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.

 

 

Review: Venice by Clementoni

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Venice by Clementoni. 500 pieces. 19 x 13 inches.

The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 5
Level of detail: 5
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 5
Overall quality: 4.5

This 500 piece Clementoni puzzle was a first for me in multiple ways. I had never completed a 500 piece puzzle by myself, and I had never worked with Clementoni puzzles before. I was surprised by the quality of this puzzle for the price. The picture and details were so clear on so many pieces that I knew right where they went immediately, even if I didn’t have their connections yet.

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Before tackling the rest of the picture, I had most of the bridge finished and the side of the canal.

What I found really challenging in this puzzle was the perspective of the photo. The buildings on the left side were so thin that in reality they were represented on one or one-and-a-half puzzle pieces. I had them sorted by color from the very beginning, but I didn’t begin to actually put these pieces together until way later because my guess and check method wasn’t working.

Where the doors/entryways were, it was hard to find the correct pieces because there was nothing really distinct about the image there. Nothing was so difficult as the water, though. Once I had put together everything that seemed really distinguishable, I organized my pieces by shape. The colors were all too similar for me to really further organize them because there was a lot of whites, greys, and reflections of the water with the exact same colors!

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Pieces organized by shape

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The puzzle came together quite quickly after the shape organization.

Finally I was left with just the water! Now, with all the other pieces out of the way, it was a little easier to see the difference in colors with the water pieces and really focus on what they were reflecting.

The pieces fit together so well. They snapped right into place and didn’t shift around a lot. It was easy to know immediately if I had made a mistake or not.

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Final stretch!

I was surprised at how quickly this puzzle came together. I managed to finish it in 2 days. The water alone took a 2 hour stretch, but really, for my first 500 piece puzzle, I was really pleased. I found it challenging but never overwhelming. There was so much to look at in this puzzle, I found myself noticing things that I hadn’t noticed before all throughout creating the puzzle.

Also, my version of the puzzle didn’t feature the yellow “hotel” sign that the version on our website has!

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Overall, I will definitely be buying from Clementoni again. The quality to price ratio really impressed me. I’ve worked with other 500-range piece puzzles from brands that are maybe $1-$2 cheaper where the pieces left flaky cardboard residue on my fingers or that didn’t snap together so well, but I was more than pleased with Clementoni.

And bonus, the puzzle box made a nice pillow for my dog, Marlowe. :)

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Discount Jigsaw Puzzles – Why You Should Shop for Scratch and Dent Puzzles

It can be hard to pick out the perfect jigsaw puzzle. Since you are probably going to spend a lot of time working your puzzle – from clearing off a table in your kitchen or hobby room to putting that last piece in just the right spot to finish your masterpiece – you’ll want to make sure you pick just the right one. With so many choice to make, like the number of pieces, the puzzle image, the type of puzzle (ribbon cut or random cut pieces, panoramic or square, glow in the dark or 3D) and the brand, the last thing you should have to worry about is this: Am I paying too much for my puzzle? Cheap jigsaws are easy to find, but there is always quality to worry about. When you buy a puzzle, it should be something you want to keep forever, not just throw away when you’re finished! That’s why we have our Scratch and Dent section. Here, you can find a cheap puzzle that is still good as new on the inside – it might just have a ding on the outside of the box. These puzzles are from the same high-quality puzzles brands like Ravensburger, Springbok and Buffalo Games – but we sell them for less than retail prices. Let us explain.

Since we are a reseller, we get shipments every day from over 80 different brands. With hundreds of boxes coming off of trucks and into our warehouse, there are bound to be some damaged items. When we sell you a puzzle at full price – we always make sure it is only in perfect condition. If there is damage to the box at all, we mark it Scratch and Dent and give you a discount. In these cases, the bag of puzzles pieces inside is still intact and in perfect condition. Even though these puzzles are discounted, you won’t find missing pieces or damage to the actual jigsaw puzzle you are putting together. Take a look at the pictures below and you’ll see the best-case and worst-case scenarios for these discounted jigsaw puzzle boxes.

So, why not save a few extra bucks and buy the same high-quality puzzle for less? We have puzzles for adults and jigsaws for kids in this section, from 24 pieces up to some our largest puzzles like 3000 piece jigsaws. And since we get so many shipments every week, you’ll see new additions to this cheap puzzle selection almost every day.

Are you wondering what must be wrong with these cheap jigsaw puzzles? Let me give you an example to show you the puzzles themselves are in perfect condition!

This is an example of what the most minimal damage might be for a scratch and dent. Even if the box just has a slight tare like this, we will take a few dollars off the the full retail price and pass the savings onto you.

You'll see, the puzzle inside is just like new - still sealed in the bag with no loose pieces or any other damage. Just like new!

This is one of the worst types of Scratch and Dent Puzzles you will see - where the corner of the box might have been slightly crushed by a forklift of by other boxes.

Again, you'll find that the puzzle inside is just as good as new - with the pieces intact and the puzzle image still perfectly visible on the box!

So, next time you’re having trouble deciding if you should go for the expensive puzzle brands so that you can get the best quality jigsaw puzzle for your next project, try one of our great Scratch and Dent puzzles and save, without giving up on quality!

Cardboard or Wooden Puzzles? Pros and Cons

Jigsaw puzzles come in different sizes, shapes, colors and, of course, different materials. Materials are the greatest divide there is when it comes to jigsaw puzzles, an epic battle between wood and cardboard. If we take a closer look at the statistics, we will probably find out that the divide does not only have a technical nature, but also a sociological one, and that puzzle lovers can be divided among these same lines.

If we look at it from a historical perspective, wood is the older, more traditional material. If wooden puzzles are handmade, it becomes even more “traditional,” and the craftsmanship adds more value. Cardboard puzzles are modern, manufactured by thousands, designed and cut with the latest technologies. They are products of modernity.

From an ecological perspective, things change a little bit. Neither cardboard nor wood are truly eco-friendly, but there are jigsaw puzzles made out of recycled cardboard, and soy-based inks.

As far as the price is concerned, wood loses the race. It’s the more expensive material, but also the one where quality can take a much better shape.

Cardboard jigsaw puzzles, besides the attractive price, have some more appealing features. They require less storage space, can be framed and hanged on your wall, and there’s no real limit concerning the image displayed, the size or the number of pieces. For those who really like challenges and constructing puzzles frequently, these are the puzzles to get.

Wooden puzzles are more for traditional jigsaw puzzle lovers, and those who simply like puzzles for their beauty and the effort put into them by the designer, artist or puzzle maker.

Storing Jigsaw Puzzles In A Box

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Many people enjoy working puzzles. This can provide a form of entertainment that anyone can get in on and enjoy working to accomplish a task that will bring a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction when finished. There are millions of puzzles, all in different age groups, levels of difficulty, shapes, sizes, and colors.

These puzzles need a good storage solution to keep from losing any pieces. Most will store jigsaw puzzles in a box that they may have come in; however, sometimes these boxes may not hold up to wear very well and can end up crushed and falling apart. Here are a few options to consider:

Place the puzzle pieces in plastic storage bags that are resalable and then place these jigsaw puzzles in a box that they originally came in. This will keep the pieces all in one place even if the box becomes broken or torn.

Those who enjoy working several puzzles at one time could use a box with small compartments such as a fishing tackle box to keep pieces separated. This works especially well when you need to take a break and want to keep pieces in place.

There are also a number of storage units available for sale that have been created especially for puzzles. Some racks are made to hold up to nine finished puzzles if you prefer to display them for a while. There are also zipper enclosed cases and puzzle mats which are designed for this purpose.

If you are a serious puzzle worker and want to keep puzzles separate, consider purchasing a number of plastic storage boxes. These will last forever and help keep all puzzles in their place with no cause for worry. This solution will also keep moisture away from the cardboard pieces if you are storing them in an area where this may be an issue.