It’s one of the most hallowed holiday traditions: the ugly sweater contest. An entertainment staple at seasonal soirées (especially the office party), it’s an opportunity to take yourself and your esteemed colleagues a little — or a lot — less seriously. This year, we’re getting into the spirit of the thing and embracing the appeal of the ugly Christmas sweater.
There’s already so many ridiculous ones available to shop on stores like Amazon (which currently is marking their selection down 40 percent!) Walmart, and Zappos (like this one if you really, really love cats, this one if you want a sweater with Santa flying a unicorn, and this one if you want to dress up as a giant present like the gift you are). There are even ugly Christmas sweaters for dogs — how amazing is this one – and ugly Christmas hats, if you’re feeling festive from your head to your toes. (And if you’re not an ugly sweater person but want to get into the spirit, Baublebar has a line of cheeky jewelry that gets the point across.)
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up five of the craziest (yet cute) specimens we could find, for your party pleasure, so you can finally win that ugly sweater contest. Scroll down to enjoy and happy shopping!
Best Santa’s Helper
Nobody puts this elf on a shelf!
Buy It! No Boundaries Junior’s Holiday Christmas Pullover Hoodie Sweater, $14.96; walmart.com
This size-inclusive number comes with a handy cell phone pocket on the front. And it’s nothing if not festive!
Buy It! Planet Gold Plus Size Embellished Holiday Sweater, $21.50 (orig. $54); macys.com
Best for Blending In with the Tree
Whoopi Goldberg has come up with a line of dedicated ugly sweaters for this oh-so-special time of year. Out of all her offerings, this one might take the cake.
Buy It! Whoopi Christmas Tree Skirt Sweater, $129; zappos.com
Best for Lighting Up a Room
LED lights? Check. Holiday tableaux? Check. In short, this one’s a classic.
Buy It! Ugly Christmas Sweater Patchwork Light-up Sweater, $21.99; amazon.com
Best for Couples
All ugly sweaters require a certain level of commitment. This one just takes it a step further.
Buy It! Boohoo Santa and Elf Two Person Holiday Sweater in Multi, $44; asos.com