On National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Brian Miller, Owner and Co-Founder of www.UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com joined the hosts of Fox News Fox and Friends to discuss the latest trends with Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Parties, Pub Crawls and of course those amazing Funky Christmas Sweaters and Christmas Suits!
Special thank you to everyone that tuned in and contacted Team Ugly to buy the hottest trend in the world of UGLY!
See Kate McKinnon and All of Her Ugly Sweater Glory as Mary Winetoss in Office Christmas Party
We may have found our "un-officially official" Spokewoman for The Ugly Christmas Sweater Scene - Meet Mary Winetoss, played by Kate McKinnon in Office Christmas Party.
We are so pumped for everyone to watch this film and add it to your standard December Holiday Movie Playlist. Watch the official preview here and go SEE IT in THEATERS this Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
As in: How many can you run? December is prime time for Arizona pavement hounds, with 5K, 10K and long-distance races almost every day of the month. Here are our picks in several categories:
Fun Run AZ Santa Run 2016 on December 10 Dress up like Santa and run/walk the 5K course or 1-mile fun run through Victory Lane Sports Park in Glendale. The $65 registration fee ($35 for children 12 and younger) includes a swag bag with a complete Santa suit. Proceeds benefit Arizona Knowledge, Empowerment and Advocacy Group, a nonprofit founded to help the parents of special-needs kids navigate state support programs. azsantarun.org
5K Angels on Patrol on December 3 Proceeds from this 5K run/walk in Tempe benefit the namesake organization, which provides food, shelter, clothing and other assistance to needy families referred to them by Valley police officers. $30 registration. runyourraceaz.com
10K Hope Conquers All on December 3 Kick off the December race season with this 5K/10K race at Arizona Falls in the Arcadia area of east Phoenix. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $45 for the 10K; $25 for the 5K. startlineracing.com
Long Distance McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs on December 3 The Valley race season is replete with marathon and half-marathon road races. For something unique, sign up for a trail race at McDowell Mountain, staged at distances ranging from 5 to 50 miles. Includes a charity beer garden programmed by the Valley’s Huss Brewing Co. aravaiparunning.com
Wild Card Midnight Madness Run on December 31 Want to brag that you did the Valley’s first 5K of 2017? Getting blasted on rum and Cokes at your neighbor’s block party holds little appeal? Ring in 2017 on your Nikes with the 27th running of this midnight race series, with one race before New Year’s and one after, and a sparkling cider toast in between. Starts at Rose Mofford Park in west Phoenix. startlineracing.com
So you've worn your best Christmas sweater to the office party, the family get together, the pub crawl, yet still you want more? If you're looking for another place to wear your most gaudy holiday tacky sweater, here's an idea - Ugly Sweater 5K! Nearly every major city and town will host one in 2016, and to get your started, here's a list of some of the big events! And Where to Buy Ugly Sweaters
WHEN did it first start, the moment when the holiday sweater morphed from seasonal horror to cultural touchstone, an article of outrageously bad knitwear as popular among Williamsburg beard farmers as the Metamucil set?
Was it when the Mistletoe Conspiracy caroled about the in a YouTube video? (“It’s ugly and it’s itchy, it’s frightening to children, Andy Williams wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.”) Was it when Ugly Sweater 5K runs became regular events, like those this fall in cities like Memphis, Chicago and Denver?
Was it when PBS began rebroadcasting the Andy Williams Christmas specials, showcasing the singer of “Moon River” and his weakness for knitwear with snowflake motifs? Was it when the multibillion-dollar Urban Outfitters got into the act, selling their own newly manufactured line of Ugly Christmas sweaters and a hardcover compendium of the worst of the worst, “Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater”?“There’s certainly a hipster trend contributing to it,” said Fred Hajjar, president of TV Store Online and UglyChristmasSweater. “The tackier the better, the more lights and bells and overall ugliness. You see celebrities like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Cee Lo Green caught in ugly Christmas sweaters, and it’s almost like, ‘Oh, no they didn’t.’ ”
Yes, they did.
Five years ago, a stay-at-home mom from a Vermont ski town decided to put her prehistoric computer-science degree to use, gaming Google trending algorithms to start a business.
“I was looking for something to sell on eBay to put my kids through college,” said Ann Marie Blackman, the owner of MyUglyChristmasSweater. “I did research on what was trending. Ugly Christmas sweaters were it.”
The first big hit from Ms. Blackman’s start-up was a sweater she created from mats sewed together and adorned with stitched-on plastic Christmas trees lighted from behind by winking bulbs.
“I sold a lot of them,” said Ms. Blackman, whose company now features multiple styles, many showcased in a new book, “Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater,” which she wrote with Brian Clark Howard.
The trend Ms. Blackman tapped into inspired a kind of ugly-sweater gold rush. Now, on e-commerce sites like Skedouche, UglyChristmasSweater, MyUglyChristmasSweater, ButtUglySweaters and Tipsy Elves, consumers can choose from motifs as tame as candy canes, birds in berry branches, mistletoe and happy kittens to raunchier themes like overexcited snowmen and randy reindeer threesomes.
“It isn’t your Christmas sweater from days gone by,” Ms. Blackman said.
Proof of that could be found in the sweaters by Ms. Blackman and others seen in an ugly-sweater fashion show on “The Ellen Show” last week. When the sweaters were admired by that morning’s guest, Christina Aguilera, a self-proclaimed “Christmas freak,” Ms. DeGeneres presented her with the wackiest one, a woolly mess with three-dimensional corkscrew pasties that terminated in a furry Santa face.
When Stacie Laufenburger, a demand planner for Moët Hennessy, began hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater parties three years ago, it was as an ironic tribute to the holiday sweaters she had received as a girl growing up in the Midwest.
“It was always your grandmother or aunt who gave you that crazy sweater that you looked at and you were like ... really?” Ms. Laufenburger said.
“You never got a receipt and anyway they were holiday based, so you couldn’t take them back,” she said. The challenge is much greater now to unearth the innocently kitschy sweaters of Ms. Laufenburger’s girlhood. Hipster pickers have scoured the thrift shops for the best of the worst and posted it all on eBay. Mainstream manufacturers like Coldwater Creek, Talbots, Quacker Factory and Berek long ago abandoned demented-elf clichés.
“We don’t do sweaters that have cats and Christmas trees,” said Jerome Jessup, chief creative officer of Coldwater Creek, where holiday sweaters account for a fraction of annual sales exceeding $1 billion. “We had some of that in our past, but we work diligently to create relevant holiday sweaters for the customer who’s 50, and that’s now how the 50-year-old wants to be presented today.”
Yet for Ms. Laufenburger, 36, a tasteful Nordic cable-knit sweater in a rich holiday color doesn’t stand a chance when pitted against a knitted red cardigan covered with giant, sequin embroidered felt teddy bears. She wore that one last week to the Ugly Christmas Sweater party and pub crawl.
Her husband’s sweater was, she said, even more “heinous,” a black knit embroidered with a bronze, green and silver gift package and a plump teddy bear.
“It had the same teddy bear embroidered on the back, but it was the bear’s backside,” she said. “It actually came like that.”
As with seasonal events like Santacon, the multicity gathering and pub crawl in which people dress up in Santa costumes, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties develop stealthily, virally and mainly on the Web. “If you look online, the parties are everywhere,”’ said Mr. Hajjar of UglyChristmasSweater. “Once that started to come in, everyone wanted to one-up and it got harder and harder to find a real ’80s or ’90s look that’s over-the-top.”
Over the top is the baseline of designs from Mr. Hajjar’s company, whose best seller this season is a cardigan vest covered with light-up wreaths.
At the San Diego-based Tipsy Elves, the sweater of the season features a pair of what, for the sake of politeness, we’ll call amorous reindeer. “Two things people are going to try to do is to go extremely tacky or very funny,” in designing ugly Christmas sweaters, said Evan Mendelsohn, a founder of Tipsy Elves. “We’re more funny than tacky.”
Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Mendelsohn quit his job last year to found Tipsy Elves with Nick Morton, a college friend who helped raise a modest grubstake for a Christmas sweater company with no distribution network and no design staff. In its first season Tipsy Elves sold over 1,000 sweaters. It has already sold 14,000 this season and is nearing $1 million in sales, Mr. Mendelsohn said.
“Our best sellers are the racier ones,” he added, citing the design featuring two reindeer with one back. A bucktoothed parody of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is also a big seller as is a sweater depicting yellow snow.
“Christmas, in some senses, is so serious, and for the younger generation, it’s a chance to make light of it and lessen the heaviness of it as a religious holiday,” Mr. Mendelsohn said. “For a little older age group, it’s probably the one appropriate time to dress up in costume that isn’t Halloween.”
That was probably true, even in the days of Andy Williams’s Christmas specials, where not only the crooner but his pretty wife, Claudine Longet, and his guest stars wore clothes that drove home the seasonal thematic with angora snowmen, zigzag tree shapes and sequined Christmas ornaments.
For Stephen Skalocky, 28, a Manhattan art director, the big surprise when he first began holding Ugly Christmas Sweater parties five years back came when he saw how eager ordinarily blasé New Yorkers were to get in on the theme. “People who you would never expect to get on board for a themed party usually do,” he said.
Despite wet weather this year, Mr. Skalocky’s party and pub crawl, held the first weekend in December, drew 40 or so friends dressed in poinsettia-covered pullovers, holly sprigged cardigans or twin-sets ornamented with macramé Christmas trees.
The lucky ones were able to borrow the real stuff from mothers or grandmothers. The rest were forced to rely on various Web sites as well as eBay, where vintage holiday sweaters can be had, though at prices destined to give Aunt Mabel pause.
“Kmart has a pretty good line that definitely fits under the category of ugly Christmas sweater,” said Mr. Skalocky, who once donated one of his mother’s ugly Christmas sweaters to a thrift shop, only to buy the same one back two years later from the same store.
“The year my sweater was pretty simple, candy canes and snowmen,” he said. His girlfriend’s sweater, borrowed from grandmother’s closet, featured a drummer boy edged with holly garlands, berries and bells. It was, Mr. Skalocky pointed out, a beauty. “Real classic, cheesy holiday imagery.”
When we launched www.UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com back in the mid 2000's there was no competition and the suggestion that there could ever be competitors in the Ugly Sweater business was almost as laughable as the sweaters themselves, but here we are 10 years later and EVERYONE, officially EVERYONE has an ugly sweater business.
We welcome Whoopi Goldberg into the holiday madness of tacky and over the top. Her designs are pretty funny and she insists they not be called "ugly" but rather, "Christmas sweaters with a twist" ...fair enough Ms. Whoopi, good luck!
The sweaters will be available at Lord & Taylor for $139.00
Lisa Lockwood recently spoke with Whoopi about the trend.
“I love the season, I love the holidays. Holidays have always been very important to me and they were important to me as a kid, and I honor them,” said Goldberg, dressed in her signature white shirt and a light blue denim jacket.
Asked how she came up with the witty designs, she said, “I have a lot of oddness in my brain, and so, this is the kind of stuff that I think about on a daily basis and happily, it all worked out. They’re fun and they’re sweet and they’re not nasty and they’re not mean. They’re very loving. And if you’re going to do something for the holidays, why not something positive?”
The collection is designed “for men and women, like myself,” she said, adding she didn’t design a kids’ line “but if it goes as well as we think it will, we’ll have fun, holiday ‘ugly’ sweaters for kids” next year.
Over the years, Goldberg said she has worn the oddest and weirdest sweaters and “the more bells and whistles” the better. She didn’t do “too many bells and whistles” on her own line because it’s expensive to do but there are some that light up and have bells.
In recent years, Goldberg said she’s been disappointed with the Christmas sweaters she had been wearing. “The quality of the Christmas sweaters has gone down for me. They’re not as comfortable and they don’t feel as good,” she said. “If we’re going to do it, we wanted to do them really well. They’re cashmere blends and they’re really soft,” she said.
Wassner introduced Goldberg to the artist and knitwear specialist and she explained her vision to them. “I wanted to make something I would wear,” she said. “Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re poignant and sometimes they’re silly as hell. I feel like it’s a no-brainer for you, and is just fun. People will be more inclined to wear them and put their politics aside.”
Team Ugly and www.UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com Owner and Co-Founder visited with the Fox News Fox and Friends News Anchors to discuss the latest trends in vintage and new ugly Christmas sweaters, including the officially licensed NFL team themed tacky holiday garb. Tucker Carlson sported the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clayton Morris rocked a New England Patriots sweater and Anna Kooiman went the vintage route with our favorite "Ryan Treecrest" ugly sweater. Enjoy the clip!
We are so excited to officially announce the launch of "Ugly Sweater Swap".
Sign up to be the first members of this amazingly ugly and fun club! The idea is simple: Everyone loves their new and vintage ugly holiday sweaters, but let's face it, sometimes you don't want to wear the same sweater year after year, or to multiple parties each season.
There's a solution! Ugly Sweater Swap allows you to trade or sell your sweater with somebody that's also willing to part ways (trade) or purchase your gently worn sweater.
Sign up today and we'll contact you when we're ready to launch in 2016!
There's so much good that comes from these ugly combinations of wool, synthetic acrylic cotton, and so much more. Happy to see these sweater parties benefiting a family in need in the Kansas City area. Great work by the crew over at www.KCSweaterParty.com
Request uberSWEATERS Between 11am and 2pm to Receive a Free Ugly Christmas Sweater and Uber Donate One on Your Behalf!
Get ready for your next holiday party and request a free sweater! In the spirit of giving, for every sweater that’s delivered, we’ll also donate a sweater to the Salvation Army to help those in need this winter.
HOW IT WORKS:
Open your app today between 11am and 2pm
Slide to SWEATERS at the bottom of your screen
Request a free Christmas sweater and Uber will deliver one to your pickup location*
For every sweater requested, one will be donated to a local Salvation Army homeless shelter
*When you request uberSWEATERS, you will not be charged a fare. Please note thatdemand will be high and availability is limited. Only one sweater per request.
To make an additional donation to the Salvation Army, click here.
The good folks over at Fast Company have some advice of what NOT to do at this year's company holiday party. Take notes. In other words, just wear your ugly sweater - show off some photos of the kids/pets, talk about food/travel, not politics or religion, and take the heavy drinking to the after party pub down the street!
Back by popular demand, the Black Friday "Fill Up on Us" promotion is live!
It's really simple - open the image below (bar code) and hold it up to pay at Starbucks today.
Take a break from all of the hectic shopping, and enjoy a Starbucks treat on us. In the past, some of our generous friends and customers have even added a few dollars to the card, which really kicks off the Season of Giving - so it's up to you! Have a great day and remember what this season is all about.
Team Ugly is over the top excited to partner with Fiverr this holiday in an effort to put your beautiful face and your way ugly sweater on this Times Square Billboard!
It’s that time of year again – Ugly Holiday Sweater time! It’s well known how popular these festive fashion statements have become. So, we decided to turn the craze into a global online party!
The only real downside to ugly sweaters? The itchiness. But we’ve come up with a solution – an online #SweaterParty.
Illustration is one our biggest sub-categories on Fiverr, and we’ve hand-picked dozens of sellers from around the world to create custom Holiday Sweater Cartoons for your friends, family, and of course – yourself. This campaign also highlights some of the incredibly creative people here on Fiverr – just a taste of the enormous talent found on our marketplace.
Perhaps the coolest part is that starting next week, we’ll showcase our favorites on a digital billboard in the heart of New York City – Times Square!
This is a fun and global experience that anyone can participate in, and each cartoon is as unique as you are. There’s enough drama around the holidays, and #SweaterParty offers a simple way to share the joy.
Joining Fiverr’s #SweaterParty is simple: 1) Visit fiverr.com/sweaterparty 2) Select your style and purchase 3) Share your image on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SweaterParty and YOU could be featured on our Times Square billboard!
We’ll also be displaying the images on a dynamic gallery here, so be sure to check that out, too!
To help get you in the mood, have a look at the merry samples below:
Like what you see? Then get in on the fun and join the #SweaterParty now!
- See more at: http://blog.fiverr.com/join-the-sweaterparty-and-be-featured-in-times-square/#sthash.VXueWXgD.dpuf
It's the real Santa! Tis the season for Believing and now you can build your own Clausometer like the one used in the film "Elf". Check out this amazing step by step DIY from Matsutake
Remember in the movie Elf when Papa Elf showed Buddy how Santa's sleigh works? Well, yesterday I was thinking how my Christmas spirit was rising, and then I thought, "Hmm, I wonder if I could make a Clausometer..."
Inspired by my lack of a plan for how to pull this off, I opened the package and discovered that the back of the clock pops right off.
Now what? The arms! Pop the arms off!
And I acquired alphabet stickers. Lots of them. Because there are lots of Os on the face of the Clausometer. And cut a circle out of new, thick cardstock.
I sort of laid it all out to get an idea of where the holes for the lights were going to go. Oh, yeah, the lights. I had string of 10 incandescent battery operated lights just sitting there waiting for a purpose. I had to cannibalize another string of colored lights to get 6 orange and 2 red bulbs (the yellow ones are just clear bulbs).
I figured where the holes would go and drilled right through the clock, which is plastic, so the drill went right through. First I used a small drill bit, then I went back with a larger bit to make holes big enough for the light bulbs.
Then I slipped the cardstock circle out of the clock again to decorate it. I used my daughter's watercolors and a sharpie and then carefully stuck on all the stickers.
Then I put the newly decorated face into the clock right over the old face, flipped the clock over, and pushed the lights through the holes. I secured all the lights and wires with electrical tape. Then I put the glass and front cover back on.
I love that it's battery powered so there's no electrical cord hanging off of it. I've been carrying it around since yesterday trying to decide where to put it. The mantle?
In the kitchen? Where would you put it? I've been seeing lots of great Elf inspired quote posters on pinterest that would look so cute with it. Next year I think I'll remake the whole thing with a huge, fancy metal clock, and it'll go over the fireplace.
Hahaha, on a side note, my husband just caught me singing and said, "Look! The Clausometer is going up!"
The ugly Christmas sweater has become a ubiquitous feature of the holiday season, on par with grumbling about Black Friday or wrestling with the Christmas lights. These tacky garments are now being re-appropriated from their perpetual spot in the wardrobe of great-aunt Edna or your third grade social studies teacher. Telltale signs of the ugly sweater are liberal use of red and green, comically large depictions of snowmen, reindeer, and Christmas trees, and any sort of pom-pom or felt applique.
Though the sweater as a garment has existed in the U.S. since the late 19thcentury, hideous holiday versions only began to sprout up in the last several decades. Bill Cosby was a modern-day pioneer of the trend and is revered as an ugly sweater icon. As Cliff Huxtable on his eponymous ‘80s sitcom, the family man’s uniform of choice was a wooly pullover with questionable color mixing and patterns. Thanks to Cosby, as well as Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, these sweaters experienced a resurgence until their popularity faded as the ‘90s began.
But in the past decade, the trend has picked up steam once more. According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, there was a noticeable uptick in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition snowballed from there. Now the tops are bigger than ever, but in a very hipstery, oh-so-ironic way. Vintage stores, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are reaping the benefits of this craze, but the trend has reached as far as fast-fashion shops like H&M and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom.
Those who unwittingly started the trend are now back in on the action, as people of all ages are feeling the ugly-sweater fever. With the rise of sweater-themed parties, guests young and old are rushing to top each other with the most frills, bows, and gauche decorations yet. Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon has created a segment called “The 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.” There is a parody of MTV’s teen documentary series entitled True Life: I Love Ugly Christmas Sweaters. How long until President Obama dons one to go along with his dad jeans?
Outside of pop culture, the sweaters’ current popularity can also be linked to trends on the runway. Fair Isle knits have been popular this season, as well as tribal prints; both feature bold graphic patterns in the same vein as some of the holiday pullovers – those on the tamer side, at least.
And the enthusiasm is not limited to U.S. borders. Christmas jumpers — that’s sweaters to non-Anglophiles — are simultaneously beloved and reviled in the U.K. as well. In an infamous scene from Bridget Jones’ Diary, Colin Firth wears a cringe-inducing Christmas sweater that his mother gave him to a holiday party, which puts a (slight) damper on the otherwise dashing character.
Whether or not it constitutes a fashion faux pas, the ugly Christmas sweater rouses an undeniably warm and fuzzy feeling as it conjures up memories of home and childhood. It’s also quite cozy and practical in chilly winter weather. After all, holidays are often fraught with anxiety about the financial drain of gift-giving and the copious amounts of family interaction. What better way to de-stress than to throw on an obnoxious sweater and have a laugh?
There's an app for that! Did you know that you can take your favorite scene from Home Alone - Kevin finds a picture in Buzz room of his girlfriend and says, "Buzz Your Girlfriend, Woof!"
Now you can insert a picture of your friend, co-worker, family member, etc.
Little known fact - the real image used in Home Alone was not a girl, but the son of the films Art Director. John Hughes felt it would be mean to actually cast a girl for the role, so they found a boy willing to dress up!
Kevin's Little Brother Was Played By Macaulay's In Real Life Little Brother
Kieran Culkin, who eventually became a movie star in his own right, played Kevin's Pepsi-chugging little brother, Fuller. Kieran went on to star in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Igby Goes Down, andThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.
Originally, the Whole House Was Supposed to Be Evil
Unfortunately, they ran out of money before they could make a sentient house, according to AMC. They had to settle for just the evil furnace, which taunted Kevin with a "Ha ha ha. Hello, Kevin."
The Movie Kevin Uses to Fake Out the Pizza Guy Isn’t Real
That film that Kevin watches on TV in that infamous movie dialogue scene? It's a fake movie! It's called Angels With Filthy Souls, a parody of the 1938 gangster movie Angels with Filthy Faces. The fake movie scenes were shot on cardboard sets before filming for the rest of Home Alone began.
Robert De Niro Turned Down a Role
Joe Pesci played one of the crooks hunting Kevin, but originally, his Goodfellas co-star Robert De Niro was offered one of Home Alone's baddie roles. He turned it down, according to AMC. Too bad — he never got a piece of that.
People Used Home Alone as Proof Elvis Was Alive
We're sure you're aware of the ol' "Elvis is alive" conspiracy, but did you know that those who believe the King never died love the film Home Alone? Some Elvis devotees say that an extra standing behind Kevin's mom at the airport as a dead ringer for the Hound Dog singer.
The Talkboy Started Out as a Home Alone 2 Prop
'90s kids remember the Talkboy, ahandheld tape recorder that distorts the pitch of the user's voice. Kevin had one in Home Alone 2, but at the time the film was written, it wasn't a real-world product! The real tape recorder became available due to popular demand after kids saw Kevin using his sweet piece of cutting-edge technology.
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Our friends at National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day have informed us that the date for 2014 has changed. This year, the official day will be 12/12/14 December 12, 2014.
Tell your friends, family, co-workers and complete strangers that on Friday, December 12 you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD WEAR AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER !! The tackier, fuglier, over the top gaudier the better.
Can you believe that we're half way to Christmas 2014?
We're excited to partner with the fun team over at National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day as they've built a huge following around the idea that we should ALL wear Ugliest and Tackiest new, vintage or just borrowed from your Grandma's closet SWEATERS!
This year, the National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day will fall on Friday, December 19 2014, so be sure to share the news with your friends, mates, pals and family. We're excited to offer a variety of options, so shop around and share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+
People always ask us, "how did you start an Ugly Christmas sweater business?" and while the running joke is that we just wanted extra money to buy matching go-carts, perhaps it all goes back the the Jim Carrey classic "Dumb and Dumber" - this movie was on repeat in our dorm room and likely the scene where Lloyd daydreams about returning the missing briefcase and joins his new found friends was subconsciously making an impact...Also, the fact that Lloyd Christmas has a scene wearing an Ugly Christmas sweater is mind blowing!
Coming in Fall 2014, just in time for the NFL season to kickoff, we're excited to offer Ugly Christmas Sweaters with the top NFL football teams. Here's a quick look at the Green Bay Packers ugly sweater -
Here are the designs for a few of the other teams we're offering this season!
Who said an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party needs gluten? Preparing for our upcoming chat with Elizabeth Hasselbeck, I realized we have something in common, we're both gluten free - so to help anyone else out there that happens to be looking for a few GF holiday meals, I wanted to provide a few great resources:
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.
No matter what your style, you can throw a winter celebration that fits. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Here are some ideas.
* Play two truths and a lie, holiday edition. Talk about two awesome or awful gifts you’ve actually received and include a third that you never got. The goal is to see if your friends can figure out the two you actually received.
* Play Christmas Minute to Win It. The idea of the game, based on the NBC television show, is to create quick but challenging activities for one another — like building a pyramid out of 28 green Solo cups so it looks like a Christmas tree, or use empty wrapping paper tubes as a straw to pick up and transport ping pong balls — all in just one minute. You can compete as teams or one-on-one. Minute to Win It is a fun way to get laughs out of everyone. And it keeps everyone busy.
* Play charades based on Christmas carols. Act out a specific song and see who can guess which one it is
New Year’s Eve parties
* Play games similar to the ones above but with New Year’s themes. Count down the hours until midnight by coming up with activities, writing them on small pieces of paper and placing the suggestions inside balloons. Inflate the balloons and then pop a balloon once every hour and complete the activity inside.
Ugly sweater party
This gives everyone has a chance to be creative and see what others come up with.
You could either purchase a new sweate, knit one if you’re handy with yarn, or you could buy a cheap, plain sweater and then add to it. You might attach battery operated lights, tinsel and/or ornaments. Consider trying to make your sweater look like a tree or reindeer. Remember, the tackier, the better.
To plan a Secret Santa party, you’ll need a bit of time. Start organizing soon. Get your group of friends together and draw names. During the week leading up to the party, have everyone find discreet ways to deliver their gifts without the other person knowing. You might opt to give one another smaller gifts throughout the week.
You will want to set minimum and maximum spending amounts and a specific number of gifts to give each other.
This will lead to lots of excitement leading up to the party, where the biggest gifts will be given. Each person will be anxious to figure out who drew his or her name. Have some other party games ready to keep the fun going.
If Secret Santa isn’t the route you want to take, consider a white elephant or new gift exchange. If you go with a white elephant, have everyone find items they no longer want. These can be gag gifts that are for laughs. Or, have everyone bring a store-bought gift.
Either way, put the gifts in a pile, and take turns picking and opening their gifts. People can opt to steal presents or to open new ones.
If you're out and about, or just looking for a great excuse for a night/weekend getaway, you should come out to the Blue Chip Casino, Spa and Hotel on Friday December 27, 2013! Miller Lite, Vegas Baby Nightclub and the Blue Chip Casino will be hosting their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and will have tons of great specials, prizes and guaranteed Ugly but good times!
When: Friday, December 27th
Time: 10:00PM - Midnight
Where: Vegas Baby! Nightclub (located at Blue Chip Casino)
Here's a quick peak inside the walls of our somewhat organized "warehouse" - we call it a warehouse or shop or shoppe when we're feeling fancy, but really its just an open space filled with racks and racks and racks that hold all of our vintage, tacky, 80's sometimes 90's and even worse sometimes 70's style Ugly Christmas Sweaters.
Walk up and down the isles of racks and you're likely to get into the festive mood (even in July).
It's often debated around this time of year - what is the best Christmas movie of all time?
Everyone has their favorite, and often times for their own personal reasons; we're not going to try to sway you towards one classic holiday flick over the next, however you might find the following a bit interesting...seems the Grinch stole Christmas and the greenbacks in your wallet!
So tell us, what are you favorites? Do you like the classics, like It's a Wonderful Life or more of the modern touch like Elf - the smart move for your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is to make a nice mix of them all - here are some ideas!
Is this the future of Ugly Christmas Sweater delivery?
After watching that incredible interview with Jeff Bazos (Founder and CEO of Amazon.com) on 60 Minutes last night (Sunday, December 1, 2013) I had visions of sugar plums dancing through my head and Ugly Christmas Sweaters being delivered via Amazon drones! How awesome would that be? Too creepy? He mentioned that 80% of their orders weigh under 5 pounds, which is about 2 or 3 Ugly Sweaters; sounds like the average order to me!
Stand Up to Cancer Kicks Off Annual Ugly Sweater Campaign
Receiving an ugly sweater from your auntie can definitely be a bummer, but you can turn that unwanted gift into something worthwhile by participating in the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) annual “Ugly Sweater” Holiday Campaign, which kicks off today, Nov. 20.
For the second year in a row, SU2C is asking holiday goers to proudly rock their garish holiday-themed sweaters to raise funds for innovative cancer research. There are two ways to participate in the SU2C “Ugly Sweater” Holiday Campaign, both of which are easy and fun.
The first way to participate in the campaign is to create a free “Ugly Sweater” fundraising page and run a “Sweater-A-Thon”. For this fundraiser idea, participants reach out to friends and family requesting a donation for each day that they “dare to wear” an ugly holiday-themed sweater. “Ugly Sweater” participants can also upload photos to share a special “Ugly Sweater” e-card and send the card to friends and family to spread the word about their “Sweater-A-Thon”.
The second way to participate in the campaign is to throw an “Ugly Sweater” party. Party hosts can easily utilize custom SU2C Ugly Sweater Party invitations, provided byEvite, and also use the site for complete party planning. Party guests are urged to wear their own ugly holiday-themed sweaters and donate to the SU2C “Ugly Sweater” Holiday Campaign.
Whether you choose to participate directly in the campaign or not, you can help raise awareness for the SU2C fundraiser by sharing and liking the ugly sweaters posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #uglysweater. All proceeds from SU2C’s “Ugly Sweater” Holiday Campaign will go to funding research. For more information about SU2C and its cancer research efforts, please visit Stand Up To Cancer.
It's not a jersey! It's a hockey sweater - an Ugly Hockey Sweater!
Have you seen the awesome and tacky ugly Christmas Sweaters The ECHL's Reading Royals will wear? They will be worn on Dec. 14 for their game against the Elmira Jackals. Along with their annual Teddy Bear Toss, they'll be sporting these lovely jerseys, designed like your typical holiday sweater. The game-worn versions will available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis and individually autographed.
Funny Christmas Ad by Kmart Kicks Off the 2013 Season
Have you watched this ad from Kmart? Pretty funny stuff, and if you're not quite ready for the holidays to kick off; then perhaps you should wait and watch this video at a later point in time. Kudos to the team that came up with this gem, but "Ship Your Pants" is still better. Get ready for a ton of holiday shopping ads!!!
Are you looking for the best and possibly ugliest gift card idea? You've come to the right place!
We're excited to announce that we now offer Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Cards in values ranging from $10.00 up to $100.00.
Perfect for an office or family gift card exchange party, or perhaps you know somebody that has been talking about buying an ugly Christmas sweater for a while, and you want to help make that happen! A perfect solution if you're not sure what size they wear or what their definition of ugly really means!
Who's the biggest fan of Ugly Christmas Sweaters? Well, one could make the argument that Blake Griffin - who is 6 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs in at 215 pounds - would likely be a top candidate! This video of Blake and Chris Paul - teammate on the L.A. Clippers, shows just how much they love the spectacle, the marvel and grimace of tacky and festive holiday sweaters! Enjoy
Well another year of our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest has already started causing all sorts of crazy hilarity with our friends and fans. Here are some of the best names we could come up with for our contest on November 7, 2013 -
One of the best contest you can become a part of is the annual "Name It to Win It' contest that we run over at our Facebook page! Our fans and customers are presented with one of our contest winning Ugly Christmas Sweaters and the challenge is to give the sweater the funniest name.
Here's an example of some of the recent Ugly Christmas Sweater contests! Enjoy and Have Fun!
We know one of the first questions you'll have is "how long does it take to ship my Ugly Christmas Sweater?", so we've put together this nifty and very basic overview of what shipping options you have.
Remember, we offer free shipping for all orders within the USA if you purchase two sweaters or more!
Priority Mail is our standard shipping method, your order will arrive within 3-4 business days, but often times quicker!
Express Mail is an upgrade option at checkout. Your Tacky Christmas Sweater will appear on your doorstep (or wherever you want) within 1-2 business days. Express shipping starts at $35.00 and increases based on the number of items in your order.
International is offered for all of our friends across the globe that want to get their share of the Ugly Sweater action. We do offer discounted international rates for our customers in Canada, and a full list of prices for global shipping may be found on the SHIPPING page.
Cheers! We're excited to ship out your ugly goods, vintage and brand new!!
Where do Ugly Christmas Sweaters come from? That is a question we hear all of the time, and while we're not 100% sure where exactly they started, we've been testing different methods to grow our inventory in 2013.
Turns out...there's an app for that! If you haven't checked out Vine, be sure to download it to your smartphone.
It's incredible! We just point the Vine app at our mannequin, and poof! Magic! Vine grows an Ugly Christmas Sweater!