Downright Hideous Holiday Sweaters to Cheer Us Up This Year


We could all use a little more cheer this year.

In the spirit of the holidays and all those parties you’ll be going to for the next year, here’s 52 ugly, downright hideous holiday sweaters to show some sparkle, get a laugh or literally light up the night every week for all of 2017.

We found a dazzling array of sweaters that astound the imagination. The creativity and dedication it took in making some of these creations was more than enough to cheer me up. Most of these are from eBay, where nothing is sacred where design is concerned!

#1: Drunken Reindeer

This one ran away with the prize for most hideous holiday sweater. I think it was the random tinsel garland meandering around the drunken reindeer. The globs of pom poms and ornaments stuck to it topped this one off for me! A closeup of the reindeer is below so you can appreciate his too much eggnog expression.



#2: Frogs Hanging on for Dear Life!

I’m not sure what happened here, but there are 2 frogs trying desperately to hold on. There was a nice symmetry to the tinsel puffs but the gold garland kind of loses the design focus.


#3: Pink Snowstorm

Could anyone actually wear this and eat their holiday roast?  The giant snowflake masquerading as a wreath is surrounded by cheerful pink tinsel puffs. But the feather neckline balances it all out perfectly.


#4: Be Cheerful Coming and Going

This is what to do with all those leftover toys and stockings. In case this sweater is a bit too much for your friends, there are bells to alert them you are coming!


#5: Scaredy Cat

Is this a holdup? Or were the gifts stolen by the Grinch? We may never know how this terrified cat ended up here.


#6 & 7: Pink Flamingos

I saw a lot of flamingoes as a theme on holiday sweaters. I guess they were created by people who live in Florida? Maybe they fit down the chimney more easily.


#8: Yup, it’s a theme

Still have trouble with flamingoes, they’re not even red or green. They sort of work though.


#9: Which Came First?

Animals are a big theme on hideous holiday sweaters. But chickens? Someone must really like them and the light up tree is well executed.


#10—13: Rudolph Joins in the Game

Well, finally something traditional! These are actually not terribly hideous, they’re kind of cute.


#14: It all Makes Sense on Christmas!

Monkeys, Fairy Godmother doll head and a penguin? Sure, it all makes sense! If I’m not mistaken, the monkey’s head lights up too!


#15: Is it a Wreath?

Seriously? This one has it all. The symmetry here is good and the nod to a wreath inspired. I guess all you need is black leggings and silver flats with this one.


#16: What’s Christmas Without The Grinch?

This must have happened after he found his heart or he would never have allowed it.


#17: Tinsel in a Tangle

The message is heartwarming during the stress of the holidays. This unusual vest really goes with anything.


#18: The Light of the Party

This one made the list of hideous holiday sweaters just for the size of the bulbs alone. The chain feels like it’s trying to be Gucci but the sequins do add a lot of cheer.


#19: Merry Elfin Xmas

Points for creativity here and the typography treatment. A good sweater to make merry in.


#20: Instant Elf

Just throw this on with striped leggings and you’ll be good to go anywhere this season. Bring candy canes. You’ll need em.


#21: Drama Queen

This must have been a labor of love. The beads, the glitter poinsettia and the silver neckline highlight the amazing singing cat.


#22: Winner of an Ugly Sweater Contest

This one won a ugliest sweater contest at someone’s party. I can see why! They may have swiped the bunny from some baby and picked up the leftover wrapping materials while they were at it!


#23: Pissed Off Pug

Well, pugs often look pissed off even when they aren’t. There are probably people who’d think this was cute…TIM?


#24: Tic Tac Trim

I had to appreciate the effort in orderliness, but I must have an aversion to tinsel garlands and pickles stuck to holiday sweaters.


#25: Snowmen Party

This made the hideous list mainly for the choice of decoration. The dancing snowmen look like they are made from foam, so no points for quality here. But they used a red sweater at least!


#26: Nose So Bright

OK, I lied. There are a few not so hideous sweaters here. This one had me at the nose.


#27: Santa’s Missing Body Parts

The disembodied Santa head placed over the boot looks like he’s missing his body parts. No wonder he looks so disturbed.


#28: Blue Christmas

The blue tinsel running down the sleeves cheers up this otherwise non-holiday colored sweater. Not sure what that oddly placed little gold blob is, must have been a left over scrap from the gold tinsel.


#29: Fairly Fair Isle

I know, I know, Fair Isle sweaters are very holidayish. I guess the dangling drums got me.


#30: Hey, Don’t forget the Beer!

Note the pocket in the hat to hold your beer bottle in case you get stuck in the snow and can’t get to the party. Oh, and the lights can provide guidance when all other lights go out.


#31: Toy Box

Left over or discarded toys can always be recycled into holiday sweaters. This proves it.


#32: Naughty Santa

Well, this one may be filed under tacky rather than hideous. But it made me laugh.


#33: Elfin High Five

This one grew on me. I admit, it’s not totally hideous. Love the lights at the neckline and the spiffy shape the tinsel at the hem gives this sweater.


#34—40: Oy to the World

Chanukah is no Exception to hideous sweater design. Make no mistake, there is creativity everywhere. Everyone, no matter their faith, can have a few laughs this time of year. These next sweaters prove my point. Shalom and happy Llamakah!





#41—45: No Break for Our Pets

Who said we forgot our pets? They have to wear what we wear, so we don’t feel so ridiculous.



#46—49: For The Geeks in Your Life

ThinkGeek doesn’t forget the to fill the stockings of our favorite Star Trek, Pokemon and Naked Sky Santa devotees. No idea what the blue one is but someone will.


#50: It’s My Party!

After all, it’s His birthday.


Aaaand the Award Goes To…

If you’ve been inspired to have an ugly, hideous holiday sweater party, yes, there is an award you can present to the winner. Get it on eBay.


I know, there’s only 50 actual sweaters. I figured we’d need a couple of weeks off.