Late in the summer months, Aldi often sells fun accessories for kids’ bedrooms or playrooms. Maybe it’s because Aldi also sells a lot of cool items for decking out dorm rooms during this same time period, and the retailer doesn’t want to forget the younger crowd. Or maybe they think younger kids need to have a little fun before it’s time to hit the school books again. Either way, during this time of year, you’re likely to spot neat products such as indoor play tents, bed canopies, character backrest pillows, and more.
My kids recently noticed some hooded plush throw blankets in the Aldi ad, and I picked some up as a sort of early back-to-school gift.
Huntington Home Hooded Plush Throws cost $8.99 each at the time of publication. These are Aldi Finds (Special Buys), which means they’re only in stores for a short time.
These throws come in four designs: a dinosaur, dog, unicorn, or llamacorn (a combination of a llama and a unicorn). They match some character backrest pillows that hit store shelves the same week, so you can make a set with a throw blanket and pillow if you want to. I purchased the dog and llamacorn throws for my kids, and I also got the dog character backrest.
The throws measure 40 inches by 50 inches. They are made of 100% polyester, excluding decorations, and they were made in China. They also are certified by OEKO-TEX to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 substances.
They can be machine washed separately in cold water on the gentle cycle and tumble dried on low heat. They should not be ironed.
These blankets are very cute, and my kids highly approve of them. Besides the cute hood designs, which we love, we were pleasantly surprised to discover upon unpackaging these throws that they feature pockets for your hands. These pockets are great for keeping your hands warm, or if you’re a kid, for playing at being a dog, dinosaur, or unicorn.
In terms of size, these are definitely made for kids, but they have some flexibility depending on how much blanket coverage you want. When my almost-9-year-old wears her throw on her head while standing up, it comes down almost to her heels, so she has plenty of coverage. It’s smaller on my middle schooler, but she still loves it and “wears” it all over the house and says it feels a bit like a robe.
My only complaint about these throws is very minor, and that is that the care tags and that pesky tag that’s only supposed to be removed by the consumer “under penalty of law” are sewn into a very noticeable and unflattering spot on the back of the hood (look closely in the side-view photo above and you’ll see the tags’ profile sticking out just behind the head). Of course, I easily fixed this by carefully cutting the tags off as close to the blanket as possible, but it left some small remnants of the tags behind. I’m probably the only one who notices at this point, and my kids don’t mind, so for $9 it’s not bad.
Huntington Home Hooded Plush Throws come in cute dog, dinosaur, unicorn, and llamacorn designs and are a good bargain if you’re looking for a fun and functional gift for kids. We especially like the hand pockets sewn into the blankets.