Ugly Christmas sweaters have achieved almost cult status when it comes to holiday fashion. These tacky toppers are always irreverent, sometimes off-color and frankly kind of embarrassing to wear. But you can perish the thought of those awful Scotty dog sweaters with bows and wreaths. Today’s ugly Christmas sweaters have reached a whole new level of hideous and hilarious. No one in the realm of Christmas lore is safe. Whether it’s Rudolph being roasted over a blazing fire, or buck naked Santa, sans for a package covering his… package. Not even Jesus is safe from the ugly sweater phenomenon.
Ugly Christmas sweaters for men and women are often the fodder for intense office competition. In fact, it seems ugly Christmas sweater contests have infiltrated family gatherings, football get togethers (there are even team specific ugly Christmas sweaters), and anywhere else the environment is ripe and the humor is flowing. There are ugly sweater party supplies, ugly sweater prizes and even ugly sweater cupcake and appetizer decorations. It’s crazy and fun how these awful apparel choices are lifting our spirits this Christmas season. These sweaters make perfect gifts for your loved ones and enemies alike. And the more heinous the design, the more popular they’ll be. Consider shopping for one now as an early Christmas present for your husband, boyfriend or brother. While these ugly Christmas sweaters are in good supply at the moment, the closer it gets to Christmas, availability could be more limited.
Whether you’re into the ugly Christmas sweater game for fun or passion, now is the time to enhance your collection. With this robust list, you’ll have a wicked start on ugly Christmas sweater season, plus you’ll be well on your way to a more humorous and happy holiday ahead. Here are our picks for the Top 20 Best Ugly Sweaters for Men.
1. Blizzard Bay Men’s Festive Llama Ugly Christmas Sweater
When it comes to tacky Chrismas sweaters for men, you’d almost dare your husband or boyfriend to be brave enough to wear it. Adorned with a huge white Llama on the front, the beast is even wearing a little knitted scarf. Smaller Llamas ring this hilarious sweater all the way around front and back. On a positive note, this sweater is warm, 100 percent washable cotton and he could dress it up with a cool denim shirt underneath. It would be even better if he’d wear it with a red wool beret or a furry plaid hat with ear flaps. Ladies, you could even get a Llama sweater to match… if you’re brave enough.
Price: $23.09 – $29.99
2. Daisysboutique Men’s Christmas Santa Sweater
If you’ve got an ugly Christmas sweater competition at work, this Santa Christmas sweater could be the right choice for you to take the top prize. If you’ve got a bit of the beer belly, it will look even better and more realisitic, but just in case you’re fit and lean, you could always amp up the Santa look with a fake belly or pillow stuffed in the front. This washable sweater features Santa’s body and part of his beard. Get a Santa beard and wig to channel your inner jolly old elf.
3. Faux Real Men’s Biker Ugly Christmas Sweater
You don’t have to be a big, burly guy to look like a tough biker this Christmas. The Faux Real biker ugly Christmas sweater, complete with tattoos, is bound to be the baddest sweater at your holiday party. This sweater serves up a photo-realistic design of an ugly Christmas sweater cardigan under a leather vest. The entire ensemble is covered with Christmas-themed bling, like the faux necklace proclaiming “I break cookies.” It features some awesome, authentic looking tattoo sleeves. Best thing about this ugly sweater? It’s all on a tee shirt, so you get the look of an ugly sweater, but the comfort of a T-shirt. No bulk or itch here! To add to your tacky Christmas sweater outfit, get some temporary tattoos and a showy biker necklace to wear around your neck.
Price: $22.40 (30 percent off MSRP)
4. Men’s Mele Kalikimaka Ugly Christmas Sweater
As if that darned song wasn’t hard enough to get out of your head, this ugly Christmas sweater is the gift of bad memories that keeps on giving. It will be hard for anyone to get over that coconut bra, complete with the knitted in hairy chest beneath it and the furry belly button below. Lovely tassles adorn each arm of this tacky Christmas sweater and it’s replete with a fake lei so you look like you came straight from the Islands… or not. If you’re throwing an ugly sweater party, make sure to adorn your space with some awesome ugly sweater garland and ugly sweater holiday danglers. When it’s time to vote for the best ugly sweater, (or worst, depending on your criteria) make sure to have the official ugly sweater ballot box.
Price: $23.99 (60 percent off MSRP)
5. Men’s Gonna Party Ugly Christmas Sweater
When it comes to tacky Christmas sweaters, this politically irreverent option is a great conversation or argument starter. Made of washable, 100 percent cotton jacquard, this red and green number features Jesus holding his first birthday cake and proclaiming it’s party time. To look extra awful, a Christmas green turtleneck will really pop. If this Christmas sweater isn’t quite ugly or inappropriate enough for your liking, you might prefer a different Jesus-themed sweater.
Price: $24.07 (20 percent off MSRP)
6. Yellow Snow Ugly Christmas Sweater
It’s hard to believe that Santa would do such a thing, but this ugly Christmas sweater does make one pause to think about that long night on his Christmas sleigh, and what the jolly old elf might do to relieve himself. In this instance it looks like Santa may have enjoyed one too many egg nogs and decided it was time to spread some of his Christmas cheer. This shrink free, itch-free tacky sweater is perfect for your ugly Christmas Sweater party, holiday pub crawls, or the ski cabin, and it makes a great gag gift. In perhaps an even tackier version of the Santa potty sweater, you can actually get one that lights up.
Price: $35 (46 percent off MSRP)
7. Men’s Touch My Elf Ugly Christmas Sweater
When a 90’s rock tune turns holiday sweater, things quite naturally go wrong. That’s the best way to describe this hilarious ugly Christmas sweater, with Santa reaching out to touch his grumpy elf. The double jacquard crew neck Christmas sweater is machine washable acrylic, so you can wear this tacky top until you or your friends are tired of laughing about it. This ugly sweater should win an award, so get some tiny trophies to carry around proving your ugly sweater prowess.
Price: $24.75 (29 percent off MSRP)
8. Men’s Romantic Santa Light-Up Ugly Christmas Sweater
Far from the dreams of sugar plum fairies is the vision of Santa as a pin-up model. It this semi-horrifying, ugly Christmas sweater, the old man himself is posed, reclining naked on a polar bear rug, in front of a crackling fire. It looks like he’s cracked open a beer or bottle of champagne to celebrate. Thankfully a carefully placed present in front of him conceals any other packages from view. To make this sweater even more terrifically tacky, this baby lights up with glittering LED twinklers that come on whenever you move. Looking for more Santa sweaters with the jolly old elf being a bit inappropriate? This sweater gives a whole new meaning to chestnuts roasting on an open fire. If you’re not yet undone by the thought of Santa mostly naked, check out Santa as bodybuilder on this sweater.
Price: $27.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
9. Men’s Spit Roast Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater
If you happen to be sporting this ugly Christmas sweater, be sure not to wear it around little kids. The disturbing scene of Santa barbecuing Rudolph on the spit might be too much for them to bear. This 100% cotton crew neck, has cleverly appliqued designs including Santa, his out of control sleigh, and toys and packages scattered about. Poor Rudolph’s tongue is hanging out as he cooks over the fire. This would be perfect attire for your office party or a gathering of friends to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
10. Men’s Three Clever Girls Ugly Christmas Sweater
Honestly, if you want to deliver a horrifying holiday vision, this is it. This ugly Christmas sweater combines three terrifying T-Rex as the three wisemen, and then knits up a nightmare of dinosaurs and holiday riff-raff into a multi-colored menagerie of awfulness. Totally tacky, but downright funny, this comfy cotton sweater could become a new holiday favorite for Christmas day or holiday gatherings.
Price: $23.50 (22 percent off MSRP)
11. Men’s Christmas Present Sweater
Consider giving the gift of yourself this Christmas. This ugly Christmas sweater packages you up like a giant red and green package with a huge, fancy gold bow on the front. It even comes with a holiday package tag, so you can present yourself to whomever suits your fancy. This acrylic sweater won’t itch or shrink, so you’ll get many years of great wear and laughter when you don it. If you were really funny, you could always consider wrapping up a package for your sweetheart in the very same style.
Price: $59 (9 percent off MSRP)
12. Men’s Vomiting Unicorn Light Up Ugly Christmas Sweater
Nothing conjures up those warm feelings of Christmas like a unicorn vomiting up candy canes, mints and little sparkly stars, right? Well, maybe. This ugly Christmas sweater delivers even more glam and sparkle because it lights up the tip top of the unicorn horn as well as the field of candy vomit. So clever. Knit in a classic red and green combo, this tacky topper will go perfectly with all of your most beloved holiday attire, from red pajama pants to designer jeans.
Price: $27.99 (62 percent off MSRP)
13. Snowmen Dancing Ugly Christmas Cardigan
If it was between you and Mr. Rodgers this Christmas, you’d definitely win the prize for the tackiest Christmas cardigan. This ugly Christmas sweater features an array of dancing snowmen, plaid patchwork and metallic gold stitching on the front and sleeves. The back features an entire, somewhat hideous, plaid yoke to top off two more dancing snowmen and lots and lots of snowflakes merrily swirling around them. This Christmas cardigan would look extra special with a white dress shirt and bright red plaid bow tie.
Price: $59 (9 percent off MSRP)
14. Men’s Zombie Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater
Who knew that Santa was a zombie? I guess for bad little boys and girls everywhere, zombie Santa eats their brains in lieu of leaving a load of gifts. This ugly Christmas sweater will give people chills with the desperate hands reaching up from the grave and creepy floating candy canes all over the rest. Knitted into the design, Santa appears to be snacking on some kind of goo. Is it brains or just yellow frosting? Who knows. If you’re into the zombie mystique, this is the holiday apparel choice for you.
15. Crazy Cat Man Ugly Christmas Sweater
Cute cats, mad cats and viciously mean cats decorate this awfully ugly Christmas sweater. This is the perfect way to show that you’re a sensitive kind of guy, because who else would wear a tacky sweater like this that’s adorned with red bows and bells? At minimum, you’ll make a grand entrance, wherever you go, with all that jingling of the bells. You’d look super slick sporting this with a pair of red jeans. Do you dare? If that’s too over the top, how about a red muffler?
16. Merry Christmas Bitches Ugly Christmas Sweater
This ugly Christmas sweater is a bold way to proclaim your Christmas spirit. With a predominantly black, manly design, this sweater isn’t for sissies who are afraid to say how they feel. Snowflakes intersperse with hands giving more than a thumbs up to this happy holiday season. Slip this baby on with a pair of black slacks and make a grand entrance into your corporate Christmas party. It’s sure to be a hit with the boss.
17. Holiday Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater Sweater
Let’s just start by saying that a big red Rudolph nose smack dab in the middle of your belly isn’t perhaps the most attractive look, unless of course you have super ripped abs and you’re trying to draw attention to them. Nevertheless, the giant reindeer face kind of sucks you into wanting to buy this ugly Christmas sweater, doesn’t it? Larger than life antlers straddle your shoulders and the snowy bottom makes it look like the reindeer is peeking over a snow mound trying to escape. It’s machine washable, soft and warm, and super affordable so you can splurge on this one holiday luxury for yourself. If you’d prefer an ugly sweater vest with a reindeer, this one is pretty much perfect.
18. Snowman Nose Thief Ugly Christmas Sweater
Clearly Frosty has a little smowman envy and he’s not going to take it anymore. This ugly Christmas sweater is an irreverent Christmas scene that’s turned into a scene with the theft of a single carrot. While I wouldn’t encourage the kids to build snowmen like these, you will definitely take the top prize for tacky with this one. Wear this to a party and watch people’s faces as you serve up some snowman Peeps in a cute Lenox snowman candy dish. For more bad snowman sweater humor, check out this one.
Price: $35 (46 percent off MSRP)
19. Elf Hooded Ugly Christmas Sweater
If you’re the number one Christmas elf, you want to show it. This hooded ugly Christmas sweater for men features all the necessary attribution to let people know you’re the real deal Christmas elf. This machine washable hoodie features a knitted in elfin style collar and elf ears on the hood, along with a clever pom pom detail at the top. The big black belt carefully holds a Christmas package, and the name tag makes it clear that when you’re wearing this tacky top, you’re number one.
20. Men’s Tacky Christmas Tree Sweater with Suspenders
If slightly trashy is the look you’re after this Christmas, this tacky sweater will be right up your alley. The big green Christmas tree on the front is resplendent with gold tinsel garland along with red and silver ornaments, topped off with a fat gold star. But what makes this ugly Christmas sweater a stand out from the rest, are the knitted on suspenders that don’t just adorn the front, they continue all the way down the back and also feature holiday ball decorations. Honestly, I laughed out loud over this one, and you, and your family and friends will too. Just slick back your hair for a not-so-innocent farm boy look and be sure to wear some awesome Christmas socks that show under your rolled up jeans.
Price: $59 (9 percent off MSRP)