We know, you’re bored. You’ve binge-watched everything, eaten all your quarantine snacks, and made at least one TikTok. If you’re looking for something else to do while social distancing that also gets you off your phone and laptop, we’re partial to puzzles. However, the current state of the union has them flying off shelves faster than we’ve ever seen, so here, we’re rounding up some of our favorite puzzles — from artwork-turned-puzzles and psychedelic designs, to puzzle bowls of ramen — that are still in stock across the internet and available to ship to your front door. If you see something you like, don’t dillydally: We can’t imagine these lasting long either (and though we’ll keep an eye on stock, availability is subject to change).
500-piece (and under) puzzles
And sure, gradient puzzles are tough, but this depiction of the night sky is essentially a 500-piece monochrome jigsaw. Good luck.
Even though travel is strongly discouraged right now, this is a great way to see a bit of the Big Apple.
Send this very giftable box set of six, 25-piece Andy Warhol puzzles directly to your friend celebrating their birthday in quarantine.
History buffs and news junkies alike will appreciate this customizable New York Times puzzle. You can choose any date to recreate, in 500 pieces, over and over again.
The Areaware Dusen Dusen puzzle collaboration is a favorite of Sissy Sainte-Marie Chacon, a Los Angeles–based stylist and self-proclaimed puzzle head. Of the one with the black background she said, “The op-art-inspired curved lines and limited colors of the Dusen Dusen puzzle made the pieces less sortable and more difficult to match up, but so satisfying to finish.” This set of three, 500-piece doozies will hopefully last you till the end of quarantine.
Museums might be closed right now, but you can still support and experience the arts with this, admittedly chaotic and daunting, scene at the Met.
Concerts are also not a thing currently, so why not throw it back to the musical experience today’s (canceled) festivals are still trying to top?
One of the few remaining puzzles on Amazon is this Areaware–esque 1,000-piecer. This one might be even more difficult than the aforementioned gradient puzzle given that the colors on each individual tile change depending on the way you look at it.
Chacon said she would only gift this puzzle to “someone I sort of dislike or a masochist who would really get off on the suffering this one may cause.” She says this 1,000-piece puzzle is particularly difficult because many of the pieces are the same color and it “was cut with only one shape — all innie-outies.” It took her three audiobooks worth of puzzling to complete.
Non-standard shaped puzzles
This moon puzzle comes with the same single-color challenge of a few previously mentioned puzzles, but at just 100 pieces it’s more manageable.
This mini 18-piece puzzle doubles as a reminder to be kind and conserve always — but especially during a global pandemic.
Firuzabad, but make it a 750-piece puzzle. Bonus: This curvy and colorful puzzle is also made of 90 percent recycled paper and is printed with non-toxic inks.
A brightly colored rainbow puzzle the whole family will have fun piecing together.
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.