & Cat Ugly Sweater from Chewy is suitable for both dogs and cats. Available in sizes XS to XXXL, this green embellished sweater seamlessly slips over your pet's head with no hook-and-loop fasteners or pesky buttons. Plus, the belly is designed and cut a little higher, meaning it provides easy access for when they have to use the bathroom.

$14.99 at Chewy

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