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Jigsaw puzzles are the retro gift that’s kept on giving over the past few years. Here’s our selection of the 15 best puzzles for adults to shop now.
If you thought jigsaw puzzles were an activity strictly reserved for children and retired adults, you’d be mistaken.
Since lockdown started, the country has gone puzzle mad. According to The Guardian, puzzle sales reached £100m in 2020 (a rise of 38% compared to the previous year), with more puzzles being bought for adults than children.
Gone are the days when puzzles were limited to Disney princesses and watercolour paintings of the countryside – nowadays, there are thousands of on-trend patterns and prints to choose from, from inspirational quotes to illustrations from our favourite artists.
Whether you’re staying inside to avoid a certain Covid variant or simply in need of something to keep you busy on dreary winter evenings, the humble puzzle is at your beckon call.
Plus, thanks to the methodical nature of puzzle-solving, it’s a great way to practice mindfulness and distract yourself from any feelings of stress and anxiety you might be experiencing at the moment.
With this in mind, we’ve put together this edit of the coolest adult jigsaw puzzles available to buy now to get you started, from 500-piece beginners puzzles to the more challenging ones with 1000-pieces+.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned professional, there’s something for everyone on this list – happy browsing!
Piece and Quiet Indoor Jungle art jigsaw puzzle
If you exhausted your existing jigsaw supply over Christmas, invest in this 500-piece beautiful offering from Piece and Quiet. Designed by London-based artist Sophie Charnley, the puzzle depicts a scene that will look familiar to all obsessive plant parents.
As with all Piece and Quiet’s jigsaws, it also doubles up as a work of art for your walls once completed; just glue the pieces together and frame away. Ideal if you’re staying in this month to a) save money or b) avoid a certain Covid variant.
Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party 500pc Puzzle
If you haven’t heard of Rifle Paper Co before, now’s the time to take a look. Alongside its growing collection of beautiful notebooks, stationery and homeware, the brand has also released a collection of jigsaw puzzles featuring some of its most popular designs.
We love the bright colours and bold shapes of this ‘Garden Party’ puzzle.
Emma J Shipley Zambezi 1000pc Puzzle
Not only is this puzzle from designer Emma J Shipley beautiful to look at, but its dark colours and mesmerising details are sure to give any potential solver a satisfying challenge.
Made from sustainable materials and printed here in the UK, this puzzle is sure to provide hours of entertainment.
Always Personal Impossible 150pc Puzzle
If you’re in the mood for a real challenge (and we mean it), this one-of-a-kind clear acrylic puzzle from Always Personal is sure to stump even the most experienced puzzlers. We’ve opted for the 150pc version, but you can choose how many pieces depending on how difficult you want it to be.
They even have a Valentine’s version (it’s shaped like a heart) for an unorthodox date night activity.
Galison Plant Shelfie 1000pc Puzzle
One for all the plant lovers out there, this plant shelfie puzzle from Galison is as aesthetically pleasing as it is fun to complete.
We think this one would look particularly good as a piece of wall art – pop it in a frame once you’ve finished so you can enjoy it forever.
Brecht Vandenbrouche The Dream Of Surrealism 1000pc Puzzle
Illustrated by cartoonist Brecht Vandenbrouche, this puzzle is an adventure through the worlds of the artists, muses and poets who forged the surrealist movement.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with this piece of art history, however – the puzzle comes with information about the various art works and motifs featured, so you can learn while you puzzle.
Piecemeal Puzzles California Nights 500pc Puzzle
Enjoy the relaxing hues of the Californian desert with this eye-catching print puzzle from Piecemeal Puzzles. Comprised of various different colours, gradients and patterns, this is the perfect puzzle for those who enjoy a challenge.
Not only are they great to look at, but each of Piecemeal’s puzzles come presented in a keepsake box and drawstring bag, so you can enjoy them time and time again.
Essential Workers 1000pc Puzzle
This colourful puzzle celebrates the efforts of key workers during the pandemic, so you can stay home and do your bit while remembering those on the frontline.
This puzzle was designed as part of a charity appeal for the CDC Foundation in the US (the royalties from the puzzle are going to them), but George’s Whitstable is also donating £2 from each purchase to NHS Charities Together, so you can support those working hard at home, too.
Prints In Pieces Flow With It 500pc Puzzle
Each of Prints In Pieces puzzles feature an illustration from a different independent artist, so you can display the completed product as a piece of art once you’re done.
We love the relaxing vibe of this yoga-themed print from artist Yani Putri.
Pieces Of The Puzzle Lucy In The Sky 1000pc Puzzle
This contemporary surrealist print puzzle from Pieces Of The Puzzle is giving us some seriously relaxing vibes.
Designed to help you get away from the stress of work and enjoy a digital detox, this puzzle is the perfect escape for people looking for a new way to unwind.
Print Club London x Luckies Courage Is Within 500pc Puzzle
Designed by Luckies in collaboration with Print Club London and artist Jacqueline Colley, this 500 piece puzzle is high on our wish list.
We love the contrasting colours and bold typeface which make this print so eye-catching.
Piecework Champagne Problems 500pc Puzzle
As one of the first brands to make ‘nice looking’ puzzles, we couldn’t conclude this round-up without featuring something from Piecework.
Created with relaxation in mind, each of Piecework’s puzzles are designed to help you slow down and switch off – great for when you’re feeling frazzled after a day of working from home.
Rest In Pieces Pantone Colour Palette 1000pc Puzzle
If you’re looking for a challenge, then this Pantone colour palette puzzle from Rest In Pieces is the one for you.
With its vibrant hi-res imagery and unusual round shape, this puzzle is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.
Typo Flower Power 1000pc Puzzle
Not ready to splash lots of cash on a super-fancy puzzle? This ‘flower power’ one from stationery brand Typo is not only affordable, but it’s also pretty cute.
Plus, if you don’t fancy this design, Typo have a whole range of 1000pc puzzles waiting for you to peruse.
Jonathan Adler 750pc Rainbow Puzzle
Jonathan Adler is known for his standout, colourful designs, and this luxury puzzle is no exception.
Packaged in a chic storage box and adorned with bold colours, tackling this puzzle is the perfect way to brighten a dark lockdown evening.
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As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.
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