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As the cold weather hits, you may feel the cabin fever sinking in. One way to prevent that 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.
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 27 of our picks.
- Bestselling puzzles for adults
- Jigsaw puzzles for adults
- Location-specific jigsaw puzzles
- Other puzzle games for adults
Bestselling puzzles for adults
This space-themed puzzle is extremely popular among Amazon shoppers. "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."
The 1,000 piece circular puzzle comes with letters on each piece to help reduce difficulty by section. It's the perfect challenge to get the family working together.
This Gray Malin puzzle features 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.
Go the custom route with a map puzzle of your hometown. This personalized piece is a great gift option, too!
For another personalized option, try this 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.
Jigsaw puzzles for adults
This striking puzzle is as vibrant as it is challenging. The ombre shades of pink, orange and yellow will capture your mind and the end result is so satisfying.
The name says it all — and we can't think of anything more challenging than a clear jigsaw puzzle. Starting at $11, this difficult puzzle is designed for those with all the patience in the world. Are you up for the test?
Love classic movies? Then you'll enjoy piecing together all those favorites from "King Kong" to "Sabrina."
It doesn't get more meta than a puzzle of someone putting together a 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.
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.
Any astrology lover will immediately want to dive in to this 1,000-piece puzzle. Each of the zodiac signs is inlayed with gold foil for a cosmic sparkle.
Do you love coffee and donuts? If so, you might find it difficult to complete this puzzle without making a Dunkin' run!
Grab a piece of cheesecake and your best gal pals to put together this perfectly nostalgic puzzle!
This 1,000 piece puzzle puts a colorful twist on a world map. Piece together the flowers and butterflies to complete the beautiful picture.
Location-specific jigsaw puzzles
Dreaming of the bright lights in Times Square? This colorful puzzle is a fun take on New York City's most popular tourist destination.
Transport yourself to Paris with this charming and romantic Ravensburger puzzle.
Enjoy the beautiful and scenic view of Cinque Terre while you sip on wine around the fire.
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.
This puzzle is so popular, the brand behind it has already sold over two million units. The 2D and 3D puzzle is only 12 pieces, but with over 200 challenges, it's a brain teaser both kids and adults can enjoy.
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.
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're new to this style of puzzle.
This 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.
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.
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.
This "Ultimate Mind Games" puzzle book is complete with over 400 brain teasers for adults that will keep your mind in tip-top shape.
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.