The humble jigsaw has become a hero in lockdown. Even the Prime Minister reckons they’re essential. From easy kids’ puzzles to 2000-piece meltdowns, here’s a rundown on where to source some new jigsaws.
For a vicarious stroll through the city, order the Melbourne Map jigsaw. The 1000-piece puzzle has become a lockdown must-have, it’s now also available at Hearns Hobbies. The detail is extraordinary – see if you can spot your house!
Melbourne comes together in all its beauty in puzzles by photographer Chris Cincotta. His Melbourne I Love You jigsaws are also 1000-piecers, with a choice of laneways, street art and Flinders Street. The scenes are so evocative, you’ll want to frame them when you’re done. They sell out quickly when they come in stock so pre-order if you can.
You can order Chris’ jigsaw online directly and from Melbournalia.
The focus is more on model kits at Metro Hobbies, but their jigsaw range is massive. There are large-format puzzles for little fingers and 2000-plus-piece jigsaws for experts. For something different, have a go at a 3D puzzle. The Eiffel Tower has 216 pieces, and acts as a time-filler and a new ornament for your collection.
Beekeeper Parade is a social business that aims to make products which change the world. Find hidden animals and explore a mysterious jungle with their Boy & Bee jigsaw. For every puzzle purchased, they’ll also plant a tree. Available for pre-order.
Minotaur is synonymous with games, with a huge choice of jigsaws to order online. There’s something for every age in the Harry Potter range. A 4D mini jigsaw, a 500-piece House Crests puzzle and 1000-piece Hogwarts jigsaw. If your kids have moved on to other heroes, there are also Game of Thrones and Captain Marvel themes.
For women. By women. That’s the mantra at feminist maker’s store, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Shop. The beautiful range of jigsaws available online are part puzzle fun, part amazing artwork. Order a 500 piece view of Tokyo, a 1000 piece illustrated map of Australia or a serene Scottish scene. Plus, there’s plenty of quirky fun to be had when you peruse the rest of the books and games section.
Look under Gifts & Toys at Hearns Hobbies and you’ll find all the jigsaw brands are here, including Ravensburger and the Melbourne Map. There’s a fab selection for kids, like the 300-piece Cuddly Kitten. There’s also a good range of accessories, including Sort Your Puzzle trays to help you colour-code your pieces. Experts might want to track down the Bombardment of Algiers set. At 9000 pieces, though, it might be a battle too far.
The people behind North Melbourne’s Spieledeluxe are keen gamers. And that includes quality jigsaws. Their handmade wooden puzzles are made in Australia by artisan woodworkers. The Summer Garden Sampler looks ahead to warmer days and is quite beautiful. It’s 1000 pieces, and is suitably tricky with colourful flowers on a black background. Even better, it’s from woman-owned eeBoo. Their jigsaws are made from 90% recycled board and vegetable-based inks.
Stranger than Paradise
Toy specialists Stranger than Paradise are also in North Melbourne. Their kids’ range of jigsaws starts with 24-piece puzzles for two-year-olds. For something more advanced, there’s the 80-piece Dreamworld puzzle. Kids aged four-plus will love recreating an animal play with a dress-up tiger and elephant.
Puzzlers are spoiled for choice at Readings in Carlton. There are all sorts of themes, from 1990s icons to cats and artworks. The 1000-piece selection is particularly impressive. Construct the dome of State Library Victoria or tackle famous artworks by Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh. You’ll also find puzzles for children over at Readings Kids.
One of the biggest names in jigsaws is Ravensburger, and Spoilt is where you can find ’em for kids and adults. There are 300-piece unicorns for littlies and some classic Aussie animal puzzles. For a mid-range teaser for 12 years and over, try the 500-piece kookaburras. Older puzzlers might like the 500-piece Whisky Lover’s box. If it’s a gift, Spoilt will wrap your puzzle before posting.
Piece together iconic cover art while you rock out to the album at home. Heartland Records stocks a bunch of 1000 and 500-piece jigsaws, including Abbey Road by The Beatles, and Rocket to Russia by The Ramones. Need to stock up on your music collection while you’re at it? They’ve got a huge selection of vinyl, CDs, DVDs, merchandise and posters in all genres to kit you out.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 5kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Observe the curfew from 9pm to 5am, and other restrictions. Be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.