The best puzzles for adults 2020

The clear jigsaw puzzle will put your skills to the test!
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By Adrianna Brach and Camryn La Sala

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One way to avoid cabin fever while staying in right now is by preparing a list of activities you and your family can do at home.

After playing a board game, having a movie marathon and reading your favorite books you can pass time by doing a challenging puzzle! In an effort to help you decompress and get your mind off things, we’ve created a list of the best puzzles for adults.

From the best destination-themed puzzles to a nostalgic "Friends" word search book, we’ve got you covered with more than enough options to help you pass the time.

The list below has puzzles by category. To quickly jump to a specific section, click the links below or keep scrolling to check out all 26 of our picks.

Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

1. Areaware Gradient Puzzle

This striking puzzle is as vibrant as it is challenging. The ombre shades of pink, orange and yellow will capture your mind and the result is so satisfying.

2. The Impossible Clear Jigsaw Puzzle

The name says it all — and we can't think of anything more challenging than a clear jigsaw puzzle. Starting at $17, this difficult puzzle is designed for those with all the patience in the world. Are you up for the test?

3. Moruska 1,000 Piece Gradient Rainbow Jigsaw Puzzle

Amazon's current bestselling jigsaw puzzle for adults is this rainbow circle. The 1000 piece puzzle comes with letters on each piece to help reduce difficulty by section, and it's the perfect challenge to get the family working together.

4. Movie Lovers Puzzle

Love classic movies? Then you'll enjoy piecing together all those favorites from "King Kong" to "Sabrina."

5. Meta Puzzle

It doesn't get more meta than a puzzle of someone putting together a puzzle!

6. Printworks Sky Series 500 Piece Puzzle

Whether you prefer dawn, dusk or night, Printworks has a gorgeous sky puzzle for you. The 500-piece jigsaw puzzle features gradient shades that beautifully capture the outdoors.

7. Life of the Party 1,000 Piece Puzzle

Have your cake and eat it too! This 1970s-inspired puzzle has bold pops of color from the decadent cake to the bright confetti and candy.

8. Space Puzzle 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

This space-themed puzzle is also gaining popularity among Amazon shoppers. It's a great option for those with families and has hundreds of rave reviews.

"It has been a long time since we sat as a family to work on a puzzle like this. Everyone was super excited because it is such a busy image, making it easier to put together," wrote one verified reviewer. "The pieces are all cut perfectly and the image is nice and sharp. We are looking forward to finishing it and hanging it up on the wall."

9. Buffalo Games Coffee and Donuts 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Do you love coffee and donuts? If so, you might find it difficult to complete this puzzle without making a Dunkin' Donuts run!

10. New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Go the personalized route with a custom puzzle featuring the front page of the New York Times from any date (you can go as far back as 1851!). The 500-piece puzzle makes for a thoughtful birthday or anniversary gift.

11. Golden Girls 1,000 Piece Puzzle

Grab a piece of cheesecake and your best gal pals to put together this perfectly nostalgic puzzle!

12. Peanuts 1,000 Piece Puzzle

Speaking of nostalgia, this adorable Charlie Brown puzzle will remind you of how much you love the Peanuts hero — no matter how many footballs he misses.

Location Specific Jigsaw Puzzles

1. Michael Storrings The Great White Way 2,000 Piece Puzzle

Dreaming of the bright lights on Times Square? This colorful 2,000-piece puzzle is a fun take on New York City's most popular tourist destination.

2. Gray Malin 500 Piece Snow Jigsaw Puzzle

This Gray Malin puzzle with two birds-eye view photos taken from a doorless helicopter over a snow-capped mountain. One side has a magical winter wonderland, while the other has an array of colorful skiers on white snow.

3. Ravensburger "A Paris Stroll" 1,500 Piece Puzzle

Transport yourself to Paris with this charming and romantic Ravensburger puzzle.

4. Cinque Terre Liguria, Italy 1,000 Piece Puzzle

Enjoy the beautiful and scenic view of Cinque Terre while you sip on wine around the fire.

5. Custom Hometown Map Puzzle

Go the custom route with a map puzzle of your hometown. This personalized piece is a great gift option, too!

Other Puzzle Games for Adults

1. Geode Puzzle

While traditional jigsaw puzzles are always fun, sometimes it's even more fun to mix things up a little bit. This challenging and beautiful geode puzzle is not only easy on the eyes but also super challenging for the brain.

2. Educational Insights Kanoodle Brain-Twisting Solitaire Game

This puzzle is so popular, the brand behind it has already sold over 2 million units. The 2D and 3D puzzle is only 12 pieces, but with over 200 challenges it's a brain teaser everyone from kids to adults can enjoy.

3. 540 Colors 3D Puzzle

This 3D puzzle doubles as home decor once it's complete. With over 500 different colored pieces and almost every color imaginable, the whole family will enjoy putting this puzzle together.

4. Ravensburger Chrysler Building 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

3D puzzles for adults have become quite the trend over the last few years! This Chrysler Building puzzle is a perfect option to get started with if you are new to this style of puzzle.

5. Night Sky Wooden Puzzle

This 330-piece wooden puzzle is truly a work of art! The handmade brain teaser is a nighttime view of the starry Milky Way galaxy that kids and adults can enjoy piecing together.

6. Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book

Crossword puzzles are another popular choice for relaxing after a long day. This Simon & Schuster Mega crossword puzzle book has over 300 tasks — offering hours of stimulation for problem solvers of every level.

7. "Friends" Word Search Book

If you can't seem to stop watching reruns of "Friends" and enjoy word searches, this book is definitely for you! This book features so many fun moments with puzzles related to the show's locations, characters and actors.

8. "Ultimate Mind Games" Puzzle Book

This "Ultimate Mind Games" puzzle book is complete with over 400 brain teasers for adults that will keep your mind in tip-top shape.

9. Rubik's 5x5 Brain Teaser

Forget the classic Rubik's cube! This 5x5 is the most challenging Rubik's ever made and has more combinations than any other puzzle in the world!

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This article was published on January 7, 2020.