We’re upon that time of the year again. Where your local downtowns are decked out in cheery fashion, Starbucks is offering their signature Peppermint Mocha and retail stores are showing off their best festive looks. Christmas is truly a wonderful time of the year. A time full of love, joy and peace. It’s also a time of a wonderful tradition known as ugly Christmas sweaters. These hilariously hideous sweaters first made their appearance in the 1950’s, when Christmas was becoming more commercialized. But, it was the 1980’s that truly sold the idea of the ugly Christmas sweater, and it has only grown in popularity since then. These 12 ugly Christmas sweaters will not only have you laughing, but have you in concurrence that these sweaters are indeed heinous.
1. Christmas Vacation Tree
For all of us who adore National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this is an ugly sweater duo for you and that special someone. These sweaters from Amazon are totally inappropriate and hilarious all in one. From the scene where Clark brings home the Christmas tree and his stuck-up neighbor just has to make a sassy remark, one sweater says “Where Do You Think You’re Gonna Put A Tree That Big?”, while the other one says “Bend Over & I’ll Show You.” This couple’s sweater will be the hit of holiday parties and have some roaring with laughter.
2. Home Alone 2
The sequel may not be as good as the first movie, but it’s pretty darn close. One of the best lines from Home Alone 2 is emblazoned on the front of a garish red sweater from Uglychristmassweater.com. “Merry Christmas ya filthy animal” is a hilarious phrase that will always be remembered by the people who adore this movie, and for those who know that the Plaza Hotel concierge got what they deserved. This is one ugly Christmas sweater that will get you many genuine laughs.
3. Drunk Elves
This ugly Christmas sweater is for those of us who love a good party. And what’s better than a couple of cartoon elves who’ve had a little too much to drink swaying around with mugs of beer? That’s exactly what you get with this bright red sweater, also from Uglychristmassweater.com, along with the words “Let’s Get Elfed Up” stitched on the front. Zig-zags and holly adorn the rest of the gaudy sweater in true hideous fashion. With this sweater, you can let your inner drunk elf out!
4. How You Doin’?
This signature tagline of Joey Tribbiani’s from the show Friends should be recognizable to just about everyone. A truly ugly Christmas sweater for the fans of one of the best sitcom shows in history. The words “Central Perk” are printed on the front nestled inside a Christmas wreath with steaming coffee mugs off to the side, with the phrase “How You Doin?” below it. This throwback sweater from Kohl’s is one that you’ll want to wear again and again during the season.
This is the ugly Christmas sweater for you and your best friend! And no, I’m not talking about matching separate sweaters, I’m talking about a matching conjoined sweater. Nothing is more hysterically fun than this ugly party reindeer sweater from Amazon. This two-person sweater will definitely be the center of attention at any Christmas party, and will have you and your friend drunkenly falling over each other in no time. Nothing says Christmas quite like a rebellious Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
6. Darth Vader
Most people don’t associate Star Wars with Christmas. But this festive Darth Vader sweater from Target is one jolly way to get into the spirit. This ugly Christmas sweater from Target is a funny holiday spin on one of Vader’s famous lines from A New Hope. Though instead of saying “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” it says “I find your lack of cheer disturbing.” And who doesn’t want to see one of their favorite villains wearing a Santa hat? This one is for the hard-core Star Wars nerds!
7. Bob Ross
Bob Ross is still a large part of pop culture today, even though he passed on 25 years ago. He was known for his paintings, along with a soft-spoken voice and some awesome hair. Today you mostly see him being used in memes on social media, but with this ugly Christmas sweater from Kohl’s, you now have a meme that you can wear. Stitched on the front is the face of Bob Ross along with the words “Have Yourself A Happy Little Holiday.” The rest of the red sweater is covered in small white and green Christmas trees with snowflakes and leaping reindeer. An unsightly sweater for those of us who love Bob Ross.
8. A Christmas Story
This classic 1980’s Christmas flick is one that is loved by all ages. Ralphie is simply a character that we all have related to at one point, especially when it came to specific gifts we desired for Christmas. One of the most iconic scenes in the movie is when Ralphie’s old man receives a major award. Yes, the famous leg lamp. And this ugly Christmas sweater from Uglychristmassweater.com is for all of us out there who share a love hate relationship with this scantily-clad lamp. Stitched onto a deep green sweater and garnished with snowflakes and actual light up (LED) Christmas lights, this sweater will be the talk of the party, just like it was the talk of Ralphie’s neighbors.
9. Lilo & Stitch
An ugly Christmas sweater for all of the Disney lovers out there. The 2002 hit Lilo & Stitch is still popular to this day, and is beloved by many. This loud Christmas sweater from Target is almost more adorable than it is ugly with Stitch being happily decked out in snow gear on the front with the words “Merry Stitchmas” written below him. The sweater is made up of red and blue striped sleeves and has various sized snowflake patterns across the front. This is the perfect ugly Christmas sweater that will have you receiving sweet aww’s in no time.
10. Christmas Vacation Todd & Margo
Another ugly Christmas Vacation couple’s sweater that’ll have your family members cackling as soon as you walk in the door. Who could forget the Griswold’s snobby next-door neighbors, Todd and Margo? They end up being on the receiving end of all of Clark’s mishaps throughout the movie. These red and green sweaters from Amazon spout one of the best lines from the movie where the head of the Griswold family accidentally launches a sheet of gutter ice through Todd and Margo’s window. One sweater says, “Why Is The Carpet All Wet Todd?” while the other one responds with, “I Don’t Know Margo!” So, if you’re looking for a few laughs, whether it’d be from family or from complete strangers, these ugly Christmas sweaters are the way to go.
Now, this ugly Christmas sweater from Kohl’s is just downright funny. It features a gingerbread man on the front who has snapped off his leg and is supporting himself with a cane. The repeated words “Oh Snap” are stitched across the front above his slightly pained and confused face. Get it? Ginger snap? The rest of the sweater is adorned with tiny gingerbread men and houses along with some trees and snowflakes; it’s simply ghastly to look at. A punny ugly Christmas sweater that is bound to get a few guffaws this season.
12. Baby Yoda
The Mandalorian on Disney+ has become a hit show on the streaming service since premiering last year. Baby Yoda, or The Child as he is officially known, became virtually everyone’s newest obsession. And how could he not? He’s the embodiment of adorable, and helps in giving Mando a softer side. This Baby Yoda ugly Christmas sweater from Target is perfect for those of us who fell in love with his cuteness. He’s featured on the front with the words “The Child” written in cursive underneath him, along with snowflakes adorned on different parts of the shirt. Another ugly sweater choice for the mass of Star Wars fans out there!