10. “Dove of Hope” by Sandra Bergeron, Sunsout — 1000 pieces
This is a very interesting shaped puzzle. The illustrations inside the dove look like rich book illustrations. They’re beautifully done. The blending between the scenes is perfect. Definitely one for the to do list!
9. “Forest Majesty” by Kevin Daniel, Sunsout — 1000 pieces
This is my favorite of the deer-themed shaped puzzle. The artwork inside the deer is very nicely done with an illustrated rather than photoshopped feeling. I really like the autumnal tone with the colored leaves and fall woods. Looks challenging with all that brown, but worth it!
6. “Wolf Connections” by Greg Giordano, Sunsout — 350 pieces
If you like smaller piece sizes, you won’t find a prettier shaped puzzle than this one by Greg Giordano. I’ve seen a number of wolf-shaped puzzles, but this one has the nicest artwork. The various wolves are nicely blended with a painted effect and I love the soft colors.
4. “Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart, Sunsout — 1000 pieces
Aimee Stewart and shaped? Sign me up! Aimee does justice to (what I believe is) her first shaped puzzle. This lovely garden image is filled with vibrant colors, realistic animals, and hidden surprises. Very fun to assemble. Check out my review here.
3. “Parrot’s Paradise” by Lori Shory, Sunsout — 1000 pieces
This is a wonderful puzzle thanks to the vibrant colors and extremely irregular border. I love how the border follows the leaves and stems and doesn’t do just a ‘vague outline’ like some shaped puzzles. Gorgeous.
2. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Lori Shory, Sunsout — 1000 pieces
I love Christmas puzzles, so no surprise that this is my #2 pick. Christmas tree shaped puzzles can be difficult because of all the pine needles, but this one has so much going on that the “needles only” areas are few and far between. The “12 days of Christmas” theme adds interest too. You can find all twelve days represented on the tree.