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    19 Puzzles That'll Give You Something To Do Now That It's Getting Dark At 4:30 PM

    Plus some puzzle-buying tips from me to you!

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    Jigsaw puzzles are the best damn thing.

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    They are inexpensive and provide hours of wholesome entertainment for people of all ages! They give you something to do besides yell at people on the Internet! They make are a great gift, especially for people you don't know very well!

    If you've never bought a puzzle before, here are a few puzzle-buying tips from me to you:

    • The ideal number of pieces is really up to you. 500-piece puzzles are good for beginners and/or anyone who is looking to complete a puzzle in a single day, but I like doing 1,000 piece puzzles because you get double the entertainment for only a little bit more money. Meanwhile, my puzzle-loving coworker Terri says 750 pieces is the perfect size.

    • Something I didn't really consider when I bought my first puzzles: 1,000-piece puzzles take up a lot more space while you're working on them than 500-piece puzzles. Also, vertical puzzles tend to require a bigger workspace than horizontal ones of the same size.

    • While basically all puzzles are good, some are great, and that has a lot to do with the company who makes them. My coworkers and I love the puzzles from New York Puzzle Company, White Mountain Puzzles, Pomegranate, Galison, and eeBoo.

    • If you want to shop for puzzles in a physical store, bookstores tend to have a much better selection than big-box retailers.

    Now here are some awesome puzzles!

    1. A 500-piece puzzle featuring pencils in every color of the rainbow.

    Get it for $8.25 from on Amazon or Walmart, or from Barnes & Noble for $12.95.

    2. A gorgeous 750-piece mountain scene.

    Get it on Amazon for $9.73 or Serious Puzzles for $15.95.

    3. A colorful 1008-piece zodiac puzzle.

    Get it on Amazon for $18.95.

    4. Or pretty peacocks in 1008 pieces.

    Get it on Amazon for $18.95.

    5. A 750-piece Thomas Kinkade/Disney mash-up.,,

    PS There are a bunch of other Disney scenes available in this collection!

    Get them all on Amazon: Beauty and the Beast for $11.97, The Little Mermaid for $11.41, and Aladdin for $11.99.

    6. A 500-piece ombré popsicle puzzle that'll suit anyone who is already dreaming of summertime.

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99, Walmart for $12.66, and Barnes & Noble for $13.95.

    7. A 500-piece puzzle that celebrates playful puppers.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.17 or Barnes & Noble for $15.95.

    8. The perfect 1000-piece puzzle for Wonder Woman fans.

    It also...glows in the dark???

    Get it on Amazon for $14.64 or Serious Puzzles for $12.95.

    9. A lovely 1,000-piece winter scene.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.01.

    10. A gorgeous 750-piece puzzle for gardeners.

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99 or Barnes & Noble for $12.95.

    11. A 1000-piece puzzle that stars four pretty horses...casually ushering in the apocalypse.

    Perre Group Puzzles

    I bought this one as part of a wedding gift for a friend (a puzzle lover and self-described "horse girl" with a dark soul).

    Get it on Amazon for $18.23.

    12. A 500-piece owl puzzle (which fans Johanna Basford's Secret Garden coloring books will probably recognize).

    Get it on Amazon for $8.88.

    13. A 1,000-piece puzzle for the friend who can't stop belting out showtunes.

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

    14. A 550-piece puzzle for anyone who loves Bob's Burgers.

    Get it on Amazon for $12.83 or Barnes & Noble for $10.95.

    15. A 1000-piece puzzle that'll transport you to Italy.

    Get it on Amazon for $12.63, Barnes & Noble for $14.95, or Serious Puzzles for $15.95.

    16. A no-nonsense 1,000-piece map.

    OK, look: I like my puzzles to be a little cuter, but I know not everyone shares this view. Also, my coworker Terri, who is a mega puzzle enthusiast and map-lover recommends it. (She says it was very hard, but she learned a lot.)

    Get it for $15.99 from Amazon or Walmart.

    17. A 1,000-piece beauty.

    This is the puzzle that started it all for me!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 or New York Puzzle Company for $18.

    18. A 1,000-piece puzzle with a bunch of bundled-up dogs.

    I gave the aforementioned puzzle-loving Terri this puzzle for Christmas last year and she had great things to say about it.

    Get it on Amazon for $21.95 or New York Puzzle Company for $18.

    19. And a dope two-sided 500-piece puzzle for architecture lovers.

    Get it for $15.99 from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    PS Don't forget your puzzle mat!

    This is the one I have and it's great! Totally worth it, and a nice thing to gift along with a puzzle.

    Get one on Amazon for $18.99.

    Happy puzzling!


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