With so many in America turning down their thermostats to save money on their heating bills this winter, a Slanket or Snuggie blanket may be a thoughtful Christmas gift. I first came to own a Slanket last year when I received one as a gift. Similar to the Slanket, a Snuggie is now on the market and being heavily advertised on the television. Are either products a nice, useful Christmas gift idea? Having owned a Slanket for a year, I emphatically say yes.
Uses for the Slanket or a Snuggie
Are you fighting with your spouse over the thermostat? My husband can tolerate cold far better than me and I hate to turn the thermostat up just for myself. The Slanket is a great compromise since I can leave the thermostat set lower, making my husband happier, and can use my Slanket to stay warm. Whether you are watching TV or reading on the couch, or even surfing the web or typing documents on your laptop, the Slanket allows you to more easily do so because it is a blanket with sleeves. In general, I use this product several times a week now that winter has arrived, and I use it mostly to stay warm while I use my laptop computer.
What I would do to make Slanket even better; why I may want to get a Snuggie to use as well
While I like the ease of use of the Slanket, it is not without its imperfections. As a petite female, I find the length to be far too long. It seems to be designed for someone far taller, although the extra length is sometimes nice to have to tuck around my feet. One could fold the excess up to form a pocket and sew it to make it shorter, and thus create a nice foot pocket if desired. In addition, the Slanket’s open back allows the user to easily shuck it off if needed. In contrast, the Snuggie, according to JennyReviews, is more like an oversized sweatshirt.
Another thing I would change about the Slanket would be to trim the excess of fabric around the neck. The design allows for more than 20 inches of fabric from the arm holes up to the neck, which is a bit excessive. The picture of the Snuggie on its site does show a more modest neckline, which might appeal to some users, myself included. The Snuggie also comes in kids’ sizes, which the Slanket does not.
Cost of giving a Slanket vs. a Snuggie for Christmas; color options
Slankets are currently more expensive than a Snuggie. QVC does offer Slankets cheaper than the Slanket site, and it is also available on Amazon. Prices range from about $30 to closer to $45. The Snuggie, however, is currently advertised on television for just under $20, making it an attractive Christmas gift. As of the writing of this article, Snuggie is offering a buy one get one (just pay shipping) offer, which will surely appeal to bargain shoppers wanting to save money on Christmas gifts. One drawback of the Snuggie is that the colors are limited. If color factors into your Christmas gift giving, then a Slanket may be a better choice, as there are numerous colors available for purchase.
Personal Experience with The Slanket