Jigsaw Junkie’s Best Puzzles of 2016 + Giveaway

The end of the year is here–only two more weeks of 2016. It’s the perfect time to reminisce about the year that was. We reviewed a lot of puzzles here at Jigsaw Junkies. Which ones were the best?

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY:

We’ll give one lucky winner any puzzle on this post that we have in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, winner’s choice. Must be able to be shipped to a North American mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can tell us what your favorite puzzle(s) were in 2016 or anything else you have to say. I’ll pick a random commenter on Christmas Eve  day (12/24), so check back to see if you won so you can claim your prize.

 

JIGSAW JUNKIE’S 15 BEST PUZZLES OF 2016

These are the top 15 of my personal favorites of all the puzzles I reviewed in 2016. In no particular order….

“Castle of Horror” by Jean-Jacques Loup  – Heye – earned 9.75 in Sept 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Wild Water Rafting” by Jan Van Haasteren studios (Rob Derk) – Jumboearned 9.5 in Jan 2016 (review here)

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“Grandpa’s Potting Shed” by Steve Read – Buffalo Games – earned 9.5 in Jan 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Sherlock & CO” by Gobel and Knorr – Heye – earned 10 in Jan 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“The Ultimate Alphabet: The Letter S” by Mike Wilks – Pomegranate – earned 10 in Feb 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Vacation Stamps” by Finchley Arts – Ravensburger – earned 9.5 in March 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“A Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano – Heye earned 9.75 in Nov 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“A Trip to the Shops” by Trevor Mitchell – Gibsons – earned 9.5 in June 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millette – Cobble Hill – earned 9 in May 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“And the Winner Is” by Susan Brabeau – Sunsout – earned 9 in July 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Winter Village” by Steve Crisp  – White Mountain – earned 9.5 in August 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“I Love London” by Mike Jupp  – Gibsons – earned 9.5 in August 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Halloween Town” by Randy Wollenmann – Vermont Christmas Company – earned 9.25 in Oct 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Small Town Christmas” by Charles Wysocki – Buffalo Games – earned 9.5 in Dec 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart – Sunsout earned 9.25 in Aug 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

PUZZLES RATED 9 OR MORE

 

All of the puzzles below earned an impressive score of 9 or higher on Jigsaw Junkies this year. Congrats!

 

BITS AND PIECES:

“Busy as a Beaver” by Jeffrey Severn, Bits and Pieces READ REVIEW HERE

BUFFALO GAMES:

“Harbor Master” by Hiro Tanikawa, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Lost in the Woodies” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Three Graces” by Josephine Wall, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Trick Or Treat Hotel” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo GamesREAD REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Vintage America” by Kate Ward Thacker/Buffalo Games – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Whistle Stop Christmas” by Charles Wysocki – Buffalo Games – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

FALCON:

“Sunday Lunch” by Steve Read, Falcon – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

GIBSONS:

“The Fishing Shed” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons –  READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“I Love Gardening” by Mike Jupp  – Gibsons – READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“It’s Christmas” by Marcello Corti/Gibsons – Rated 9/10 — READ REVIEW HERE

HEYE:

“Ballooning” by Jean-Jacques Loup, Heye READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Happytown” by Rita Berman – Heye READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Mystic Circle” by Calligaro, Heye – Rated 9/10 — READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Swans” by Cris Ortega, HeyeREAD REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

HOUSE OF PUZZLES:

“Roll Out the Barrel” by Roy Cresswell, House of Puzzles READ REVIEW HERE

JUMBO:

“Pieces of History: Vikings” by Rob Derk, Jumbo  READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Santa’s Factory” by Jan Van Haasteren/JUMBO – READ REVIEW HERE

MASTER PIECES:

“Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

OTTER HOUSE:

“Classic Companions” by Polly Pickering, Otter House READ REVIEW HERE

PIATNIK:

“Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer – Piatnik – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

POMEGRANATE:

“The Sierra Range” by Charley Harper – Pomegranate – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

RAVENSBURGER:

“Best of British #15: The Supermarket” by Geoff Tristram, Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE

“Big Ben” , Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Gardener’s Cupboard” by Colin Thompson/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE

“Santa’s Final Preparations” by Roy Trower/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE

“Wembley Dreams” by Trevor Mitchell/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE

SPRINGBOK:

“The Melody Shop” by Edward Wargo, Springbok READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

SUNSOUT:

“Autumn Squirrel” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Butterfly Menagerie” by Aimee Stewart, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“A Girl’s Stocking” by Liz Goodrick Dillon, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Summer House” by Steve Crisp, Sunsout READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Treasure Hunt Bookshelf” by Aimee Stewart, Sunsout – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

VERMONT CHRISTMAS COMPANY:

“Christmas Cuckoo Clock” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

WHITE MOUNTAIN:

“Perennials”, White Mountain – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Santa’s Big Night” by R.J. McDonald – White Mountain – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Tapestry Cat” by Steve Crisp, White Mountain READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

 

Whew! It feels like we covered a lot this year. And hopefully we can cover more next year! What were your favorite puzzles of 2016? Leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway. One winner will be picked at random to receive any puzzle from this list (if we have it in stock). North American shipping only.

JJ

60 responses to Jigsaw Junkie’s Best Puzzles of 2016 + Giveaway

  1. Debby Zook says:

    My favorite this year is Colin Thompson’s Gardener’s Cupboard. I just love his pictures! And I love reading Jigsaw Junkie reviews. I’m always happy to see them in my email.

  2. Stanley Sia says:

    My favourite of the bunch is Small Town Christmas by Charles Wysocki. I think it’s quite a unique piece of work from him, with its less discrete lines and angles, and a departure from the usual frontal POV of the buildings we’ve come to love. Not to mention it makes me warm and fuzzy just looking at the artwork!

  3. I have enjoyed The Letter S for years. Looking forward to adding A Trip to the Shops and Grandpa’s Potting Shed to my collection!

  4. Karen F says:

    Grandpa’s Potting Shed looks fun but I’ve yet to do a 2,000 piece puzzle. Small Town Christmas looks great. My favorite puzzles I’ve done over the year always seem to be Christmas themed.

  5. Karen B says:

    My favorite is “And the Winner Is” by Susan Brabeau. Look at those faces – priceless!
    I’m almost finished with “A Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano.
    Love the 1500 and 2000 piece puzzles but they don’t fit on my table!
    Thanks for all the review! Merry Christmas!

    • jigsaw dave says:

      It’s mine too but being in the UK its unavailable which is a pity. Some of my relatives expressions are just the same as the women in the picture. Happy puzzling to you all and a happy new year.

  6. Melanie says:

    Thank you for this blog and the chance to win. I’ve found out about different brands of puzzles and new puzzles thanks to you. I just received my first order from Puzzle Warehouse, Girl’s Stocking and Boy’s Stocking. If I won, I think I would pick Sunday Lunch.

  7. jns says:

    I think my favorite puzzle of the year is a Wasgij, The Great Train Robbery by Jumbo. Jumbo makes great quality puzzles, and you get the added fun of solving a puzzle and a mystery at the same time!

  8. Courtney L says:

    I really enjoy your reviews. They have made me aware of brands I had never heard of and made me want to give them a try. Have a wonderful holiday!!

  9. Lamya says:

    I just love the Sherlock by Heye! Everything about is perfect. Apart from the subject itself (I’m a die hard fan of the BBC show and Benedict), and the beautiful Heye packaging,. I find this puzzle complex, colorful, and challenging. Bonus for me is that it’s a 2000 piece puzzle. The more pieces, the better! Love it and would love to make it!

    • Hi, Lamya — I’m totally with you there. I’m a huge fan of the show and loved the puzzle too. Thanks for commenting!

  10. Sherry says:

    A Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano is the puzzle I pick. I love your reviews and would not have known about it without your reviews!

  11. Theresa Surowiec says:

    I love all puzzles! Lately I have been leaning toward 2000+ piece puzzles because they take longer to do. I haven’t done any Heye puzzles, so I will need to add that to my to do list. Thanks for your reviews! They introduce to me puzzles I have’t seen before.

  12. Richard says:

    Many thanks for all your great reviews this year.

    Your website has been a real treat for us (lower case) jigsaw junkies.

    Jingle Bells!

  13. Evelyn says:

    I think Rosemary’s Birds looks fun to do. I love beautiful, vibrant puzzles. I see you mentioned Perennials by White Mountain. That is one of my all time faves. Love your blog!

  14. Deanne says:

    I always look forward to your reviews. You pick puzzles that I might have skipped over until I read your review. You are causing me to spend more money! I love a Trip to the shops and Aimee Stewart puzzles are always great. Thanks for keeping us posted on what is new.

  15. Natalie says:

    I found your blog this year, and I just wanted to say I love the reviews and flow of new puzzles! Thank you for providing this content to the puzzling community!

  16. Jigsaw Fan says:

    Festive wishes to you Jane, and a huge thank you for your blog. Choosing any favourites from your list is like having to choose from a buffet table of Christmas sweets. All can be favourites, with perhaps a slight edge to Sunouts’ “And the winner is . . . ” Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

  17. Adam says:

    This year I went from doing 48 and 63 piece puzzles with my kids to 1000 piece puzzles. After seeing a great Dragon puzzle in the toy store (for my kids, of course) I had to get it. Since then, I’ve purchased a number of other puzzles. You’ve Definately opened up my eyes to some new brands, including Heye, and I’m super excited to do the bunny town puzzle with my daughter! My favorite puzzle that I’ve already assembled this year was Ciruelo’s print of Fantasy Lake by Ravensburger. A beautiful print and fun puzzle.

  18. Mike W says:

    Happy Christmas Jane and all fellow puzzlers !

    My favourite of this year ?

    It’s going to be the Neon Educa World Map in 1000 pieces. It’s 95% complete and stick on my jigboard until its done.

    My favourite series – that’s got to be like the poster above.. WASGIJ ! I have #24 Merry Holidays and #25 Deal Breaker wrapped and under the tree. Even better, 3 more have just been announced for early 2017.

  19. Stephen Green says:

    I would have a hard time picking a favorite. I have bought all the funky zoo’s and cannot wait for the next. Also goat the pieces of history and have enjoyed them. I am a dog lover so got A dog’s life instead of a Cat’s life. There are many I already desire when they do come out.

  20. Alice says:

    I’ve really been enjoying the Cat-Ology puzzles, most notably Luciano and Houdini. The quality is hit or miss, but the paintings are amazing.

  21. Krista says:

    My favorite this year was probably Doughnuts by Cobble Hill.

    Thanks for all the reviews and I can’t wait to see what comes out in 2017!

  22. Sheri says:

    I’m just getting back into jigsaws and there are so many good ones available now. Hoping Santa brings me some. The Cat’s Life looks fun, but I also like And The Winner Is, the Steve Crisp, and the Wysocki. Thank you so much for your reviews. Looking forward to the new releases in January.

  23. Jodi smith says:

    So many great puzzles, so little time….I love Cats life and Castle of Horror.-a new one and an old one…..j

  24. april robbins says:

    I think “Castle of Horror” by Jean-Jacques Loup – Heye is my favorite

  25. Erin says:

    Winter village looks like a cozy puzzle to do in the winter. I recently rediscovered my love of puzzles and have only this year gotten into doing them again. I previously did them with my grandmother when I was as a little girl. Doing puzzles brings back those memories

    • This is the only post from you I see in the queue. Once you’ve approved once (like now) your future posts will not be held for approval.

  26. Jane Butler says:

    We have many favorites! Wasgij is at the top but we also love the Heye, Piatnik, and the Comic Puzzles! We did all the Crowd Pleasers and loved them also. We live in Cape but make several trips to St.Louis just to visit our favorite placePuzzle Warehouse!

  27. Debbie Welchert says:

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy any puzzles for the year 2016. Hopefully 2017 will be a lot better. I had several favorites from the list above. I Love London by Mike Jupp and A Cat’s Life by Marino Degano-Heye are just a couple of them.

  28. Cindy says:

    My favorite puzzle I did this year was the Santa’s Snowy Ride by Sunsout. I did one other shaped puzzle this year by them and they are so fun.

  29. Chris says:

    There are so many I love, but I especially like ones I can work on with my grandchildren. So I’d have to say Gibsons’ A Trip to the Shops is my favorite. And Merry Christmas to you!

  30. Jennifer Essad says:

    I love the puzzles by the Cookie Architect especially the holiday ones

  31. Judy says:

    I have enjoyed doing the craft cupboard from ravensburger puzzles.

  32. miriama59 says:

    I rec’d a gradient puzzle…really difficult but fun, of course.

  33. ryan says:

    My favorite puzzle of the year was central park by Michael Storrings. It was a very nice collaboration of central park that made me feel as if I was in New York. Also it was the first puzzle built in my new house so the memory and excitwenty will stay with me for a while.

  34. Richard says:

    Jane,

    I have an update on Jane Wooster Scott jigsaw puzzles from Ceaco.

    Our local Barnes & Nobles now has 4 Scott puzzles, two 500 & two 1000, with a 2016 copyright. I bought both 1000 puzzles, “Dancing Up a Storm” and “Bird’s Eye View”.

    I do not know if these are re-issues or not. These were not in the store last month.
    Both 1000 puzzles are labeled “Barnes & Noble Exclusive”.

    Interestingly, while I was making my selection, another patron came over and also purchased two of the Scott puzzles.

  35. Tomorrow is our drawing, so it’s the last day to leave a comment for a chance to win. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the comments people have left — thank you so much for all the kind words and well wishes!

  36. Georgia Beckman says:

    I am a huge Wysocki fan so I would totally go for the Wysocki puzzle here. It’s hard to nail my favorite puzzle this year but I think I’d go with Changing of the Guard, a Hometown Collection puzzle by Mega Puzzles. It was fun to work & challenging. I had a 2000 piece Sistine Chapel puzzle given to me by a church friend…………it was more of a challenge really, lol. I’m waiting until after Christmas to start it. Otherwise, I knew there would be no decorating, no baking, etc. Good Luck to everyone that commented!

  37. The winner has been picked. The random number generator led me to commenter Debbie Welchert. Congrats Debbie! I sent you an email. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
    Jane

    • Adam says:

      Congrats Debbie!
      Thanks for doing the drawing Jane – Merry Christmas.

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