Holiday Gift Guide: Puzzles for Kids

Kids can be tough to buy gifts for sometimes, because we don’t know what toys and games they already own or things they will like to use for a long time. It can also be hard to find the perfect difficulty level where it is easy enough to use to be fun but challenging enough to keep interest. A puzzle is a fun, interactive gift that can be enjoyed by the child and his or her parents, as they help their child develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. We have a great holiday gift guide on our site, with puzzles separated by age group, featuring some of our best-loved puzzles for ages 1 through 12.

AGES 1-2+

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Christmas Tree Chunky Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. 13 pieces. Age 2+

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Sound Puzzle: Musical Instruments by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 2+

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Large Farm Jumbo Knob by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 1+

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AGES 3-4+

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Thomas & Friends – Meeting Friends by Ravensburger. 80 pieces. Ages 4+

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Chestnut and Acorn by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

 

Black Lab Puppies (Tray Puzzle) by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

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AGES 5-6+

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Jouney to Oz by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 5+

Noah and the Ark by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 6+

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Mini Puzzles: Tiger by Ravensburger. 54 pieces. Ages 5+

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AGES 7-8+

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Teddy Bear Workshop by . 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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Dino’s Solar System by Dino’s Illustrated World. 500 pieces. Ages 8+

Gingerbread Makers by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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AGES 9-10+

Gingerbread Fun by Springbok. 400 pieces. Ages 10+

Frogs by SunsOut. 200 pieces. Ages 10+

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Around the World with Nellie Bly by Pomegranate. 300 pieces. Ages 9+

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AGES 11-12

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Affectionate Pups by MEGA Puzzles. 1000 pieces. Ages 12+

Anif Castle 3D Puzzle by Hasbro. 769 pieces. Ages 12+

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Dragon Storm by Melissa and Doug. 500 pieces. Ages 12+

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Only 6 Days Left to get your order by Christmas! Order by Tuesday, Dec 17 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24.

New Puzzle Design Kickstarter

If you’re looking for a completely new puzzle experience, consider backing Mike and Tina’s Kickstarter. These circular puzzles are created using a deck of 52 cards. Place the cards in the right order in the circular holder, and your finished image will appear. It comes packed with hints to help you along, or the Math Challenge Deck for kids offers the added challenge of equations Ion the reverse side. If the equations are solved correctly, it will help the puzzler place the cards in the correct order.

Extra advantages to this new, innovative type of puzzling is that it’s easily portable and lightweight, as well as simple to keep track of your “pieces” in a car or plane. Some decks can be turned into regular playing card decks after use; others have images on each side for twice the fun.

Kickstarter is a new way for artists of all kinds to get funding for their projects. With Mike and Tina’s project, you can pledge as low as $1 to help them get their product to the market. If you pledge $15 or more, you could win special prizes for supporting them, such as souvenir puzzle cards or one of their first edition products. Watch their videos on their page to see how much fun their customers have had putting together their puzzles!

As of December 6, there are 2 weeks left to help them raise their goal of $100,000. So far 46 people have helped them raise a total of almost $6,200!

Christmas Puzzles Under $10

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced gift for someone (or yourself!) for the holiday season then look no further than our Gifts Under $10 in our Holiday Guide. Here are our best winter/holiday puzzles that won’t break the bank! You’ll find snowmen, frosty evenings by the fire, puppies, and Santa in these fun puzzles with 300 pieces or less.

Looking In by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

MINI – Christmas Cottage by SunsOut. 100 pieces.

MINI – Little Rascal by SunsOut. 100 pieces.

Shopping Spree by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Friends and Neighbors by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Puppy Love by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Christmas Present for Peanut by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Christmas Tree (Puzzle Ball) by Ravensburger. 54 pieces.

Snowman Carnival by SunsOut. 200 pieces.

Snowy Indigo Evening by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Enchanted Woods by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

 

 

eBoy Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzles

The clean and sharp art of eBoy graces three of our 1500 piece cityscape jigsaw puzzles by Heye. eBoy, a group consisting of Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr, started creating pixel art together in 1998 because of their shared affinity for making art “for the screen.” Pixel art is a special type of digital illustration, meaning that the members of eBoy are working with their art down to the pixel— painstaking effort for maximum detail work. Now their art is used in a different context—often printed, and now richer and more complex than it was 15 years ago.

Rio by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

“Handling pixels is fun,” they say. “You are forced to simplify and abstract things.”

But even with the simplicity of pixels, eBoy is able to create grand views of popular cities, showing us something familiar in a new way. The choice for cityscapes comes from their love of the “liveliness, density, and variety of an urban environment.”

Los Angeles by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

If eBoy devotes itself solely to one project, with all 3 members working on it full time, it can take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete with all the detail and work. But eBoy often works on things in their spare time, meaning some projects take months—or even years.

Their work has paid off. They have worked for big name companies such as Coca-Cola, Honda, Nike, and the New York Times.

Paris by Heye. 1500 pieces. 33″ x 23″

eBoy puzzles are fun because you’re never stuck working on one portion of the puzzle for too long. There’s always something new to look at and discover. In a review from pleased customer Jeremy, he said, “Easily the most fun puzzle I’ve encountered. Plenty of variety in the imagery, so the 1500 pieces stay fun the entire time. Felt like mini-puzzles within a giant puzzle. Leaves plenty of room to get the entire family around.”

Best Autumn Farm Puzzles

I’m still obsessing over our fall puzzles, and we’re halfway to winter. Farm puzzles aren’t usually one of my personal favorite themes, but with the bright orange and yellow trees and blazing sunrises and sunsets, I’m tempted to buy up some of these SunsOut and Master Pieces puzzles. “Vermont Maple” looks like it’d be quite a challenge to sort out all those pieces for the trees, but I think it tops my list as one of the most beautiful puzzles we carry.

Vermont Maple by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

The Cow and the Pumpkin Farm by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Sunset Barn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

America’s Heartland by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Barn Dance Tonight by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Autumn in Deer Country by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Autumn Gold by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Last Chore of the Day by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Ready or Not by SunsOut. 550 pieces.