We all know that having an ugly, funny Christmas sweater on hand is essential for getting through the winter season. Whether you’re looking to earn first place in an ugly sweater contest, attend a themed party or want a flawless icebreaker, finding a sweater that matches your style and sense of humor is an important but often difficult task.
But what exactly transforms an ordinarily tacky sweater into an ugly sweater? We’re usually looking for qualities such as:
Today's Top Deals
Loud and garish colors that your most embarrassing relative would be proud to rep
The more dangly pieces of dangly flair and bedazzling, the better
It may not make sense, but nobody can ignore it
You can always DIY your sweater with plenty of tutorials available, but purchasing one online takes the stress and headache completely out of the equation if you’re not especially crafty. Still, your lack of craftiness may be a pro with this sweater trend, where the uglier your sweater is, the more impressive it becomes. Just hit up your local crafts or dollar store and channel your inner child.
Just like funny Christmas ornaments, there’s a range of hilariously ugly Christmas attire, from sweaters with funny movie quotes to onesies that turn you into a walking, bedazzled Christmas tree. Some shops are trustworthy; others, not so much. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best places to buy ugly Christmas sweaters online in 2022.
From big box stores to smaller businesses focusing on craftsmanship, we’ve rounded up where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters for the ultimate festive fun. Skip the long lines and crowded stores with our top picks below.
This retail giant is the holy grail when it comes to selection. So if you’re looking for a wide range of options or something super specific, look no further than Amazon, which has a funny ugly Christmas sweater for every personality and body type.
For Prime shoppers, you can buy hilarious ugly Christmas sweaters with free shipping and two-day delivery. There are also options for all sensibilities, from slightly tacky to truly WTF.
Target offers adorable options for your entire family. If you don’t have anything specific in mind but want something whimsical and not excessively inappropriate, consider buying an ugly sweater from Target. They have a chuckle-worthy batch of random Christmas, including nods to everyone’s favorite classic holiday movies such as The Grinch, Home Alone and Elf Christmas sweaters. The ugly sweaters from Target are pretty tame and have a loose definition of “ugly,” so if you’re easily embarrassed and don’t want anything too out there, Target is one of the best places to buy ugly Christmas sweaters this holiday season.
Etsy has by far the most uniquely designed ugly Christmas sweaters, and when you click purchase, you’re helping to support small businesses worldwide, which is also something to feel good about. Many of the Etsy sweaters in this category are made-to-order or customizable, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, it’s a good idea to search here instead of your typical big box store.
4. Tipsy Elves
We dare you to scroll through the ugly sweater section of this website and not laugh. Tipsy Elves specializes in holiday apparel for every occasion, so if you’re looking for where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters in 2022, head over to the Christmas section on their website, which is filled with plenty of delightful kitsch that’s inappropriate, decked out in ornaments or garlands, and just straight-up offensive. Ideal if you’re trying to go for a homemade look without it being homemade.
This is your best bet if you aren’t afraid of X-rated holiday sweaters. Tipsy Elves also has a full range of delightfully tacky holiday apparel so that you can buy matching socks, hats, shirts and accessories for your upcoming ugly Christmas sweater parties.
If you don’t want to drop big bucks on something that you’ll only wear a couple of times a year, we get it. And if being frugal is on your mind, check out Walmart and its fantastic holiday offerings, some of which cost less than a sandwich. A solid idea for anyone looking to save money — or if you want to stock up on an entire wardrobe’s worth of ugly Christmas sweaters — we won’t judge!
Like the other retailers on our list, Walmart has sections where you can buy ugly Christmas sweaters for men, women and kids. From sweaters that promise to “Make Christmas Great Again” to more traditional fugly sweaters, Walmart has a massive and affordable selection.
Still on the fence about the ugly part of ugly Christmas sweater? For the more fashion-minded who still want to look debonaire in photos for years to come, consider Asos, which has a more creative, editorialized take on the ugly sweater. These sweaters are not something you’d find at the back of your grandma’s closet, but they are a good choice if you need to look trendy for a classy Christmas event.
7. Ugly Sweater Store
BEST VINTAGE PICK
If you prefer to repurpose gently used clothing rather than buying new items, check out this vintage clothing store titled the Ugly Sweater Store, which has hundreds of pages of authentic ugly sweaters for practically any occasion — including every hideous Christmas sweater. They hit a wide range of price points (around $20-$90) and have classic pullover styles, button-ups and zippered cardigans.
8. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
BEST FOR SPORTS
While their regular ugly Christmas sweaters are worth a look (yoga Santa, anyone?), these unusual NFL, NHL and NCAA sweaters by Ugly Christmas Sweater Party check the boxes of loud and bright while letting you declare your super fan status in an out-of-the-box way. These sports team-themed sweaters are made of a woven acrylic blend, not printed on sweatshirts, so they can withstand multiple washes without looking faded.
9. Rusty Zipper
What better way to embody the holiday season than by transforming into the Christmas tree itself? Rusty Zipper has an entire section dedicated to light-up sweaters and vests. If you’re feeling crazy, layer a light-up vest over a light-up sweater — you’ll look like the Rockefeller tree in no time. Most of these garments use LED light, and you can browse from regular white lights or more colorful options. They also have everyday ugly Christmas sweaters here, neatly organized for easy navigation.
With over 100 gloriously ugly options for you and all your loved ones, there are tons of options here, so you don’t have to scramble last minute wondering where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters in 2022. From naughty Santa-themed jumpers to a virtual fireplace smart sweater. These are some of the most unique modern options on the market that you won’t find anywhere else. They might even have you winning that Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Best of all, these one-of-a-kind, conversation-starting sweaters all cost less than $50, with the exception of a couple of sweaters, making them a frugal purchase that you’ll want to wear all year long.
BEST FOR GEEKS
If you’re wondering where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters for your specific brand of geekdom, Merchoid is the ultimate destination. Whether your obsession is Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars or Game of Thrones themed, Marchoid has your back with the finest ugly Christmas sweaters for nerds or anyone obsessed with a certain TV show or movie franchise. One of the best options for themed sweaters, Merchoid is actually the official merch store for Star Wars, Nintendo, Marvel and DC. Channel your inner superhero, Yoda or Ravenclaw pride with one of these high-quality acrylic sweaters with sharp graphics — multiple customers ensure that they’re cozy and never scratchy on bare skin.
More Top Deals from SPY
Best of SPY