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Everything you need to know about ugly Christmas sweater day

Not only is wearing holiday sweaters a fun and festive activity, it can support a fantastic cause too. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (US) or Christmas Jumper Day (UK) falls on the third Friday of December. This year the event will take place on December 15th. Don’t forget people in Canada, Australia, and other countries get in on the ugly sweater action too! So what do Teespring sellers need to know about this special day?

Everyone can participate

Ugly Sweater Day can be celebrated at home, school, the office, etc. Typically people will organize a party where everyone is required to wear their ugliest sweater. This means it’s very likely people in your existing niches will be interested in an ugly sweater design. Try adapting your existing niches!

The uglier or funnier the better

Usually, sweaters feature a holiday-themed design (Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.) which incorporates an element of humor. Last year we saw popular designs featuring social media memes, jobs, pets, hobbies, pop culture references, and funny slogans. This year we’re seeing new elements like unicorns and avocados incorporated into sweater designs. Get free sweater design templates here.

It’s more than just festive fun

Some people host ugly sweater parties just for fun, but many people also organize events to raise funds for their favorite charities like Save the Children. People show up to the party wearing their sweater and donate money, or if people don’t dress up they have to donate more!

Products to promote

It’s not uncommon for people to wear ugly Christmas sweatshirts or long sleeve tees. Don’t forget you can apply a “knitted” or “stitches” effect to your designs to achieve the traditional sweater look (learn more from Teespring Ambassador Alison Scott).

For US campaigns we recommend using Hanes Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt, Bella + Canvas Women’s Slouchy Sweatshirt, and our Gildan 6.1oz Long Sleeve Tees. For EU campaigns make sure to feature a Standard Unisex Sweatshirt and Full Sleeve T-Shirt.

Please note some sellers choose not to add hoodies to ugly sweater campaigns because of the smaller printable area. You may want to consider adding socks to your US campaigns too; they make the perfect add-on item to match your sweaters!

Delivery timelines to keep in mind 

Make sure to end your campaign by these specific dates so buyers can get their items in time for December 15th with standard shipping.

  • US fulfillment: Nov 29th (for domestic shipping within US)
  • EU fulfillment: November 29th  (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden)

Your buyers can also choose rush shipping once we’ve passed the standard shipping cutoff date. Keep in mind they just need to place their order by the dates specified below (you don’t need to end your campaign as the order will be fulfilled immediately).

  • US fulfillment: December 7th (for domestic shipping within US)
  • EU fulfillment: December 7th (within the EU)
  • EU fulfillment: December 8th (within the UK)

Learn more about holiday shipping timelines here and rush eligible products here.




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