Ugly sweater parties are one of the biggest joys of the holiday season, up there with homemade cookies, stuffed stockings and mugs brimming with mulled cider. But consider this: why can’t your graphic Christmas sweater be, well, cute rather than a complete eyesore? And wouldn’t it be better to spend your money on a pullover you’ll actually want to wear beyond that one Instagram-friendly get-together?
To knit—er, to wit—I’ve pulled together 25 festive (but not frumpy!) holiday sweater options that, while certain to start conversations, buck all those ugly Christmas knitwear stereotypes. From a crewneck adorned with jeweled llamas to a sequined number splashed with a merry bow to a handful of reindeer-accented options, there’s a joyful jumper for everyone in the slideshow above.