Ever since Ravensburger stormed the puzzle world with mass-production of well-made jigsaw puzzles, the pastime of working puzzles has held a solid place in homes and schools. What was handmade in the 1700s is now available in hobby stores, discount stores, online stores, and specialty shops.
You can work puzzles online at many sites. Most gaming sites offer jigsaw puzzles, while there are other sites that actually specialize in jigsaws.
At these sites, you can often get a free membership and submit your own pictures to the gallery. These places are great destinations for your vacation pictures or family portraits. You can upload your photos and enjoy your vacation all over again as you work puzzles of your favorite activities.
Other online sites actually let you order your own photos as jigsaw puzzles. This is a great option for family fun and gifts. You can select the size of photo reproduction you want, as well as the cut and the number of pieces.
Many of the online jigsaw puzzle sites provide free shipping. They also provide discount codes for purchases and shipping, if it is not already free. The packaging is also unique to your puzzle. Ravensburger, for example, ships their custom puzzles in a tin box with a picture of your puzzle on the front. These are not only fun to work, the box is a decorative as a framed print, and just as suitable for display.
3D puzzles are a great challenge for those who want even more advanced spatial reasoning. Not only do they provide you and your family with challenging manipulatives, you can often end up with a sculpture to adorn your home when assembly is complete. You can build everything from the Tower of London to an ocean aquarium.
Benefits of Ordering Online Puzzles
One of the best benefits of ordering online puzzles is that you usually don’t have to pay sales tax. Sales made across state lines are not subject to sales tax, so you save that money. Since most sites provide free or discounted shipping, you will not have that expense either.
Probably most importantly, you can avoid some of the overhead of buying retail. Retail stores, of course, have to charge more because of their overhead, but online stores often provide much more affordable products. When you combine the savings with the fact that you can actually submit the subject matter for your personalized puzzle, you have a perfect solution to entertainment and gift-giving.
For people who love vintage and rare finds, the internet is often the best place to find rare and old puzzles. While it is unlikely that you would find one of the original hand-made puzzles by Spilsbury in 1767, you certainly may find one made from hardwood in the late 1800s. It is said that these puzzles still have the pencil sketches of the original puzzle layout on the back.
Whether you want a puzzle of the grandkids’ smiling faces, or an antique puzzle of the United Kingdom, you can probably find what you want when you buy puzzles online.