It’s the time of year when the eggnog comes out and with it: outrageously bad knitwear. The tackier the better, they say, as Australians are increasingly adopting the US tradition of wearing as many bells and whistles as the Christmas tree.

But Aussie summers are typically too warm for the ugly Christmas sweater. And so the Cancer Council has introduced the “Ugly Xmas Rashie” instead, bringing seasonal spirit to the beach.

The rashies come in two colourways: a cockatoo print in sky blue and a kangaroo print in red and blue. Yes, really.

“It’s Australia’s answer to a global trend for novelty Christmas jumpers. They’re a great way for Aussies to celebrate the silly season whilst remaining sun safe and supporting a great cause,” says Liz King, Cancer Council NSW skin cancer prevention manager.

The Ugly Xmas Rashie is rated UPF 50+, so you may not win best dressed but at least you’ll be protected from the sun’s rays.

“We hoped the rashies would be well received when we released the first design back in 2015, but we had no idea what a phenomenon they would become – the first release sold out in 48 hours,” says King.

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If you want to give someone a laugh this Christmas, you can find the rashies online and at select Cancer Council retail stores around Australia for $69.95.

Every sale helps fund cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy campaigns and support services.

The Cancer Council provides vital research, support services and cancer prevention programs for those affected by cancer. For more information, visit or phone 13 11 20.