The 10 Best Puzzles for Adults to De-Stress and Stay Occupied at Home
Nothing passes the time quite like an old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle.
Growing up in my family’s house, there was always a puzzle taking up permanent residency on our dining room table that we would collectively chip away at. That’s probably why I still love piecing together puzzles and swear by them as a great way to decompress when I get home in the evenings. My favorite way to do puzzles? While listening to a podcast and sipping wine—multitasking at its finest.
If you’ve worked your way through your board game collection and still want a much-needed break from screen time at home, taking on a puzzle is a great way to relax while still stimulating your brain and staying present. Even celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres are bringing back the classic activity during this time of social distancing (though I wouldn’t recommend her 4,000-piece puzzle to the novice puzzler).
What you can do, however, is get a puzzle with at least 500 pieces and get to work on bringing its design to life. And luckily, these are not hard to find online—retailers like Amazon and Walmart have plenty of options for adults to choose from. From Andy Warhol pop-art prints to dreamy landscapes, keep scrolling to shop the best puzzles you can get delivered right to your door.
Hot Dogs A-Z Puzzle
This colorful 1,000-piece puzzle features illustrations of dog breeds for every letter in the alphabet, including a chihuahua wearing a bowtie.
To buy: $21; amazon.com.
Vintage Library Puzzle
True bibliophiles know nothing beats the smell of old books, but this vibrant 1,000-piece puzzle featuring a design of elaborate vintage book bindings may be a close second.
To buy: $11 (was $20); walmart.com.
Ashley Woodson Bailey Bouquet Puzzle
When you finish this 750-piece puzzle by artist Ashley Woodson Bailey, just put it in a frame and you’ll have a piece of art to display thanks to its unique bouquet-shape.
To buy: $18 (was $20); amazon.com.
Ideal for the astrology lovers out there, this 1000-piece puzzle features illustrations of all the zodiac signs. Plus, the constellations glow-in-the-dark when you hit the lights after completing it.
To buy: $15 (was $20); nordstrom.com.
Andy Warhol Flowers Puzzle
If you want a puzzle that won’t take long to put together, this 500-piece puzzle print of Andy Warhol’s iconic Flowers series is just the ticket (and it’s frame-worthy).
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Succulent Garden Puzzle
Even if you can’t keep your succulents alive, you can try out your green thumb with this 500-piece garden-inspired puzzle. Since each side has its own unique design, you can take it apart and start again when you’re finished.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
There’s something inherently calming about this blue-to-green gradient puzzle made of 500 pieces—as soon as you finish one shade, it’s on to another.
To buy: $24; amazon.com.
Vintage Fruits Puzzle
This vintage-inspired classic fruit illustration is made up of 1,000 pieces and would look lovely taking up space on your kitchen table while it comes to life.
To buy: $23; amazon.com.
Inspirations of Spring Puzzle
A list of puzzles wouldn’t be complete without a classic landscape option thrown in. This 1,000-piece puzzle features a dreamy mountain scene filled with vibrant pastels and detailed illustrations.
To buy: $18; amazon.com.
Sunday Afternoon in Central Park Puzzle
This 1,000-piece puzzle features artwork from the cover of the July 15, 1991 edition of The New Yorker and will have you dreaming of cheery spring days.
To buy: $22; amazon.com.