My friends and I had a virtual hangout the other day. When someone bemoaned the fact that it was already 10 o'clock (it was me), we reminisced about how several years ago we would have likely been getting ready to hit the bars instead of crawling into bed.
Add the pandemic to the mix and "staying in" has become the norm. Reading, crafting, eating, and streaming a rotation of shows and movies is fun, but it's time for a new activity.
Enter, our old pal, the jigsaw puzzle. Some can stump you, but ultimately, you'll be left with a beautiful scene that you can break apart to do again or display. Scroll down for some of our favorite puzzles for a night in.
A challenge for even advanced puzzlers, this mandala puzzle has a beautiful gradient purple background. Mandalas have different religious meanings, particularly in Eastern religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism. In different contexts, the mandala can represent the whole of the universe, aspects of enlightenment, and symbols of wisdom and impermanence.
Whatever your beliefs, practicing mindfulness while working on this puzzle could help ease some stress while engaged in a fun activity. Pieces are alphabetically coded on the back to help with sorting. This pretty puzzle could easily be hung as a piece of art after completion.
Canceled travel plans got you down? Take solace in the fact that we are bummed too, but we are revisiting and revamping our travel bucket list. If the Greek isles are on your list too, take out your frustrations on this 1,000-piece scenic Santorini sunset puzzle. "Challenging but not impossible," as one reviewer described it, this puzzle is quality-made and will keep the family entertained for at least a few hours.
For the birders out there, this 500-piece puzzle is a fun way to spend an afternoon indoors. For added fun, set up your puzzle in view of your birdfeeders. Fill your feeders with suet and wait for the birdies to come calling. Break out your bird identification book and try to name all the birds that visit your feeders.
Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! Dolly Purrton, David Meowie, and Meowyonce make this 500-piece puzzle from Mudpuppy a fabulous activity for any ailurophile/audiophile. When you complete this one, check out some of Mudpuppy's other puzzles, like bookish cats, tree-dwelling slowpokes, or this 500-piece songbird puzzle. Put on some records and get puzzling!
Other scenes from Puzzledly include the gorgeous pink blossoms of Full Bloom, gradient color in Geometrical Rainbow, and the primary colored fish in Something Smells Fishy, which are all super cute designs.
Cynophilists rejoice! We've found this 1000-piece puzzle to keep you busy for a while. Dachshunds, dalmatians, poodles, chihuahuas, and more grace the front of this puzzle. Some puppies are wearing sweaters or antlers, some are placed in buckets or baskets, and others are just snoozing peacefully... and we can hardly handle all the cuteness.
Get the whole family involved with this 500-piece Mandalorian puzzle, featuring the cutest little alien ever. Catch up on The Mandalorian on Disney+ before its third season release alongside The Book of Boba Fett, slated for a late 2021 premier. If you're all caught up on The Mandalorian, get cozy and watch or re-watch all the Star Wars movies, series, specials, and shorts while you work on this fun puzzle.
High quality and made of recyclable plastic, this 1000-piece puzzle is a great activity for a night in. Because they are made of plastic, these pieces have a satisfying click that ensures the pieces fit together well, the finished product is sturdy, and the world map image is crisp and clear. Reviewers give this puzzle 4.5 out of 5 stars.