11 Ugly Christmas Sweaters That’ll Steal the Show at Any Holiday Party This Year

Star Wars / Blizzard Bay
Star Wars / Blizzard Bay

Ugly Christmas sweaters have proven themselves to be much more than a passing fad, and the digital marketplace is teeming with every variation imaginable. And it's not limited to just holiday-themed designs, either. Now, you're just as likely to find a gaudy Santa sweater as you are a Darth Vader or Harry Potter one.

With office parties and family gatherings littering the calendar this December, be sure to wear your holiday spirit quite literally on your sleeve with one of these flashy, festive, not-so-ugly Christmas sweaters.

1. Star Wars Ugly Christmas Sweater; $29

star wars ugly christmas sweater
Star Wars/Amazon

Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is premiering just days before Christmas this year, it’s only fitting that you would don your best intergalactic duds to celebrate. This one features AT-AT walkers, lightsabers, TIE fighters, Stormtroopers, and Darth Vader himself, set against a snowy backdrop worthy of Hoth.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Krampus Ugly Christmas Sweater; $50-$55

krampus ugly christmas sweater
Ripple Junction/Amazon

Is jolly old St. Nick a little too jolly for you? Then embrace your inner villain this year in a Krampus sweater. But did you know that despite being a monster, Krampus still hangs out with Santa Claus? Be sure to learn a few more facts about the classic Central European Christmas demon before you head to your holiday party.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley Initialed Christmas Sweaters; $40

harry potter and ron weasley initialed christmas sweaters
Tees and Tank You/Amazon

Any Potterhead will instantly recognize the initialed sweaters that Mrs. Weasley hand-knits for her loved ones each year. Now you can unwrap your gifts this Christmas morning while clad in a cozy fleece version of Harry’s, while your partner dons Ron’s maroon one.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Llama Ugly Christmas Sweater; $30

llama ugly christmas sweater
33 Degrees/Target

If this hotel’s holiday llama visits are any indication, they're better at spreading Christmas cheer than you might’ve thought. This pull-over sweater's festive llama features a pocket that’s perfect for holding a small present or a can of spiked cider.

Buy It: Target

5. The Office Ugly Christmas Sweater; $58

The Office Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Tipsy Elves

Have an Office superfan on your gift list this year? Tipsy Elves has a whole line of new ugly Christmas sweaters dedicated to the quirky denizens of Dunder Mifflin, but this one of Michael lands right at the top of the list. Here are 12 other gift ideas any Office fan will definitely love.

Buy It: Tipsy Elves

6. Light-Up Cactus Ugly Christmas Sweater; $35

cactus ugly christmas sweater
Blizzard Bay/Amazon

This adorable cactus sweater is a great way to show people that giant, evergreen conifers aren’t the only plants that look good in lights—and these bulbs actually work, too, so you can be extra festive.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Abbey Road Ugly Christmas Sweater; $40

abbey road ugly christmas sweater
Walmart

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr somehow still look like the portrait of rock ‘n’ roll, even when dressed as pointy-toed, pointy-eared elves. Fuse your passion for both Christmas and the Beatles with this hilarious reimagining of the Abbey Road album cover.

Buy It: Walmart

8. Unicorn Ugly Christmas Sweater; $30-39

unicorn ugly christmas sweater
Blizzard Bay/Amazon

Looking for a way to stand out in a sea of red and green at your office Christmas party? The rainbow-maned unicorn on this mostly pink and teal cotton sweater can definitely help you out. So go out there and be as bold and majestic as you want to be this year.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Menorasaurus Ugly Hanukkah Sweater; $33

menorasaurus hanukkah christmas sweater
TJS/Amazon

Forget Ross’s holiday armadillo from Friends—this bright blue, candle-bearing Stegosaurus look-alike is a quirky reminder that menorahs are every bit as festive as Christmas trees. You can also buy this sweater in two different shades of blue or gray.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Gaudy Garland Ugly Christmas Sweater; $65

garland and bauble ugly christmas sweater
Tipsy Elves/Amazon

Speaking of Christmas trees, steal the show from the prop one at the party venue by dressing as a walking, talking, tinsel-y evergreen in this oh-so-jolly holiday sweater. And when the party is over, you can even put this festive pull-over in the washing machine.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater; $30-$39

cat ugly christmas sweater
Blizzard Bay/Amazon

The cat on this sweater might be thrilled about wearing a button-up cardigan and plaid bow tie this holiday season, but we can’t promise your actual cat will feel the same way.

Buy It: Amazon

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Wayfair Is Offering Up to 75 Percent Off on Furniture, Rugs, and Pet Essentials Through Tuesday

Wayfair
Wayfair

If you’re looking to upgrade your home furniture in the new year, turn to Wayfair. From orthopedic dog beds to convertible couches to luxuriously soft bedding, the online retailer has just about anything you can imagine to spice up your home décor. And through Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. EST, shoppers can save up to 75 percent on hundreds of items. Check out some of our favorite deals below.

Living Room Furniture

- Corwin Twin Convertible Sofa $134 (Save $16)
- Swiger Sleeper $481 (Save $57)
- Spraggins Armchair $195 (Save $135)
- Oday Wingback Chair $297 (Save $72)
- Luper Tufted Storage Ottoman $127 (Save $212)
- Tannis Futon Chair $183 (Save $11)

Pet Essentials

- Ginny Pet Crate $88 (Save $83)
- 72-Inch Mya Cat Tree $64 (Save $165)
- Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Dog Sofa $22 (Save $28)
- Cathey Wooden Litter Box Cabinet $142 (Save $9)
- Ian Double Bowl Elevated Feeder $82 (Save $50)
- Boris Ultra Plush Cooling Gel Foam Pillow $23 (Save $27)

Dining Room Furniture

A Wayfair stool
Wayfair

- Marni Bar & Counter Stool $54 (Save $9)
- Boyes Dining Table $187 (Save $13)
- Chelsey Four-Piece Solid Wood Dining Set $256 (Save $256)
- Eaman Dining Table $215 (Save $45)
- Abbey Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table $847 (Save $910)
- Abbey Solid Wood Dining Table $727 (Save $744)

Extra Storage

- Petrone Combo Laundry Center $42 (Save $51)
- Cubeicals Shoe Storage Bench $69 (Save $17)
- Caryl Overdoor Six-Shelf Cabinet Door Organizer $35 (Save $17)
- Arapahoe 24-Inch-By-32-Inch Cabinet $102 (Save $83)
- Wicker Oval Double Laundry Hamper $60 (Save $10)

Bedroom Furniture

-Geraldine 4 Drawer Chest $195 (Save $15)
-Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard $75 (Save $64)
- Eichhorn Platform Bed $102 (Save $150)
- Kemmerer Vanity Set with Mirror $206 (Save $303)
- Rossford 6 Drawer Double Dresser $263 (Save $42)
- Amher Adjustable Bed Base $271 ( Save $129)

Rugs

Wayfair flower rug
Wayfair

- Brandt Blue Area Rug $26 (Save $52)
- Abstract Multicolor Area Rug $25 (Save $73)
- Shiflett Flatweave Dark Gray Area Rug $31 (Save $29)
- Meador Hand-Braided Natural Area Rug $38 (Save $40)
- Geometric Gray/Ivory Area Rug $34 (Save $25)

Bedding

- Adena Ultra Soft Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set $33 (Save $97)
- Eldon Solid Color Sheet Set $25 (Save $35)
- Kiril Duvet Cover Set $25 (Save $75)
- Arrington Ruffle Skirt Bedspread Set $61 (Save $89)

Outdoor Décor

- Marquis Vertical Hello Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $14 (Save $10)
- Arden Welcome Paw 36-Inch-By-24-Inch Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $33 (Save $10)
- Midori Planter Box $73 (Save $37)

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These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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