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19 Puzzles for Adults That'll Keep You Busy For Hours

These genius jigsaw puzzles are so tough, your brain will thank you for the workout.

If you're eager to pass some of your time quarantined indoors with an activity that's got more than its fair share of brain-boosting benefits, the trusty jigsaw puzzle is the perfect fit. A 2017 study published in Trials showed that doing jigsaw puzzles can improve your memory; a 2018 study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience showed that they may even stave off cognitive decline later in life. But what may be more important to you right now is that they're a whole lot of fun. But with hours and hours to kill, you're not going to be satisfied by your kids' puzzles. These challenging jigsaw puzzles for adults will keep you entertained and leave you with a sense of serious pride when you're finished. And for more ways to stay busy at home, check out these 15 Great Home Projects to Tackle While You're Quarantined.

This 1000-piece Tree of Life puzzle

tree of life multicolored puzzle
World Market

Full of artistic depictions of living things from starfish to swans, this stunning, 1000-piece puzzle is the perfect way to spend a few evenings indoors. Considering how pretty this puzzle is—and how accomplished you'll feel upon completing it—it might even be something you consider framing. And if you need to keep your little ones entertained at home too, try these 10 Home Science Experiments Your Kids Will Love.

$22 at World Market
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This customizable 1000-piece puzzle

1000-piece custom photo puzzle

Looking for a great gift for the puzzle lover in your life? Look no further than this customizable 1000-piece puzzle. Simply upload your favorite photo and you'll get a masterpiece in return.

$28 at Amazon
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This Andy Warhol floral puzzle

andy warhol flower puzzle box


Just because you can't visit a museum right now doesn't mean you can't enjoy some truly stunning art—or even make it yourself. Tackle this Andy Warhol flower puzzle and you can enjoy some culture—and a fun activity—right at home. And for more ways to practice some much-needed self-care, check out these 20 Stress Relief Essentials Perfect for Staying Sane at Home.

$15 at Amazon
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This Ken Keeley magazine covers puzzle

newsstand magazine cover puzzle

Already breezed through all of the magazines you have at home? Then make this fun magazine cover puzzle from Ken Keeley the next item on your to-do list.

$35 at Target
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This gradient puzzle

green gradient puzzle
Urban Outfitters

This is a puzzle that will keep even the biggest jigsaw enthusiasts entertained for hours…or even days. This attractive and challenging gradient puzzle takes quite the eagle eye to complete.

$25 at Urban Outfitters
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This Keith Haring puzzle

black and white keith haring puzzle
MoMA Design Store


Keep your brain busy during during quarantine by putting together some of the greatest pop art of all time. This 500-piece Keith Haring puzzle is every bit as fun to assemble as it is to look at upon completion. And if you want to ride out the pandemic in style, discover these 19 Work From Home Outfits That Will Make You Look So Put Together.

$35 at MoMA Design Store
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This 3D puzzle

multicolored 3d orb puzzle
Uncommon Goods

Who says jigsaw puzzles have to lay flat? This challenging 3D puzzle puts a fun spin on the traditional jigsaw setup and gives you a unique piece of décor to show off when you're done.

$70 at Uncommon Goods
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This cat tapestry puzzle

cat tapestry puzzle

Calling all cat lovers! This pretty, 1000-piece cat tapestry puzzle is the purr-fect diversion when you're stuck inside.

$17 at Amazon
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This pet portrait puzzle

puzzle with pet portraits in frames
World Market

If your affection for animals extends beyond those of the feline variety, there's a puzzle for that, too. This sweet pet portrait puzzle is so adorably twee it would make Wes Anderson swoon.

$15 at World Market
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This outer space puzzle

jigsaw puzzle with outer space theme

Expand your horizons without leaving the house with this celestial artwork. This vibrant jigsaw puzzle's 1000 pieces are totally out of this world—and we wouldn't have it any other way.

$17 at Amazon
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This custom hometown map puzzle

white hand putting together map jigsaw puzzle
The Grommet

Whether you're buying it for yourself, a significant other, or a friend, this custom map jigsaw puzzle is sure to be a hit. With 300 pieces to put together, this highly-detailed puzzle is a unique way for anyone to show off their hometown pride.

$40 at The Grommet
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This New York skyline puzzle

New York City skyline puzzle

If you're from the Big Apple—or just dream of visiting one day—this jigsaw puzzle is guaranteed to make you smile. Highlighting the icons of the city's skyline, like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, this 1000-piece puzzle truly captures the vibrancy of the City That Never Sleeps.

$50 at Walmart
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This colorful music collage puzzle

music collage puzzle

Putting this music-inspired puzzle together is just half the fun. Once it's complete, you can spend a whole evening trying  to spot all the music references it contains!

$50 at Etsy
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This floral world map puzzle

vintage world map puzzle


Want to brush up on your geography while tackling a fun challenge? This vintage world map is just the distraction you need. And its neutral palette will fit into a more muted decorating style.

$50 at Etsy
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This zodiac map

wooden zodiac puzzle

Some puzzles are destined to become instant heirlooms. Case in point: This surprisingly challenging wooden zodiac puzzle, which is as eye-catching as it is fun to put together.

$58 at Etsy
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This cocktail puzzle

map of the united states with cocktails on it puzzle
World Market

Eager to expand your drinking repertoire beyond whatever beer's left in your fridge? This 1000-piece cocktail puzzle isn't just fun to assemble—it also provides some incentive to brush up on those bartending skills.

$18 at World Market
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This succulent puzzle

jigsaw puzzle of succulents

Even if you don't have much of a green thumb, you can still bring this gorgeous succulent puzzle to life. With numerous plants in similar hues and 1000 pieces to assemble, it's much tougher than meets the eye.

$50 at Walmart
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This geode puzzle

puzzle that looks like three geode slices
Uncommon Goods

Do regular, rectangular jigsaw puzzles bore you to tears? Try your hand one of these geode puzzles instead. With thin-cut pieces and no corners, they'll keep even the biggest puzzle heads busy for hours.

$65 at Uncommon Goods
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This floral bookplate puzzle

floral puzzle

If you can't get to your local botanical garden, why not bring those blooms home with this beautiful floral puzzle? With 1000 pieces to assemble, it's a great way to pass a long evening at home.

$50 at Etsy
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Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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