Because what else is there to do in quarantine? (Photo: Areaware / Anthropologie)
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The items that sold out during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic include hand sanitizer, toilet paper, cleaning wipes—and puzzles. While everyone was scrambling for things to do, jigsaw puzzles quickly became a sought-after product as an activity that the whole family could do together to pass the time. While many popular puzzles are back in stock and readily available to ship, with colder weather encroaching and more people spending time inside, we’re expecting them to become hard to find again soon.
If you’re hoping to get in on puzzles this time around, we recommend getting one now before they sell out. To help you out, we rounded up 15 top-rated and gorgeous puzzles that will surely sell out again. From the intricate to the colorful, here are the most popular puzzles you’ll want to complete during quarantine.
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1. A puzzle that showcases National Parks
Bring the great outdoors indoors. (Photo: Amazon)
While it might be harder to get to the National Parks these days due to the pandemic, you can dream of completing your park bucket list by putting together this puzzle. It features National Park posters of Zion, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and more. It’s highly rated and will provide some entertainment as we’re stuck inside this winter.
2. A puzzle with two designs
These puzzles are picture perfect. (Photo: Gary Malin)
Gray Malin is known for his incredible travel photography, and his prints have been turned into puzzles that are insanely hard. Why? It’s double-sided, so not only do you need to separate your edges from your middle pieces, but you need to determine what side is going to work. This winter-themed one is appropriate for the season, and features a mountainside on one side and an array of colorful skiers on the other.
3. A stunning gemstone puzzle
This intricate puzzle will take hours. (Photo: Uncommon Goods)
Not only does this geode puzzle have a unique round look to it, but its pieces are oddly-shaped, which adds an extra challenge. The puzzle pieces are laser-cut from birch plywood and reviewers love how stunning the colors are. If you’re looking for a challenge, this puzzle is definitely puzzling.
4. A puzzle for the Baby Yoda lover
So precious. (Photo: Buffalo Games)
Obsessed with Baby Yoda? We are too. And this puzzle featuring Baby Yoda peeking over the shoulder of The Mandalorian is the perfect way to express your love for him. Plus, with The Mandalorian season two premiering at the end of October, Baby Yoda will again be at the forefront of our minds, meaning this puzzle will be super popular.
Get the Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle at Amazon for $9.97
5. A puzzle that reminds you of road trips
How many licenses have you seen? (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)
One of the best ways to pass the time on a road trip is seeing how many state license plates you can spot during the drive. Well, you’ll be able to spot them all in this clever USA map puzzle that features each state as its respective license plate. It’s also a fun way to map out your next road trip.
6. A puzzle made for dog lovers
Can you name all the breeds? (Photo: L.L.Bean)
Think you can name every dog breed? Test your knowledge (and puzzle skills) with this 1,000-piece dog poster puzzle from L.L.Bean. It features 54 different breeds from Chow Chow to Rottweiler to Chihuahua. It’s the perfect puzzle for any animal lover.
7. A New Yorker cover puzzle
A gorgeous magazine cover in puzzle form. (Photo: New York Puzzle Company)
Aside from its in-depth articles, The New Yorker is known for its gorgeous cover art, and you can find some of its most popular covers in puzzle form. This one, titled “Beachgoing,” was originally created by artist Richard Taylor and published on July 8, 1939. It’s a fun piece of history that will remind you of warmer times.
8. A puzzle made for entertainers
Don’t you want to be the life of the party? (Photo: Anthropologie)
Aptly titled “Life of the Party,” this puzzle from Anthropologie features bright colors and a fun image of cake. It’s honestly stunning enough to warrant having a puzzle party over. Can’t get enough? You can shop a few other fun images from the collection as well.
Get the Life of the Party Puzzle at Anthropologie for $36
9. A puzzle that inspires positivity
Kindness is abound. (Photo: Galison)
We could all use a little more positivity these days, and what better way to add some to your life than a colorful puzzle that promotes diversity and kindness. It’s filled with people of all sizes and colors holding positive mantras like, “Be kind rain or shine,” “Love wins,” and more. It has a ton of positive reviewers, but reviewers note it’s hard as all the pieces are similarly shaped.
10. A puzzle of your favorite cartoon characters
Can you spot your favorite character? (Photo: Urban Outfitters)
Fans of The Simpsons will love this puzzle. Crowded with pretty much every character in the series, it will be a challenge to match up the proper yellow faces. Once completed, it will serve as a “Where’s Waldo” sort of game as you try to spot your favorite character.
11. A personalized puzzle
Feature an image of a loved one. (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)
If you can’t pick a puzzle pattern you like, you might as well make your own. This customizable puzzle from Bed Bath & Beyond allows you to upload a vertical photo for a 25-piece puzzle. It also makes a great gift and you’ll want to preserve the puzzle once it’s completed.
12. A puzzle that will scratch your travel itch
The Italian coast is finally in reach. (Photo: Buffalo Games)
While you can’t travel to the Italian coast, you can complete a puzzle that (sort of) makes you feel like you’re there. This puzzle captures a gorgeous town in Cinque Terre that you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list. It’s highly-rated with reviewers praising the quality of the image and that the puzzle provides the right amount of difficulty.
13. A puzzle that encourages voting
The faces of voting rights activists. (Photo: Uncommon Goods)
It’s 2020 and the upcoming election is on everyone’s minds. This puzzle, which celebrates the women’s suffrage movement, serves a remind to vote and fight for civil rights. It features images of voting rights activists like Hester C. Jeffrey, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass that any activist would love completing themselves.
14. A puzzle that satisfies your sweet tooth
You’ll get a sugar rush with this puzzle. (Photo: Springbok)
Have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love this puzzle that features all your favorite candies. The repeating bright colors of candy wrappers makes for a challenging puzzle to create a delicious image. Reviewers say the pieces are high-quality, but note that this puzzle is harder than it looks.
15. A challenging gradient puzzle
Good luck with this one. (Photo: Areaware)
Looking for a serious challenge for your next puzzle? Try this frustrating, yet fun gradient puzzle that will have you scratching your head for hours trying to complete it. It’s available in several color options and reviewers warn it gets a little tricky towards the end. But the final product is like a piece of art, and you’ll feel rewarded when you finally finish it.
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