Whether it’s the holiday season and you’re overwhelmed figuring out gift ideas for everybody in your life, or you are leisurely planning ahead for a friend’s birthday, jigsaw puzzle gifts are thoughtful options to stimulate the mind.
At some point we all need a break from Christmas shopping and the screen. So, what about a puzzle? No, not the simplistic cardboard jigsaws you remember from childhood, but singular works of puzzle art that take serious time and concentration to complete and reward you with pictures as striking as anything hanging on your walls.
Puzzles have plenty of benefits. They enhance your attention to detail, improve memory and problem-solving abilities, and decrease stress levels. A jigsaw puzzle is one of the best ways to relax your mind, and it’s something everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. Nowadays, you can complete a puzzle via a mobile app, and the luxury market want a piece of the wellness trend with Dior, Christian Lacroix and Louis Vuitton designing elevated frame-worthy jigsaw puzzle kits with beautiful artwork.
Below are a pick of our best complex, high-end puzzles that will let you rediscover the luxury of going analog, even if it’s just for a few hours.
Leave it to the Museum of Modern Art to serve up some of the most striking art puzzles around. The pick of the lot, though, is this uniquely die-cut recreation of Frank Stella's Firuzabad. It may look easy at first, but at 750-pieces and with a whole spectrum of colours, prepare to set aside some serious time to complete this fiendishly difficult jigsaw puzzle masterpiece. MoMA puzzles makes owning a work of contemporary art more accessible by turning a selection of pieces by notable artists into limited edition jigsaw puzzles.
You could argue that each puzzle on this list is a work of art in its own way. But none are as striking Christian Lacroix’s Maison de Jeu jigsaw puzzle. The artwork is enough to sell it, but at 750 pieces it’s also a puzzle that’s sure to keep you and yours occupied for quite some time. We recommend framing and mounting the puzzle as decoration once complete.
Even if assembling a puzzle from your family’s dusty collection sounds just as relaxing, we think Dior offer an elevated experience. Dior’s 1,000-piecers bring the joyful spirit of their signature illustrations to a new audience. A promise of timeless moments, this 1000-piece puzzle decorates the iconic 30 Avenue Montaigne boutique with the essential hot air balloon inspired by Maria Grazia Chiuri's Cruise 2018 fashion show. An invitation to a magical escape, between playing and dreaming.
Louis Vuitton’s Tiger Puzzle, featuring a new animated print paying tribute to the Chinese New Year, makes a playful gift for all age groups. The plexiglass drawer with the leather tab, housed inside the Monogram embossed box, is a nod to the iconic Scott box. Inside, there are 529 jigsaw pieces that can be put on display once assembled.