Ever wondered if there was a one-size-fit-all present solution this Christmas? Dreamed of buying something awesome that people will love but without mindlessly trawling the shops?
Want to buy the same gift for everyone but still be a gifting-goddess? Well, it actually can be done … well here’s how. With 50th Anniversary Twister.
In case you’re not familiar, in the game of TWISTER, the spinner announces to move a hand or foot and to which colour. The challenge is to keep your hands and feet on the mat! Right food red! Left foot green! If your knee or elbow touches the mat, or you fall over, you’re out. Be the last player standing to win!
Two new moves in the latest edition include Spinner’s Choice & Air. With Spinner’s Choice, the spinner makes up a move for the other player to do. If the spinner lands on Air, the player must put a hand or foot up in the air!
Such a colourful history, here’s why it’s not your average game:
TWISTER was first invented in 1964 and called King’s Footsie because players could only use their feet and not their hands in the original game concept. Initially rejected by 3M, the game went through several changes before being bought by The Milton Bradley Company in 1966.
Mel Taft, senior vice president of Research and Development, decided to publish the game after watching other employees get tangled up while demonstrating it and eventually changed the name to TWISTER.
The first game to use players as pieces, it faced social resistance from retailers who felt is was inappropriate to encourage customers to get tangled up on a mat on the floor together. Consumers were confused by how the game worked when it was initially released, so it was pulled off the shelves and all advertising cancelled.
By a stroke of luck, a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show after the game had been cancelled went ahead as planned. Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, had his celebrity guests play a game of TWISTER. The audience loved it and flocked to stores the next day to purchase their own TWISTER game.
After TWISTER’s appearance on The Tonight Show, Abercrombie & Fitch was the only store still stocking TWISTER, soon becoming overwhelmed with customers. The next morning customers were lining up at stores in New York hoping to buy their own TWISTER game.
So here’s 7 people in your life who could enjoy a little more twistin’ fun – and read on below for a special giveaway!
1. Why to buy Twister for YOUR KIDS this Christmas!
Sure, Twister is a load of fun but its also super educational when it comes to little people. Learning your left from right, colours, taking turns and good sportsmanship are just some of the lessons delivered in a Twister box – and you thought it was just for laughs right? Wrong!
2. Why to buy Twister for YOUR BESTIE this Christmas!
Maybe she’s a Mum, maybe she isn’t. It really doesn’t matter! But this is the ‘girls games night’ edition of Twister. Perfect for after 10pm when you’re all getting plenty plenty silly and there’s a few empty wine bottles lining the kitchen bench. Your bestie will have a giggle when she opens your gift – and an absolute blast later in the year when she pulls it out for games night! Always remember, what happens at games night… stays at games night! (Unless there’s photos to prove it!)
3. Why to buy Twister for YOUR MUM this Christmas!
If your Mum was born in the 1950’s she would have been 17 when Twister was pulled from the shelves deemed too ‘risqué’ as adults tangled themselves upon a mat. It was later in 1967 when Twister was featured on the Johnny Carson show that sales went nuts and the game was saved! Wondering why it’s the perfect gift for your Mum this Christmas? Because anything that makes you feel young and alive again is priceless! And heck, she might have a games night with her girlfriends. Or at least play it with her grandkids (or her cats!) and we all know there’s plenty of educational benefit in that!
4. Why to buy Twister for YOUR FAMILY FRIENDS this year!
Buying gifts for families can end up super expensive. Twister is the perfect gift for a whole family that everyone can enjoy – and its under $40! This is the ideal present that will not only be the precious gift of quality family time, creating memories and lots of silly laughter but it’s kind on the hip pocket too! Double win!
5. Why to buy Twister for YOUR TWEEN OR TEEN NIECE OR NEPHEW this year!
Being the cool Aunty is a tricky job! You want to nail a gift the discerning teen will love but also not offend conservative parents. (And truth be told if you’re kids are small your siblings will likely revenge gift them drum kits and Frozen recorders anyway!) So what’s a cool Aunty to do? The age-appropriate but uber-cool gift is near impossible! Enter Twister. Fun, silly and right on target for the teen niece or nephew. Just don’t tell them it’s been a family favourite for 50 years! Cool Aunty status is 100% assured. #coolaunty
6. Why to buy Twister for YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER this year!
Yes, you read that correct! Twister IS the perfect gift for your child’s primary school teacher. Yep, it’s educational. It’s also got stacks of physical benefits such as coordination and core strength development. Teachers love activities for their classrooms. In fact many of them spend much of their own money every year building resources for their class. So yep, she’ll take it home for the school holidays and maybe have a girls night or two (see above) but come Term One 2017 it will be proudly shared with her class during group activities, free time and a saviour on wet-weather days. There’s also hundreds of twists-on-Twister on Pinterest to add maths and English learning to the game! With this gift you’ll go straight to the top of the class!
7. Why to buy Twister for YOUR OTHER HALF this year!
At Mum Central we firmly believe that keeping it fun between you and your partner is a great way to keep your connection strong. We dare you to wrap up your hubby a 50th Anniversary Twister this year and give him a subtle wink across the Christmas tree. Trust us, there’s room for a little Twister fun in your relationship this year! Worse case scenario hubby ends up playing with the kids and you do the grocery shopping alone, right? Best case scenario, well, you tell us! Merry Christmas… 😉
There’s almost no one who wouldn’t love to be given Twister this Christmas. 50 years young, it’s an enduring classic – and still everyone’s favourite game. You can buy Twister in all major retailers as well as online! If that’s not Christmas shopping made easy, we don’t know what is!
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, we’ve teamed up with the good people at Hasbro and we’ve got 5 of the brand new Board Games up for grabs!
To enter, simply complete the entry form below and you’re in the running to win! GOOD LUCK!