One of my favorite things to do during the summer months is a puzzle. Going outside is great, don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing better than sitting on the floor under blasting AC, cooling off, and putting together some puzzle pieces. Whether you’re alone or with family, it’s a great non-competitive (depending on who you’re puzzling with) activity everyone can get behind. To up your puzzle collection and challenge your brain, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite jigsaw puzzles that are in stock, now.
FOR THE DAILY BEAST APPROVED PUZZLE
Ravensburger Bird Village 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
When I asked the Daily Beast staff what their favorite puzzles were, Ravensburger was number one by a long shot. Their Softclick technology means pieces fit together perfectly, so you’re never left wondering, does this piece go here, or here?
FOR THE TRIED-AND-TRUE PUZZLE
New Yorker Hot Dogs 1000 Piece Puzzle
New Yorker cover puzzles are my all time favorite. This one is what I happen to be currently working on. One word of wisdom: the lettering at the top is always harder than you think it’s going to be.
FOR THE STREET ART PUZZLE
Puzzle So Hard 1000 Piece Puzzle OSO Howler Monkey Mural
This is the most beautiful, artistic puzzle I’ve seen. Included is a poster for reference (to make life easier, but not that much easier). This is the kind of puzzle you’ll want to frame when you’re done with it.
FOR THE WEIRD SHAPED PIECES PUZZLE
This puzzle not only looks cool, it’s super challenging, too. Each geode has funky shaped pieces, and since they are made of plywood, they aren’t as fragile as a normal puzzle.
FOR THE 3D PUZZLE
Ravensburger Eiffel Tower 216 3D Puzzle
I, personally, just purchased this puzzle while writing this article. It comes with the Ravensburger easy-click technology that I mentioned earlier so no glue is required, but it’s also three-dimensional and has LED lights so it can light up.
FOR THE 2-SIDED PUZZLE
Galison Gray Malin 2 Sided Puzzle, The Snow, 500 Pieces
I was unaware that a two-sided puzzle was a thing. And as fun as it sounds, it also makes me recoil in fear. I’ve heard this puzzle is hard, but not too hard, though. If you’re looking for a doable challenge, and more bang for your buck, this one’s for you.
FOR THE CHALLENGING PUZZLE
Area Gradient Puzzle
This is where I draw the line. Just thinking about it gives me a headache. But if you’re a real puzzler, you’ll be up for the challenge. The pieces are pretty much the same color, so you’re just relying on knowing where to place those pieces.
FOR THE RIDICULOUSLY CHALLENGING PUZZLE
Paul Lamond The World’s Most Difficult Puzzle Cats 529 Piece
This puzzle has 529 pieces but feels like 4,000. Why? It has the same artwork on both sides, so not only do you have to figure out which piece goes where in this barrage of cats, you have to determine what side of the piece to use. Enter at your own risk.
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