Beat Boredom (and Support the Library) By Shopping These Puzzles

published Aug 31, 2020
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Just when you thought you had run out of ways to keep yourself entertained at home this year, the New York Public Library gift shop has come to the rescue with its new stock of boredom-busting puzzles. With designs that range from 100 to 1,000 pieces, and historical designs to whimsical, these puzzles are a great way to preserve your sanity at home and support the New York Public Library while you’re at it. Here are a few favorites:

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Herstory Museum Foil Puzzle

Featuring the artwork of Ana San Jose, this 1,000-piece puzzle depicts painted portraits of famous women throughout history, beautifully arranged on a gallery wall. Each woman even gets her own gilded frame, complete with gold foil embellishment for a little extra shimmer.

Buy: Herstory Museum Foil Puzzle, $17.99

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Harry Potter Collage Puzzle

Take a much-needed break from your muggle life with this 1,000-piece puzzle. The completed design is a collage of Harry Potter book covers and some of the series’ most notorious scenes, as illustrated by Marie Grand-Pré.

Buy: Harry Potter Collage Puzzle, $20.00

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Constellations Puzzle

Before you could map out the night sky with an app, there were constellation charts. The 1,000 pieces of this puzzle come together to form a colorful, vintage illustration of the constellations in the northern and southern hemispheres. You’ll even learn the Latin and English names of each one thanks to a handy list below the artwork.

Buy: Constellations Puzzle, $20.00

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New York City Magnetic Puzzle

If you’re a beginner or just looking for a puzzle you can easily complete, the New York City Magnetic Puzzle is a good option. The 100 pieces are packaged in a cute metal canister, and when assembled, reveal a map of New York City. They even have magnetic backing so you can stick them on your refrigerator and avoid any missing pieces.

Buy: New York City Magnetic Puzzle, $10.00

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All Are Welcome Here! Puzzle

This 1,000-piece, feel-good puzzle will cheer you up no matter what kind of day you’re having. The bright and colorful illustration features an array of diverse humans holding signs with positive messages like “Celebrate Diversity” and “Be Kind Rain or Shine.”

Buy: All Are Welcome Here! Puzzle, $16.99