22 best Christmas jumpers for all the family
From llamas and unicorns to a full-on Elf sweater, we've found festive jumpers for everyone this winter
Christmas jumpers are in fashion. No self-respecting employee would brave the office Christmas lunch without one. Some Christmas jumpers are so funky we want to wear them all year round.
Here’s our pick of the best Christmas jumpers for men, women and children of all ages.
Don't forget Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 14 – don your festive knit and donate £2 (£1 if you’re at nursery, school or a youth group) to Save the Children to help children around the UK.
Santa Stop Here! Personalised Christmas Jumper: £45, Not On The High Street
This is a seriously cute idea. The set includes two jumpers – one for an adult and one for a child – and you get to personalise them with an embroidered arrow pointing to your postcode, showing Santa exactly where to stop on Christmas Eve.
There’s an option to have them packaged in organic cotton keepsake bags and sent in a luxury Christmas gift box, so they make for a gift with serious wow factor. The fabric quality is outstanding.
First Christmas Personalised Star Top: £18, Percy & Nell
OK, we know it’s not strictly a jumper, but why should the youngest member of the family miss out? Make baby’s first Christmas one to remember with this ethically produced cotton keepsake top.
You can personalise it with your baby’s name (up to nine characters) and there’s an option to add a gift bag printed with a personal message. Aw.
Merry Cheesemas Jumper: £32, So Wrong It's Nom
The purists among you might not appreciate this cheesy offering but our teen tester reckons this is his favourite Christmas jumper. And he hates cheese. Talk about ironic. It’s generously sized to be extra snuggly so it won’t matter if you eat a lot of, um, cheese this Christmas.
Men’s Christmas Elf Jumper: £15, Sainsbury’s
This is our recommendation for the office Christmas party or compulsory Christmas jumper do because it never fails to raise a smile among even the most Scrooge-like individuals. Yes, the bells actually jingle so be warned: it’s almost impossible to wear this without breaking into an impromptu elf dance.
Santa Loves This Girl Women's Christmas Sweatshirt: £28.90, Batch1
Some Christmas jumpers just feel like they require a little too much effort. As if you need to be full of festive spirit (or festive spirits…) to pull them off. Not this one. The super-soft sweatshirt fabric and low-key but cute slogan makes it the sort of thing you want to wear every day. Even in October. We know, because, er, we did.
Dear Santa I’d Like A Unicorn Kid’s Christmas Sweatshirt: £22.10, Batch1
We couldn’t resist popping this in the line-up because it’s a sassy alternative to the overly cutesy Christmas jumpers that seem to be aimed at girls. And it’s perfect for little ladies who already have everything… except a unicorn.
Eloise Jumper Dress: £24, Frugi
Some little ones feel a bit silly going all-out on the Christmas jumper thing. One of our testers would much rather fade into the background than go to school dressed like an extra from Dude, Where’s My Donkey? on Christmas Jumper Day. She loved this snuggly Eloise Jumper Dress as an alternative. Featuring a snowball print and a cute Frugi character applique on the front, it’s wintry enough to pass as a Christmas jumper yet practical enough to wear well beyond December.
December Cardigan: £24.99, Hell Bunny
For a Christmas jumper with a touch of class, check out this fitted, knitted cardigan. The front features little Christmas puddings made of crystal beads – and embroidery – so cute – so it ticks all the festive boxes without being tacky. It’s the perfect cover-up for your Christmas Day dress, and the fabric, despite being acrylic and nylon, is seriously soft and snuggly. We love it.
Little Pudding Jumper: £19, Mamas and Papas
Kit your little pudding out in this adorable knitted Christmas jumper. It’s 100 per cent cotton and the back button opening makes nappy changes that bit less fiddly. It’s available in sizes newborn through to 3 to 4 years.
Kid’s Christmas Novelty Jumper: £10, Nutmeg at Morrison’s
Our favourite thing about this festive woolly is the fact that it comes in both kid’s and adult’s sizes, so you can kit out the whole clan in matching Christmas jumpers. We were surprised by just how much our five year old tester loved wearing the same jumper as her mum. Her mum, on the other hand, is a tiny bit less enthusiastic about going grocery shopping in a penguin sweater that matches her pre-schooler’s.
Banta Claus Light Up Christmas Jumper: £30, Jacamo
The ultimate choice for a teen who loves the bantz but is a tad too cool for a Christmas jumper. The Christmas tree baubles in Santa’s beard light up. What else is there to say?
Mini Me Llama Jumper: £12-£18, Marks & Spencer
Llamas are the new unicorns, it seems, so this is the on-trend Christmas jumper for little fashion-forward dudes. It’s part of the M&S mini-me range so dads and lads can do the matchy-matchy thing.
Personalised Please Bring… Christmas Jumper: £34.99, Getting Personal
Why should kids have all the fun when it comes to personalised Christmas jumpers? You can add a name and a festive tipple of your choice to this soft sweatshirt, so there’s no excuse for your glass being empty at the work Christmas do.
Rita Cosmic Sparkle Sweater: £48, Sugarhill Brighton
Die-hard Christmas jumper fans might feel like you haven’t really made an effort with this but who cares? Have a Cosmic Christmas in a sparkly festive jumper you can wear all year round.
Disney Store Minnie Mouse Share the Magic Christmas Jumper For Kids: £20, Shop Disney
You can’t get more magical than a Disney-themed Christmas jumper, and this one’s truly festive. It features Minnie Mouse plus Christmas trees decorations, and we love the festive colour. It’s a showstopper.
Christmas Winter Winner Suit: £44.95, Opposuits
Yikes, Christmas jumpers suddenly seem so last year. We laughed out loud when a box of outlandish Christmas suits arrived on our desk for this piece, but every member of our testing family could eventually be found admiring themselves in one of these snazzy Christmas suits.
If suiting your little people up for the big day is a chore, you’ve got to try one of these. From five to 14 years old, our kids didn’t want to take them off. There’s a huge range of prints to choose from and a skirt suit for mum, as well as dad-sized options. And they’re machine washable – hurrah!
Gangsta Wrapper: £27, twenty-seven.co.uk
Have a little fun amid all the endless festive prep with this fab Christmas jumper. It’s made from 75 per cent cotton and 25 per cent polyester fleece so it’s lovely and soft, plus it’s machine-washable at 40 degrees. Wrapper? Rapper? Get it?
Star Wars Christmas Jumpers: £39.99, The Fowndry
These officially-licensed Star Wars Christmas jumpers are hand-knitted and sure to persuade even the most conservative fan into a festive knit. Our favourite features Darth Vader in a Santa hat and the immortal words ‘I find your lack of cheer disturbing’. Classic.
Reindeer Fair Isle Cardigan: £23, JoJo Maman Bébé
We do love a festive Fair Isle knit, and this reindeer version is made with cashmere for a luxuriously soft feel. It’s machine-washable, too. Shame these ones don’t come in grown-up sizes.
Personalised Christmas Baseball Top: £21, Percy and Nell
This is a bit special, and ideal for youngsters who hate getting hot and itchy in a knitted jumper but still want to join in with the festive clothing fad. Your personalised design is printed onto a super-soft fairtrade cotton baseball top – the fabric quality is just gorgeous – and you can add a personalised gift bag for a keepsake gift to treasure.
Happy Howlidays T-Shirt: £12.00, Fat Face
This raglan long sleeve T-shirt with Christmas print is just the right side of festive for youngsters who don’t want to ditch Christmas Jumper Day altogether, but aren’t ready to lose their cool in the name of Yule.
Women’s Reindeer Print Roll-Neck Christmas Jumper: £42, Fat Face
If we could distil our wish list for the perfect Christmas jumper, this ticks every box. It’s bright and colourful, soft and snuggly with a roll neck to keep you cosy, and the print is suitably festive without overdoing it. We love it. We’re wearing it now and we’re not taking it off until spring, OK?
The Verdict: Best Christmas jumpers for all the family
Our testers, a family of five, have never been the matchy-matchy types but it’s unanimous, they all adore the Santa Stop Here! Personalised Christmas Jumpers from Not On The High Street. Truly, this is the ultimate Christmas jumper for all the family.
And for sheer hilarity and unbeatable festive fun, the Christmas jumper suits from Opposuits come a very close second
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