Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Gather the Family Around the Table This Holiday Season to Work on a Fun Holiday-Themed Puzzle from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company - Also Makes a Great Gift Idea! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

This is the perfect time of year to start a new puzzle for your family to work during the upcoming winter months. As a child, I loved the holidays as this meant my mom would pull out a card table and set up a puzzle for everyone to work on.  Family and friends who would come to visit, would sit for a bit at the table and try to place a few puzzle pieces into the frame that we had started.  And, over the course of a month or so, we would slowly put the puzzle together.  It was so much fun seeing the puzzles appear piece by piece.  And, back in the day it was fun to glue the pieces together to display, or bring a completed puzzle to a local puzzle swap to trade for a new puzzle to work on as a family.  Ah, it seemed like simpler times back then, and even though the holidays were and still are stressful time for many folks, it seemed that when you sat down to work on a jigsaw puzzle, you were able to put aside the craziness of the season for just a little while as you concentrated on the puzzle.  

These are just a few of the winter-themed puzzles available now 
from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company

Now that I have a family of my own, I like to continue traditions I had as a child with my girls, and one thing we always do more of during the holidays is setting up a table in living room, and dumping out jigsaw puzzle pieces, so that we can work on the puzzle whenever we had a free moment, or are looking to unwind.  This year, I have some new puzzles from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company to work on.  I was sent three puzzles to review, and within the first day of receiving, my oldest daughter was able to put together one of the puzzles by herself in under and hour.  Like her mom, she loves to work on puzzles, and will usually grab a puzzle from our puzzle shelf and work on alone in her room.  Then, she runs around the house to tell people to come see what she did, and is all smiles showing off her completed puzzle.

What is so amazing about my daughter's puzzle skills is that she can grab a piece and work off of that.  Instead of doing like I was taught and what most people do -- making the frame of the puzzle, and then working off that, she will start from the middle and work outside.  

I have tried to get her to do the frame as this seems to be the easiest way to start a puzzle, but she likes the challenge of lifting the cover off a puzzle box and grabbing a piece to use as her starting point.  Then, she is off and running and can spend hours working on a 1000 piece puzzle.

This past summer, we were doing library crafts at a nearby library and she would quickly rush through the craft just so she could sit at the puzzle table with me and complete the puzzle that had been started.  

My daughter and I are in the background working on a puzzle, while my youngest daughter poses with her completed craft. :-)

She liked being able to finish it as the person who places the last piece gets to choose the next puzzle to work on.  And, and each every time she would choose a dog or cat themed one -- two of her favorite things.  Then, she would choose a piece and start the puzzle, and by the end of the week, we would go back and she would finish it up. :-)

Now that the days are getting darker earlier and it is too cold to be playing outside for long, it is the perfect time to do a fun jigsaw puzzle with your family.  No matter your age, jigsaw puzzles are always fun to do, especially if you are the person who likes to grab a couple pieces and hold them out until the very end, so that you can place them...or make others crazy looking all over for the missing puzzle pieces to finish the puzzle. :-)  This is my youngest daughter, and we know this as she is always grinning and giggling when she sees us down on the floor around the puzzle table looking for the final few pieces.

Like I said, I was sent a few puzzles from the folks at Cobble Hill, which were dog and cat themed, per my oldest daughter's request.  And, we have been busy working on the puzzles over the past month and having so much with them. This was the first time we made a puzzle from Cobble Hill, but will not be the last, as I really like how they are made with family pieces, so that beginner and experts can work on the puzzle together. How you ask?  

The pieces of the Family Pieces puzzles from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company are large on one end and small on the other, so beginners and experts can work on the image together.  Recommended for ages 6-106, these puzzles are crafted to museum-quality standards, using the finest inks and varnishes.  When you look at a complete Cobble Hill puzzle, you can't help but think it would look good up on the wall to admire.  The puzzles also feature linen textured paper and premium grade blue board, as well as 100% recycled chipboard, making each puzzle piece sturdy, which is a must for young children who like to try to bend jigsaw puzzle pieces.

In addition to having pieces that are made for beginners and experts to work on, you will also find that Cobble Hill puzzle pieces are random-shaped, which makes them ore interesting to assemble, as no two pieces are the same.  :-)

Who doesn't love a fun Santa puzzle?

If you are a jigsaw puzzle loving family, or know someone who is, why not consider picking up a few new jigsaw puzzles from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company this holiday season.  Pull out and dust off an old card table and put out a puzzle, and you will see the family coming together to work on a puzzle.  It really is nice to see people of all ages gathering around a puzzle table, working together, without their phones or other electronic devices in their hands, enjoying quality time together, as you try and find pieces that fit together to make a puzzle come together.

Such a stunning puzzle design -- on my wish list!

I will definitely be buying more Cobble Hill puzzles for us to work on, as we watch the snow fall here in New England this winter.  There is nothing better than having a fire going, holiday music playing, and sipping on hot chocolate with your family, you sit around the puzzle table trying to piece together a puzzle.  This is quality time you wish for during the holidays, and ones that make for wonderful memories you and your kids will remember for years to come.

My daughter saw this on the Cobble Hill website and added it to her wish list for Santa :-)

To learn more about Cobble Inn Puzzle Company's puzzles and to check out their wide variety of puzzles available for all skill levels and ages, head on over to today.  

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. Puzzles are a great way to spend some time together. If you have a table o keep them set up without much movement you can work on them for days.

    ellen beck

  2. I love puzzles! I wish I had more time to do them!