16 Cool Puzzles to Do Over the Holidays

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If your family is anything like ours, then the holiday season feels incomplete without a good jigsaw puzzle session — it's a good way to feel okay about never leaving the house, as well as one of those family-friendly activities that doesn't end in war. We're extra picky about our puzzles — they need to be challenging as well as attractive — so we've rounded up the best puzzles currently out there to try your hand at.


1. BetterCo. Milky Way 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $24

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This dreamy galaxy 1,000-piecer goes great with moody classical music and egg nog.

2. Piecework 'Forbidden Fruit' 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $36

Piecework Puzzles is a recent discovery of ours, and we love it! We hate to say the photo-based puzzles are "millennial-friendly," but, uh, yeah.


3. Karan Singh Puzzle, $65

Round edges and an optical illusion make this 1,000-piece puzzle a challenge for even the experts.


4. Eeboo Viva La Vida 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $21.99

A vibrant, illustrated guide to Frida Kahlo's life.



5. Galison Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Hoffman House Rug Design 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $18.99

Architecture fans in the fam? Try out this puzzle based on one of Frank Lloyd Wright's rug designs.


6. Dusen Dusen for Areaware Pattern Puzzle, $25

We love Dusen Dusen's crazy fashions and homewares! And we love her graphic puzzle designs for Areaware even more!


7. Le Dejeuner Puzzle by Mickalene Thomas, $27

This gorgeous puzzle, based on a work of art, would also make a great gift.


8. Christian Lacroix Two-Sided Puzzle, $35


Don't scoff at this small puzzle size — yes, it's only 250 pieces, but it's double-sided, so you get two puzzles in one.


9. Frank Stella Puzzle, $20

Another non-traditional puzzle in 750 pieces that will test your patience.


10. Nevertheless She Persisted Notable Women 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $19.99

Girl power!

11. Where's Waldo 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $16

Yes, there are more "beautiful" puzzles on this list, but when our two most puzzle-crazed editors saw this Where's Waldo puzzle, we started salivating.


12. Now House by Jonathan Adler 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $24.99

Did you say Jonathan Adler? We're in.

13. Klimt Mäda Primavesi Puzzle, $19.95

This purple puzzle, based on a Klimt painting, is 1,000 pieces of dreamy fun.

14. Bits and Pieces Pizza Puzzle, $15.98

Out of all the puzzles on this list, we bet if you pull out this 1,000 piece pizza puzzle, you'll get some takers.

15. Hokusai Great Wave 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $14.95

Ride this wave until you can't puzzle any longer!

16. Jiggy "Bathing With Flowers" 800-Piece Puzzle, $48

Jiggy might be the most exciting new puzzle company we've discovered — the offerings showcase the work of female artists from around the world, arrive in sustainable packaging, and come with a special glue you can use if you want to preserve/frame your finished puzzle. (Which you just might because the designs are just so pretty.)



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