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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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…
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.
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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