November 02, 2020 2 min read

This year has been very puzzling in all aspects of life, so there's sure to be someone you know who likes a good crossword or jigsaw. If you're having trouble buying a Christmas gift for such a person this year, look to the answers provided in the guide below:

For the codebreakers and fans of Bletchley Park, the obvious choice would be The GCHQ Puzzle Book and its sequelFeaturing codebreaking tasks inspired by WW1 intelligence ciphers all the way to modern cybersecurity puzzles, these books are full of brain twisters from the GCHQ archives with a range of difficulty levels - great for all puzzle fans interested in the puzzles that won the war and more!

For fans of both Top Gear and a good puzzle, how about The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book, full of word puzzlers and map- scouring activities covering a country's worth of lanes, highways, and all other types of roads! Ideal for the puzzling motorist.

With the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this year, the Spitfire is back in the public spirit again. We all know a Spitfire enthusiast, so how about this "Anatomy of the Spitfire" Jigsaw Puzzle - a 1000 piece puzzle depicting the legendary plane's original wireframe design schematics as well as an A2 poster for framing on the wall.

For the military history enthusiast, the perfect puzzle gift is the Trench Map Jigsaw - a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle based on a trench map from one of our own National Archives collections. A unique insight into the trenches of the Great War and also a fantastic jigsaw!

If you're thinking more along the lines of a smaller gift or stocking filler, the Eric Kennington Parachutes Mini Jigsaw is perfect. A relatively small 100 piece jigsaw in a metal tin depicting a painting from Britain's official war art program, it's another great pick for a military buff.

Edward Oliver
Edward Oliver



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