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The 20 Best Puzzle Gifts For Every Age

The humble jigsaw puzzle can be the surprise winner on your gift list this year.

Erica Silverstein · about 2 months ago

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The humble jigsaw puzzle can be the surprise winner on your gift list this year. Puzzles fill up those long winter days and nights, can be solved solo or together as a family, and keep your brain sharp and your nerves calm. Check out these top puzzles for everyone from preschoolers to Ph.D.s.

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1. Seek-And-Find Space Puzzle

Junior astronauts get two games in one with this space-themed puzzle. After they fit together all 60 pieces, the kids — and their adult helpers — can search for all the pictures on the border pieces that are hidden within the main planet-filled puzzle.

2. Zodiac Glow In The Dark Puzzle

This 1,000-piece puzzle will bring the family together as they piece together constellations facing in all directions (so no one is working upside down). Once the puzzle is complete, turn off the lights and watch the starry pictures glow in the dark.

3. Gradient Puzzle

Expert puzzlers will need a Zen approach when putting together this standing puzzle — the only design is a gradient color spectrum from yellow to green. Areaware’s gradient puzzles also come in blue/pink and blue/green.

4. Mermaid Friends Floor Puzzle

Floor puzzles with large pieces are perfect for preschooler hands to manipulate. This 24-piece mermaid puzzle makes a great gift for sea-loving kids.

5. World Of Books Puzzle

Missing travel this winter? Complete this 2,000-piece World Of Books puzzle to journey around the world from the pyramids of Egypt to the Hollywood Hills.

6. Empire State Building Puzzle

Don’t let the mere 216 pieces fool you. This puzzle mini-replica of the Empire State Building is the gift that keeps on giving; your entire family might need days to build it. Start spreading the news that you’re going to need some help.

7. Wooden Alphabet Puzzle

Baby’s first puzzle should be a colorful wooden alphabet puzzle with adorable pictures behind each letter. If you’re pushing that super-early admission to Harvard, change out the icon sheets for words and pictures in French, German, and Italian for some early cramming.

8. All Are Welcome Here Puzzle

Celebrate diversity this holiday season with an inclusive puzzle depicting people of all ages, races, and orientations spreading love and kindness across 1,000 pieces.

9. Musical Crossroads Puzzle

If you’re looking for racial diversity in your gift giving and have little kids on your list, the Musical Crossroads Puzzle is a must-buy. The scene depicts kids of all ethnic backgrounds jammin’ out together in a band, and the 72 pieces are just the right number for older preschool- or kindergarten-age children to handle.

10. Hot Dogs Puzzle

The perfect present for pandemic pet purchasing puzzlers is this 1,000-piece Hot Dogs puzzle depicting dog breeds from A to Z. Once it’s finished, it makes an excellent quick reference for when you’re binge watching the Westminster Dog Show.

11. Candylicious Puzzle

School-aged kids can puzzle on their own or with family with this 300-piece candy-themed puzzle. Complete it to get all the rush with none of the teeth-wrecking sugar.

12. Women March! Puzzle

The feminists on your list will enjoy this 500-piece circular puzzle commemorating the 2017 women’s march on Washington, D.C. Comes complete with a Gloria Steinem quote along the border.

13. Safari Looong Puzzle

Preschoolers will adore the colorful safari animals on this extra-long 40-piece puzzle. Their parents will dig the extra-long time their kids stay quiet putting all the pieces together.

14. Wooden Brain Teaser Puzzle

No one will lose brain cells this winter break when you give this three-dimensional wooden brain teaser puzzle as a gift. Can you restack the pieces into a cube before you absolutely lose your mind? Possibly not.

15. Your World Puzzle

Older animal lovers will enjoy this 1,000-piece puzzle featuring a world map and pictures of the animals that live on each continent. The geometric art gives the puzzle a unique look that will appeal to the whole family.

16. Construction Site Floor Puzzle

Animals driving construction vehicles? It’s a preschooler’s dream come true! Now available in floor puzzle form.

17. Camping Outdoors Jumbo Puzzle

Relive summer fun this winter with this 48-piece puzzle depicting a happening campsite. Props go to the artist for diverse characters, a camp store that sells fresh French baguettes, and daytime marshmallow roasting.

18. Melissa & Doug Pets Sound Puzzle

Teach toddlers to puzzle the Pavlovian way with this pets-themed sound puzzle. Every time they put a piece correctly back in its slot, they’re rewarded with the animal sound that matches the picture.

19. RoWood 3D Wooden Marble Run Puzzle

Puzzles are great and all, but once you're finished putting it together, what are you supposed to do with it? RoWood's 3D wooden puzzle set doubles as a marble run once it's put together, giving your family something fun to focus on even when puzzle time is over.

20. KRYPT

Want to get back at your sibling for the obnoxious toy they bought your family last Christmas? Gift them this diabolical puzzle in which every piece is the same color, and enjoy watching them struggle to complete it.