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If you’re finding yourself seeking out the familiar and meditative action of putting together a jigsaw puzzle as of late, know that you’re not alone. According to one of the biggest North American puzzle manufacturers, Ravensburger, the company has seen a 370 per cent increase vs. this time last year.
It makes sense that amid times of stress, people are choosing to partake in relaxing activities like puzzles, as well as things like bath and beauty products, sales of which Etsy reported seeing a spike during the month of March.
Personally, I’ve tried my hand at a few new hobbies, including puzzles, cross-stitch and nail art, which I would never have attempted prior to the increase in free time while I’m at home. They can be a great way to pass the time alone, or a way to build a sense of teamwork if you’re spending time at home with a roommate, spouse, or kids.
If you’ve never put together a large scale puzzle, now is the perfect time to attempt it, or get back into the hobby if you haven’t done a puzzle in a long time. Ahead, shop some of our favourites on the market available now, and get ready to get your jigsaw on.
Designed by artist, illustrator and textile designer Diana Ejaita, this 450-piece puzzle comes with a reusable glass and cork container and puzzle glue should you decide to turn it into a hanging piece of art.
SHOP IT: Jiggy Puzzles, $57 ($40 USD)
Inspire the young people in your life with this colourful illustrated puzzle that features diverse kids around the world championing climate change.
SHOP IT: Uncommon Goods, $35
Show your hometown some love with one of Pierre Belvedere’s 1,000-piece puzzles that have been inspired by cities across the country.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $25
This show stopping three-dimensional puzzle is a Harry Potter collector’s dream, and offers a challenging design that will keep you occupied for hours.
SHOP IT: Harry Potter Shop, $65
Turn one of your favourite memories into a fun activity that any member of the family can enjoy, with options from 15 to 1,000-piece puzzles.
SHOP IT: Portrait Puzzles, from $40
Relive the classic cartoon series with this puzzle that features hundreds of characters that have appeared on “The Simpsons” over the years.
SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $29
Get lost in space as you complete this challenging 1000-piece puzzle that features an intergalactic design.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $37
If you’re a puzzle pro looking for the next big challenge, this acrylic set is entirely clear, so you’ll have to rely entirely on the shapes of puzzle pieces to get it done.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $79
The ultimate puzzle within a puzzle, this vintage-inspired puzzle is sure to keep you entertained.
SHOP IT: Anthropologie $51 ($36 USD)
For a quick activity that you can finish in one sitting, this cupcake-shaped puzzle also makes an excellent gift.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $15