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19 of the coolest puzzles to complete when boredom sets in this winter

Madison Alcedo
·3-min read

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While it may sound old school, puzzles are one of the best ways to keep busy while spending extra time indoors. Winter is just around the corner, so if you’re still practicing social distancing by staying inside as much as possible right now, you’ll need something fun (and stimulating!) to do after you’ve reorganized your closet for the third time.

Even before the pandemic, puzzles for adults were starting to have a moment, just like the adult coloring book trend. Not only does a puzzle help take your mind off things and keep you occupied, but research suggests puzzles provide a workout for your brain by helping mitigate cognitive disorders caused by aging. Just as the effects from coloring can help you de-stress, some are looking toward puzzles as a way to cope with anxiety.

Credit: Jiggy Puzzles
Credit: Jiggy Puzzles

As we’re now into the ninth month of the pandemic, puzzle sales have drastically increased this year. In April, Gamemaker Ravensburger’s CEO Filip Francke told CNBC that U.S. puzzle sales had seen a 370 percent year over year increase in just two weeks — at that time, 20 puzzles were selling every minute.

Because of this increased popularity for puzzles, there are now innovative companies like Jiggy Puzzles and Piecework coming out with stylish and aesthetically-pleasing puzzles that aren’t your grandma’s jigsaws.

Credit: Piecework
Credit: Piecework

After you’ve watched every new Netflix show and finished organizing every crevice of your space, check out one of the trendy puzzles below to help keep entertained.

1. Piecework Disco Queen 500-Piece Puzzle, $26

Credit: Piecework
Credit: Piecework

2. Mickey Mouse Icon Walt Disney World Map Puzzle, $22.99

Credit: shopDisney
Credit: shopDisney

3. Areaware 500-Piece Gradient Puzzle, $25

Credit: Areaware
Credit: Areaware

4. Rifle Paper Co. Maps Jigsaw Puzzle, $34

Credit: Rifle Paper Co.
Credit: Rifle Paper Co.

5. Hot Dogs A-Z 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, $17

Credit: Always Fits
Credit: Always Fits

6. Jiggy Bathing With Flowers Puzzle, $48

Credit: Jiggy Puzzles
Credit: Jiggy Puzzles

7. 540 Colors 3D Puzzle, $70

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

8. Piecework Rise and Shine 1,000-Piece Puzzle, $36

Credit: Piecework
Credit: Piecework

9. All Are Welcome Here! 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, $17

Credit: Always Fits
Credit: Always Fits

10. Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, $18

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

11. Areaware Little Puzzle Thing Party Series, $15 each

Credit: Areaware
Credit: Areaware

12. Ecstatic Motion Puzzle By Priscilla Weidlein, $40

Credit: Ordinary Habit
Credit: Ordinary Habit

13. Find Me Buttons 500-Piece Personalized Puzzle, $34.99

Credit: Nordstrom
Credit: Nordstrom

14. Vintage National Parks Puzzle, $20

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

15. New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, $49.95

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

16. Modern Tropical Plant Puzzle, $22.95

Credit: Zazzle
Credit: Zazzle

17. Let’s Go Get Lost Puzzle, $28

Credit: Anthropologie
Credit: Anthropologie

18. Women’s March Puzzle, $20

Credit: Anthropologie
Credit: Anthropologie

19. 1,000 Colors Puzzle, $48

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

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