It seems a long way off, but then it creeps slowly forward like a monster and before you know it, it’s Christmas.
So, ideas. Well, idea really. Jigsaws.
40 piece jigsaws make an alternative from cheap crackers to put beside each place setting over Christmas dinner. They can be made on your own, or put together sharing…Also great stocking fillers.
All the jigsaws are made with wood, laser cut, made in the UK.
Bigger jigsaws will work well to keep the whole family amused, from 6 to grand and great grand parents.
I know people who spend time with ageing parents who struggle with memory, piecing together the images, giving them a way to pass the time.
Many of the images come from books, so a package with the book and a jigsaw could be a good present. The 40 piece ones can take 15 mins to 30 mins to do, depending on the design. Long enough to take a break from all the things that ‘need’ to be done and rest the mind for a while. The 250s can take an hour or two, depending on whether you wish to share or make the puzzle on your own ( I like both)
And then there are 500, 750 and 1 500 piece ones. A family present, for everyone. But these are not cheap and they have to be ordered specially, and to get them in time for Christmas, now would be the time to order.
So…….here are the designs:
At the moment you can get them from:
Solva Woollen Mill
The Hedgehog Bookshop in Penrith
Book-ish in Crickhowell
The Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance
Number Seven, Dulverton
The Cathedral Bookshop, Durham
Seaways Bookshop, Fishguard
The Golden Sheaf, Narberth
Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge
and the great and good news for all indie booksellers is YOU CAN’T GET THEM ON AMAZON.
So, if you want jigsaws contact one of the above or better still if you can go in to visit the shops.
If you are an indie bookshop and you want a product to compliment my books, something of quality, made in the UK that will sell faster than you can order it in send me or Andrew at Wentworth Jigsaws an email. ( Have a look at Wentworth’s site. You won’t find my puzzles there yet, but they do have some lovely ones and you can order their designs direct from them.)
And if you are an indie and get the jigsaws in send me an email and I will add you to above list, with links.
Liz at Hedgehog books said, “I would mark in gold the day that Andrew from Wentworth’s phoned about your jigsaws”. This is what her stock cupboard looked like a week ago. Now she is re-ordering for Christmas ( the second time I think). For a small indie bookshop in Penrith in winter this is amazing.
I phoned Liz to ask her for a quote about the jigsaws. She made me laugh.
” When an order comes in from Wentworth, and i order so many jigsaws at a time, the smell of jigsaws fills the shop.” ( I do love booksellers!)
Liz has a cafe with scones and coffee and a jigsaw on each table for customers to do while they sit and eat and drink. Few people leave the shop without buying one and she has introduced so many people to my books through the jigsaws.
” I don’t understand why bookshops aren’t falling over themselves to buy your jigsaws”, she said.
At a time when bookshops are being encouraged to diversify and sell ‘non book product’ at least these are book related.
To help people, shops, to find the jigsaws I would ask you to share this post, on twitter, facebook, by introducing your local bookseller to the idea. As a way of saying thanks I will give away 3 forty piece jigsaws to 3 people. ( Which design will depend on what I have but there will be some choice) Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner in about 4 weeks time. And meanwhile take a bit of time to step sideways from the business and piece together a puzzle.
Thanks for reading. I’m off to paint.