The Six Ugliest Holiday Sweaters on Etsy

Everyone's got one in their closet -- hidden back behind that pair of jeans that will never fit again is the ugly holiday sweater or pullover that was either given to you by a doddering relative, picked up at a local thrift store on a lark, or purchased on Etsy.

Typically, these tacky-looking yarn creations are unearthed to donate back to the same thrift store (thus completing the cycle) or to wear at one of those ugly sweater parties (some of which are taking place during the next week at 1130 The Restaurant, The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, and Cadillac Ranch in Tempe).

Adorned with prancing woodland creatures or other icons of the season (Christmas trees, snowflakes, Santa Claus), these holiday horrors are in abundance on D.I.Y. site Etsy as artists and crafters ironically attempt to outdo each other by creating the most unsightly or gaudy sweaters and pullovers ever.

Here's a look at a few of the most awkward, tacky, and downright awful sweaters we came across.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.