This should come as no surprise to regular readers – I can highly recommend jigsaw puzzles for Christmas. I think they make for the best Christmas gift.
If you’re on the fence about puzzles, perhaps you haven’t fallen for the hobby yourself, below I’ll tell you why puzzles are such awesome Christmas presents.
Additionally, I’ll recommend what puzzles to get for your dear ones, based on which of the following reasons speaks to you the most.
Reasons to give jigsaw puzzles for Christmas
1. They sharpen the mind
Everybody knows jigsaw puzzles are good for the brain. This is an educational gift, which is fun at the same time. It’s a unique offline (!) mind exercise.
And that applies at any age. For the elderly, jigsaw puzzles are often used to slow down the onset of dementia.
By all means, jigsaw puzzles are not a waste of time and can be a valuable gift even when you’re not sure your friend or family member is into puzzles.
This botanical puzzle is no piece of cake, but anybody who wants to especially exercise their mind will love it.
2. The giftee will think about you when spending hours solving it
Imagine your friend or relative spending hours solving the jigsaw puzzle you gave her. Who is she going to think about while working on the puzzle? Who is she going to call first, once she completes the puzzle? The answer is you!
Just make sure you buy a quality puzzle and not a frustrating one, otherwise, the odds might turn against you.
Bicycles in Amsterdam
Ravensburger puzzles belong to the highest quality ones, so a puzzle of this brand is as thoughtful as a gift as can be. Plus, this image is nothing too challenging.
3. It provides a fun activity especially for long winter evenings
Winters can be tough. Since I’m writing this post in 2020, we all know the upcoming winter 2020/2021 is going to be especially long.
Be so kind and help your dear one get through the winter smoothly – the hours spent on the jigsaw puzzle will be definitely among the happy ones.
Other than beach scene puzzles, these will work wonders:
The ultimate feel-good puzzle by Ravensburger, it just breathes the cozy homely atmosphere. Any worries go away while solving this puzzle.
4. The solved puzzle picture can even be hung up on the wall – 2 gifts in 1!
If you pick a beautiful image, the gift receiver will definitely want to hang it on their wall too. It’s a gift that keeps giving. At least twice. 🙂
If you aim to buy a puzzle for the wall, pay attention to objects your friend/relative likes, and also the general color scheme of it. You don’t want to buy a colorful mess when the giftee is somebody who loves minimalist design.
The Starry Night by Van Gogh
The ultimate artwork to put on a wall. Even though this puzzle is just 500 pieces, it’s quite a difficult one. The result is beautiful and even more rewarding.
If you feel especially generous, you can even get them the tools for hanging the actual image. These adhesive sheets make gluing a puzzle a piece of cake.
5. Your choice of a puzzle motif will reflect how well you know the person
Do you go ride horses together? Then a horse jigsaw puzzle is clearly the best Christmas gift. Think of what you two have in common and look for a puzzle representing it.
Even if you don’t engage in an activity together, if you know your dear one well, you’ll be sure what image would get straight to the heart. Be careful when selecting the right motif and you’ll score high.
If your friend is absolutely enthusiastic about Christmas, check out this selection of Christmas-themed jigsaws.
Galloping horses, wild and free. Anyone who loves horses (or just animals) will immensely enjoy solving this jigsaw puzzle.
6. It can become an activity you and the giftee engage in together
Solving puzzles is a wonderful team activity. Often the conversations shared in a session of puzzling are unique and deep. When your mind wanders and you’re open with the other person, ideas can flow freely and you might learn something new about each other.
Doing a puzzle together creates a deeper bond between two people, whether it be in a friendship, between relatives, or even in a romantic relationship (see also these romantic jigsaw puzzles).
To solve a puzzle in more people, choose an image that has clearly defined sections.
European Vintage Posters
Vintage posters of European countries, what’s not to love? Plus, the borders of each section are clearly defined – that helps when solving in more people!
7. You can start their new hobby or support an existing one
If they’ve never done a puzzle before, it can feel quite challenging. Refer your friend to this article on jigsaw puzzle strategy and they’ll know how to proceed and solve the puzzle with ease. 🙂
Since puzzling is addictive, you might be signing up for a lifetime of buying jigsaw puzzles as a present. Let me tell you – that makes gift giving so easy!
If your close one really falls for puzzles, you’ll always be remembered as the one who sparked that interest in them. It’s worth a try, don’t you think?
If they’re a beginner, this 500 piece jigsaw puzzle is rather easy and is thus more likely to spark interest in puzzles generally.
8. If you buy a quality puzzle, it can last for decades
Puzzles do last, especially the high-quality ones. If you look at jigsaw puzzle history, many of the original puzzles were made of wood. You can buy wooden puzzles to this day and they are inarguably the most durable kind.
As for classic puzzles made of cardboard, there are brands known for the high quality of their puzzles, which can be assembled over and over again. Those are e.g. Ravensburger or Springbok.
The person you care about can thus do the puzzle every year and each time think about how good of a friend/partner you are for giving them such a brilliant Christmas gift.
A Parisian Walk
This wooden puzzle has raving reviews and the pieces are extra durable – they’re even water-resistant! Featuring a lovely walk through rainy Paris.
9. They are not expensive
While quality puzzles can get quite expensive, there are still a few brands, which sell high-quality puzzles at an affordable price. Even just ten bucks! I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of another such cheap gift item that has so many benefits.
Similarly, you could buy a second-hand puzzle for even less. If you come across one, do the courtesy to the giftee and count the pieces. There’s nothing more frustrating than finishing a jigsaw puzzle only to find out there are a few pieces missing.
A fun puzzle of a typical country store made in the US, this one is also quite cheap. Get it if your budget is not big.
10. Provide a welcome escape to a fantasy world – even travel
How else could you transport yourself mentally, as if in a dream? I don’t know about any other method other than virtual reality. 🙂
Whether your friend likes Harry Potter, unicorns, or just is a travel freak, choose a jigsaw puzzle image carefully to help them with an escape they surely crave.
One of the most beautiful views of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Anyone passionate about travel will love working on this puzzle.
Ok, so here you go! I’m sure all doubts about whether to give puzzles for Christmas or not have been successfully dispersed. Jigsaw puzzles are just the best Christmas gift. And yes, I’m a little biased, but you’ll thank me later!
I am myself already eyeing a few jigsaws for Christmas, which I’ll probably buy myself. 🙂
Let me know if you plan to give a jigsaw puzzle to somebody for Christmas or whether you’ve received one yourself.
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