Updated: Dec 18, 2020
Maybe it’s about being in control or easing stress and taking my mind off everything else? Whatever it is, I’m hooked and am excited to share about some of my favorite puzzle makers.
There are so many jigsaw puzzle companies out there. Some of the jigsaw puzzles I have solved have been great, while others had pieces that were bent or with peeling corners that were hard to put together. When you want a quality puzzle, with beautiful art, pieces that fit together well, and are sturdy enough to complete multiple times (I love to share puzzles with friends and family), there are a few standout companies that I think are worth sharing.
Everyday Jigsaw Puzzles
My favorite company to order my everyday jigsaw puzzles is Galison. Their puzzles are reasonably priced ($8-$35), the pieces are high quality (easy to put together and take apart without bending), and they have so many images, sizes, and types to choose from. Galison’s website is easy to navigate, with the ability to sort by difficulty level, and each puzzle has customer reviews to help with making decisions for which to buy. There are so many great options to choose from! https://www.galison.com/
I just discovered WerkShoppe, a jigsaw puzzle company that focuses as much on the art as the puzzles. I ordered one because they are incredibly beautiful and look like they are well made. The art is all created by emerging and established artists and are turned into jigsaw puzzles ($29-$34). I can’t wait for mine to arrive! https://www.werkshoppe.com/
Kids’ Jigsaw Puzzles
Mudpuppy sells high quality and reasonably priced kids’ jigsaw puzzles. I love to buy these puzzles as gifts for my nieces and nephews, as I know they are high quality and fun to solve. Mudpuppy doesn’t just have traditional, rectangular shaped puzzles, they also have mini puzzles, round puzzles, and puzzles sold in backpacks for kids who are “on the go”. My favorite, though, is the “greeting card” puzzles that I can order and send any time I want to family who live far away. Jigsaw puzzle prices starting at $4.99. https://www.mudpuppy.com/
For younger jigsaw puzzle solvers, Melissa and Doug has great options for kids ages 2 and up. They have reasonably priced, high quality cardboard and wooden puzzles that are colorful, and themed with the images kids love. Prices are reasonable, most puzzles are $8-$14, and they sell traditional jigsaws, floor puzzles, as well as “learning puzzles”. https://www.melissaanddoug.com/our-toys/puzzles/
Wooden Whimsy Adult Jigsaw Puzzles
My favorite place to order a jigsaw puzzle gift for adults is Liberty Puzzles. They are like no other puzzles I’ve ever seen. A throwback to the puzzles of the early 1900s, each of their jigsaw pieces are made out of wood and shaped like the theme of the puzzle. They call them “whimsy pieces”. There are no traditional pieces in any puzzle Liberty makes. The colors are rich and vibrant, and customers can even have custom puzzles created (amazing gift!). Another bonus for jigsaw puzzlers who want the extra challenge is that when you order a Liberty puzzle, you can request to not have the image on the box. Instead they will send you the name of the artist and title of the work so you can look it up as needed. Liberty puzzles are often sold out or on back-order, but completely worth the search and the wait!
Also notable - they do tours (paused during the pandemic)! A few years back, I had the opportunity to tour the Liberty Puzzle factory with my family while on vacation in Colorado. It was so inspiring to see the passion these people have for making high-quality, creative, and fun jigsaw puzzles. https://www.libertypuzzles.com/
I was recently introduced to Nautilus Puzzles, who make wooden jigsaws (like Liberty Puzzles) that are high quality, filled with the most amazing image themed “whimsy” pieces like the hand-cut ones of the Victorian age, and make fantastic gifts for teens and adults. https://nautiluspuzzles.com/
Online Jigsaw Puzzles
Solving Fun offers free online jigsaw puzzles for folks who “log in” to the site (no purchase necessary). The puzzles are Solving Fun themed, with images of our pals or past Puzzles of the Week that you can try to solve once the jigsaw is put together. The puzzles are great for all ages as solvers can adjust the number of pieces from 6 pieces to over 1000. Check it out at www.solvingfun.com/jigsaws
What are your favorite jigsaw puzzle companies?