19 best puzzles that will have you putting your phone down in 2021

With the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to break out your best puzzles. Suitable for rainy and cold days, puzzles and board games are two of the best ways to get rid of your phone and stay in the present while spending quality time with your loved ones. Even if you haven’t enjoyed doing puzzles in the past, this holiday season might be what it takes to change your mind.

Don’t have any puzzles at home? Do not worry. You may have heard that at the start of the quarantine, many popular puzzles for adults were selling out quickly, but nearly two years (what is the time) after the start of the pandemic, there are now many puzzles for all ages available online no matter what you are looking for.

Keep reading for teen vogue‘s picks the best puzzles you can buy online right now, whether you’re looking for a traditional puzzle to gift your loved ones, a mini-puzzle or even a 3D option, you won’t regret putting down your phone and working on these games of mind.

Best anti-stress puzzle

This 500-piece jigsaw puzzle from Areaware features only hot pinks, blues, and every color in between. There’s something particularly meditative about watching these puzzle pieces gradually transform from one hue to the next. When assembled it will come to a full 18 by 24 inches. The satisfaction you get from the finished product will certainly encourage some much-needed stress relief.

Best Model Puzzle

Let Dusen Dusen, the New York clothing and homeware brand, imagine the most interesting patterned puzzles on the market. Created in collaboration with Areaware, the 500-piece puzzle is available in three designs that are as vibrant as they are sophisticated. The first, named Lenticular, juxtaposes geometric shapes against multicolored lines, while the second, Arc, is full of squiggles resembling lava lamps. The third, Stack, consists of drops of different colors on a pale purple background.

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Best food puzzle

Take your pie and eat it too. This tiny puzzle is the perfect activity when enjoying your desserts this holiday season. The cherry slice is made up of about 70 pieces and measures about 8 inches by 8 inches when assembled, which seems like the perfect size for a piece of pie right now.

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Areaware Small Puzzle: Cherry Pie

Best Aesthetic Puzzle

Apart from a holiday dinner, a puzzle with the works of Asahi Nagata is a feast for the eyes. Combining vibrant colors and soft shapes, the Himawari puzzle comes together to form a depiction of bright table setting. The Still Moment grants a moment of serenity amidst the hectic holiday season and with 500 coins, it’s sure to last. The dreamy scene might even inspire your next brunch plans to kick off the new year.

Himawari Puzzle 500 Pieces

Best 3D Crystal Puzzle

This rubber ducky is definitely the cutest puzzle ever, with no ifs, no ands, no buts. Although the 3D crystal puzzle is only made up of 43 pieces, we promise that building it won’t be a walk in the park. Each of his pieces is unique and almost all of them are the same shade of yellow, which means you have your work cut out. Since the finished duck is small enough to fit in your hand, it could become your new favorite desk buddy.

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Puzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle

Best Anime Puzzle

This 1,000 piece puzzle pays homage to the cult classic anime Sailor Moon. It depicts the central characters in all their colorful joy, against a background with rainbows, lace and a halo of light with Sailor Moon in the center. While you wait for your puzzle to arrive, we recommend watching all five seasons of the show on Hulu in the meantime.

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Sailor Moon 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Best Instagram Worthy Puzzle

Nothing says “I’m an Instagram This girl” just like a beautifully styled photo of your perfectly placed brunch. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle from Piecework features a stunning still life of bagels, bananas, coffee and more, all set against a crisp lilac background and accented with a few dazzled eggs and cookies.The packaging is just as pretty as the puzzle—its bright orange box might be worthy of a place alongside your most coveted coffee table books.

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Best nostalgia puzzle

Picture this: It’s Saturday morning, you’ve poured yourself a bowl of Oreo Os and sat down in front of the TV to watch all your favorite Nickelodeon cartoons. Oh the memories! While we can’t turn back time, we can turn off our TVs and choose to complete a 3,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of all our favorite 90s cartoons and try to relive those moments.

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NMR Distribution Nickelodeon Cast 3000 Piece Puzzle

Best scenic puzzle

This scenic puzzle from Zazzle offers puzzlers a slice of Parisian street life in the form of a beautifully rendered painting. The 252-piece puzzle features a mish-mash of Paris’ most charming features, from flower shops to cafes to a rendition of the Sacré-Coeur basilica in the background. Fair warning, though: this will make you want to plan a future trip to the city of love.

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Puzzle Paris Montmartre Street

Best 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Although the weather has gotten colder and we’re spending more time indoors, this 1,000 piece puzzle will fuel your imagination with all the possibilities we’ll experience once spring arrives. The New York Puzzle Company has transformed some of vogues the most legendary covers (like that of Salvador Dalí) into stunning puzzle creations that the whole family can enjoy.

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New York Puzzle Company – Vogue The Arrival of Spring

Best mini-puzzle

Who wouldn’t want to work on not one but two puzzles inspired by the world’s happiest painter, Bob Ross? Featuring illustrations by H. Hargrove, this paperback set includes two 300-piece puzzles filled with cheerful clouds, trees and mountains reminiscent of those Ross was so known and loved for creating.

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Bob Ross: Happy Little Puzzles

Best Nature Puzzle

Although the weather is getting colder outside, this botanical themed puzzle is a warm sight to behold. With a literal interpretation of the name, the Wallflower puzzle is filled with various flowers of all different shapes and colors against a wall. The process of completing this 1,500 piece puzzle may hold you back until spring arrives and the flowers in the gardens bloom again. You might even discover your new favorite flower along the way.

Best Disney Puzzle

We’re actually amazed that this Disney Fantasia is still in stock (out of stock, but still!), especially since it’s made by Ravensburger. With 1000 pieces, it will take you to your favorite performance from the Disney world.

Disney Fantasia 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Best travel puzzle

While you might be home for the holidays, you can at least visit La Muralla Roja in Calpe, Spain, thanks to this cute puzzle from Slowdown Studio. With only 285 pieces, it’s the quick “trip” you need to reset your mind and start planning your next vacation.

Best Fine Art Puzzle

You don’t have to be artistically inclined to appreciate the beauty of this 1,000-piece puzzle from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It features one of the best-known images in Japanese art, the famous woodcut Beneath the Great Wave in Kanagawa created by Katsushika Hokusai. By investing in your puzzle hobby, you will also be supporting one of the most incredible art collections in the world.

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Hokusai Great Wave Puzzle

Best Wellness Inspired Puzzle

Even if you’re not an avid yogi, you’ll appreciate the sheer creativity of this 500-piece puzzle from Talking Tables. Women of different races here practice a range of poses on some of the coolest yoga mats we’ve ever seen. Once you have completed the puzzle, you can take inspiration from this group of girls and try to follow instructional yoga videos at home.

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Best recycled puzzle

Made with recycled materials, this vibrant 500 piece puzzle also comes with a drawstring fabric bag so you can safely secure your pieces. In addition, he also brings a postcard of the puzzle illustration. Win-win.

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Indian Garden by Bodil Jane

Best artistic puzzle

This 1000 piece puzzle is a tribute to the iconic Mexican surrealist artist. From colorful and vibrant illustrations of her life and some of her works, you bet it understands a bit of everything that made Frida the icon she is today.

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Puzzle Viva La Vida Frida Kahlo

Best Pastel Puzzle

Inspired by a 90s movie, this puzzle depicts suburban streets in pastel hues with colorful houses, retro cars and rich greenery. The picturesque scene was illustrated by Ana Popescu, a Vienna-based artist. This puzzle will surely fit the “home for the holidays” theme. With 285 pieces, it’s the perfect size to be a fun but short activity to do between each holiday while waiting for the festivities to resume.

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Slowdown Studio Pastel Suburbia 285 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Best fashion puzzle

If your kick collection keeps growing and you want a new pair but don’t have the space, might we suggest this puzzle from Jiggy. This 450-piece jigsaw puzzle by artist Domonique Brown is the colorful puzzle you need to distract yourself from buying another pair of sneakers.

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