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Chic Puzzles for Adults That Will Help Ease Your Mind for a Bit

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It's hard being an American right now. It's even tougher being a Black American right now. Between the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in 100,000 American deaths to the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, there is a lot going on. When you're not protesting or using your platform to speak out, especially those of us who were born with white privilege, it's important to take the time to process and reflect offline. One way to help prioritize your mental health during these times is to invest in some puzzles, like these chic ones, below. By no means should they serve as a distraction to the work that needs to be done, but they do exist as a necessary reminder that we all need a break every once in a while so we can wake up the next day refueled and reenergized for what's to come.

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1 Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle
UncommonGoods
$18.00

Talk about a sign of the times. This "Nevertheless She Persisted" puzzle is made up of beautiful illustrations and quotes from powerful women throughout history including Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafazi, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

2 Inside the Museum Puzzle
The Met Museum
$19.95

For those of us feeling nostalgic about wandering through the annual Met exhibitions, you'll appreciate this "Inside the Museum" puzzle featuring some of the museum's most memorable galleries. 

3 Boobs Puzzle
Jiggy Puzzles
$40.00

Jiggy's 450-piece boobs puzzle, illustrated by Brooklyn-based illustrator Julia Heffernan, is exactly the kind of puzzle your friends will obsess over when they see it framed and hung up in your room.

4 Cereal Mini Puzzle
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Gift Boutique Shopbop
$10.50

For a quick break, enlighten yourself with this 70-piece cereal puzzle part of the brand's munchies collection. 

5 Busy Beach Puzzle
Americanflat Target
$24.95

Get one step closer to the water thanks to this 500-piece "Busy Beach" puzzle. It's big enough (18 x 24) to make a statement in your living room upon completion. 

6 Candy Shelf 500-Piece Puzzle
Barnes & Noble
$14.95

Hi, yes, I'm going to require a bag of Sour Patch Kids while completing this 500-piece candy shelf puzzle. 

7 Dusen Dusen 500-Piece Puzzle
Dusen Dusen Urban Outfitters
$25.00

Every creative will appreciate this Dusen Dusen puzzle that looks like it belongs in an art gallery. I mean, those colors!

8 Viva La Vida Frida Kahlo Jigsaw Puzzle
MoMa
$20.00

This Viva la Vida Frida Kahlo puzzle is not for those of us currently feeling unmotivated—it consists of 1,000 pieces (!) that pays homage to Kahlo and her iconic art. 

9 Bibliophile Book Club Darlings Jigsaw Puzzle
Ban.do
$16.99

Book lovers will appreciate this puzzle featuring classic works like The Kite Runner, The Bluest Eye, and The Secret Life of Bees.

10 Lips-Shaped Puzzle
Jonathan Adler
$35.00

Jonathan Adler's chic matte lip puzzle belongs on every coffee table once it's finished. 

11 59th Street Map Puzzle
Map Marketing Bloomingdales
$31.50

During the COVID-19 shutdowns, New Yorkers long for the iconic restaurants and activities that make up NYC. This puzzle map of the city will remind you why it's the best city in the world. 

12 Andy Warhol Soup Can Puzzle
Galison Amazon
$15.99

Andy Warhol's double-sided soup can art is basically two puzzles in one. 

13 Springbok Pencil Pushers 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
SPRINGBOK PUZZLES Walmart
$18.95

For a more challenging pick, dive into Springbok's pencil pushers puzzle. 

14 Vintage Matchboxes 500-Piece Puzzle
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Shopbop
$14.00

Name a chicer puzzle than this 500-piece vintage matchbox one. I'll wait. 

15 'Friends' Cast 500-Piece Puzzle
Urban Outfitters
$18.00

Allow this Friends puzzle to remind you that better days are coming, and you'll be able to hug your loved ones soon again.  

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