QH Wish List: 15 gallery-ready puzzles to save your sanity

Our pick of the best puzzles to get through home isolation — most illustrated by Australian artists (bonus points!) and all ideal for home or gifting

Are you a puzzling pro? To be honest, sitting down with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces was once an exercise in frustration for some of us at QH. But in these crazy times, the meditative, lo-fi practice of puzzle making is suddenly a sanity saver – the perfect off-screen complement to a large mug of tea (or even a quarantini). Check out our top 15 gallery-ready puzzles to make home iso a creative project!

Inspirational Women 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Its inclusive, circular design first grabbed our attention but the 54 “inspirational icons” featured on the 1000-piece Inspirational Women jigsaw really sealed the deal. RRP$39.95 from hardtofind 

It’s Good to be Home puzzle by Leah Bartholomew

It’s Good to be Home by Leah Bartholomew is perfect for the current mood. RRP$58 available from Journey of Something (our go-to for playful, giftable puzzles & games).

All Good Things are Wild & Free puzzle by Dutch artist Valesca van Waveren

Inspired by a Henry David Thoreau quote and created by the co-founders of cult magazine Flow, All Good Things are Wild & Free features a gorgeous illustration by Dutch artist Valesca van Waveren. RRP$24.95 from Booktopia.

Baby It’s Cold Outside and Seaside Café puzzles from New Yorker

The only tricky part is choosing a favourite among the iconic New Yorker covers, produced as puzzles by the awesome New Yorker Puzzle Company. They use high quality, 100% recycled paper and their range is SO good! We can’t go past Baby It’s Cold Outside and Seaside Café. Source through evansandhall and rainbowfun.com.au

My Grandmother’s Country II puzzle by artist Natalie Jade

The glorious My Grandmother’s Country II by artist Natalie Jade would look perfect in a frame when you’re finished. RRP$58 from Journey of Something or the lovelies at Greenhouse Interiors

Her Best Friend Mindful Puzzle by artist Sophie Beer

Designed by Queensland-based artist Sophie Beer, the Her Best Friend Mindful Puzzle by Okay Lady is 400 pieces of pure whimsical pleasure. And the best bit? If you lose a piece, the legends at Okay Lady will send you a replacement! RRP$79 from Milligram or Okay Lady.

The Jewel of Highgate Hill 1 puzzle by artist Stephen Nothling

The Jewel of Highgate Hill 1 is a local and lovely collab between the Museum of Brisbane and artist Stephen Nothling. You might even recognise this street! RRP$39.95 from Museum of Brisbane

Kiss and Makeup puzzle by @dirtyboygetsclean

Shelfie goals from Instagram darling @dirtyboygetsclean. 1000-piece Kiss and Makeup puzzle, RRP$58 from Journey of Something

The Hendrix Edition puzzle by illustrator Seeta Roy

What’s not to love here? The Hendrix Edition by Sydney-based illustrator Seeta Roy gets extra ticks for its recycled paper content. Also, the tiger! RRP$58 from Journey of Something or Greenhouse Interiors.

Whisky Lovers puzzle from Ridley’s

Raise a glass to this 500-piece Whisky Lovers puzzle from Ridley’s. RRP$34.95 from hardtofind

Amalfi Neopolitan puzzle by Armelle Habib

A dose of non-socially isolating Amalfi splendour for your living room by photographer Armelle Habib. Amalfi Neopolitan RRP$58 from Journey of Something

Frida Kahlo puzzle by Laura Callaghan

Piece together the world of artist Frida Kahlo with this beauty by Laura Callaghan. Includes a poster detailing 25 facts about Kahlo’s life and work which are referenced in the 1000-piece design. RRP$24.99 from Booktopia

Peony Kitten puzzle by illustrator Jess Cruickshank

We love the muted tones, seductive florals, and hidden surprises of the 400-piece Peony Kitten, designed by illustrator Jess Cruickshank. RRP$79 From Okay Lady.

Gradient Puzzle Jigsaw by Bryce Wilner & Areaware

A wonderful meditation on colour, the 500-piece Gradient Puzzle Jigsaw by Bryce Wilner & Areaware is available in a range of delicious hues. RRP49.95 from Until.

Australia puzzle by Miranda Sofroniou

Fun for the whole family, Australia was designed by Melbourne-based illustrator and surface pattern designer Miranda Sofroniou. RRP$58 from Journey of Something or Greenhouse Interiors