The Christmas season is back. Cue the endless family get-togethers, present exchanges and festive movie marathons. But this holiday and all its celebrations also brings a never-ending to-do list. To make things a little easier though, we’ve ticked a Christmas essential off your list by finding the top festive knits on the market for this year.
Our male testers judged each jumper on Christmas spirit, general fit and fabric quality, and selected the best ones for 2018, so you can swan into your office party as the epitome of festive cheer.
There are jumpers for everyone, from the Crimbo-obsessed to the scrooges among us, so take a look and find your favourite.
Best for: A season-wide wardrobe staple
Key specs – Fabric: Wool blend; Sizes: S-2XL; Colour options: Grey marl
This jumper can be worn all season long. The subtle mountain scene is a delicate and classy way to appreciate the winter months. The high-quality knit means the inside of the jumper is clean and neat too, with no loose strands that start to unwind with continued wear. Do bear in mind that it’s hand-wash only, though. But the fabric is 80 per cent wool, so it’ll keep you extra toasty in the icy months ahead.
Best for: Value
Key specs – Fabric: Acrylic; Sizes: S-XL; Colour options: Green
This is for anyone with an all-in attitude to Christmas. With dangling elf legs and jingle bells dotted around, you’ll be the favourite attraction at your family gatherings. And at only £16, it’s the best-value Christmas jumper we reviewed.
If you’re looking for a jumper to keep you warm though, this might not be the best choice. The fabric on the front is good quality and seems durable but the fabric on the back is significantly thinner. The fit is generous so can be layered in these colder months, but, if you’re torn between sizes, we’d say go for the smaller one.
£29, Not On The High Street
Best for: Durability
Key specs – Fabric: Cotton blend; Sizes: XS-2XL; Colour options: Black, grey, navy
This is a Christmas jumper for people who don’t do Christmas jumpers. The simple, no-fuss design gets its point across succinctly and its made from 80 per cent cotton, which means you won’t be steaming like a Christmas pudding when the heating’s on. The fabric is high quality and soft on the inside and it can even withstand a good wash without the printed letters fading or rubbing off. The sizes do run on the small side though, so we’d recommend going one size bigger than you usually would. All Lovetree Design items are hand-printed in the UK in its studio in the West Midlands.
Best for: Christmas in a galaxy far, far away
Key specs – Fabric: Cotton; Sizes: XS to 3XL; Colour options: Black
There are so many things we love about this jumper. Puns? Check. Star Wars? Check. Christmas flare? Check. Plus, it’s made from 100 per cent cotton, making it the most breathable jumper on this list. And at £20, it’s bang in the middle of our price-range.
It’s machine washable, too, and the fabric is durable so won’t fall victim to fading too quickly. The jumper also stays pretty true to size and, with its generous crew-neck, will bring you over to the merry side.
From £12.95, Beyond Retro
Best for: One-of-a-kind knits
Key specs – Fabric: Mixed; Sizes: One size only; Colour options: Variety
Beyond Retro is an online collective of unique vintage pieces from across the country. Its selection of Christmas jumpers is seriously impressive, with endless styles, colours and sizes to choose from. Each piece is usually completely one-of-a-kind too, so don’t take too long making a decision as once it’s off the site, it won’t appear again.
We love this classic number in plum with a round neck. The fabric is high quality and the fit is exactly what we expected. Sizing is something to consider when buying vintage, though. Beyond Retro has its own guide that may differ to other shops, so it’s best to check your measurements against the ones listed on the site to be sure you’re getting a good fit.
£45, Not On The High Street
Best for: Christmas family get-togethers
Key specs – Fabric: Cotton blend; Sizes: XS to 3XL; Colour options: Grey
There’s no doubt about it, this jumper from UK clothing brand Batch1 is pricey but so, so worth it. It’s completely customisable so, if you submit your postcode at checkout, you can add an arrow to exactly where Santa needs to stop this Christmas. It’s also got a little plate of milk and cookies and a carrot for Rudolph on the front.
Well suited to a family get-together, this extra-special jumper is sure to be a big hit. Plus, you can get a matching jumper for any little ones, as it’s also available in sizes 3-13 years. The fabric is high quality and fully machine washable.
Best for: An office Christmas do
Key specs – Fabric: Acrylic; Sizes: S-XL; Colour options: Black, red
If you’re feeling bold and cold this winter, this jumper is for you. With a snowman lifting a dumbell declaring “I’m sexy and I snow it”, it’s guaranteed to get a few laughs (or dejected groans) at the office Christmas party. It’s not the most breathable piece but it’s slouchy and cosy, which is ideal for the chilly months to come. The image of the snowman is durable and doesn’t fade when washed either. It’s good value for money and we think it will stand the test of time for Christmases to come.
From £14.99, Amazon
Best for: Making a statement
Key specs – Fabric: Polyester blend; Sizes: S-3XL; Colour options: 27
There’s only word to describe this jumper: wow. Intergalactic cats in bow ties and Christmas hats, flying on pizza spaceships – what’s not to love? If you’re going to be in a warm room for a long space of time (pun intended), this might not be the one for you. The polyester blend does feel rather like you’re cooking in a bin bag but the reaction to wearing this stunning number is worth it. The body and arms do run short and the sizing is a tad small, so keep that in mind when you’re ordering it. The jumper is machine washable and holds up well, even on a warm wash.
£25, Not On The High Street
Best for: A secret Santa gift
Key specs – Fabric: Cotton blend; Sizes: 34″/36″-45″/47″; Colour options: Grey
There’s no better way to instruct your friends and family of your festive needs then by rocking up to a gathering in this personalised jumper. You can have your heart’s desires printed on this customisable piece, which is fully machine washable. The jumper is true to size, if a little slouchy, so can be layered, while the lettering is high quality and will withstand day-to-day wear. Made in Somerset by family-run brand Sparks and Daughters, it would also make a lovely secret Santa present and, at £25, won’t break the bank.
£30, Disney Shop
Best for: A magical Christmas
Key specs – Fabric: Acrylic blend; Sizes: S-XL; Colour options: Grey
Because of the big name and above average price tag, you know you’re going to get a good-quality jumper from Disney. We love this jazzy option, which is lightweight and soft, meaning you won’t be weighed down when wearing it. The vibrant pattern will get you noticed, while Donald’s frustrated present-wrapping face is all of us this season. The sizing is generous, so if you’re torn between two sizes, choose the smaller one.
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