30 of the best puzzles to buy this weekend

Bored at home amid social distancing restrictions and freshly extended stay-at-home orders? Consider the jigsaw puzzle.

The humble hobby is having a moment as people seek out ways to keep themselves occupied at home during the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with CNBC, the North America CEO of the German gamemaker Ravensburger said the company’s U.S. puzzle sales shot up a ridiculous 370 percent year over year at the beginning of April. The co-owner of the Puzzle Warehouse, a family-owned store in St. Louis, said its current sales are “beyond even Christmas volume” in an interview with The Washington Post, with as many as 10,000 puzzles flying off its shelves every day. (For context, the shop usually sold about 1,000 puzzles a day in the Before Times.) 

And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly gone so far as to describe puzzles as “essential,” allowing people to bypass the country’s strict social distancing rules and leave their homes for the purpose of buying them. (Yes, really.)

This unprecedented demand has led to many designs selling out, but don’t worry — there’s still room on the puzzle bandwagon. Here are 30 rad designs you can shop now, starting with a couple of smaller puzzles that can be completed during short, meditative breaks in your day, and working all the way up to 1,000-piece, weekend-long undertakings that may or may not break your brain. 

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

This mouthwatering puzzle is one of several delectable designs Areaware made for a limited-edition, food-shaped “little puzzle things” series — there’s also a birthday cake, a pizza slice, a bowl of cereal, and a bowl of ramen

Where to buy: Get them from Urban Outfitters for $15 apiece.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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Recreate one of the pop artist’s most famous works in 60 minutes or less. 

Where to buy: Get it from the Jedidiah Design Store’s Etsy shop for $8.22.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

If we had to see this, so do you. 

Where to buy: Get it from ObsessedMerch’s Etsy shop for $27.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

This mini activity kit includes two Bob Ross-themed puzzles — one of a landscape painting and one of the artist himself — in addition to a flipbook featuring some of Ross’ work and words of wisdom.

Where to buy: Get it from Barnes and Noble for $9.95.

5. “Infinite Galaxy Puzzle” by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg (131 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Created by two MIT grads, this intergalactic puzzle based on a photo shot by the Hubble Space Telescope has no fixed shape, no starting point, and no edges, making it possible to assemble it in an infinite number of ways. 

Where to buy: Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65.

6. “Just Chillin'” by Rafaela Mascaro (500 pieces) 

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

This soy ink puzzle featuring the work of Brazilian illustrator Rafaela Mascaro is an Etsy bestseller, with a portion of the proceeds going to social enterprises in Africa, Feeding America, and the Women’s Center for Advancement. 

Where to buy: Get it from Wander Puzzle Co.’s shop for $27.95.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Based on a peacock motif rug Wright designed for Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel in the early 20th century, this Gatsby-ish art deco design sports shimmering gold foil accents. 

Where to buy: Get it from Barnes and Noble for $14.99.

8. by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg (160 to 180 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Those same aforementioned MIT grads also made these stunning laser-cut puzzles, which come in three different colors inspired by the crystalline patterns of agate: blue, pink, and multi. 

Where to buy: Get them from Uncommon Goods for $65 apiece.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Up for a challenge? This completely clear acrylic puzzle isn’t actually impossible, but it’ll start feeling that way after you spend a few hours with it. 

Where to buy: Get it from Keyway Designs’ Etsy shop for $36.35. 

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

This technicolor, semi-trippy puzzle is based on a pattern by Ellen Van Dusen, a Brooklyn-based textile and home goods designer whose work has appeared on Broad City and Girls

Where to buy: Get it from Urban Outfitters for $25.

11. “Night” by PRINTWORKS (500 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

“Night” is one of three celestial designs that make up PRINTWORKS’ “Sky Series,” the other two being “Dusk” and “Dawn.” 

Where to buy: Get them from Urban Outfitters for $25 apiece.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Each piece in this puzzle is a slightly different shade, and when assembled, they form a three-dimensional sphere of rainbow gradient gorgeousness. 

Where to buy: Get it from Uncommon Goods for $70.

13. “Fractal A” by Uncommon Goods (23 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Drawing upon fractal geometry, this unconventional design challenges the puzzle-doer to complete an ever-changing, interlocking composition. 

Where to buy: Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Available in four duotone gradients that sort of remind us of Powerpoint backgrounds, these minimalist puzzles are surprisingly tough. 

Where to buy: Get them from Urban Outfitters for $25 apiece.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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Remember outside? This scenic puzzle harkens back to classic national park posters designed by the Workers Progress Administration in the 1930s. 

Where to buy: Get it from Lantern Press Artwork’s Etsy shop for $49.99.

16. “Golden Girls” by The Op Puzzles (1,000 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

The gang’s all here. 

Where to buy: Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22.

17. “Meta Puzzle” by Piecework Puzzles (1,000 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

It’s like the Inception of puzzles. 

Where to buy: Get it from Anthropologie for $36.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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Inspired by that one Henry David Thoreau quote, this serene scene by Dutch illustrator Valesca van Waveren seeks to remind us of the simple wonders of the natural world. 

Where to buy: Get it from the Jedidiah Design Store’s Etsy shop for $21.99.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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Frame this bad boy once it’s assembled, and you’ve got a cool piece of modern art for your apartment. 

Where to buy: Get it from Lantern Press Artwork’s Etsy shop for $49.99.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Turn your living room into an art gallery with this jigsaw reproduction of an iconic selfie.

Where to buy: Get it from Barnes and Noble for $15.99.

21. “Chicken Quotes” by Cobble Hill Puzzle Co. (1,000 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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Look at all those chickens!

Where to buy: Get it from Barnes and Noble for $15.95.

22. “Astrology” by Galison Books (1,000 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

All the stars align in this shimmering puzzle bearing the 12 signs of the zodiac and gold foil embellishments. 

Where to buy: Get it from Barnes and Noble for $17.99.

23. “Forbidden Fruit” by Piecework Puzzles (1,000 pieces)

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

It could just be the quarantine-related horniness talking, but we can’t be the only ones who think this still-life painting of succulent fruits looks borderline erotic. 

Where to buy: Get it from Anthropologie for $36.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

A delicate watercolor design turns into serious brain buster thanks to laser-cut geometric pieces.

Where to buy: Get it from Uncommon Goods for $90.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

This colorful number is based on a mid-century illustration of Costa Rican flora and fauna by Charley Harper, a modernist artist who created posters for environmental organizations in a style he called “minimal realism.”

Where to buy: Get it from Macy’s for $18.99.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

They don’t make puzzles like these over at Ravensburger. This design is based on a mixed-media piece from Georgia tattoo artist Sara Machen Fogle’s “Catechism” series, which depicts felines in the style of traditional Catholic iconography. 

Where to buy: Get it from The Very Good Puzzle Company’s Etsy shop for $24.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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This sprawling illustration by renowned artist Adam Simpson imagines what London looked like back in the Bard’s day. 

Where to buy: Get it from the Jedidiah Design Store’s Etsy shop for $21.99.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

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You might have to break out a magnifying glass to complete this bestselling puzzle inspired by the work of French painter/lithographer/entomologist Adolphe Millot. 

Where to buy: Get it from Lantern Press Artwork’s Etsy shop for $49.99.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

Ditto for this massive design featuring all of your Simpsons faves. 

Where to buy: Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22.

Just 30 great puzzles to buy this weekend

You’ll be speaking in tongues by the time you finish this mind-boggling monster. Godspeed!

Where to buy: Get it from Macy’s for $93.99.

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