Ugly Sweaters, WTF!!?? 6

Holiday Season is here and I’m scratching my head what to get for Xmass. For inspiration I took a stroll through the mall and to my surprise even the Mall was on the Ugly Sweater band wagon. What the F@ck!!???

I think a society has reached the pinnacle of waste when this has become the hot item for the Holidays. Ugly sweaters (and they are ugly) as seen on Live with Kelly and Michael.

For the love of everything that is personal finance: DON’T. Yes it’s funny…. for about 5 minutes. That will be $49 for a 30 second laugh. It will disappear in the closet to never be looked at again. I can’t imagine the looks on the faces of the Chinese workers putting these together. The only good thing that can come out of this is that, when 10 years from now China decides to invade the US, it’s people will say, really? The country that ordered those ugly sweaters?

Seriously for second, I totally realize its hard to find that perfect gift for that colleague you barely know but try to stick to something less than $10 (if even that). I think SNL gave a good hint with their Candle skit.


I’m not going to give you advice on what to buy. Seriously, I’m having issues myself this year. Emily at has some good advice on buying for $5 and less.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year. If you must spend on your loved ones, spend wisely.  That means, no ugly sweaters.


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About Maarten van Lier

Maarten came to this country with a suitcase and a diploma. He created a financial plan and goal to become a millionaire in 10 years. He successfully turned his financial goals into reality, wrote a book about it and now blogs actively in hope of inspiring other to do the same.

6 thoughts on “Ugly Sweaters, WTF!!??

  • Mrs. Groovy

    I’ve never understood the ugly sweater thing. If you’re going to get a gag gift, surely you can find something cheaper. We just bought two gifts on Amazon (spent $50 of a $500 gift card generously given to me when I retired). We do a family grab bag Christmas eve with a maximum allowance of $25 per gift. Granted I saw some really funny, under $10 gag ideas on Amazon – like toilet paper with the Donald, or Hillary faces on each piece. In the end we went for consumer-driven gifts you might not buy yourself. We chose a set of flavored vinegars and a thermal lunch bag/thermal drink holder set.

    • Maarten van Lier Post author

      We used to do the gag gift exchange too. The limit was $10. $25 seems a bit high to me, I could see how for certain people that would be too much. I’m not immune to consumer spending either, our kids have joined the collective and became Minecraft slaves. They’re really wanting the Xbox one s Minecraft edition. We might cave (I’m trying not to). Happy holidays!!

  • Martin - Get FIRE'd asap

    Seriously, no! Who in their right mind would even contemplate wearing one of these monstrosities? And at 49-bucks it’s not exactly a cheap laugh is it.

    I’m so with you on this. Just don’t.

    Last year, or was it the year before, the must-have was the selfie stick to make it even easier for us to take self-absorbed clichéd pouts and poses to add to the thousands already posted on social media. I thought we’d hit rock bottom with that, but apparently not.

  • Emily @ JohnJaneDoe

    Hey, thanks for the shoutout, Maarten!

    I don’t get the ugly sweaters either, other than an excuse to get people to spend money. I love sweaters, but a nice red or green cabled sweater is festive and you can wear it in January/February without feeling weird. if you really want to participate in the ugly sweater trend, at least shop Goodwill for it. I’m sure there are some folks who’ve gotten them and decided to get rid of them.

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