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Mommyish Gift Guide: 10 Ugly Christmas Outfits For Babies And Kids

God, Christmas sure does provide ample opportunities for heinous dressing, doesn’t it? Even though ugly Christmas sweaters have become fun, ironic things you wear to get drunk in at fun, ironic parties, there are still scores of people earnestly dressing in holiday-themed garments with questionable taste levels. Even worse? They’re doing it to their children.

Here are ten terrible Christmas outfits (Ok, I admit some are worse than others) that would please the Grinch.


1. Christmas Petti Romper Headband Set, Baby Bloomz Boutique on Etsy, $19.95. This is not at all a warm garment for a child to wear during the holidays. She looks, sadly, like a baby showgirl.


2. Mickey And Minnie Christmas Sweater, Tacky Ugly Christmas on Etsy, $35.00. I probably actually would have LOVED to wear this when I was about seven years old. The bells! The beads! But reselling something like this for $35? Please.


3. Pink Christmas Dress, Zulily, sold out. Yes, this is sold out but I had to include it because there’s nothing like encouraging traditional gender roles and the pinkification of little girls!


4. Alien With Santa Hat Ugly Christmas Sweater, Captain Jacks on Etsy, $28.00. This isn’t something I would put on my kid, but I guess it could be a festive way to combine a kid’s love to aliens with the season. I guess.


5. Light Up Ugly Christmas Sweater, TipIt Designs on Etsy, $65.00. Good news! This is available in both children’s AND adult sizes!


6. Personalized Dear Santa Shirts, Aim To Please Creations On Etsy, $21.99. The perfect way to foster love between siblings during the season of giving.


7. Holiday Ribbons And Sequins Infant Gown, Cassie’s Closet Inc, $39.99. Oh, my god. Well, now we know that blood red infant “gowns” exist. For the parents that want their child to resemble an underage mermaid!


8. White Petti Lace Romper, Harts And Roses On Etsy, $39.85. Very similar to the one above, I know, but I just can’t get over the fact that people manufacture strapless tube rompers for babies and toddlers and market them as holiday wear.


9. Red Velvet Holiday Bo Peep Dress And Pant, Cassie’s Closet Inc, $110 for dress, $65 for matching pants. What is going on here and why?


10. Vintage Barney Sweater, Carnival Of The Maniac on Etsy, $34.50. Yup. Yup. Yup.

All photos via respective retailers

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  • candyvines

    Lace is a lovely accent for children’s clothes, Etsy, please stop making it the whole outfit.

  • CMJ

    Because NOTHING is more practical than a strapless, lace romper for a baby/toddler!!!

  • Bethany Ramos

    My husband just got all bitchly at me because I got him a women’s vest for our ugly xmas sweater thing, but it’s supposed to be UGLY. I wish I had gotten him #10 now.

  • Rachel Sea

    But it’s so fun to try to wash baby vomit out of lace. Also, babies and toddlers love scratchy polyester, it provides a rich sensory experience.

  • Natasha B

    I’m pretty sure my little sister and I had matching Mickey/Minnie sweaters extremely similar to the ones pictured when we were small. Before we knew better. Etsy, I love you, but….why?
    However, I did cave and buy my 18mo this outfit, but it’s tights! They’re soft! Even if she looks ridic lol

    • elle

      Those are some of those so ugly they’re cute tights! If I had a daughter she would be wearing those for like the next 2 weeks straight. And this is why the universe gave me a son.

    • brebay

      This is so wrong, it’s right!

  • kay

    Why would you buy any of these things when there’s reindeer footie pajamas and elf costumes to force your baby to wear?

    I’ve already shoved my baby into her elf suit once. And then tried to get a picture of her when she was crying in it to caption “she’s an angry elf”.

    I felt like a bad parent at the time, but seeing the rompers was a good reminder that someone out there is much, much worse.

  • Shelly Lloyd

    Down here in Florida where the temperature has been in the mid 80′s all week the rompers would be fine, temperature wise.
    When my daughter was younger, like 7 or 8, she had an “ugly christmas” sweater that she loved. It was T-rex on a snowy background with a holiday bow around his neck, a Santa hat on his head and I think he was standing under some mistletoe, but I’m not 100% sure of it. (It’s been nearly 6 years since we got rid of it) But she loved that sweater. She wore it everywhere during the holidays.

  • Véronique Houde

    The first outfit is probably exactly the same that my sister-in-law put on her daughter and niece at her wedding festivities the day after the wedding, except that they were lime green. Ugh. They look so uncomfortable, cheap and scratchy in the Made in China by child labourers kind of way…. I would have died three deaths had she given one of those to my daughter (thank god she wasn’t born yet).

    • ktbay

      My SIL put her two 10 month old girls in very similar outfits for my wedding. Black and pink, because she knows how to keep it classy. When she found out that I was going to have a girl too, she gave me all of their old clothes, except those “outfits” because they were too special to her. Bummer?

  • pixie

    That child in #8 has better hair than I do. Jealous!!
    And at first glance I totally thought that “gown” was a mermaid costume.

    • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

      I bet you $10 it’s a wig.

    • pixie

      I really wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    I must know:

    How did nobody mention how CUTE that damn baby in #1 is?!!!
    And how did that dude cram himself into that Barney sweater?

  • AP

    To be fair on #1, people celebrate Christmas in many different climates, including some warm ones.

    • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

      But that doesn’t change how ugly it is, now does it?

  • brebay

    Strapless baby clothes…wtf