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Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Tacky Christmas Sweaters

At Tipsy Elves, we make clothes that make you smile! Our collections of award-winning ugly Christmas sweaters, American flag clothing, Halloween costumes, and bachelor party or bachelorette party clothing are truly one of a kind. The twisted half-pints from the North Pole have done it again with our 2018 collections!

This is not your typical store. In fact, at Tipsy Elves, we strive to be different. Our funny Christmas sweaters are designed from the bottom up, mixing traditional styles with modern humor. Our slogan is “Not your momma’s Christmas sweater,” and you’ll know why when you see our collection of tacky Christmas sweaters. At TipsyElves.com, you can easily browse our full collection of ugly Christmas sweaters, graphic tees and tanks, accessories and more. Tipsy Elves prides itself on being the number one ugly Christmas sweater retailer in the country and selling more Christmas sweaters than any company out there.

Here at Tipsy Elves, we’re known from the North Pole to the South Pole for having some of the funniest holiday apparel on the market. We’re the best at helping you look your best (or worst) all through the winter season. It’s not enough to mimic the awful hand-made monstrosities created by amateur knitters. Our sweaters put all other ugly Christmas sweaters to shame - well, by being shameless. We know you’ll find a style that really jingles your bells.

How did this whole ugly Christmas sweater trend get started? It all began in the eighties—a decade when many fashion disasters were born. It was a time of neon colors, parachute pants, cutesy Fair Isle sweaters, and far too much hairspray. Against this backdrop of hideous apparel, festive holiday sweaters in garish hues with excessive embellishment hardly raised an eyebrow. There were some TV show and movie characters who wore tacky sweaters that were a bit over the top. But it took a couple of decades before the ugly Christmas sweater concept faded to an object of nostalgia, primed for reincarnation as a tongue-in-cheek trend.

In the early 2000s, a couple of Canadian blokes revived the ugly Christmas sweater as a fashion statement in its own right. They even organized an entire party around the concept. The initial intent was to simply gather with a few friends and enjoy some eggnog and relaxed merrymaking. Yet today, this event has swollen to oversized proportions, with more than 1000 attendees gathering annually in the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. While Canada may have gotten its mittens on the idea first, the ugly Christmas sweater party soon caught on from the U.S. to the U.K.

Why has this type of party become so popular? It’s an invitation to let loose and forget about keeping up appearances. Requiring a dress code of ugly Christmas sweaters ensures that only guests with a reasonably good sense of humor will show up to party. Anyone who won’t play along is not cool enough for Christmas. Having everyone look ridiculous also levels the playing field for the socially awkward. When everyone dresses like a tasteless loser, there’s nothing left to lose (since one’s dignity has already gone out the window). Of course, that doesn’t put an end to one-upmanship. Attendees still attempt to outdo one another in finding the most outrageously ugly Christmas sweater to wear. Having people avert their eyes in horror is considered a badge of honor, and winning the ugly Christmas sweater contest is the highlight of the evening.

Inviting people to wear an ugly Christmas sweater also leaves a lot of room for interpretation and creativity. What one person might find unacceptably hideous, another might find only mildly atrocious. Hunting for and purchasing just the right sweater increases pre-party anticipation, and the designs make great conversation starters. Talking about the merits of a tasteless Santa sweater vs. a graphically shocking gnome sweater is much more entertaining that chatting about the weather.

When ugly Christmas sweater parties first started out more than a decade ago, no one realized that these events would become the huge hit they are today. Most people thought the fad would melt away like an icicle in the sun. The Tipsy Elves knew better. That’s why we’ve been coming up with hundreds of different designs and selecting the very cream of the crop to appear in our exclusive tacky Christmas sweater collection for your enjoyment. 

Our designs range from family-friendly ugly Christmas sweaters to adult-themed inappropriate Christmas sweaters. Be sure to look twice, because what might appear to be a classic Fair Isle reindeer pattern could actually be rated I for Inappropriate. Plenty of time-honored holiday characters also make an appearance on our sweaters, from Santa Claus (in a number of hilariously distressing situations) to snowmen sporting an extra carrot. Other completely off-the-wall figures include an amorous Yeti, a highly charged cat, and a T-rex going on a wrapping paper ripping spree. There are even classic Santa and Elf sweaters if you want to dress up like the Tipsy Elves crew. Of course, we’ve also got a Hanukkah sweater to round out the winter season.

Grab the eye-wash, because things are about to get even better. Ugly Christmas sweaters are just half the picture. You can also find holiday-themed Christmas leggings for women and “Swants” (sweater pants) for men. For our fully committed customers, there are even Christmas jumpsuits that zip up like oversized kid’s pajamas. Now that you know about this awesome piece of apparel, we know you’ll want one! You can also accessorize any outfit with Tipsy Elves beanies, scarves, Christmas hats, ties, and socks—all with eyebrow-raising themes and humorous ornamentation.

Everyone in the family should be able to dress up in ugly Christmas sweaters to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Our sizes run from XXS to XXL across a wide variety of designs. There are pint-sized sweaters for the kiddos and even select styles for your pooch. It warms our hearts to know that there truly is an ugly Christmas sweater for each of our customers.

The spirit of giving goes hand-in-hand with good humor here at the North Pole. Tipsy Elves is privileged to donate warm, functional sweaters to kids in need with our Sweaters 4 Sweaters campaign. Don’t worry, the sweaters we give kids aren’t from our “naughty” collection. We’re not that tipsy. You can find out more about how your ugly Christmas sweater purchases help support charitable efforts on our Charity page.

That’s our motto here at Tipsy Elves. We know Christmas is a hectic time of year. You might find yourself scrambling to get your hands on a tacky Christmas sweater at the last minute so you have something to wear for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (www.nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org). Don’t risk getting trampled at the mall or searching in vain at thrift stores that have long since had their shelves swept clean of old sweaters. We offer express shipping and even overnight options to get you the sweater or Hawaiian Shirt you need right when you need it.

Each Tipsy Elves sweater is quality tested to ensure the best experience possible for our customers. We pride ourselves on customer service, and our customer service agents (or “Elves”) are on standby waiting for your call, email or chat. Our call center even stays open for extended hours during the holiday season for your convenience. 

Lastly, you can confidently shop on our website because we are McAfee Secured, Norton Secured, and have an A+ rating with the BBB. We also accept all major credit cards on all of your purchases for your convenience. We take this job very seriously and are intent on making the world a better place, one ugly Christmas sweater at a time.