A Beginner's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Puzzle

Check this post to see how to choose the perfect puzzle for your needs and how to get started on your puzzling journey!

10 months ago   •   3 min read

By Mia

Trying to choose the perfect puzzle can feel a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With so many different options available, it can be tough to know where to start. But don't worry - Geek's Oasis is here to help! In this beginner's guide, we'll discuss the different types of puzzles available, offer some advice on choosing the right puzzle for you, and highlight some great puzzle themes with a little geeky touch.

Types of Puzzles

There are two main types of puzzles: jigsaw puzzles and 3D puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles are the most popular type of puzzle, and they come in a wide range of piece counts, from under 100 pieces up to 40,000+ pieces!

3D puzzles are less common, but they're perfect for serious puzzlers who want a bit different kind of challenge. They come in all different shapes and sizes, so there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for you. They also make great decor pieces - just think of how impressive a completed Millennium Falcon would look on your coffee table!

Tap below to see some cool 3D puzzles!


When it comes to choosing a theme for your puzzle, the sky's the limit! If you're a fan of Star Wars, there are dozens of different jigsaw puzzles featuring scenes from the movies. Love Marvel? You can assemble an Avengers team or put together a detailed street scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home. And if you're more into fantasy, try putting together a map of Middle-earth from Lord of the Rings or assembling Hagrid's Hut from Harry Potter. There really is something for everyone!

Advice for Choosing the Right Puzzle

Not sure which puzzle is right for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Piece count: The more pieces in a puzzle, the longer it will take to complete. If you're looking for a quick activity, stick with a smaller puzzle. If you want something that will keep you occupied for hours, days, or even weeks, go for a larger one.
  • Difficulty: If you're new to puzzling, start with something relatively easy so you don't get frustrated. Once you've got the hang of it, you can move on to more challenging puzzles with areas of uniform colors or bigger piece counts.
  • Theme: Choose a theme that interests you! This is the most important part actually! Working on a puzzle that has a personal meaning to you will be more enjoyable.
  • Budget: Puzzles can range in price from $10 to $200 or more, depending on the size and complexity. Keep your budget in mind when making your purchase.

Once you've taken all of these factors into account, you should have no trouble finding the perfect puzzle for you! Now let's talk about one final topic...

Embrace the Mess with a Puzzle Roll-Up Mat

Remember that when you increase the number of pieces, the size of the puzzle grows as well. Be sure to have enough space for it, or make sure you can justify turning your dinner table into a "puzzle board".

So in case you are planning to do a puzzle that you're going to work on for days or even weeks, we recommend investing in a quality puzzle roll-up mat - trust us, it'll make your life much easier especially if you have more than 1000 pieces.

Not only will it keep your pieces contained while you work (and prevent those pesky disappearing pieces!), but it also gives you flexibility when it comes to finding just the right spot to work on your puzzle. Uneven table? No problem! With a mat, you can just roll it up and store it away until you find a better spot.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your supplies and get started on your next big project!

Tap here to see our post about some great puzzle roll-up mats!

Final Words

Puzzling is a great way to relax, exercise your brain, and bond with friends or family members - and there's no shortage of puzzles to choose from! In this beginner's guide, we've discussed the different types of puzzles available as well as some tips for choosing the perfect one for YOU.

We've also highlighted some great geeky themes that are sure to please any fanboy or fangirl out there. Tap below to check out some puzzles with awesome designs!

Happy Puzzling!

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