Skip the Scarf and Hat Set, and Gift These Jigsaw Puzzles Instead
After years of skipping out on family jigsaw-puzzle time for TV reruns, I finally discovered the appeal of putting together all those pieces. Sure, it's an entertaining and gratifying activity, but puzzling can also act as a form of mindful meditation. Zoned into a jigsaw puzzle of New York City, I found myself uncharacteristically calm and focused on the present.
So instead of gifting my loved ones yet another hat and gloves set this year (unless they specifically ask for one), I'm sending them their own puzzle to do — whether they need a new hobby or something to help them find a moment of calm.
From classic holiday scenes to cityscapes and even mouthwatering snacks, these 14 jigsaw puzzles are sure to please.
Piecework Puzzles Disco Queen
Going out for NYE might not be in the cards this holiday season, so safely ring in the new year with those in your household instead. Put on a sparkly outfit, and break out the Champagne and this festive Piecework Puzzles Disco Queen ($26), a jigsaw masterpiece that's perfect for the occasion.
New Yorker Santa's Little Helpers
It's understandable for Santa to need a cup of coffee (or two) before his famous all-nighter. That's what The New Yorker Santa's Little Helpers ($20) is all about. You might want to brew yourself a cup of joe before sitting down to put this puzzle together — or gift it with a new mug and some delicious beans.
Galison Rainbow Crystals 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Pair an amethyst or rose-quartz crystal with this on-theme and colorful Galison Rainbow Crystals 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle ($14).
Little Feminist 500-Piece Family Puzzle
Celebrate inspiring and influential women of history with the Little Feminist 500-Piece Family Puzzle ($27), which highlights people like Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Billie Jean King, and more.
Cavallini & Co. Wildflowers 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Instead of your standard bouquet, gift the avid gardener the Cavallini and Co. Wildflowers 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle ($22), featuring pretty blooms of wildflowers.
Galison Cosmos Astrology 1000-Piece Foil Puzzle
The Galison Cosmos Astrology 1000-Piece Foil Puzzle ($20) is a great gift for your loved one who reads their horoscope every single day — they might already have a hint from the universe that it's on the way.
EmpowHerPrints Michelle Obama Puzzle
This Etsy seller creates items like art prints, ornaments, cards, and puzzles featuring inspiring and empowering women and their memorable quotes. The EmpowHerPrints Michelle Obama Puzzle ($23) is just one example — the shop also features puzzles of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Angela Davis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and more.