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Puzzle Holidays: Gift Tips  
by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Jr.  
If puzzles are on your list of gifts for this Holiday Season, below are some places which could make your search easier. If not, then below are the places which could make you change your decision and still add some puzzles on your list.

We plan to make daily updates to this tips' list for the three upcoming weeks. If you think of more great puzzle places worth to visit on the Web prior to the Holidays, please drop us a line. Thank you!
If you still didn't make it with Christmas puzzle gifts in the past several weeks, get a last-minute chance with the best this popular online store has to offer. Big selection of Puzzles, mostly with huge savings. Surely, no free shipping at this point if you want the puzzle by December 24 (US only). Less than a day left. Or Amazon Prime (US only). Free Super Saver Shipping over a certain amount is still available for delivery after December 24. A whole bunch of Gift Services. If not them, then hard to say where else online. At this point the three-week list of recommended online puzzle stores for your Holidays is finished. We still hope you bought some puzzles to make your wonderful Holidays even more amazing. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Jigsaw puzzles: Ravensburger (including their Puzzleball novelty), F. X. Schmid, Wrebbit 3D, and Melissa & Doug. Brainteasers - from ThinkFun and Puzzlemaster. Gift Wrapping and Gift Certificates. Many puzzles are on sale now. Free shipping over a certain amount. But at this point it would be better to select something faster - just check Christmas shipping deadlines. Membership costs a little but will allow you to save on the prices significantly, though, in this case free shipping is not applied.
MaxPuzzles MaxPuzzles
Quite a good selection of inexpensive Wood, Metal, String and Wire puzzles. As well as Children's puzzles, Cracker puzzles and Miscellaneous. Flat carriage charge. Recommended final posting dates for UK Christmas delivery: Standard Delivery - December 20th, Special Delivery - December 21st. For deliveries outside the UK, please e-mail them first to get a quotation for the carriage.
Frik-n-Frak Frik-n-Frak
Wooden and Wire puzzles, Heartwood Puzzle Boxes, Plastic puzzles and many more. Tavern puzzles are presented as heavily discounted Value Packs. Search through New Arrivals and check Gift Certificates. Specials: all puzzles featured on the home page are eligible for an additional discount. Holiday orders (US) must be placed by December 19th (Priority Mail) or December 21st (Express Mail). For more information, please read Terms & Conditions.
The Puzzle Store The Puzzle Store
Just Puzzles, CleverKids Puzzles or Puzzle Collections, including Santas Sack - to name some categories from this UK puzzle online store. Gift Certificates. Take a look at the New Products. Free Delivery for all UK and Ireland orders over a certain amount. Deadline for the guaranteed Christmas delivery - the close of business on Wednesday 19th (GMT). If you need puzzles urgently after that date please call them on 01404 45604. Check the Shipping & Returns info.
eToys eToys
A good selection of 120+ Puzzles, mostly for kids. 3-Dimensional, including Rubik's, Crossword, Jigsaw, Sudoku, and others. Gift Cards and Gift Wrap are available. The Gift Finder based on the gender and age options can be useful while searching through. At this point delivery in time is still available with either Premium (with discount) or Express Shipping. Please, take a look at Holiday Order Deadlines. The US shipping only.
They carry the complete line of Tavern Puzzles and Elverson Puzzles. Check the Special Offer Tavern Puzzle and The 10-in-one special Gift Set Offer. Also, take a look at Iron Gifts. Free shipping for all US orders over a certain amount. If you still hesitate about the best puzzle as a gift, visit Which Puzzle's for Me? or solve some brain teasers from Mike's Puzzler. December 18th is their cutoff for Christmas shipping. Get more info from Support.

All Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles belong to the Holiday season for a long time already. The UK's leading online jigsaw puzzles store sells a lot of them (over 1350). Their special: Free Gift + Free Delivery + The Lowest Price Promise on New Jigsaw Puzzles in The UK. Definitely, take a look at the Christmas 2007 jigsaws and 2007's Top 16 - Most popular jigsaw puzzles and accessories. Order by midday Wednesday 19th for pre-Christmas delivery.
Brilliant Puzzles Brilliant Puzzles
An extensive selection of wooden Puzzles, Brain teaser puzzles, metal & wire puzzles, secret puzzle boxes and Classic wooden games. Check the New Arrivals category. Gift Service is available. Special Promotions / Coupons of four types are available. Two of them - for the US orders (free shipping and a big discount, both starting from a certain amount), and the other two - for all orders (a flat discount and a percent discount). Also, please check the Shipping info.
b. dazzle, inc. b. dazzle, inc.
Their Scramble Squares® always constitute great gifts for the Holidays. Many categories to choose from. Take a look at What's New and check the Christmas Scramble Squares®. Each puzzle includes a panel of fascinating facts on its subject, as well as a trivia question and hidden answer. They sell at Shopatron. Please check the Ordering Info. To make sure that your order arrives before December 25th, please place your order before December 18th.
The Happy Puzzle Company The Happy Puzzle Company
Over 300 award-winning puzzles, challenges, games and puzzle books. Great selection at this UK online puzzle shop! Definitely check the Award-Winning Puzzles and the Special Offers. Guaranteed Christmas delivery on all orders received before 12pm on December 19. Free delivery on all UK orders. Check their Terms and Conditions on shipping and handling, including international deliveries.
3D Wooden Puzzles 3D Wooden Puzzles
130+ types of 3D wooden puzzles for your choice - great educational toys for kids. One of the largest 3D wooden puzzle online stores. Huge sale and discount on Special items. A discount for any order over a certain amount. Extra - free US shipping for any order at a certain amount. More info - on the Shipping & Returns page.
AreYouGame.com AreYouGame.com
A detailed Holiday Gift Guide. Check Brain Teasers. It can be very helpful to browse the Gift Guide by: Game Type, Recipient or New for 2007. Free shipping on any order over a certain amount. The US shipping only. For international shipping, please refer to their affiliates - Amazon.com and Shop.com. Also, e-mail and paper Gift Certificates are available. The latter can be personalized or not, it's up to you!
Meffert's Meffert's
This season's special - Puzzle Extra for Xmas. Includes three puzzles - The Skewb Ultimate, Skewb cube and Pyraminx with the original fluorescent labels in a full color display box. No less interesting are Collectors Items, especially NGP* Xmas and Collectors Special. The company's traditional special - FREE shipping via Airmail to any place in the world that has a Post Office! Contact them if you have some questions on the shipping. Also, don't forget to check the New Products page.
Bits And Pieces Bits And Pieces
A comprehensive 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. Includes puzzle gifts for Him, for Her, for Kids, for The Person Who Has Everything, Customer Favorites, and the Unique Gifts By Price. On top of that a great selection of Christmas Jigsaw puzzles. A free gift is available with each order - a 550-piece jigsaw puzzle! Orders placed by December 14th are guaranteed to arrive on time via Standard Delivery. Priority Air Delivery is available if you order by 2 PM EST on December 20th. They handle US orders only. If you are in the UK, please refer to Bitsandpiecesuk.com. For any other country, please contact their customer service to arrange the shipment.
All puzzles produced by this toy company and sold at very competitive prices can constitute great holiday gifts for kids. Their Holiday Sale includes two options - either to get free shipping on any order over a certain amount, or to get a discount on your entire order. Offer available through December 31, 2007. If you place your order on or before December 12, they guarantee it to arrive by Christmas. But, please, note they ship orders to the continental US and Canada only. Unfortunately, they do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii or to the Yukon or Northwest Territories of Canada.
SeriousPuzzles.com SeriousPuzzles.com
Puzzle Gift Sets, mostly with free shipping. One set you can complete on your own. Puzzle Gift Ideas under a certain amount. Stocking Stuffers Galore! - a selection of their smallest and most stuffable puzzles. A special selection of Money Puzzles - a unique way to give cash or gift certificates. Gift wrapping is available. Three types of Gift Cards which are non-refundable but do not expire. US Orders placed before Dec. 17th are estimated to arrive by the 22nd or 24th. After the 17th, air services like 3 day, 2 day, & Next Day have to be considered. International shipping: Priority - 6-10 days, Express - 3-5 days.
Mr Puzzle Australia Mr Puzzle
Over 260 puzzles to buy. Extra - Gift Vouchers and Gift Wrapping with a Gift Card inside. If you never bought a puzzle as a gift before, they have valuable Tips for you. Shipping is worldwide next business day. 1-2 week delivery most countries. Australasia/Pacific much faster. Once again Mr Puzzle announces his traditional Limited Edition Release - December 2007. That means 30 copies of the three selected Limited Edition puzzles are produced only. This year these are three Big Burrs. Don't forget the quantities are limited!
Puzzle Master Inc. Puzzle Master Inc.
They have special Holiday Gift Ideas which are presented in a number of Assorted Puzzle Sets all with discounts. The sets are: Assorted Metal Puzzles Set (7 puzzles), Assorted Modern Puzzles Set (8 puzzles), Assorted Puzzles: Set #1 (5 puzzles), Assorted Puzzles: Set #2 (16 puzzles), Assorted Puzzles: Set #3 (22 puzzles), and Assorted Puzzles: Set #4 (26 puzzles). Almost all sets include some Cast Puzzles from Hanayama. By the way, this is one more online seller of Hanayama Cast Puzzles. Please, note estimated shipping times are: Canada - 1-3 days, USA - 1-2 weeks and International - 2-4 weeks.
ThinkFun ThinkFun
At the beginning of 2007 they had introduced four hot-candidate-for-award puzzles - Hot Spot™, Pete's Pike™, Cover Your Tracks™ and Treasure Quest™. Recently they also introduced Serpentiles™ and Top This!™ As is usual with the products from ThinkFun, a leading creator of mind-challenging games, including the Rush Hour® bestseller, all these six puzzles constitute a wonderful gift for any puzzle holidays. You can buy them either from ThinkFun directly, or from Amazon, adding to your bigger holiday cart there:
Hot Spot™, Pete's Pike™, Cover Your Tracks™, Treasure Quest™, Serpentiles™, and Top This!™.
Kadon Gamepuzzles Kadon Gamepuzzles
More than two hundred high quality lasercut acrylic and handcrafted wooden games and puzzles. If you haven't bought their puzzles before you will definitely enjoy them now. If you have, you will definitely enjoy more puzzles from them. They also provide gift certificates and gift wrapping. Their deadline to guarantee your orders before Christmas - December 22. Orders received by December 6 receive a bonus gift! Hurry up!
Posted: December 1, 2007   Last Updated:
December 23, 2007
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