Halloween is Done, but We’re not at Christmas Yet!

Thursday was Halloween. A lot of people woke up Friday morning with snow on their minds and jingling carols in their ears, ready to bundle up next to the fire and wait for Santa. Stores have pulled out their wreaths and advent calendars, but everyone is forgetting something!

THANKSGIVING!

We aren’t skipping over this holiday. What’s better than dinner at 2 pm followed by dessert and naps—plus quality time with your loved ones over a long weekend?

A puzzle is the perfect activity for all the people that have been shooed by the cooks from the kitchen for having grabby fingers with the food. They can turn those busy hands to something productive by putting together some of these turkey-day themed jigsaws!

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Gobbler Farms by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Pre-Serves! by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

barn puzzles, pasture

Pie Apples by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

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Freedom from Want by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Turkey Tracks by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Lady’s Choice by SunsOut. 550 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Going to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving by Andrews + Blaine. 1000 pieces.

Jigsaw Puzzles for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

At Puzzle Warehouse, we’ve long advocated the use of jigsaw puzzles as a way to spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia. Not only do puzzles stimulate cognitive thinking and memory thought processes, but they are a relaxing way to start a conversation or simply enjoy time together with a loved one.

On October 31st, the White House released a statement discussing Alzheimer’s and how it affects millions of Americans every day.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly erodes precious memories, thinking skills, and the ability to perform simple tasks. It affects millions of Americans, including senior citizens as well as younger Americans with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This month, we stand with everyone confronting the painful reality of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; lend our support to the families who care for them; and renew our commitment to delaying, preventing, and ultimately curing this disease.”

-Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation declaring November the official Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

In honor of the theme, we’ve compiled some of the best large piece jigsaw puzzles that are great for aging hands and eyes. Several of the puzzles featured here are actually part of the Puzzles to Remember and Puzzle With Me catalogs, both specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18" x 23.5".

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses.  This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18" x 23.5"

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses. This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18″ x 23.5″

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

 

 

Reviews on Some of Our Most Popular Puzzles

We at Puzzle Warehouse love all of our puzzles and recommend them highly—but don’t take our word for it! Many of you have submitted reviews on puzzles that are helpful to the other customers and give them a good idea of what to expect once they open the box. Whether some are surprised the picture is so vibrant or pleased that the pieces were so sturdy, people have a lot of good things to say about a lot of fun puzzles. Here are 5 random puzzles and their reviews from our Popular Puzzles section. We love reading your thoughts on puzzles—keep them coming!

Contentment by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“Beautiful pictures and nice large pieces.” —Cathy, 5 star review

“I wasn’t prepared for the size of the puzzle and wish I would have added a leaf to the table! But it’s a great puzzle and well done. We are having fun working it.” —Sarah, 5 star review

Tasty Treats by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

“Great puzzle idea. Entertained family members (all ages) for hours.” —Gail, 5 star review

“I really like the puzzle. The pieces are high quality and I also like that the pieces are larger than usual.” —Martha, 5 star review

“A little harder to do than some but that made it even better. I loved it.” —Jackie, 5 star review

Blue Ribbon Groomer by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“Was a VERY fun puzzle, actually wrote that on the box before I passed it on to my daughter.” —Suanne, 5 star review

“Beautiful puzzle, nice quality and color. So much fun to do.” —Wendie, 5 star review

Butterflies and Sunflowers by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

 ”The puzzled was delivered quickly and in mint condition. It’s much more colorful than seeing it on the website which I’m very pleased about.” —Rita, 5 star review
“This puzzle was awesome and worth buying.” —Angela, 5 star review

Airplanes of World War II by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

“The pieces are large and easy to handle; the multi-pictures with borders make it easy for someone who loves puzzles but has difficulty discerning between pieces in large stretches of single colors. Excellent!” —Susan, 5 star review

Jigsaw Puzzles of Fairies

My grandmother loved fairies. She had a fairy garden complete with an arched entrance with the word “believe” on it. Through the entryway there was a small pond decorated with fairy figurines and a rocking bench. It is a beautiful and serene spot, a place where one could believe in magic.

Fairies and sprites add a bit of whimsy to our lives. We could also use some fairy dust to sprinkle around! To celebrate my grandma’s memory, I’ve collected some of our cutest and most fun fairy puzzles to share with you all.

Other puzzlers have told me before in comments on the blog and Facebook that puzzles are a great way to celebrate and remember someone close to them, as there are so many images to choose from to remind us of people and their passions. I’ll have to pick up a fairy puzzle myself soon—I think the first one in this list is my favorite!

fairy puzzle, 300 piece puzzle

Bath Time by Ravensburger. 300 pieces.

Al Fine, Shu by Educa. 500 pieces.

Fairy Hollow by Educa. 1000 pieces.

Fairy Falls by SunsOut. 1500 pieces.

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Fairy Princess by Educa. 500 pieces.

ceaco shimmer puzzles, glitter jigsaw

Angel Haniel by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

The Kiss by Educa. 1000 pieces.

 

Puzzles are the Perfect Family Bonding Activity

Last week my family lost my grandmother to lung cancer. She passed in her home with her family around her, eating, laughing, and sharing stories for days straight. Although it was emotionally difficult for all of us, we kept her spirits up with our smiles and offered her the comfort of being surrounded by those that loved her the most.

For several of those days, we had 10 or more people in her home spending the night to be with her. To keep us all occupied, I pulled out some puzzles. Everyone, the young, the old, and the middle-aged, stopped for some moments to help put the puzzles together.

During this stressful and challenging time, a puzzle was the perfect activity. It kept the children busy (and quiet, so my grandmother could rest) and gave all of our minds a calming distraction. Instead of being consumed with anxiety, stress, and sadness the puzzle allowed a few moments to lose ourselves in sorting and helping each other—whether it was helping find a piece for someone else, or confirming whether a piece really fit in a spot. We each had our own methods for putting the puzzle together (my cousin Randy and I had a preference for sorting by shape, my cousin Zach insisting on color) but together we were able to recreate 2 Ceaco sea-themed puzzles.

Puzzle Warehouse is first and foremost a family company, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Brian and Susan Way (and the help their 7 children!)

As a company, all of us working at PW are all committed to providing our customers with a great activity for all ages, a way for the littlest of kids and oldest of adults in a family to connect in a common interest and project. But Puzzle Warehouse is also a family company in that it allowed me the flexibility to go and spend that time with my grandmother when she needed me most, of which I am extremely grateful.

It has been a pleasure to work here. Multiple family members told me that a puzzle was the perfect choice for an activity and thanked me for suggesting it during that time. It wouldn’t have happened if my job at Puzzle Warehouse hadn’t cultivated my interest in this great hobby that brings people together and unifies them, making them work as a team. I am thankful for the peace and serenity a puzzle provided in that time.

Here are some pictures of the puzzles we did.

A sea of blue! After the border we had a lot of sorting to do!

My mother, Dawn, my Great Uncle Jerry and Uncle Jeff working on the first puzzle.

Finished product!

Finished product!

The second puzzle we worked on a lot more color.

A missing edge piece drove us crazy for the beginning of the experience.

Further along, but still no edge piece!

Nearly there! By this point, I had won my battle of sorting the pieces by shape, making the last section whiz by.

Finished product. The edge piece was found in the box by my cousin Randy—the only one of us to have enough sense to look there!

Special thanks and credit goes to to Jerry, Jeff, Dawn, Bella, Randy, Grant, Addie, Max, Zach, and all of my other family members that worked on these puzzles.

Also, thank you to all of our Puzzle Warehouse fans—we left you without any new blog updates or Facebook posts for quite a while—but we’re back to keep talking about the thing we all love so much: puzzles!

Tomorrow we will feature our fairy puzzles as a special post dedicated to my grandmother and her love of sprites and magical creatures.