Wondering when National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is this year? Well, it is celebrated on the third Friday of December each year. So, for 2021, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is December 17th and for 2022 National Ugly Sweater Day is December 16th.
I’m updating this post to give you plenty of time to shop.
This blog post on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day ideas is all about where you can go for a National Ugly Christmas Sweater. I’ve included brick-and-mortar stores as well as online places.
Where to buy an ugly sweater
If you’re wondering where you can go to buy something for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, you’ve got a few options. First, you can check out thrift stores. For example, the Goodwill stores near me always have ugly Christmas sweater displays out in December.
Second, you can look in national retailers like Target. And finally, you can shop online with Amazon and Etsy, among other online retailers. In fact, Amazon has a Tipsy Elves shop devoted entirely to ugly Christmas sweaters.
Thrift stores and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on ugly sweater parties said that most Goodwill stores and Salvation Army locations plan in advance for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Just like people turn to thrift stores for cheap Halloween costumes, many are heading to thrift stores to find ugly sweaters at the holidays.
If you decide to go the thrift store route, look for special displays in store. As I mentioned above, my local Goodwills always have an ugly holiday sweaters display at the front of the store.
Finally, if you decide to dress your dog or cat in an ugly sweater for your holiday card, here are some tips for taking great pictures of your pets.
National retailers selling ugly Christmas sweaters
National Ugly Christsmas Sweater Day has become such a phenomenon that many national retailers offer their own version of ugly Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters.
Target and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
One such retailer that’s jumped on the National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is Target.
Right now Target is offering ugly holiday sweaters for men, women, kids and toddlers. In my opinion, not all of these sweaters are actually ugly. Some of them are pretty cute–especially the ones for little kids.
I love Target Drive Up. It’s one of the ways I’ve been getting my groceries this year. And it’s how we did our Black Friday shopping this year. (Yeah, Smart TV!)
You can use Target Drive Up or buy online, pickup in store to get your ugly Christmas sweaters, or anything else on your Target list.
Walmart and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
While perusing the Walmart website, I saw plenty of ugly Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts. I also saw ugly Chanukah sweaters. And I saw some sweaters and sweatshirts that I thought were actually pretty adorable.
I’ve gathered my favorites below. Also, Walmart is another national retailer offering you the option to buy online but then pick up in store. I love this convenience!
Other ideas for shopping for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
If you just haven’t had any luck finding the perfect ugly Christmas or Chanukah sweater in the stores, here are a few more ideas to consider.
Borrow one from a sartorial-challenged relative
I’m sure we all have at least one sartorial-challenged relative (likely of the older generation). You know, the ones who revels in wearing holiday-themed sweaters and sweatshirts at a certain time of the year. Use them as a resource.
When my high school aged daughters were in a pinch for an ugly sweater holiday party, they usually asked their grandmother or great aunt if they could borrow one of their Christmas sweaters. Of course, they told a white lie and said they were attending a Christmas sweater party. It was wise of them to leave the ugly part out and not mention that they needed it for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day or for a ugly sweater holiday party.
Buy one on clearance at after-Christmas sales
Let’s be honest: come December 26th, everything Christmas is going to be marked down in the stores and online. That would be a great time to shop for next year’s ugly holiday sweater for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
How to wear an ugly Christmas sweater
If you’re wondering how to wear an ugly Christmas sweater, you can go completely over the top or you can keep it simple. What do I mean by over the top?
Well, in addition to wearing your ugly Christmas (or Chanukah) sweater, you can put on a Santa hat, pull on red leggings and throw some elf shoes on your feet. That would totally be over the top.
As far as keeping it simple, you can let your ugly sweater be the star of the show. So that means wearing neutral or dark colored pants with the sweater and minimizing your accessories.
What about ugly Hanukkah sweaters
Of course, there are plenty of ugly Hanukkah sweaters these days. Why should the ugly Christmas sweaters have all the fun?
There are so many ways to make or to get an ugly Hanukkah sweater. I’ve seen DIY ugly Hanukkah sweater kits on Amazon.com.
These kits are basically Chanukah-themed patches and pins that you stick on any sweater and, voila, ugly Hanukkah sweater. You don’t have to sew or iron on these patches, which makes it a great last minute option for your ugly sweater party.
Etsy and Amazon both sell a ton of ugly Hanukkah sweaters. They are actually funny ugly Hanuakkah sweaters in many instances.
Unfortunately, in 2021, Chanukah is way earlier than Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Therefore, your opportunity to wear an ugly Hanukkah sweaters may have come and gone. But why not get ahead of your shopping for next year, with some of my ideas, below.
Finally, enjoy these cool Hanukkah present ideas for pet lovers.