20 Clever Pop Culture-Inspired Holiday Sweaters to Put on Your Wish List

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20 Clever Pop Culture-Inspired Holiday Sweaters to Put on Your Wish List
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If there was ever a time to wear an over-the-top wool sweater with Cardi B‘s face stitched front and center, now would be it. For years, holiday sweaters—ugly, cute, and everything in between—have been a December wardrobe staple. It’s the one time a year when you can whip out something borderline gaudy and still receive tons of Instagram likes for how cute your OOTD is. The problem: The average holiday sweater, with its bells, lights, and Vaudeville-esque stitching, can get a little old.

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That’s where we come in. Gone are the days when a haphazardly sewn-on reindeer wins you a holiday sweater contest. To really wow your family and friends, you’re going to need something original, and what better way than to nod to some of the decade’s biggest pop culture moments, from the death of Harambe (R.I.P.) to the international obsession with “Stranger Things”?

Besides, why would you want a reindeer on your sweater when you can have Drake, Eleven, or Jon Snow? To inspire your holiday wardrobe, we curated 20 cool pop culture-inspired holiday sweaters to shop (or gift) this season.

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Cardi B Holiday Sweater
Cardi B

Rap along to "Bodak Yellow" in this Cardi B-themed holiday sweater. 

$29.99, at Etsy

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Drake Holiday Sweater
Drake

Gift this "Hotline Bling"-themed holiday sweater to the Drake super-fan in your life.

$14.95, at Etsy

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Stranger Things Holiday Sweater
"Stranger Things"

Impress the "Stranger Things" super-fans in your life with this holiday sweater featuring the Netflix breakout's Eleven.

$27.99, at Etsy

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The Rock Holiday Sweater
The Rock

Be almost as cool as The Rock this season with this holiday sweater featuring the actor's face wearing a Santa hat. 

$34.74, at Etsy

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Wonder Woman Holiday Sweater
"Wonder Woman"

Celebrate one of D.C. Comics' most iconic superheroes and 2017's most talked-about movie with this "Wonder Woman"-themed holiday sweater.

$46.71, at Wonder Woman Shop

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Game of Thrones Holiday Sweater
"Game of Thrones"

Let your loved ones know that winter is coming with this "Game of Thrones"-themed holiday sweater, featuring Jon Snow. 

$13.99, at Etsy

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Harambe Holiday Sweater
Harambe

Pay tribute to Harambe (and one of 2016's biggest memes) with this holiday sweater.

$24.95, at Etsy

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Hillary Clinton Holiday Sweater
Hillary Clinton

Your holiday wish list might not be as secretive as Hillary Clinton's, but you can still look rad wearing this holiday sweater nodding to the politician's 2016 email controversy.

$39.99, at Fresh Brewed Tees

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Kanye West Holiday Sweater
Kanye West

Have a happy holiday and a merry Yeezus with this Kanye West-themed sweater.

$35.99, at Etsy

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Beyonce Holiday Sweater

Feel like Queen Bey in this Beyoncé-themed holiday sweater that the singer actually wore in her "7/11" music video.

$40, at Shop Spring

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Breaking Bad Holiday Sweater
"Breaking Bad"

You might not (or might—you never know) find Blue Sky underneath your Christmas tree, but you can still relive Walter White's glory days with this "Breaking Bad"-themed holiday sweater.

$27.95, at Unique Geek Shop

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Friends Holiday Sweater
"Friends"

Spend the holidays in this "Friends"-themed holiday sweater with the Christmas lyrics sung and written by the one and only Phoebe Buffay.

$39.98, at Etsy

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Harry Potter Holiday Sweater
"Harry Potter"

Let all your muggle loved ones know how you really feel about them with this "Harry Potter" themed holiday sweater.

$25, at Etsy

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Mean Girls Holiday Sweater
"Mean Girls"

Up your wardrobe with this "Mean Girls"-themed holiday sweater that even Regina George would approve of.

$22.74, at Skreened

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Seinfeld Holiday Sweater
"Seinfeld"

Celebrate Festivus with the "Seinfeld" gang with this holiday sweater featuring the sitcom's self-made holiday.

$49.99, at Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Star Wars Holiday Sweater
"Star Wars"

Cross over to the dark side with this "Star Wars"-themed holiday sweater featuring Darth Vader and two stormtroopers.

$49.95, at Walmart

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Walking Dead Holiday Sweater
"The Walking Dead"

"The Walking Dead" fans in your life will cover this holiday sweater featuring walkers (a.k.a. zombies) from the AMC hit.

$29.95, at Etsy

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Kermit Holiday Sweater

Bask in your family drama and sip tea in style with this Kermit the Frog holiday sweater nodding at the Muppets character's viral meme

$16.99, at Etsy

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Betty White Holiday Sweater
Betty White

Relive the "Golden Girl" days with this Betty White-inspired holiday sweater.

$19, at Etsy

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Pokemon Holiday Sweater
Pokémon

Relive your childhood with this Pokémon-themed holiday sweater featuring bulbasaur. 

$30.62, at Etsy 

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  • Cardi B Holiday Sweater
  • Drake Holiday Sweater
  • Stranger Things Holiday Sweater
  • The Rock Holiday Sweater
  • Wonder Woman Holiday Sweater
  • Game of Thrones Holiday Sweater
  • Harambe Holiday Sweater
  • Hillary Clinton Holiday Sweater
  • Kanye West Holiday Sweater
  • Beyonce Holiday Sweater
  • Breaking Bad Holiday Sweater
  • Friends Holiday Sweater
  • Harry Potter Holiday Sweater
  • Mean Girls Holiday Sweater
  • Seinfeld Holiday Sweater
  • Star Wars Holiday Sweater
  • Walking Dead Holiday Sweater
  • Kermit Holiday Sweater
  • Betty White Holiday Sweater
  • Pokemon Holiday Sweater

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