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This year has been a crazy one. We are all looking forward to the holidays for some fun family time of crafting, creating ornaments, and watching A Christmas Story. Let’s do it in style and make this Christmas season one to never forget with some great ugly Christmas sweater ideas! What’s better than ugly Christmas sweater ideas on a budget? Nothing! The answer is nothing. Here is where to go to find that free, or almost free, sweater. If that’s not enough to satisfy your ugly Christmas sweater hunger, here is where to get free decorations and great sweater additions to make it exceptionally unique.

Do You Already Have Your Ugly Christmas Sweater?

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There are many places to go for a unique and free sweater for your ugly Christmas sweater ideas and it’s much closer than anyone might think. Start with your own closet! Start digging and find that old sweater in the back of the closet that hasn’t been touched in years. It can be stained or have holes. Remember it’s an “ugly” Christmas sweater, so anything can be made into the holy grail of ugly Christmas sweaters. The best part is you are reviving something that hasn’t been worn in forever.

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Do Any Friends Or Family Members Have An Ugly Christmas Sweater To Spare?

You’ve run through your closet and still nothing. What do you do now? It’s time to try your family and friends to see if they can help you lock down the ugliest Christmas sweater. There is always someone trying to get rid of those old sweaters that don’t fit or aren’t in season anymore. Why let them go to waste when you can make them into the best ugly Christmas sweater of the season! Call up your sister, mom, or even grandma. Yes, grandma will probably have some of the best old sweaters EVER.

Thrift Store And Dollar Store Finds

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You’ve checked your closet and raided all your friends and family’s closets. It only makes sense to go to everyone else’s throwaways. Yes. A thrift store. It’s genius! Check around your local thrift stores for the perfect ugly sweater. You can get it at a fraction of the cost and it only takes a little time browsing through the multiple racks of sweaters to find the right size and color to bring your vision to life! Another option is an online thrift store. Believe it or not, there is such a thing. These places are a rare gem when looking for the ideal sweater to begin your ugly Christmas sweater ideas.

Remember that most thrift stores are also charities that give back to the community as well. So it’s a win-win situation for finding your unique ugly Christmas sweater ideas and helping out those in need during the holidays.

When all else fails, there is one more stop: Dollar Stores! Dollar General or Five Below are great places for brand new, but budget-friendly, sweaters! The only downside to this option is, they go fast. So make a run for it early in the season to grab that sweater! We definitely don’t want anyone else outshining you at the virtual Christmas party this year.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating

You’ve found the ideal sweater and now it’s time to decorate it! Here are some fancy finds to add to your ugly Christmas sweater ideas. Start in the same place as you did when looking for the sweater: your house. Rummage through your drawers, cabinets, and even your basement boxes that you haven’t touched in years. You may just find a treasure trove of little beads from old necklaces or lace from an old curtain you had boxed away for 10 years.

While you were out and about at that amazing thrift store, you may have realized you found more than just an awesome sweater. You found small bells and a little stuffed snowman all for fifty cents each! There are tons of unique items that will set your sweater apart. You couldn’t beat that even if you tried.

Next, make your way to your craft box for the last few touches to make your ugly Christmas sweater really pop! A little glitter, a little paint, and a touch of rhinestones should do the trick! You’ll dazzle with these tips and tricks to create your own ugly Christmas sweater ideas on a budget.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas For The Whole Family

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The best part of all is you can do it yourself while sitting by the fireplace on Christmas Eve or as a family craft the week before. Consider setting up a Zoom link to have family from across the world join in on the fun! Set a date and time and create your masterpieces together. There’s nothing like learning how to sew from a grandmother a thousand miles away and making memories and laughing together all the while. 


This year may have been a challenge but you will show up and show out in your creation of the season. No one will know you didn’t spend a hundred dollars on your ugly Christmas sweater ideas. Plus, you are bound to outshine everyone else around. Take those thrifty and free finds and turn them into a gem just like you!

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