Sunday, June 17, 2012

Check Out Our Personalized Puzzle From Piczzle, and Win One For Yourself!!!

We're on vacation this month (an extremely rare occurance), so I'm not going to be making a ton of posts. However, I have quite a few giveaways for you instead, which I'm sure are at least as good as my ramblings!

As Aias gets older he gets more and more interested in puzzles.  He started with the ones with the big chunky pieces, usually three to a board.  He then worked his way to smaller puzzles with the pictures on the inside of the board.  He's currently working on 4, 6, and 12 piece puzzles. What's the only thing better than a nice new puzzle? A nice new puzzle with your picture on it!

I couldn't miss this opportunity to review a personalized jigsaw puzzle from a company called Piczzle.  Piczzle makes fully customizable wooden or cardboard photo and picture puzzles.  The puzzles they offer range from as few as 6 pieces to as many as 2,000 and come in a variety of sizes, from small to giant.  I thought Aias would get a huge kick out of seeing a picture of himself and his dad on a puzzle, and I was right!

I chose one of his favorite photos of himself and daddy; a photo of our hike on Mount Finlayson near Victoria, BC. Here's the picture I sent to Piczzle:

Yeah, it's sideways.  I know. 

We received our puzzle a few days ago, just before we left on a trip.  I have to admit, my first thought when I opened it was that it was way nicer than I expected it to be.  I expected it would just arrive in a plastic bag, but instead it came fully wrapped in plastic and in a nice reusable cardboard box with my photo printed on the outside.  Inside, the puzzle pieces are large (perfect for little hands) and in a good quality zipper bag.   This product is totally gift quality!

The box with the plastic removed

The box with the plastic around the edges; really great gift quality

Cracked open so you can see how it looks when you open it

The pieces!

Completed: I did it, Aias observed

I love this concept of creating custom-made jigsaw puzzles.  In the past I've taken a piece of cardboard, glued a picture on it, and cut the pieces up to make puzzles.  In my opinion, that's totally a great plan if you have a lot of time on your hands and aren't interested in making something that will last a long time.  However, if you don't have a lot of time on your hands and you want an excellent gift quality product, Piczzle is the way to go.  I was honestly blown away by the high quality and presentation of this product, and I know we will have this puzzle for years to come. 

My only criticism of this final product is actually a criticism of myself; I'm not sure the picture I ordered was ideal in puzzle form for a small child.  I managed to do it and I'm sure when Aias is a bit older he will be able to do it as well, but I think there's too much blue space in the picture I chose. Next time, I will follow these criteria when selecting a picture for his 24 piece puzzle:

- A more "close-up" image
- Brighter and more varied colours
- Objects in the photo with sharper, more distinct edges

Alternately, if I wanted to make a more difficult puzzle, I'd go with an image like the one I chose above, or something even more monochromatic. 

I'm planning on ordering some of these as gifts in the future as I think these are incredibly versatile for gifting; you can order larger puzzles with more pieces for adults, and these 24 piece puzzles are perfect for preschoolers.  Remember these aren't just for kids, as people of all ages will get a kick of seeing themselves and their families on puzzles!

If you want to learn more about Piczzle and the products they offer, check them out on their website, on their Facebook page, and on Youtube.  If you want to win your own small cardboard puzzle, enter our giveaway below!!!

Finally, just a heads up, after the winner is announced and is awarded their puzzle, Piczzle will also be giving me a discount code for my readers so that all of you can go ahead and order puzzles from them if you wish.

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