10 Best Christmas Sweaters Reviewed in 2020
There is something very familiar about getting out your winter sweaters. The cozy and warm feeling you get when putting on a favorite sweater, it’s like a big warm hug. With Christmas coming, it’s fun to have a few Christmas-themed sweaters. It’s a great way to make people smile, it’s a great icebreaker at a Christmas party and a fun or funny sweater, just fun to wear. It’s an expression of the season and of our unique personality. From fun to funny, to sweaters that light up and some that light up our friends and family, you can’t go wrong with a Christmas sweater. We’ve put some together for the whole family to enjoy, whether it’s for a nice dinner out or the end of the year Christmas party, you are bound to find something you like.
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Super soft, comfortable sweater
Large, clear graphic print
Adorable cat design available in six different colors
Great “ugly sweater” look without the itchy material
Best Christmas Sweaters Reviewed
1. TStars Meowee Sweater
Super soft, comfortable sweater
Large, clear graphic print
Adorable cat design available in six different colors
Great “ugly sweater” look without the itchy material
Sizing runs a little large
Meowee Christmas and Happy Mew Year! Bring good tidings in the TStars Kitty Christmas Sweater line! This adorable holiday sweater affects the typography of many of the vintage “ugly sweaters” that have cycled back into being trendy. Each sweatshirt features ten total cats and two little fishies as well as trees, snowflakes, and a “Meowee Christmas” message!Read more
Available in six different colors, this Christmas sweatshirt can be a staple in just about anybody’s closet! You’ll love the cute digital graphics if you’re in the market for something approaching retro. This holiday garment is unisex so be sure to size down if you want a more fitted look.
Made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester, you’ll be warm in moderate climates but you won’t want to brave any storms without additional layers. This is perfect to wear to a holiday party where you want to stay cozy in the midst of air-conditioning.
Depending on the size you choose, the TStars Meowee Christmas Sweater varies in price. It sits right around the middle of our guide’s average, rising above it when you order sizes that requires more material.
2. Penguin Pullover
Cute, simple design
Warm and cozy
Nice fit for women and girls (as opposed to baggy unisex options)
Runs a little small for some customers
Want a cute sweater without much fuss? The DaisysBoutique Penguin Pullover is a wonderfully clean design with a few snowflakes falling down on three penguins dressed in santa hats. This acrylic sweater hints at the vintage look you might find in a thrift store but comes to you brand new. It’s comfortable, cute, and stretchy!Read more
Christmas sweaters can get pretty busy. Some people want their ugly sweaters jammed full of holiday graphics and funny quips. But if you need something a little more understated to wear out, you might like this holiday design. The cartoon penguins are give it a cute, fun touch and keep an otherwise simple design still engaging.
The acrylic material makes this a great sweater to wear indoors or on brusque nights. Just be sure to bring a coat and scarf if it looks like it will snow or temperatures are going to drop while you’re out!
This holiday sweatshirt ranges in price. The least-costly sizing sits below our median price point and the most expensive one is still settled right around the average.
3. Birthday Boy
Funny “birthday boy” Jesus design
Thick knit aesthetic
Warm cotton and acrylic material
Baggy around the midsection
If you want a hip, humorous “reason for the season” kind of sweater, this is your stop. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Company has rolled out a “Birthday Boy” sweater in an old-fashioned design, featuring Jesus himself on the front. You’ll certainly be making a statement at any holiday party you attend in this fashion-forward piece!Read more
Funny Christmas sweaters and ugly Christmas sweaters have made something of a truce. This design is the best of both worlds. It’s made from 60% cotton and 40% acrylic with a thick, knit aesthetic. The sizing is unisex so adjust accordingly for your desired fit.
Don’t head out into a snow storm in just this but maybe a nice stroll around the neighborhood (if it isn’t snowing) or a cheery holiday party provides a place to show your new ugly sweater off. It’s surprisingly warm, it just isn’t weather-proof so layer up if you live in a colder climate and intend to be outdoors for an extended period of time.
This sweater sits right around the average price of our guide. Multiple customers commented on how surprised they were by the quality considering the low price. You’ll find this style sold by a few different vendors but this is the most cost-effective seller on Amazon.
4. Shineflow Kids Rudolph Reindeer
Great price and great quality garment for children.
Natural and synthetic fibers
Very cute, will never be out of style
Perfect for the Holidays
There seemed to be some issues people had when gauging the size, but most customers loved it.
This sweater from Shineflow is really cute and perfect for a boy or girl. It’s all cotton and will fit a small child for several years. It’s perfect for school, Christmas parties, or just keeping warm. It’s great fun and your child will be comfortable and warm. Consider getting one for your child and as the perfect gift for a child on your gift list. Clothing that your child won’t be disappointed to find under the tree. It’s fun and will allow children to interact and enjoy talking about their fun sweaters. It’s so cute you will want to have your child wear it in all the Christmas photos and be sure to pull it out when you make the official Christmas picture. Cotton blend makes it safe for machine cleaning.Read more
This is a green cotton blend with crew neck, long sleeves and ribbed neckline, waist and wrists. It’s ready for Christmas, complete in a vibrant green with a reindeer wearing a scarf and the Christmas lights in his antlers. Perfect for the holidays. It features a Reindeer with some of the pieces handmade, giving it that extra special touch. Cotton blend, green and long sleeved with crew neck. Pullover and machine washable.
This sweater will keep your child warm and comfortable. Perfect for wearing over-top of a tee shirt or under a parka. Soft material will be very cozy.
This sweater is exceptional value for your child or the child on your list. Great quality and very cute, durable and will get a lot of wear out of it. It’s really cute and comfortable. If you’ve ever had to try to get a sweater on a child, then you’ll be happy to know they will want to wear this. Also, there are similar styles available, as well.
5. The Ugly Holidays Light Up
Includes four LED lights
Fun candy cane striped arms
The lights are motion-activated and they are sensitive
This fun, funky sweater features a classic Christmas tree but with a twist--it lights up! Candy cane sleeves ensure that it's extra festive. Go big or go home!Read more
This adorable Christmas sweater features a tree that actually lights up! With four LED lights woven into the design, you'll be sure to sparkle as soon as you walk through the door. It features ribbed trim at the neck, cuffs, and hemline. The candy cane sleeves are an excellent touch.
You won't want to wear this alone on a chilly night, but it's great for moderate weather or it can be paired under thicker layers if you're braving the storm this holidays season! It's made of a cotton and acrylic mix so it's comfy, looks like a good ol' fashioned chunky sweater, and still can be machine washed.
This sweater is well worth the price, especially considering it includes a lightshow!
6. Santa's Elf Costume
Very festive and fun.
Colorful, Christmas theme
Great quality fleece and printing
People have difficulty judging sizes, so adjust accordingly
Let your inner elf out with this very festive sweater by Ann Arbor. Green fleece with elf themed silk screened print. Made in Ann Arbor, these are made well and made with pride. Fun, funny and festive, there are no moving parts, just you in your elf sweater, working the room. Not too over-the-top for some people, perfect for parties, work, after work and every day. Great quality material, inks, and much care and love go into each garment. Available in five sizes. The company uses inks that are safe and high quality. Perfect for the holidays and everyday wear.Read more
It’s a crew neck with long sleeves, fleece with tapered wrists and bottom hem, featuring an elf for Christmas, with belt, candy cane and collar with bells and buttons. It’s the whole package with long sleeves, crew neck and great graphics
It’s a fleece, so soft and warm and mid-weight quality. Wear over a collared or tee shirt and fits well under your winter jacket.
Great value for this sweater. It’s all locally made and made with pride. There is no reason this sweater won’t last you for years to come. The inks used are making a massive effort to be green, which is always a good reason to support a company. Local artists, local manufacturers, and made to last.
7. Bbobibi Pet Cartoon Reindeer Dog
Super cute and Christmassy
Great value for those on a budget
Great for your own dogs and for the dogs on your gift list
Great stocking stuffer
Perfect for small to medium sized dogs
People that bought this found the sizing to be hard to gauge, so do refer to the guide on the site.
What Christmas shopping trip is complete unless we include something for our fur babies? Consider this cartoon reindeer sweater for your smaller dog. This cartoon reindeer is fabulous and super cute. If your pet likes to wear coats and sweaters, then prepare for the oohing and aahing of your friends and family. This will ensure your pet is the star of the show. We’ll just say dog, as most cats prefer their own magnificent coats. This will not fit a large dog and please refer to the guide supplied on the link for a better idea.Read more
What a cute pullover sweater with armholes, legs holes and a high neck. It’s a Christmas cartoon reindeer with the classic red and white color scheme. It features a cartoon reindeer face and looks like a candy cane, too!
It’s great for smaller dogs, particularly with short hair. They can get cold pretty quickly on their morning walk. This is nice for them even in the house if you live in a cold climate.
The price is perfect for a quality sweater your doggies will love to wear and look fantastic in.
8. Kintaz Deer Snowman
Comfortable and cozy
Variety of sizes
Great for boy and girls
Sizes seems to be rather big so keep that in mind when ordering
This is for the wee one at Christmas, perfect for your toddler. Very cute and the cotton blend material makes is soft and comfy. Perfect for the holidays and all winter long. Five different sizes, for ages one to six. There are other designs from Kintaz for more selections. Get your toddler in the Christmas mood for parties to family and friends, school parties and keeping warm on those outdoor events.Read more
This has a long sleeves, crew neck with tapered wrists and bottom hem and is available in two colors. What a cute winter theme with a Christmas reindeer and Santa! Or perhaps you’d prefer Rudolph, with his nose so bright. It features a cotton blend and breathable. Rudolph and Santa on the front with white trim at wrist and red and white trim at the bottom.
Cotton blend will keep your child warm and cozy. Perfect for overtop of a tee shirt or under their larger winter coat. Babies need some Christmas fun, too. It cotton blend, cozy and non-scratchy for the sensitive skin of toddlers and it’s meant for boys and girls.
Excellent price for a child’s sweater. Very cute and you may be able to get a few years wear out of it, depending on the size you get.
9. Ugly Fair Isle Unisex Jacquard
Beautiful for an ‘ugly’ sweater
All cotton for comfort and will breathe with you.
Will last a long time
Is perfect as a unisex sweater
Some customers felt the sizing was too hard to judge, it being unisex. However, most found it was larger than anticipated.
Awfully pretty for an ugly sweater! This long sleeved sweater for men is rather festive. This relaxed fit pullover Christmas sweater has party-ready jacquard design and a wide ribbed collar, cuffs and bottom hem. It’s a good quality sweater, the pattern is knitted, not a silkscreen. It’s well made and all cotton for comfort and last-ability. It breathes and it very comfortable, even for those extra long Christmas concerts your children are in. Perfect for the holidays, for the office party, your own party or any other social event you need to attend. It’s not blatantly Christmas, but more of a winter theme, so perfect for the entire season.Read more
This is crew neck with ribbed wrist, waistband and collar. Jacquard design and available in red and white or black and white. It’s jacquard style with tree shapes. Doesn’t just have to be for Christmas, but definitely a winter theme. Made from cotton with a lovely winter design. Light enough to wear under a parka and nice enough to wear with a collared shirt underneath.
Perfectly warm, cozy and comfortable for all weather. Wear with a collared shirt underneath or under your heavier winter coat for extra lining.
Excellent value. Perfect for any budget looking for a holiday sweater for themselves or a gift. All cotton and comfort, for easy care. It’s unisex, great price, and great quality sweater. You can’t beat all natural fiber and easy care. Inexpensive without being cheap.
10. Alistyle Fanient Funny Print
Loads of fun
Lots of choices
Great ice breaker for social functions
Priced to fit any budget
Very durable and comfortable
Some reviews mentioned the design seemed stretched or blurry. This will vary from the chosen design
This sweater is very funny and Fanient have a wide variety of choices in designs. It’s the perfect choice for the work Christmas party or just wearing during the holidays. Imagine the conversations you can start by showing up to the in-law’s holiday party wearing this hilarious sweater. Made from man-made fibers to be soft, comfortable and light and breathable. Perfect for men and women, you will be the hit at the party when you sport your fun and funny sweater. You can ‘Bah, Humbug’ Christmas and still have fun. Perfect expression for how many of us feel around the holidays.Read more
With a mix of polyester and spandex, this sweater has long sleeves, with crew neck and tapered wrists and bottom hem. It’s all prepped for Christmas and everything you want to say without actually saying it. Available with a lot of different images and colors. Let your sweater do the talking! The main feature here is the graphics. 3D graphics that won’t fade or peel, wide variety to choose from, lightweight can be worn every day. Five different sizes and varying colors.
Not really meant to be worn facing the arctic winds, this sweater will still provide warmth and comfort. Wear under your parka or over another tee shirt or blouse.
Great value for the sweater. Wear it often through the holidays and beyond. This garment will last you for years to come. Well worth the purchase, for yourself and those who love fun!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Christmas is the theme, so we picked sweaters that all have a Christmas feel to them, but not only Christmas. Many people can’t afford to buy a sweater for one or two functions, (it’s not a wedding dress!) so we tried to find some that have a wintery theme, as well, that can be used for Christmas and beyond. We did keep in kind the new craze of people who like to have ugly sweater parties and competitions. These tend to go from loud and gaudy to sweaters covered in bells, lights, and decals. We have a bit for all of that, including the kids and the pets.
These are perfect for partaking in any winter sports you or your family enjoy. Most of these choices will fit well under a parka or heavy coat and are great for wearing over top of a tee shirt or even a collared shirt, for a more dressy look.
Excellent for skiing, skating, shoveling the snow and any other outdoor activity. They are not big, bulky itchy sweaters, so they won’t bog you down when worn under another jacket. Most of these are great for wearing to work, to school, and just hanging around the house.
We get it. Christmas is expensive. People tend to overspend through the holidays. We wanted to pick sweaters that were well within almost all budgets. By choosing sweaters that are reasonably priced, they are available to everyone. You can get for yourself, your friends and family and add it to any other Christmas list you are shopping for. Make a great gift for a workmate, something you need last minute or even something as a ‘just for fun gift.
These are also a great way to keep an eye on your family when you are in a crowded venue, just look for someone wearing the sweater as you. You can get matching sweaters for groups you need to buy for on your list, where you want to keep within your budget and find something unique for them, as well.
They work as a gift for a loved one, as a gift for a co-worker or secret Santa, as many of them are unisex, so everyone can wear them. Plus, as they are good quality, you can get several months, and several years worth of wear.
Most of these garments are priced so you can get more than one. Perfect for buying multiple gifts that keep everyone happy. As most of these come with a lot of variety, you can get them in different colors and styles. We can’t all afford cashmere, so we avoided those. They don’t tend to be themed or Christmas sweaters, other than they are simply meant to keep you warm and look nice.
Other Factors to Consider
We looked for comfort. You want soft and comfortable because you don’t want to be in a hurry to take off your fabulous new fun sweater. We looked for durability, easy to clean and breathability. Synthetic fibers have come such a long way. We did try to find something for everyone. Some people prefer all natural fibers, some people prefer a blend and there are those that go for style and color over what it is made from. Hopefully, we found something to keep everyone happy.
There were no reports of anything getting caught or falling off, but you can always give it a good check over once you get, just to reassure yourself. There is one sweater we covered, with a snow globe, tinsel, bells and more. It is meant for adults and very party-centric. But the rest are both fun and durable. But as these are intended to be clothing items, just because they are designated as fun or ugly, they are still made to be worn. These are not costumes, but actual items of clothing meant to be worn repeatedly.
While some of these have added parts, like tinsel trim or antlers, they are almost all machine washable. Because life is messy, we don’t want to ruin a perfectly good sweater from spills or small accidents. We are talking parties, kids and pets, after all. Because many of them are synthetic fiber or blends of natural and synthetic, you can easily wash them in the machine. Some may require a bit extra care, with the added decorations to them, but a hand wash or dry cleaning will take care of that.
We took into consideration the material for easy cleaning and care, for comfort and breathability. We also are aware some people have allergies and aversions to certain types of fabrics, so we tried to cover the ground in all the areas.
We looked for that, mostly with children in mind. Nothing for kids to choke on, nothing that should fall off and cause injury. Some of the sweaters do have added pieces, like bells, glitter, tinsel and other items attached for a 3D look.
Many of these sweaters fall under the ‘ugly’ category. People have ugly sweater parties now. By choosing low prices and sweaters that can be worn all season, you aren’t buying a garment for one occasion. You could even use a few of these to decorate up a bit more yourself, for the ugly sweater party and still have a nice warm sweater for the rest of the winter.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are they all Christmas themes?
No. We included some that are meant for winter wear with wintery scenes. There are plenty of themed sweaters that don’t include traditional Christmas designs
q: I don’t have much to spend, what’s the best quality on a budget?
The synthetic fibers have come a long way in the last few years. The nylon, acrylic and other materials are soft, pliable, breathable and very cozy and warm.
q: How do I judge the size?
That’s a question that comes up a lot. You are better off with a sweater that is a bit too big, than a sweater that is too tight. If you are unsure, go up a half or full size, just to be safe
q: Can I get matching sweaters for the whole family?
Yes! There are plenty of options for sweaters, available in sizes from 6 months to XXL.
q: I’m allergic to wool, what if there is wool and it’s not mentioned?
It’s a good idea to avoid sweaters that don’t list their materials. Blends often include natural and synthetic fibers, but if it’s not actually listed, you shouldn’t risk it.
q: I love the ugly sweaters for our annual party but have had bad luck with the sweater falling apart. How do I find better quality and stay within my budget?
Look at the materials used, look to see where it’s made and ask yourself, if it’s really cheap, why? You can find great quality sweaters for a very reasonable price. Also, when you see someone wearing one that you like, ask them where they got it. Read reviews online and see what other people are saying.
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