Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs
Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs

Sarah Finnan

Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children died’
Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children...

Amanda Cassidy

What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother
What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother

Sophie White

The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage
The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage

Melanie Morris

Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list
Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list

Sarah Finnan

Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety
Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety

Jennifer McShane

Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach
Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach

Megan Burns

5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life
5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life

Jennifer McShane

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have done’
Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have...

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Living / Interiors

7 adult jigsaw puzzles for when you’re sick of Netflix


by Lauren Heskin
19th Oct 2020
blank

Covid-19 has officially made jigsaw puzzling chic again. Here are seven cool adult jigsaw puzzles to try out.


Last year, I stayed in a secluded seaside AirBnb and, with the wind howling outside and no internet connection or TV, we lit the fire and pulled out one of two 1,000-piece lighthouse puzzles. An hour and a half later and holding tufts of my own hair, I realised that an *actual real-life psychopath* had mixed the two near-identical seascape puzzles together, randomly dumping half the pieces into one box and half into the other.

Needless to say, I reenter the world of jigsaw puzzles with no small amount of trepidation. But it seems that I am the only one, with Wall Street Journal saying that of the ten items searched on Amazon last Tuesday, nine were a variety of cleaning supplies and number seven was “puzzles for adults”.

So if you fancy getting your teeth into a 1,000-piece jigsaw, or want to start off with an easy 500, you’ll be glad to hear the jigsaw world has moved one from the snowy streetscapes, Disney characters and realistic exotic animal paintings. Not only is jigsawing now cool, but the jigsaws are too.

Here are a few to snap up – while they’re still in stock and still delivering!

The Hendrix puzzle illustrated by Seeta Roy, around €32, Journey of Something

Okay okay, so this is kind of like a streetscape and it features an exotic animal. But everyone’s crazy for Tiger King now, right?

Doodle jigsaw by Cloudberries, €23.69, Etsy

I bought this one and while I mightn’t go so far as to frame it when I’m finished (yes, people actually do that), I might leave it on the table for a few days and just enjoy its general splendour. This UK company has quite a few puzzles to choose from, but they’re only delivering to the UK at the moment, so I cheekily bought mine on Etsy through my Parcel Motel account. Needs must.

Vogue 1,000-piece puzzle, around €18.50, Vogue.com

The New York Puzzle Company usually have tons of great New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue cover puzzles but most of them are sold out, such is the demand. I found this one of Vogue’s own site, so you’ll have to account for delivery from the United States when ordering it, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait.

 

William Morris Golden Lily Vintage Pre-Raphaelite jigsaw puzzle, €74, Zazzle

If you’re looking for something a little more timeless, Zazzle has a number of jigsaw designs of celebrated printmaker William Morris’ work. The colours in this one are soothing yet the mix of greens will make it a challenge to complete, the ideal puzzle really.

Great Wave of Kanagawa jigsaw puzzle, from about €34, Wentworth Wooden Puzzles

You can get Hokusai’s famed “Great Wave of Kanagawa” in a 250-piece or a 500-piece jigsaw. Made of wood and with irregular-shaped pieces, this will be one you’ll keep forever.

 

Areaware Dusen Dusen Pattern jigsaw puzzle, €30, Charles and Marie

Unsure as to whether this puzzle’s abstract nature and lines will make this easier or harder but either way, it’s certainly beautiful.

 

Andrew Watch’s Home jigsaw puzzle, around €27.50, Inner Pieces

I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and Inner Pieces had me at “reusable cotton pouch”. They also have a number of cool designs, from busy ones like this one, to geometric designs and Surrealist portraits.

Featured image via Journey of Something on Instagram


Read more: 7 escapist novels to read during lockdown

Read more: This song will apparently reduce your anxiety by 65%

Read more: Is a ‘virtual pub’ what we need to see us through the lockdown?

Also Read

Patricia Field Kim Cattrall
CULTURE
Patricia Field won’t return for ‘SATC’ reboot, but a well-timed Instagram post suggests there’s more to it

Patricia Field won’t return for the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot but Kim Cattrall’s well-timed Instagram post suggests it’s about...

By Sarah Finnan

Irish oysters
FOOD & DRINK
Why are Irish oysters so special? We visit Carlingford Lough to find out

Amanda Kavanagh heads to Co Down to sample the fresh cucumber and apple flavours of Rooney Fish’s Millbay Oysters. Covid...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
CULTURE
40 books to read before you’re 40

Compiling this list felt almost like too much responsibility. After all, who am I to provide the definitive list of...

By Sophie White

stuffed tomatoes
FOOD & DRINK
What to eat tonight: Panzanella-stuffed tomatoes

Change up your weeknight supper with this summery Italian classic of stuffed tomatoes with a twist. The stuffed tomato is...

By Meg Walker

blank
CULTURE
Kim Kardashian on her divorce: ‘I always thought being lonely was totally fine’

As Keeping Up With The Kardashians (KUWTK) finishes after a decade, Kim Kardashian has opened up about why her marriage...

By Jennifer McShane

oven-baked fish
FOOD & DRINK
What to eat tonight: Oven-baked fish parcels and roasted wedges

Looking for a fast, easy, healthy and tasty dish for tonight or your Friday fish splurge? This one is hassle...

By Meg Walker

house for sale West Cork
PROPERTY
Foreshore access and stunning sea views in this historic West Cork home for sale for €345,000

Want period features, sea views and lots of privacy but didn’t think you could afford it? This beautiful six-bedroom, eight-bedroom...

By Lauren Heskin