25 jigsaw puzzles so enticing you might not mind winter weather

25 jigsaw puzzles so enticing you might not mind winter weather

As the weather gets cooler, I start taking stock of my puzzle stash. We’re long-time avid puzzlers during the winter months and I like to have a variety of designs and difficulty levels on hand. Not only that, puzzles make great gifts. There are plenty of amazing puzzles out there, now more than ever. (Do you remember the early pandemic days when puzzles were suddenly nearly as in-demand as toilet paper? Their popularity has only increased since then!)

If you’re looking for a little something extra to accompany the gift of a puzzle, consider a puzzle mat. A mat or other large flat surface makes it easy to move puzzles-in-progress from the table to somewhere out of the way. It also helps prevent curious pets from finding a trail of pieces on the floor to steal or chew on. My family uses a bulletin board, to Daisy’s chagrin. (Only because she thinks cardboard is DELICIOUS.)

Here’s a roundup of puzzles that are sure to bring hours of delight. If you find yourself thanking the winter weather for giving you an excuse to stay inside and puzzle away, I won’t blame you.

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Holiday puzzles

Galison Merry Moonlight Skaters 500 Piece Foil Puzzle. A cheery scene with ice skaters, skyscrapers, and snow. The foil accents are so pretty.

Puzzles of Color Comfort & Joy 500 Piece Puzzle. I’ve heard these puzzles make great keepsakes! This would be a great gift for Christmas or Kwanzaa.

Family Snow Day Personalized 200 Piece Puzzle. Speaking of keepsakes, this customizable illustration of your family and pets will be a keeper. It includes your family name and the year etched into the frame.

Liberty Snowflake 137 Piece Puzzle. We are hardcore Liberty fans around here. Liberty’s wooden pieces are cut into the shapes of characters, animals, and geometric designs. The pieces of this beautiful snowflake include skiers and mini snowflakes.

Galison Michael Storrings 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar Puzzle. Work on one 80 piece puzzle a day for the 12 days of Christmas.

EuroGraphics Christmas Ornaments 1000 Piece Puzzle. I almost want to count how many ornaments are pictured here…

Bookish puzzles

Laurence King Publishing The World of Jane Austen 1000 Piece Puzzle. Go on a tour of Austen’s world and characters with this unique puzzle.

Galison Book Haven 1000 Piece Puzzle. What a cheerful bookshop! I want to go there.

Cobble Hill Nancy Drew 1000 Piece Puzzle. Nancy Drew covers bring back good childhood memories.

True South Literary Classics 500 Piece Puzzle. A puzzle map of well-known literary homes and neighborhoods, filled with all kinds of fun details, right down to the street names.

White Mountain Puzzles Rare Book Store 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. Anyone else wish they could browse the shelves? It looks so cozy!

Cobble Hill The Cat Library 1000 Piece Puzzle. Books and cats make purrfect companions. The bookshelves are from a real bookstore: Russell Books in Victoria, BC.

Plants, Flowers, and the Outdoors puzzles

Pick Me Up Gardening 500 Pieces. Can I put a greenhouse on my Christmas list? Such a lovely backyard.

Pomegranate Hiroo Isono: Full Bloom 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. Stunning spring blooms!

Cavallini & Co Vintage Succulents 1000 Piece Puzzle. Not only are Cavallini & Co. puzzles beautifully designed, they come in a cute container. This vintage-styled botanical poster will help you identify all manner of succulents.

State Flower USA Map Puzzle 275 Piece Puzzle. Learn the state flowers with this colorfully hand-drawn puzzle.

Galison Plant Shelfie 1000 Piece Puzzle. Basically the perfect puzzle for me.

Geode Puzzle. This looks like a beautiful challenge! There are 160-180 pieces, depending on which color geode you choose.

EuroGraphics Butchart Gardens – Sunken Garden 1000 Piece Puzzle. Now I want to visit this garden in person someday.

Galison The Beachcomber’s Companion 1000 Piece Puzzle. All the shells! Plus, 20 pieces are die-cut in the shape of the shell.

Destinations puzzles

Charley Harper Glacier Bay 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. Charley Harper’s designs are whimsical and fun. I love this take on Glacier Bay.

True South Kentucky State 500 Piece Puzzle. We frequently give Kentucky puzzles to friends who have moved away. True South has designs for every state.

White Mountain Golden Gate Bridge 1000 Piece Puzzle. It really is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges.

eeBoo London Life 1000 Piece Puzzle. Great illustration—it looks like a fun one for my whole family to work on.

EuroGraphics Venice Rialto Bridge 1000 Piece Puzzle. This is a dreamy scene.

Do you have any recent puzzles you recommend? I’d love to hear about your favorite puzzles in the comments.

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25 jigsaw puzzles so enticing you might not mind winter weather

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  1. Laura J says:

    I also like the pricey but exceptional Wentworth Puzzles. One of the things I like about some of the Galison puzzles is that when you look closely, the people come in different colors, just like in our world!

  2. Mary Duncklee says:

    I love the idea of the bulletin board to hold puzzles!
    I also love the Wentworth puzzles – when I’m up for a challenge.
    I have quite a few of the Ravensburger Cozy puzzles – easy, relaxing. My favorites.

  3. Jana Vanden Branden says:
  4. Dianne Frothingham says:

    I just purchased some Wentworth puzzles for our family Christmas season Beautiful wood puzzles with “whimsy” pieces, made in UK. I have just received delivery from the UK in less than 2 weeks in a box which was a bit of a puzzle to open. A variety of designs – from an abstract Santa to silly Christmas cats to an illustration from
    a mysterious, unknown storybook. They have 25-30 piece puzzles packaged as Christmas crackers for each place at the dinner table, and many of a favorite image can be ordered in 250 – 500 – 1000 piece sizes. As jigsaw puzzles go they are expensive, but so wellmade and boxed. Highly recommended!

  5. Dianne Frothingham says:

    PS – l also love the round 500 piece puzzles from eeBoo, woman-owned since 1994, certified WBENC and the more unusual designs of Re-marks, Inc.

  6. Natalie G says:

    I just picked up Sandra Boynton’s “Hidden Cows” 1000 piece puzzle (Workman Publishing). I haven’t started it yet, but her illustrations are so much fun, and the reviews on the quality of the puzzle were great.

  7. Amanda Lamb says:

    Check out the Magic Puzzle Company. You can get all three puzzles they currently have available on Amazon for about $60. These are good quality but also really amazing! The details are fantastic and there’s a surprise at the end of each one, some kind of “magic” ending.

  8. I somehow had never heard of the puzzle map, but you have just solved a problem for me! We have a 3.5yo and a soon-to-be-1yo so having a puzzle out on the table is just not practical! The 3.5yo would surely get into it and walk off with pieces. So I have been doing jigsaw puzzles on my phone at night which are surprisingly satisfying, but not the same as putting a puzzle together. But that puzzle map solves this problem! I have several puzzles in my closet that I thought I wouldn’t be able to touch for like 4+ years! So thank you!

  9. Adrienne says:

    Oooooh the Jane Austen puzzle and the Book Store puzzle look like fun! I love puzzles, especially 2000 piece puzzles which I work on a large white board. The white board has a metal rim which helps keep pieces from sliding off onto to the floor, where the cats can get them. Here are a few of my favorite puzzles:
    * Buffalo Games – North America Wonders – 2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QSHDBRR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    * Buffalo Games – World Landmarks 360-2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T32FBYZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&th=1

    * Ravensburger World of Books Puzzle 2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KAAEI2Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    And this one is on my Christmas Wish List!
    * Buffalo Games – are We There Yet? – 2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJVZ3PC/?coliid=IB8KDQMVF36I4&colid=27ZJUQWQI9BUK&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    Lastly, this is the puzzle board I use for most of my jigsaw puzzles. I love the trays which are great for keeping the puzzle surface free of individual pieces. Sadly, the 2000 piece puzzles are too big for this table. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NCJ5CB8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Happy puzzling!

  10. Jessica says:

    Here’s an “I’d Rather Be Reading” puzzle! https://www.amazon.com/dp/0735360537?pf_rd_p=d078cc82-72c1-4667-8523-a2462fd1fc66&pf_rd_r=4VXSY4S3JQBVWMAEBX3A&pd_rd_wg=JbvqJ&pd_rd_i=0735355991&pd_rd_w=gJBCf&pd_rd_r=d40487e8-f606-41f5-b0c3-272e860122bc&ref_=pd_luc_rh_crh_rh_bxgy_reranked_03_03_t_img_lh&th=1
    I do a ‘grown up’ puzzle every Thanksgiving weekend, and my kids are always so disinterested until the very end. This year, though, I think I’ve got a winner with Lego Minifigs! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1452182272/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_4?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

  11. Marion says:

    I love doing holiday puzzles. We are still working on a Halloween Charlie Brown one. several Christmas theme ones,Religious and non Religious.
    Thank you for the list.
    Marion

  12. Beverly J Wrigglesworth says:

    I own the Cobble Hill “The Cat Library” in the link above and put it together several months ago. It was challenging and fun!

  13. Marilyn says:

    We have many undone puzzles. My sister is getting the Nancy Drew puzzle for Christmas. We have an American girl puzzle with is a mystery also. The map of Ireland puzzle is very large. Another holiday puzzle is one of with Peeps. We also have a Presidents puzzle. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Marilyn

  14. Joanne says:

    My family and I fell in love with the Harry Potter mini puzzles during the pandemic. This year I purchased the New York Puzzle company Advent set for the family. I am eager to start this tradition for the holidays this year!

  15. Katie says:

    I just ordered one of the Nancy Drew puzzle from Cobble Hill. Thanks so much for this post. I had been wanting to buy a puzzle but nothing caught my eye until I saw your post.

  16. Shizuka says:

    I’ve spent several happy hours this past week working on the New York Puzzle Company’s Library puzzle. I’m nowhere near done. Two girls, a monkey, a bear, and a Zebra are all hanging out in a pastel library. This is like a childhood dream (I’d be one of the girls).

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