This Year’s Tickle Me Elmo? Snuggie!

by Katy on December 21, 2009 · 11 comments

And in the realm of ridiculous, we have this year’s It gift — The Snuggie! Yes sirs and madams, it’s like a throw blanket and your backwards robe had a baby, and resulting love child is the Snuggie!

So what is it about this gimmicky blanket that has captured America’s heart? Is it the campy commercial that features an otherwise functional looking woman who is unable to free her arms from under a traditional blanket? Or is it simply that this blanket is pure genious, the very one thing your heretofore satisfying life has been missing?

Either way, my kids will each be receiving a Snuggie blanket for Christmas from their step-grandmother. Because I couldn’t think of one thing to tell her that they either one wanted or needed.

Don’t judge me. Sob.

Katy Wolk-Stanley, who is able to free her arms from under a blanket.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris-ND December 22, 2009 at 3:10 am

Snort. The snuggie….hee hee hee. My daughter wanted the leopard snuggie, but, alas, all sold out, so, as the soup nazi would say “NO SNUGGIE FOR YOU”. Sears has a down comforter robe/snuggie thing for the same price as the snuggie, but it actually covers your back and looks more comfortable. I will be interested to hear about your snuggie review.


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl December 22, 2009 at 4:29 am

Hee. My son would love one of those. But, it will not be under the tree. lol


Jinger December 22, 2009 at 5:09 am

We have one…the 21 year old is always cold in the winter. She kept asking for one for her birthday. I used a gift card from surveys I do online and ended up paying only $4.00 for the Snuggie! Her only complaint is that she can’t walk around in it as it falls off…she thinks it needs to be redesigned with a velcro snap on the back! I also made a dog Snuggie for a little doggie last winter and wish I patented my idea before the Snuggie company, as I see they have real dog Snuggies this year!


Rhonda December 22, 2009 at 5:46 am

This is hysterical. I have been outside the US for a few years, and it comes to this? My son watched the comercial with me. He said, “isn’t that a robe, worn backwards?” Out of the mouths of babes!


Frugalista December 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I kid you not, I got a snuggie this week for Christmas. It works. Oh yes, there’s also the slanket, the blanket with sleeves. Staying warm is an industry.


Stacey December 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

My husband thinks the Snuggie is the greatest invention ever! I refused to get him one for Christmas, though. I’m of the opinion that he can just use a good old-fashioned blanket if he’s cold 🙂


Katy December 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I mock, but I have an entire written-up plan about how I’m going to steal my older son’s Snuggie away from him. 😉

I may be a non-consumer, but I am apparently just as susceptible to marketing as anyone else.

Katy Wolk-Stanley
The Non-Consumer Advocate

P.S. I think it’s funny that my adsense ads today are for snuggies!


Kathy December 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

We have Snuggie Knockoffs…. I rate them a C+. I thought they’d be a great thing to keep my arms warm when I’m sipping tea or knitting in front of the tv. They’re okay, but they’re simply not as warm as some of our other blankets we keep in the pile in the living room.


glenn December 23, 2009 at 12:19 am

So I guess you must know about the Snug-Wow? It’s the Snuggie made out of Sham-Wow…


Julia December 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm

My husband works for a local chain and they have sold literally THOUSANDS of Snuggies. So I guess I can’t complain, they are helping with the bottom line. He and our kid each have their own. (They are kitty tested and approved, as she likes to lie on them in the sun.) I absolutely refuse to get one, I’m quite happy with my current system: one blanket over my lap and legs/feet, one blanket over my arms and chest (I have no trouble reaching out from under the blanket to use the remote if necessary) and a fat cat on my tummy. I don’t like Snuggies because they fall off easily. As Jinger said, they’d be better with velcro on the back. When my son heard how fast they were selling, he said I’d be the only person in the world without one. I can live with that.


Nienke December 24, 2009 at 1:58 am

Haha! I can’t believe my eyes! Those people remind me of Star Wars. I love how they’re all doing their daily things looking all sci-fi!
This is something the dutch Tightwad Gazette used to promote several years ago (to make yourself), but I always thought you’d get some pretty weird looks from the neighbours wearing it. I can’t believe it has actually become popular in the USA! Great!


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