We've said it before and we'll say it again: boxes are beautiful. Simple, streamlined, versatile compartments full of mystery and history that have lasting, universal appeal. There is something both satisfying and comforting about compartmentalizing possessions into secret chambers. Naturally, throughout history humans have developed new ways to open up, close down, and lock people out of their containers! Some people assume that these puzzling instruments only require simple logic and math to complete them. Think again! In order to unravel secrets of the wooden puzzle box, you also need to utilize the creative parts of your brain to try new solutions and weigh your options. In other words, your left and right brain are getting their money's worth. What a beautiful, magical feeling to solve a puzzle that you've been chugging away at for quite some time. Holding the finished product, puzzlers feel a sense of pride, and this will enhance their overall mood and wellbeing. Seriously. Puzzles help us to focus on one task, allowing the brain to go into a kind of meditative state while working towards a solution. Everybody can relate to those days where it feels like there are 17 different tabs open in the computers of our mind. Having the chance to concentrate on just one goal is a serious stress reliever, moving every puzzler one step closer to finding their zen. Peace, at last. Take a look at these relaxing, beautiful, challenging puzzles and imagine what secrets lie within, or the mysteries you could hide away for that special friend or partner.
In this blog, we’ve been a big fan of Jean Claude Constantin’s work for quite some time. Like the Secret Rad Box, many of Constantin’s projects are laser-cut pieces which press together making for some distinctive designs that point towards the Constantin brand name. Nearly all of his puzzles have some exclusive and stimulating mechanic that makes them worth owning. The Rad Box has Maple panels with a Maple leaf branded right on the front, and is perfect for this chilly time of year with a nod towards the Autumnal season. It’s worth noting that the box is a good size, and has very little reduction in inner dimensions. We estimate that you would be able to store something around the size of two packs of playing cards inside, which opens up a new realm of possibilities compared with smaller, more compact boxes.
This clever Secret Puzzle Box is also an amusing way to surprise a friend or colleague with a gift card or small trinket, just hand it over and watch as the recipient struggles to get to their gift! This puzzle in particular is a good choice for beginners due to its beautiful simplicity and one-step nature. The perfect gift for those friends who you want to see struggle just a bit, but who may not be able to handle a complicated multi-step puzzle (yet!). There is always room for growth and improvement, and this is a great way to introduce a person to the world of puzzles. If they love it, then you’ll have a huge list of unique gift ideas to choose from moving forward!
The Centrale Box is a very clever trick box with a secret drawer and a unique hidden maze mechanism buried within. The puzzler tries to open the drawer by solving the hidden maze. This box is small, compact, and sleek - great for storing/hiding littler items (jewelry, flashdrive, a secret love note for the more passionate folk among us). There is even a small hint built into the design of the box that adds to the fun and keeps you guessing! We won't tell, but the gimmick of the hint is a great way to tease the recipient, guiding them towards the solution without giving it all away up front!
The lock mechanism used in this puzzle is used in many escape rooms. Maybe you've encountered it? Once the puzzle is solve the frame slides open and is able to store small, think items like gift cards, money, or pictures. We recommend this for a clever, exciting way to store or give away small presents, or even to display a special photo! The added bonus for this puzzle is that the recipient will see whatever the gift is, but not be able to reach it just yet! Some helpful dimensions from our website: the open frame holds a photo, a gift card, cash, or anything within the size of 3” X 3.25” X 0.125”.
The gimmick and the story behind this puzzle is immediately obvious, and a clear winner in terms of presentation. The puzzle is presented as a miniature safe with a lock and key, and there is a hidden coin locked within a secret compartment. How will you free the coin? The concept is meant to tease the puzzler into thinking the solution is as simple as unlocking a door. Well, if you've done enough puzzles, you'll know it's usually not so easy! Maybe you also store away a $20 dollar bill in the secret compartment, or maybe you choose a comedic route and put in 20 cents to stay literal and true to the name. Who's to say? The world is your puzzle box, just find the right key!
This high-quality, hand-crafted puzzle box has a secret opening mechanism. The parts will move easily and smoothly only if done in the correct order. When it’s complete, the lid will slide open as the 7th step. We recommend this for storing littler items like jewelry (perhaps a wedding ring!?). Because of the aesthetic and unique craftsmanship of the different shades of wood, this puzzle is just as great to display afterwards and admire for years to come. The best gifts are not only finely crafted, but have a story behind the work, a long line of knowledge passed down the line from a different culture. Japanese Style puzzle boxes could be the gateway to a whole new world of gadgets you could only dream of from a new culture. There’s a reason that so many wonderful, unique inventions come out of Japan, you’ve got to see for yourself firsthand why people keep buying and cherishing these multi-step puzzles. If you’re up for even more of a challenge, we have a 10-Step, a 14-Step, a 21-Step, a 35-Step, a 54-Step, and even a Super CUBI 324-Step puzzle box, all of similar (but unique) designs. The more steps required to open the box, the larger the space inside!
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This gift set contains the 7-Step Japanese Puzzle box, the Secret 1-Step Puzzle Box, and the Open Frame Impossible Puzzle, all detailed above! It’s a wonderful mix of various difficulties, sizes, and approaches to problem solving. You could give them all to one special person, or buy 3 gifts in 1 to distribute among your friends!
If you’re stuck this holiday season, consider Kubiya’s Secret Puzzle Boxes – hypnotize, entrance, and playfully frustrate your friends as they agonize over the treasures you’ve hidden inside.
Cheers as always, and Happy Puzzling!