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15 Truly Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

The truly superior ugly Christmas sweaters are the ones you make yourself.

The holiday season is a time for festive music, baked goods, eggnog, and yes — ugly Christmas sweaters. Now, owning an ugly Christmas sweater is as simple as walking into your nearest Target and choosing from their vast selection of ridiculous-looking holiday apparel. But if you want a truly ugly Christmas sweater, then you’re going to have to make one on your own. (Or, in this case, with a little help from us). 

There’s a certain nuance to ugly Christmas sweaters that you just can’t get through a store purchase. An overproduced print that thousands of other people own won’t make you stand out at your holiday party. So what will? 

Since there’s about a million ways you can go about making an ugly Christmas sweater, we’ve put together a list for inspiration. Hopefully it’ll get your creative juices flowing and make you excited for a trip to the crafts store. 

Here are 15 ugly Christmas sweater ideas for your consideration: 


Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

1. Use a stuffed animal

2. They say that”ugly” is in the eye of the beholder . . .

3. Ugly Christmas sweater ideas are all about great puns

4. This one will keep you warm

5. If you’re feeling clever . . .


6. This woman’s creativity knows no bounds

7. It’s the season of deer! Oh, I mean cheer!

8. Careful! This idea is NSFW-DR (Not Safe For Work – Drink Responsibly)

9. Grandma got run over by a reindeer

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10. For top-tier decorators only:

11. Ugly Christmas sweater ideas are meant to be over the top

12. You’ll need a lot of bows for this beauty