Now that fall has hit it’s time for the leaves to change, holidays to roll in and for everyone to pack away all the shorts and tank tops and break out the winter wear a little at a time.
While it is still October and most people are gearing up for Halloween, there is one thing we are definitely going to start seeing around again soon: Ugly Christmas Sweaters.
This winter staple was born from the classic handmade Christmas sweater gift from popular media and in more recent years has become a popular fashion choice among people from all walks of life.
However, you may be asking how this has anything to do with geek culture, well, there are dozens upon dozens of nerd culture inspired Video Game Ugly Christmas Sweaters available for purchase around the internet.
Below is a list of several sweaters from various corners of nerd culture and some details about them to help you decide which of these sweaters would be your best choice!
Check Your Sizes
Before purchasing any product online always make sure to check your correct sizes using a tape measure.
For Shirt sizes measure your shoulder width, waist, and bust size to find the best fit.
If you find a sweater that does not offer a proper sizing chart try to avoid it for one that does to save time and possibly your money.
Also note what materials make you feel uncomfortable as well as some of these sweaters could cause skin irritation thanks to heavy wool materials used for their production.
Our Video Game Ugly Christmas Sweaters Holiday Picks for 2016
Batman “Christmas Knight” Unisex Sweater
This is actually a really cool design that works great on a sweater. The center is the bat symbol displayed in the sky like the classic call for the caped crusader, and below is a well detailed Gotham city.
The top of the sweater is covered in basic Christmas sweater designs. It is a knitted sweater and not just a look alike so it has the authentic Christmas sweater look and feel.
This sweater is available as a preorder. Because the item has not yet released they have not provided the full list of details as of yet.
Official Fallout 4 Christmas Sweater
This sweater looks like exactly what you might think a Vault-Tec employee to wear around Christmas time.
Featuring the Vault-Tec logo and a Vault boy face under the message “Merry Christmas from VAULT-TEC” the design really fits in the Fallout lore and feels like an authentic piece from the series.
This sweater is knitted for the authentic ugly sweater appearance and feel.
It also includes some general Christmas sweater designs around the Fallout imagery.We m
We compiled a few more Fallout Christmas Sweaters in this article
Official Sega Classic Sonic the Hedgehog Sweater
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The original 2D sonic games are classics that spawned a series that is still going today.
To celebrate those games this year there is a sweater featuring the original Sonic logo style that, instead of a game title, reads “Merry Christmas”.
Sonic appears in pixel glory in his classic logo pose, and the sweater features rings, trees, stars and a couple of basic patterns to make up the rest of the imagery.
Any classic Sonic fan would love this knitted sweater!
Retro Games Ugly Sweater
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This is a great sweater for any old school gamers. This sweater features pixelated images of an original Game Boy, NES controller, Nintendo 64 controller, Game Boy Advance SP, Gamecube controller, and a Game Boy color.
All the images have great detail, and are overlaying a classic red and green pattern that looks like an authentic Christmas sweater.
This sweater looks to be a more modern sweater and not knitted, so it may be more comfortable for those that dislike the classic sweater feel.
Link Ugly Christmas Sweater
There could never be any kind of craze related to gaming without featuring the iconic Legend of Zelda series.
This holds true with the ugly sweater phenomenon, and while there are several Legend of Zelda sweaters there is one that is a bit different from the rest.
This sweater centers around a more modern pixel style Link, above which is the legendary old man from the original Legend of Zelda game who is riding a sleigh drawn by several dragons.
Behind link is of course the triforce, and below him are patterns of triforces, old school Link and rupees.
This one is also a modern sweater with a simple print on it so it won’t have the authentic feel, but may be more comfortable to some.
Status Effect: Christmas Pokemon Sweater
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Pokemon has a lot of material to work with for holidays, but for the ugly sweater they chose to go with a simpler design to fit the trend.
This sweater features a joyous Pikachu wearing a green Santa hat surrounded by potions, rare candies, and sitting below a row of smaller Pikachus carrying Pokeball Christmas tree ornaments.
Arguably the best part of the sweater is the “ Wishing Chu a Merry Christmas” message across the bottom. It’s a wonderful pun that seems to fit really well with the ugly sweater theme.
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Playstation Blue Knitted Sweater
If you have a personal preference for Sony consoles then this is a sweater you can appreciate.
Featuring the iconic Circle, X, Square and Triangle buttons along the chest of the sweater there is no way anyone could doubt the wearers love for games and the Playstation family.
Most of the sweater is covered in classic white patterns, but it does feature a few rather cool looking deer on it as well.
It is knitted to get the authentic look and feel of a classic Ugly Christmas sweater, but it falls into a lower price category than others like it.
Halo “Wake me when you need Presents” Sweater
Halo is known for pumping out a lot of hilarious user created content, and this sweater really speaks to that crowd.
A more simple design, the sweater features an enlarged Master Chief helmet topped with a classic Santa hat and the phrase “Wake me when you need Presents” referring to Master Chiefs “ Wake me when you need me” quote.
The sweater also features a pattern of snow and a few classic patterns.
Official Street Fighter Ken vs Ryu Sweater
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There are a great many rivalries in the gaming world, and Ken and Ryu are a longstanding rival pair well known in nerd culture.
So why not use an image of them mid combat for an ugly Christmas sweater?
This sweater is centered around a pixel version of the two iconic street fighter characters performing their famous ‘Hadouken’ move, but instead of a ball of energy there is a single snowflake between the two.
The patterns are littered with the letters “KO” and the background is a deep red to accommodate the action scene.
This sweater is also knitted for an authentic feel.
Picking The Best Sweater For You
When trying to decide between the selections above be sure to think about the events/casual use you want to wear them for.
While these may seem like a great idea at first they can tend to get rather hot and most businesses consider them a novelty item.
Based on gaming tastes alone it’s hard to offer a proper winner from the sweaters above, but for me the “Status Effect” sweater would go over best with my lifestyle.
The colors are lovely and the price point falls into the lower end of the spectrum making it a much more tempting buy for one on a budget.
Pokemon is also a very universally recognized series, as is Pikachu so it wouldn’t lose anybody at a Christmas Party as well.
That being said use your budget and correct sizing to find the best fit for your lifestyle!
Tell us which of these sweaters is your favorite one. You can comment in the section below.