What is a fidget spinner?
A fidget spinner is a toy. You hold it between your thumb and index finger, then using your other hand spin it round and round.
Fidget spinners became a craze around the world amongst children in 2017. There isn't one central brand that manufactures them, but many factories. The market has been flooded with the product, of differenct colours and themes - such as a Batman fidget spinner - at cheap prices.
Many bargain hunters have found fidget spinners being given out for free.
Children seem to love fidget spinners. They play with them, trade them and collect them. Due to their cheap price, often no more than £1, parents seem to love them too... That is, until you can't take them away.
Teachers loathe fidget spinners. They have been described as a nightmare and many schools have banned them with the threat of destruction if brought in. Having two dozen children sitting in class all spinning these things may not be the best for education. However, many media outlets and claimed inventors say fidget spinners are great for "soothing" children and helping those diagnosed with ADHD to pay attention.
Where can I buy a fidget spinner?
Many retailers stock fidget spinners for low prices in all variety of colours. This page lists the latest deals as found by our community of bargain hunters. Retailers include:
- Poundland (in-store)
- ASDA George
You can often get fidget spinners for free using cashback sites or part of promotions. Deal hunters have, in the past, spotted that Quidco and Top Cashback have given 100% cashback on fidget spinners thereby making them free.
Who invented the fidget spinner?
This is a topic of debate. No one is quite sure who invented the fidget spinner and it seems to have come out of a number of iterations from different people. Various media outlets featured Catherine Hettinger as the original inventor, who in 1993 filed a patent for a 'spinning toy'.
However, two patent lawyers were cited in Bloomberg news as saying they saw little similarity in Hettinger's spinning toy and what we now know as fidget spinners. In response Hettinger said, "Let's just say I'm claimed to be the inventor. You know, 'Wikipedia claims', or something like that."
Various other figures have stepped forward claiming to be the inventor, however none have stuck and it is unlikely any will stick. Multiple factories create the toy and no royalties are paid. Plus, being a craze, fidget spinners are likely to fade much like the beloved yo-yo.