ARGOS and Amazon are running out of puzzles as families facing weeks of isolation and working from home look for ways to keep themselves entertained.
With children out of school, many parents want to find ways to pass the hours before bedtime.
And adults facing slowed work and no social life are similarly trying to fill their potentially empty days.
As a result, puzzles have become an unlikely star of recent weeks – but many retailers are running out of stock.
Here are some of the best puzzles we’ve found online.
The best 1000 piece puzzles
This tiger puzzle presents a nice challenge, with lots of pieces of the same color to work with.
And at just £7 for 1000 pieces it’s a real bargain – perfect to do on a wet Sunday afternoon.
Delivery costs £2.99, or it’s free if your order is worth more than £30.
Disney Frozen panorama, £16.00, Debenhams – buy now
Maybe Disney is just for kids, but this amazing Frozen 1000 Piece Panoramic Puzzle will keep the whole family entertained.
It will definitely keep you busy for a few hours.
Delivery costs £3.49 or it’s free on orders of £50 or more.
Ideal for adults
Our British Birds, £8.99, Waterstones – buy now
If you can’t quite tackle 1000 pieces, this cute 500 piece bird puzzle might be a more doable challenge.
Waterstones still has a few puzzles in stock, but you’ll need to act fast as they’re proving extremely popular.
Remember that you will also need to factor delivery costs into your order.
Delivery is free on orders over £20, but if your order is less than that it costs £2.75 to post second class.
Ideal for teenagers
Harry Potter Hogwarts Edition, £12.99, IWOOT.co.uk – buy now
Any Potter-mad teenager will enjoy this tricky puzzle.
With 1000 pieces, it’s hard enough to keep them busy for quite a while, but it’s still a fun way to spend a few afternoons.
Delivery to your home costs £2.99, or if you spend more than £30 it’s free.
Dinosaur Gathering, £10.50, The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store – buy now
This 500-piece jigsaw puzzle might appeal to those who feel like taking on a project – and possibly asking their parents for help.
It’s worth checking out other jigsaw puzzles on family site The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store, which seems to have plenty of stock.
Delivery costs £2.99 and is free on orders over £25. So you can order a few puzzles while you’re at it!
Ideal for children
Disney Princess Jigsaw Puzzle, £8.99, John Lewis – buy now
This puzzle can be good for slightly younger kids because with only 100 pieces it’s not too complicated.
The pieces are also very large, which makes them easy to assemble.
And with its image of a luminous princess, it is bound to be a success.
John Lewis charges £3.50 for delivery, or it’s free on orders over £50.
Set of four Paddington Bears, £5.99, Gulliver’s Toys and Gifts – shop now
This set of four puzzles includes 12, 16, 20 and 24 piece puzzles, making them ideal for small children.
Each puzzle shows a different scene with Paddington Bear, which is sure to put a smile on your face.
Delivery costs £3.99 or is free on orders over £20.
Ideal for toddlers
London Dinosaur Bus cardboard puzzle, £7, Jojo Maman Bebe – buy now
With 16 large pieces that create dinosaurs riding a large London red bus scene when put together, this puzzle is a fun family activity that also helps develop children’s dexterity and memory.
The instructions say it’s suitable for ages two and up – so it could be the perfect gift for a little one in your life.
Standard delivery is £3.95 for orders under £35, or free for orders over this amount.
Two-piece dinosaur puzzles, £7, Hamleys – buy now
This simple puzzle is perfect for toddlers.
This is a collection of six chunky puzzles that are perfect for little hands – and they’ll enjoy matching the colorful characters.
Delivery is £3.99, or free if you spend £45 or more.
The best 3D puzzles
National Geographic Ocean Puzzle, £11, Lookagain.co.uk – buy now
A must have for the shark fans in your family!
This 150 piece jigsaw puzzle is fun, colorful and a great piece of art when complete.
Delivery costs £3.99 – so don’t forget to factor that into your budget.
VW T1 Campervan, The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store, £21.99 – buy now
Build a classic Volkswagen T1 camper van with red and white paint – and of course with a surfboard on the roof rack.
The puzzle is made up of 162 sturdy plastic puzzle pieces that fit together to form a three-dimensional vehicle without the need for glue.
Delivery will cost £2.99, but if you order more than £25 worth of products delivery is free.
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