Hanukkah doesn’t have to be serious. If you partake in the celebration of lights, you might be jealous of all the ugly Christmas sweaters and ridiculous accessories that your gentile friends get to wear during the holiday season. However, things are finally turning around.
With the dates of Hanukkah 2020 approaching just around the corner — Thursday, December 10th to Friday, December 18th, to be exact — it’s time to get Hebraic and festive. So, to brighten your Hanukkah party (all menorahs aside), we’ve rounded up some hilariously ugly Hanukkah sweaters. From a dinosaur menorah sweater (yes, that’s really a thing) to “lit” Hanukkah sweaters everywhere, we’ve gathered a collection of unique and funny ugly Hanukkah sweaters that are guaranteed to elevate any Hanukkah party with some lightness, fun and festivity. Check them out below.
1. Hanukkah Llama Ugly Christmas Sweater
Let the record show, Hanukkah has nothing to do with llamas. However, we couldn’t find a better, uglier, more amazing sweater than this terrifyingly festive llama sweater from Blizzard Bay. Not only is it 100% cotton and machine washable, but this breathable sweater also features an eye-catching light blue background with all-over-print stars. Across the chest, the sweatshirt sports 8-bit llamas and pseudo-Hebrew lettering to spell out ‘Happy Llamakah.’ But that’s not why you bought this sweater. You bought it because of the giant embroidered llama complete with tallit and massive kippah. Wear this sweater and nothing and no one will outshine you, not even the menorah.
2. Dreidel Hanukkah Ugly Sweater
What makes this the most festive ugly Hanukkah sweater out there, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s got all the makings of a great Hanukkah holiday: the Star of David, the dreidel game and a touch of snow. This royal blue sweater screams “Happy Hanukkah” in the most festive of ways.
3. Festified Classy Hanukkah Cadigan
Let’s get one thing straight: this ain’t your grandfather’s cardigan. However, it does feature the same classic cardigan cut. Only here, we’ve got the classic colors of Hanukkah — silver and blue — with a festive pattern filled with menorahs, Star of Davids, dreidels, and more.
4. Dino Menorah Hanukkah Sweater
This eye-catching and hilariously unique Hanukkah sweater is unlike any other. We’re pretty sure that the menorah shaped like a dinosaur T-Rex pretty much speaks for itself, and we guarantee you won’t run into another sweater quite like it.
5. Nice Jewish Boy Hanukkah Long Sleeve Shirt
FOR THE SINGLE GUY
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6. Ugly Hanukkah It’s Lit Sweater
Not only does this ugly Hanukkah sweater shine the spotlight on the ultimate symbol of the holiday: a menorah, but it also captures a cool ’90s aesthetic with the repeating squiggly pattern on the arms and torso. And we can’t forget about the “It’s Lit” saying that so appropriately matches the vibe.
7. Tipsy Elves Funny Hanukkah Sweater
FOR THE DIRTY JOKESTER
Buyers beware; this sweater will probably not fly at your family Hanukkah celebration. It’s the dirtiest sweater we could find, making it ideal for holiday parties with your close friends. But if anyone without a raunchy sense of humor asks what the shirt means, just tell them it means that Hanukkah can be tiring and Jews last eight days anyway.
8. Star Wars Hanukkah Sweater
FOR THE STAR WARS NERD
This Star Wars Hanukkah sweater kills two birds with one stone. You can get geared-up for Hanukkah and celebrate your geekdom with one funny sweatshirt.
9. Hanukkah Cellphone Joke T-Shirt
FOR THE COMEDIAN
People who celebrate Christmas will forever be critical of Hanukkah’s drawn-out nature. If you’ll be around people who don’t understand the appeal of an eight-day holiday, wear this T-shirt. It gives a bulletproof argument for why eight days of gifts might be better than only one.
10. Street Fighter Hanukkah Sweatshirt
FOR THE GAMER
Gaming and Hanukkah might not seem too compatible, but this Street Fighter-inspired sweater proves that they most definitely are. It portrays a Hasidic Jewish man in Street Fighter style, shouting “Hanukkah” instead of the typical “Hadouken” and throwing a Star of David. It’s a fun blend of geek culture and Hanukkah, and it’s sure to get a laugh from any meme-lover or gamer.
11. Peace Love and Latkes Hanukkah Sweatshirt
FOR THE ZEN MASTER
Any holiday gathering –– whether it’s a family Christmas, office holiday party or Hanukkah –– can get a little hectic. That’s why this “Peace, Love and Latkes” sweater is a great idea. It reminds everyone to take it easy, love each other and eat latkes. It’s certainly on the tamer side of funny Hanukkah sweaters, making it highly versatile as well. Everyone will understand the message and appreciate it.
12. Hanukkah is Funakah Ugly Sweater
Looking for a sweater that is ugly, festive and tame enough to wear to Hanukkah dinner with the in-laws? Rest easy, we’ve found the answer. This ugly Hanukkah sweater from Festified features a navy blue sweater with all-over-print alephs and stars, and a gigantic yellow hanukkiah. Is it offensively ugly? No. But if you’re looking for the one sweater you can wear to dinner and then to the afterparty, this is your guy. It’s ugly enough to get by at the party, clean enough to make it through lighting the candles and regular enough to last for years to come without ever going out of style.
13. Oy to The World Hanukkah Sweatshirt
BEST FOR BLENDING IN
Though it comes in a range of colors (including red, navy, royal blue and black) we love this Oy to The World sweater in green. Bring both joy and oy to your upcoming ugly sweater zoom party when the host finds you wearing a Christmas-colored sweater with a classic Hanukkah inscription. Aside from the color, the oy/joy joke is one of Hanukkah’s oldest and best and makes for a perfect sweater that will last season after season. The sweatshirt is made from a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend that will keep you warm but remain breathable when the party heats up.
14. Hanukkah Menorah Sweater
MOST “LIT” SWEATER
When it comes to finding ugly Hanukkah sweaters, you’ll find a slew of sweaters out there with the word “lit” somewhere on the sweater. And while we have a few on this list, we really love the way that this one looks. It’s got several borders, one with the Torah and the other with the Star of David, while the word of the day: “lit” sits front and center.
15. ‘Jewnicorn’ Ugly Hanukkah Sweater
FOR THE MEME-LOVER
Hanukkah might be over 2,000 years old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t update your Hanukkah gear for 2020. This Hanukkah sweater does just that, featuring a meme-d out graphic of a rainbow unicorn with the caption “Jewnicorn.” It’s a great gift idea for family members with a sense of humor or as a unique outfit piece for Zoom holiday parties.
16. Matzo Balls Hanukkah Sweatshirt
BEST FOR THE FOODIE
What’s better than matzo ball soup? Nothing. Also known as “Jewish Penicillin,” this dish is easily the best part of Hanukkah. Sure, when you’re a kid there are eight days of presents, but as an adult, you’re looking forward to that tasty soup on a cold winter’s evening. Armed with this 80/20 cotton/polyester blend sweatshirt, you’ll have no problem repping the true gift of Hanukkah, matzo ball soup. Not only is it stylish, but this sweatshirt is also hilarious and will let everyone know you value a home-cooked meal.
17. Sublimated Hanukkah T-Shirt
BEST FOR THE DRESSY HANUKKAH PARTY
Got a dressy Hanukkah or holiday party coming up but you don’t want to actually dress up? We’ve got you covered. This sneaky T-shirt makes you look like you’re wearing a tie and ugly Hanukkah cardigan sweater. It features dreidels and menorahs all over, plus a Star of David pattern on the tie.
18. Tipsy Elves Hanukkah Sweater
BEST FOR LIFE OF THE PARTY
The ideal ugly holiday sweater should correspond with your personality. If you’re the life of the holiday party, this sweater is for you. It features a Jewish man excitedly demanding some delicious challah bread. It’s also quite comfortable, so you might find yourself slipping it on when no one is home, even when it’s no longer Hanukkah.
19. ‘Lets Get Lit’ Ugly Hanukkah Sweater
BEST FOR THE WILD HANUKKAH PARTY
Hanukkah parties are traditionally pretty mellow events –– light some candles, eat some latkes, exchange some gifts and go to bed –– but they don’t have to be boring. In other words, Hanukkah can be lit, as this punny sweater suggests. It features a menorah, and the party phrase “Let’s Get Lit.”
20. Hanukkah Menorah Suit
BEST FOR THE HOST
It’s your party, you can outdo everyone if you want to, which is why you took things to the next level with this ugly suit combo from Tipsy Elves. With a royal blue base and head-to-toe Hanukkah details, this suit cannot be topped. No sweater can match the sheer audacity and absurdity that is a holiday-themed full suit. Paired with the matching tie, you will get looks of all kinds while hosting your holiday party.