It was a Xmas/housewarming gift to my older son (age 28) and his girlfriend. They've been dating since they were undergraduates, but are living together for the first time (she finished medical school in Virginia last spring and got one of her first choices for residency in San Francisco). They are both very appreciative and worthy recipients of anything I knit.
To block the blanket, I popped it in my front loader on hand wash with a dollop of Soak and then laid it out flat with a minimum of pinning. It softened noticeably and also defuzzed a bit.
When they opened the package, Anna wrapped herself up in it and couldn't stop petting it, murmuring "it's so soft" over and over.
I can always visit it at their place.