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.

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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.

National Grandparents Day!

Every Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents Day, a day created by Marian McQuade in order to champion the lonely elderly in nursing homes and to encourage grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the holiday in 1978.

My grandparents have always had a fascinating wealth of knowledge, and I’ve always said that I would love to be friends with them even if we aren’t related. My maternal grandmother can recite our entire family history back so many generations, I can’t even count them! My maternal grandfather is a skilled woodworker; he helped me build two bookshelves which are among my favorite possessions. My paternal grandparents taught me to cook. I remember as a child playing card and board games with my grandparents, pretending to host tea time (to which my own grandfather played along very enthusiastically).

We have several puzzles which capture the love between a grandparent and grandchild—all to help you bring back memories of these special figures in our lives.

Do any of these puzzles remind you of your own grandparents? Let us know in the comments!

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The Blessing by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Afternoon with Grandma by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandpa’s Pumpkins by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

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Living Room by Pintoo. 1000 pieces.

Tea With Grandpa by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

Saturday Matinee by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

First Jar of the Year by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces.

Grampa “Watches” the Kids by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

The Gift by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

These puzzles don’t feature people, but they do certainly evoke feelings of grandparents!

Grandma’s Attic by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Kitchen by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Rocker by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Grandma’s Hearthstone by Pomegranate. 500 pieces.

Happy Forth of July Puzzle Fans!

Happy Independence Day, dear readers!

Puzzles with images of fireworks are the best, I think, because we all know how every year we try to capture the light show with our cameras and it comes out completely wrong. The bright colors are dull, the big explosion looks tiny, and it’s hard to capture the moment on film.

So if you want to keep the big, brilliant lights alive for longer, try a 4th of July themed puzzle! We also have puzzles featuring the iconic eagle, parades for the 4th, and other American paraphernalia.

Personally, the first one on this list is my favorite.

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Best Seat in the House by SunsOut. Artist: William S. Phillips. 1000 pieces.

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Lady Liberty (World’s Smallest Puzzles) by TDC Games. 234 pieces.

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Fourth of July by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Celebration by White Mountain. Artist: Royce B. McClure. 1000 pieces.

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If My People by SunsOut. Artist: Jack E. Dawson. 1000 pieces.

Star Spangled by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Puzzle Warehouse wishes you a happy Independence Day with your family and friends today. Check out our other 4th of July puzzles

Celebrate Your Mom!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and that means there’s just enough time to find her the perfect puzzle! We have an entire subsection under our holiday puzzles for Mother’s Day Gift Ideas but we thought we might add a post of some of our favorites that might help you put together some ideas for Sunday, along with some Mother’s Day ideas or anecdotes.

But to start, did you know that the apostrophe in Mother’s Day is actually pretty important? While usually a collective possessive has an apostrophe after the “S” (as in “the Jones’ cats were orange,” or  ”the mothers’ necklaces were all made of pearls”) in this holiday, the official spelling is “Mother’s Day.” That’s so it’s all about your mom specifically, not moms in general. It’s a small way to personalize the holiday and make her feel extra special!

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Espresso by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Lots of moms love coffee. After all, how could they not? To keep up in life, they had to be caffeinated from the start of the day!

As Jennifer Gish says on her blog, “Often when I have my morning cup of coffee, I think of my mom. She’s responsible for my long-time relationship with a fresh-brewed cup (preferably with a little milk). I think I had my first sip out of her mug when I was 5 … It’s become my ritual with my own mom anytime I go home. We sit at the kitchen table talking and drinking coffee.”

Beach Shells by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Sea shells always remind me of my mom because the ocean is a special place for her. Whenever she has experienced a lot of stress, it has been common for her to pack up the car and take a trip to the coast. I think it’s because the beach is so beautiful and the waves are calming.

A simple and relatively cheap (besides the cost of gas) idea for Mother’s Day is to pack a picnic, head to a beach if there’s one near you, and hunt for nice shells together (or rocks if the only thing close to you is a lake or river!) After you can get an old mason jar, decorate it, and display your finds!

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Bouquet for Bluebirds by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Want to give your mom a unique and personalized gift? Why not build her a birdhouse? You can learn to build a birdhouse from tutorials on the web, paint it her favorite color or add a nice quotation on there. Then get her some bird seed and wait for the birds’ songs to fill the air and garden around her home!

Cezanne – Blue Vase by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Give her the flowers that last all year with a puzzle of her favorite! Flower and garden puzzles are always popular. Or go the regular route, buy her some real flowers to display, and then plan on spending another special day together to create pressed flower art together!

Good Housekeeping – By the Sea by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces.

Gather up some old magazines or books and modge podge something! There are so many things to mod pogde these days, from mason jars to light covers to bowls! Whatever your mom needs, it can be mod podged together to create an experience and a unique gift!

Lucille Ball by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

If you’re not feeling crafty, rent or buy her some seasons from her favorite television shows from when she was growing up and let her reminisce the old days!

We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your mothers and grandmothers. Have a favorite puzzle you’ve done with mom, either from when you were a kid or an adult? Share it in the comments!

Presidents Day: Facts and Puzzles

Monday is Presidents Day, a day originally created to celebrate the birth of American’s first President George Washington, who won the presidency by a unanimous electoral vote. As you know, puzzles are a great way to learn, relearn, and revisit some things you used to know but have maybe since forgotten. Our presidential puzzles feature paintings and artistry of the great men who have led our country and our beautiful capitol, Washington D.C.

We know that when you puzzle, your brain produces dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for learning and memory. While your work on puzzles, this increase of dopamine helps to sharpen our memory. Connecting an artistic puzzle with some facts for you to learn about our country can only be fun and beneficial!

Presidents of the USA (Floor) by Melissa and Doug. 100 pieces. Want to challenge your brain even more while you puzzle? Try to memorize the presidents in order! Learn about some presidential mnemonic tricks here.

 

Dowdle – Washington DC by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces. Did you know that there was a dividing controversy about where the national capital should be located? Before DC was selected by Washington himself, Congress met in Philadelphia, New York City, Annapolis, and Princeton.

Gettysburg Address by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Did you know that Lincoln wasn’t actually an abolitionist? To learn more about the more controversial side of Lincoln, go here.

Callin’ the Red by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. The Donkey that represents the Democratic party was appropriated by Jackson when his opponents referred to him as a “jack*ss” for his populist views.

 

Grand Ol’ Gang by SunsOut. 500 pieces. The same artist who first cartooned the donkey for Dems drew an elephant and labeled it “The Republican vote.” The association stuck and Republicans have had an elephant mascot ever since.

George Washington by Ravensburger. 300 pieces. Presidents Day was shifted from Washington’s real birthday, February 22, to the third Monday in February because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which moved several holidays to Mondays to increase 3-day weekends for federal employees.

 

Washington DC 4D Cityscape by 4D Cityscape Inc. 1100+ pieces.