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1. The Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 3D Jigsaw Puzzle won’t let you attend Hogwarts, but you can still construct your own version of it!
Promising review: “This was one of the most difficult puzzles we’ve ever assembled. That said, this is a BEAUTIFUL puzzle, and when finished, it’s well worth the effort.” —White Rose
2. Perplexus is a 3D labyrinth contained within a sphere that you have to twist and spin to guide the ball through.
Promising review: “This toy is great for all ages! My 3 year old is surprisingly VERY interested in it and it’s so fun to watch him concentrate! He is getting better every time he plays with it. My husband will sit down with it for easily an hour (unusual for him) to try and conquer the maze.” —L. Larson
3. Cat Stax has you paw your way though the different stacking scenarios to become the ultimate cat stacker.
Promising review: “I got this primarily because of the cats. I keep coming back to it because my 5-year old daughter LOVES it! We have worked through all the beginner cards together, and she keeps coming back to it because of the cute cats.” —snaillady
4. Bloxels lets you build your own game and create tricky levels.
Promising review: “This is so much more than the board game you purchase, it’s also an app that you use in conjunction with the board. The board is just the beginning! My 10 year old son absolutely loves Bloxels. He makes his very own video games to play and share.” —Kristen Keyser
5. Kanoodle Extreme is a stacking 3D puzzle that has 300 different scenarios to solve.
Promising review: “GREAT GAME! This is the perfect cure for the summer brain drain for kids. This puzzle will keep kids on their toes and interested! It is great that you can play two different ways, either 2D or 3D.” —OneMommaSavingMoney
6. Money Maze can only be opened after you solve it.
Promising review: “I love it and it totally AMAZED me. Most of the kids I get presents for are at an age where they would rather have cash and go shopping for themselves. I have been known to give money in an unusual way.” —Kim M
7. Laser Maze uses mirrors and beam splitters to guide a laser from point A to point B.
Promising review: “Laser Maze ups the ante on puzzle/logic board games by providing clever (and sometimes devious) puzzles, while igniting the imagination and interest in optics. As a game that is greater than the sum of its parts, it’s a must have for puzzle gamers.” —Billy V
8. ENIGMA Brain Teaser Puzzle is simple in concept, but could take days in execution to solve.
Promising review: “I got this for my husband for Christmas. It took us a few days of on-and-off play to figure it out. We pretty much have no idea how we did it; we just kept moving stuff around until something changed and we could move forward. This is definitely fun, and my brain actually feels good doing it.” —Jacqueline C Kelly
9. ColorKu is basically Sudoku with a color twist.
Promising review: “This game is remarkably better than the numerical version of Sudoku. The maker’s clever use of color variations (rather than traditional numerical distinctions) makes it more accessible to those who can, at times, fall among the numerically ‘challenged,’ even as it provides a completely new challenge to advanced players who may be approaching complacent proficiency with the more traditional numerical version of the game.” —Joel E. Dillard
10. Rush Hour has you try your hand at trying to get your red car out of traffic.
Promising review: “My two children love this, as does my husband and I. It’s great for building thinking skills. The challenging cards are enough to stump the adults, yet the beginner cards are a great starting point for the kids.” —A Customer
11. Stratos Spheres is like four-in-a-row, but with an extra dimension.
Promising review: “I love how this game forces you to think in three dimensions. It’s sort-of like a space-age version of tic-tac-toe. The how-to is familiar, and there aren’t a lot of rules to remember, or need to check.” —ArcadeDweller
12. Osmo Coding introduces kids to computer science by having them stack command blocks.
Promising review:“The Osmo Coding Set is one of the most engaging learning games a child can play with to learn coding basics and fundamentals. I’ve seen students in a classroom jump up and down when they solve a block of code to get Awbie collect strawberries!” —Chad R. Sussex
13. The Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball lets you recreate the earth piece by piece.
Promising review: “My 9-year old daughter and I have had a wonderful experience with this puzzle. She started out using the numbers on the back of the pieces, but I convinced her to use her regular puzzle skills to assemble the globe. We’ve both learned a thing or two about geography!” —Debi D.
15. The Deluxe Latches Board teaches your kids motor skills as they progress through each door latch.
Promising review: “We got this toy for our son when he turned one. Several weeks later, he still plays with it (or ‘works’ on it!) every day, unlike just about any other present he got. We leave it propped up where he can crawl over and play with it on his own.” —Liz
16. The Gravity Maze has you use your perception and reasoning skills to create a vertical maze that will guide the marble to its goal.
Promising review: “So I sat down to play a couple rounds and well before I knew it, 10 minutes turned into an hour. I love logic and critical thinking puzzles, so this game was right up my alley. It reminded me a lot of the wooden labyrinth mazes I used to play as a child… just way cooler.” —Kathy Balman
17. The Brainstring Advanced Brainteaser Puzzle will have you attempt to untangle the madness inside.
Promising review: “My son opened this toy up on Christmas morning and proceeded to play with the ball for 20 minutes and completely stopped opening all other gifts. It even trumped the new video game. Definitely a great buy.” —rochelle rouse
18. The HoverKraft Levitating Construction Challenge will have you stacking and balancing structures on top of a floating platform.
Promising review: “Just make sure you read the instructions to make it hover correctly. And put it on a non-movable surface… so a steady table or the floor.” —Deborah
19. The Areaware Puzzlehead Puzzle Décor will have you try to fit all the pieces into a perfect square… and then stack them into a totem-pole-style tower.
Promising review: “Simple, elegant, funny, unforgettable. Art *and* a toy. A wonderful gift for kids and art lovers.” —Leslie J. Roberts
20. This Wooden Labyrinth Board is a handcrafted classic that will probably last multiple lifetimes.
Promising review: “This is a beautiful, high-quality toy that arrived carefully packaged and ahead of schedule for Christmas. This game was for a twelve-year old boy and he adored it and left several new video games abandoned to play with this instead.” —Allison Brooks
21. The Seedling Design Your Own Marble Maze also lets you step into it using their virtual reality viewer.
Promising review: “Love this new spin on an old classic! I love that you can enjoy customizing and playing with the physical maze on its own, but then you can take your maze on the go with the app. Scanning the maze and turning it into your own virtual reality is something new and inventive, and is an exciting part of the experience.” —Amazon Customer
22. The Science Wiz Cool Circuits Junior Puzzle will have you solve each challenge by completing the circuit to light up the board.
Promising review: “This is a great toy. It’s not even a toy so much as a learning tool, but kids don’t even realize they’re learning because it’s so much fun.” —Tina
23. The White Mountain Puzzles Candy Wrappers is perfect for those who want the satisfaction of completing a large puzzle, but without too much time investment.
Promising review: “This was a great puzzle. This was also probably one of the easiest puzzles I’ve ever done, just because you can tell, instantly, where 99% of the pieces go. If you’re looking for a really challenging puzzle, this is not for you, but my family enjoyed it quite a bit.” —Dustin Farahnak