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Every few years a trend enters our lives that’s so ridiculous and so unnecessary but so fun that you’re rendered helpless against its powers. Like the Snuggie craze of ’08. (Yeah, that was eight years ago.)

For 2016, it’s all about the mermaid blanket.

These single-serve crocheted blankets (with fabulous extraneous fins) are blowing up all over sites like Etsy. You can buy a premade one for yourself or your kiddo, or you can score a digital pattern for, like, $3. Then just slip in, curl up, read a book, dream of Prince Eric, whatever…

If you were hoping to knock out your Christmas shopping early this year, this is the ticket. Enjoy being everyone’s favorite auntie.

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