If you’re looking for a screen-free hobby (or just want to give your eyes a rest after an afternoon of Animal Crossing), a jigsaw puzzle would be an inexpensive option. Less messy than crafting, and less fiddly than knitting, puzzles have been something of a godsend for many of us during the last two years spent largely indoors. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite stylish jigsaw puzzles; while most of them are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.
Perfect for architecture buffs, this two-in-one puzzle features the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house and, on the other side, the detailed blueprints of the house’s design.
It also comes in black.
Looking for something grown-up? This 1,000-piece puzzle depicts J.M.W Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire.
For someone who likes a challenge, consider this this gold-spectrum puzzle – the pieces are a mix of regular square and curved shapes.
This 1,000-piece educational puzzle features the states and landmarks from across the USA. It’s recommended for ages 10 and up, and also comes with a matching poster (no cheating).
Talking Tables also does a lovely “flowers of the world’ puzzle – which includes Scotch thistle, Chinese hibiscus, and heliconia. Like the USA one, it comes with a poster, too.
And a Strategist-approved puzzle mat
This puzzle mat is Strategist UK editor Ailbhe Malone’s preferred choice. You puzzle directly onto the felt, and when you need to clear it away, simply secure the pieces in place with Velcro and roll the whole thing up. “The felt is large enough to easily handle up to a 2,000-piece puzzle, and I’ve yet to lose a piece — the felt is surprisingly grippy,” wrote Malone. “And now that my kitchen table has the additional daily load of being my workspace, it feels more pleasing than ever to be able to spread out a Ravensburger 1K without worrying about how to eat my dinner around it.”
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