How to choose a jigsaw puzzle: Size isn’t everything

Choosing a jigsaw puzzle can prove to be a difficult task, especially if you intend to use it as a gift. There are some things that you should think about before doing it that can make your job a lot easier. Today, we will discuss the number of pieces, which is probably one of the most important features of today’s puzzle.

If we look at the jigsaw puzzle market, we can identify a certain trend that is also visible in the Western society at large. Breaking records and expanding our own limits has become socially desirable, and this is easy to observe when it comes to jigsaw puzzles. If you take a look at the biggest puzzle companies, you will see that almost every one of them tries to break the world record for the biggest jigsaw puzzle. And if they don’t, they certainly don’t fall too far behind. Puzzles with thousands of pieces have become the rule, and you have to do some research if you’re trying to find a puzzle with less than 100 pieces that’s not for toddlers.

Obviously, a huge puzzle is a huge challenge and can mean lots of fun for the right person. But not everybody likes them. A huge puzzle should only be bought by or for a patient and methodical person. Otherwise, it will go to waste. There are small puzzles that can be just as entertaining, and there’s nothing wrong with them. But if you easily lose your patience or interest, lack the time or concentration, a 5000 pieces jigsaw box might never even be opened, no matter what’s inside.

Pablo Picasso Jigsaw Puzzles

Nobody expects you to have a genuine Picasso painting in your living room, even though he was an incredibly prolific artist who produced thousands of artworks. Because he is considered as one of the greatest painters in history, his works sell at incredibly high prices, and only a handful of people have the means and privilege to own one of them. What’s more, it seems that people really enjoy stealing his artworks. Not ordinary people, but professional thieves, since hundreds of genuine Picasso works are reported missing and are probably being enjoyed as you read this article by rich and greedy men with great taste in art and unorthodox connections.

At Puzzle Warehouse, you won’t find any genuine Pablo Picasso paintings. But we can offer you something a lot better for a jigsaw puzzle amateur: Picasso jigsaw puzzles. Although our collection is modest, we have a couple of jigsaw puzzles representing some of the most famous paintings of the artist: La Lecture and Guernica.

Made by Recordi Arte, these fine jigsaw puzzles are recommended to patient art lovers. Why patient? Because, in order to be able to contemplate the final result, you will have to assemble no less than 1500 pieces, for “Guernica” and 2000 for “La Lecture”. And while such numbers do not compete with the world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle, they are still a lot and those who encounter difficulties in the process should not be discouraged. The result is definitely worth it: a Picasso reproduction to which you have contributed.

Puzzle of the Day – Pets Picnic

Today’s puzzle of the day goes, once again, to the animal lovers. To be more precise, cute animal lovers are the only ones truly able to appreciate it. Made by Sunsout, Pets Picnic is a large piece jigsaw puzzle with a finished size of 18″ X 24″. Once you assemble its 300 pieces you will discover an amazingly fun and relaxing animal world that is at the same time incredibly human.

Of course, you might have already figured that out from the jigsaw puzzle’s title. The picnic is a human invention, while pets are not human. This is a position easy to criticize, as the difference between pets and animals can be seen to lie in their degree of human friendliness, or perhaps even humanity. But enough with the intellectual debates, and let us get back to the puzzle. It features man’s best friends, gathered together around everything you need for a picnic.

The picnic basket is guarded by one of the funniest looking dogs in the world, a West Highland White Terrier, surrounded by his friends. Two rabbits and a cat with another four furry little pets and a couple of other fellows complete the picture, waiting for you to be discovered.

This is the sort of picnic that you can’t enjoy alone, and we recommend you to try it only if you’re accompanied by your family. Only then will you be able to taste the pleasures that this very special picnic has to offer. Expect happiness and a very peaceful state of mind.

Tiger Jigsaw Puzzle

While being one of the biggest predators in the world, the fearsome tiger is, after all, just a big cat. If you don’t believe us, we invite you to take a look at the Stretching Tiger jigsaw puzzle from Puzzle Warehouse and observe the similarities. You have certainly witnessed more than a cat stretching just like this tiger does and, if you try to ignore its hundreds of kilograms, huge teeth and claws, the animal in the picture is the same.

This tiger jigsaw puzzle has 500 pieces and its finished size is 18” X 24”. Made by Planet Zoo, what distinguishes this puzzle among many other similar ones has nothing to do with its fabrication process, the quality of the materials or the beauty of the image. It is something a lot more different, and a lot more meaningful than a simple material detail.

Should you buy it, a percentage of the money will go to protecting endangered species and their habitat. It is a very noble thing to do from the manufacturing company, especially since these majestic animals are endangered and efforts are being made worldwide to ensure they can reproduce safely and repopulate the areas in which they used to live.

Only a few thousand are left in the world, due to the destruction of their habitat and to those who are hunting them for their fur. If you appreciate them, you will also appreciate the beauty of this jigsaw puzzle and the message it tries to send.

Puzzles for Toddlers

Puzzle Warehouse can make everyone happy, regardless of their age. The impressive collection of puzzles, available both online and offline will keep you satisfied, no matter what your age is and what your preferences are. You can even find puzzles for toddlers and help them develop faster some of the essential motor and visual perception skills, while improving in the meantime their hand-eye coordination. And, what’s even more important, if you choose a jigsaw puzzle in order to reach the goals outlined above, you will contribute yourself to the happiness and development of your cherished little one.

The puzzles for toddlers are, of course, not made of cardboard. Safety’s first and you will only be able to get extra thick wooden puzzles, easy to handle and impossible to swallow. Handmade by Melissa and Doug, these jigsaw puzzles are simple, entertaining and incredibly cute. Their quality is definitely one of their strenghts, but not the only one.

All the pieces have jumbo wooden knobs that make their handling extremely easy, no matter what puzzle you choose. That also makes the assembling easier, and playing with the pieces becomes a lot more fun.

And speaking of fun, wait till you see some of the jigsaw wooden puzzles we have in stock. There’s a fishbowl with three happy residents, smiling at you, but if you don’t like water and would rather travel in a more exotic setting, the Jungle Friends await you as well. A friendly giraffe, an elephant and a lion are praying to be played with.

Oh, and we forgot to mention. Underneath each of the pieces you will find full-color, matching pictures, just in case the toddlers get distracted along the way.