Eco-friendly Christmas gifts for kids - jigsaw puzzles

Why jigsaws make excellent eco-friendly Christmas gifts for kids

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration, and giving. But amidst the flurry of wrapping paper and the glitter of new toys, have you ever paused to consider the environmental impact of your festive gift-giving? As awareness grows about the urgent need for sustainability, eco-friendly gifts are increasingly coming into the spotlight. Among the myriad of options available, jigsaw puzzles stand out as a delightful yet responsible choice. If you’re looking for a gift that is not only fun but also kind to the planet, you’ve come to the right place. With a range of eco-friendly options available at Play Shed Puzzles, you can be sure to find something that will entertain your little ones while also being a sustainable choice.

Why Eco-Friendly Gifts?

Toys are a quintessential part of any child’s life. They provide entertainment, stimulate imagination, and aid in developmental growth. However, the dark side of this joy is the environmental cost. Many toys are made from materials that are neither biodegradable nor recyclable, contributing to the mountains of waste that endanger our planet. Plastic toys, in particular, are notorious for their negative environmental impact. To understand more about why plastic toys are far from ideal, you can read our blog post on Why are plastic toys dangerous?

Switching to eco-friendly gifts does more than just reduce your carbon footprint. It sends a powerful message about the importance of sustainability, especially to the younger generation who will inherit the earth we leave behind. Eco-friendly gifts are made from materials that are recyclable or biodegradable and are often produced using methods that are less harmful to the environment. This makes them a double win: a gift that brings joy without compromising the planet’s future.

By opting for eco-friendly gifts, you're making a conscious decision to support a more sustainable and responsible way of living. It's a small but impactful step towards a brighter, greener future for everyone.

The Appeal of Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids

Jigsaw puzzles have captivated children for generations. These intricate pieces of entertainment do much more than just keep kids occupied; they offer a plethora of cognitive and developmental benefits. For starters, jigsaw puzzles help enhance problem-solving skills. Kids learn to analyse shapes and colours, strategise about piece placement, and engage in trial and error. Puzzles also foster patience and focus, skills that are essential in today’s fast-paced world. Moreover, they can be a tool for social development when solved as a family or with friends. Interested in understanding more about these cognitive benefits? Have a look at our blog post discussing Are jigsaw puzzles good for your brain?

Eco-Friendly Jigsaw Options

As the world wakes up to the urgency of climate change, many companies are doing their bit to make eco-friendly products. Jigsaw puzzles are no exception. They are available in various eco-friendly forms, from puzzles made of wood sourced from sustainable forests to those created from recycled materials. At Play Shed Puzzles, we're committed to sustainability at every step of the manufacturing process. Our jigsaws are:

  • Made with 100% recycled millboard
  • Printed with vegan inks
  • Produced using chlorine-free paper
  • All of which are fully recyclable.
  • Plus, they carry the official Made in Britain logo, giving you the assurance of quality and ethical production.

For a deeper dive into our production process and commitment to sustainability, feel free to read How are jigsaw puzzles made?

Durability and Reusability

One of the standout qualities of a jigsaw puzzle is its durability. Unlike many toys that have a short lifespan or are single-use, a well-crafted jigsaw puzzle can be solved and re-solved countless times. This makes it a gift that keeps on giving, providing endless hours of entertainment. Play Shed Puzzles’ jigsaws are designed to be sturdy and long-lasting, meaning they can be used time and time again. This contributes to a circular economy, reducing waste and encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle. If you're concerned about what happens to jigsaw puzzles once they've lived their life, rest assured—our puzzles are fully recyclable, as you can learn from our blog post Are jigsaw puzzles recyclable?

By choosing an eco-friendly jigsaw puzzle, you're not just buying a gift; you're making an investment. An investment in entertainment, education, and, importantly, in our planet's future.

Creativity and Customisation

While jigsaw puzzles are inherently creative, encouraging imaginative thinking and visual-spatial understanding, some companies take this a step further by offering customisation options. Customised puzzles not only make the gift more personal but also add an extra layer of excitement and surprise. At Play Shed Puzzles, while we may not offer customisation, we put immense thought into the design of each puzzle, aiming to spark children's imaginations. Our range includes a variety of themes that resonate with children, from magical unicorns to fascinating space explorers. To get to know us and our philosophy better, take a look at our About Us page. Here you'll find more information about our journey, what drives us, and why we’re passionate about both puzzles and the planet.

Where to Find Eco-Friendly Jigsaws

Once you're convinced about the merits of gifting an eco-friendly jigsaw puzzle, the next question is, where to buy one? While many shops and online platforms offer jigsaw puzzles, it's crucial to choose one that aligns with your eco-friendly ethos. Certifications and logos can be a good indicator. For instance, Play Shed Puzzles proudly carries the official Made in Britain logo, signifying not just quality but also a commitment to local, sustainable production. Our operations are based in the beautiful county of Devon, ensuring that you're buying British and supporting local business. Need to get in touch with us for more details? Please visit our Contact Us page, where you’ll find multiple ways to reach out.


Choosing the right Christmas gift for children can often be a daunting task, especially when you're trying to balance fun with sustainability. As we've explored in this blog, jigsaw puzzles offer the best of both worlds. They are not only a classic form of entertainment that stimulates cognitive and social development in children but also an eco-friendly choice that minimises environmental impact.

By opting for a jigsaw puzzle from Play Shed Puzzles, you're taking it a step further. Our jigsaws are made in Britain, ensuring quality and ethical production. They're created from 100% recycled millboard, printed with vegan inks, and produced using chlorine-free paper. Most importantly, they are fully recyclable, contributing to a more circular and sustainable economy.

We encourage you to consider gifting a Play Shed Puzzle this Christmas. It's a small but impactful step toward promoting sustainability and teaching the younger generation the importance of caring for our planet. For those interested in exploring our latest designs, our Mermaid Jigsaw Puzzle is Now On Sale, offering a magical underwater adventure for your little ones.

In a world that urgently needs more sustainable choices, every little action counts. Make this festive season not just joyful, but also kind to our Earth.

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