A Guaranteed Way to Win Any Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest ...


The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest isn't new but it's been gaining in popularity the last few years. You know at least one person who attends one every year – or maybe it's you! The theme is so popular that it even invaded Shark Tank, which introduced the world to Tipsy Elves. If you saw the recent update, you know they're doing well – and if you think they can help you win that ugly sweater award, you're right. Just pick one or more (but probably not all) of the following:

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Traumatize Everyone

Traumatize Everyone Frosty is dead. This is the most traumatizing Christmas sweater I've ever seen. Look at his eyes! If this doesn't get you first place, you'll at least leave everyone at the party really depressed.


Tap into Nostalgia

Tap into Nostalgia On the other hand, you could play dirty and pull the nostalgia card. Who can resist Rudolph around the holidays? It may look a little stylish but it definitely qualifies as an ugly sweater. Those buck teeth, man.

Frequently asked questions

To win, make your sweater super unique with lots of decorations, use funny or unexpected elements, and make sure it stands out in a crowd.

Absolutely! Handmade sweaters with personal touches can be even more impressive and increase your chances of winning.

An 'ugly' sweater is usually one with overly loud, clashing colors, busy patterns, and tacky holiday decorations that are often excessive.

Very important! The more creative and original your sweater is, the better chance you'll have at catching the judges' attention and winning.

Look at past winners, browse thrift stores, or search online for wacky and outrageous Christmas sweater designs to spark your creativity.


Wear Something Completely Inappropriate

Wear Something Completely Inappropriate If traumatizing the entire guest list isn't enough, horrify them with something inappropriate! Grandma certainly did get run over by a reindeer, and he didn't even pause. I have to tell you, however, that this is not as inappropriate as the Tipsy Elves get. There are some R-rated sweaters featuring reindeer in compromising situations, filthy snowmen, and a really rather pervy Nutcracker.



Cats Cats trump everything. Also, Grumpy Cat can share your emotions much more succinctly than you can:

“Happy holi--”



Look like You Raided Grandma's Closet

Look like You Raided Grandma's Closet Cardigans deserve their own spot in the lineup of ugly Christmas sweaters. It has to be a specific style to qualify but if it looks like something your grandma or Mr. Rogers would wear, you're good. Bonus points for the gingerbread man massacre going on there.


Pick Anything with Tinsel

Pick Anything with Tinsel If you wear tinsel, you're on top of your game. The more, the better – or the uglier, as the case may be. But bless your heart, won't you be festive!



This Ugly holiday sweaters are awesome, but everybody knows the accessories make the outfit. They can also break the outfit. This hat will break your outfit.

Wear any of these items and you're guaranteed to win. The good news is that there are matching sweaters for men, so you can even enter the couples contest! Tag your partner – and if you choose one of those awesomely inappropriate sweaters, remember one thing: pics or it didn't happen.

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