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Puzzle gifts for your friend who likes a challenge

...and presents with 1,000 pieces.

Puzzles make great gifts for the crossword-loving, Sudoku-doing crowd. They also make great gifts for the people on your list you, uh, really don't know at all. They also make great gifts for the people with bad opinions you're staying with this holiday season. Puzzles take a decent amount of time to finish, and are much more therapeutic than talking about politics. Everybody will feel a great sense of accomplishment when they finish, and you'll get all the thanks. Below are our favorites.

BePuzzled Deluxe 3D Pixel Puzzle

BePuzzled Deluxe 3D Pixel Puzzle

An out of this world puzzle

Amazon

This 3D astronaut brain teaser puzzle has 517 pieces and is apparently no walk in the park—or on the moon. $30.

Gotham City Batman puzzle

Gotham City Batman puzzle

This puzzle is lit.

Amazon

This large (32" x 19.2" x 6") Batman puzzle includes unseen areas of Gotham City, with streets that glow in the dark. There are 1,200 bottom-layer pieces that create the map of Gotham, over 300 top layer pieces like buildings and locations, and an LED Bat Signal atop the Gotham City Police Department. $69.

Candy wrapper puzzle

Candy wrapper puzzle

The sweetest gift.

Amazon

The White Mountain candy wrapper puzzle has 1,000 pieces and is 24" x 30" when completed. I’m a junk food fiend, so I’d love to spend the night staring a candy I can’t eat. *$16.

4D Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle

4D Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle

Khal-easy gifting.

Amazon

I can't be the only one who gets confused over the geography of Game of Thrones. This puzzle shows just how far characters have to travel to wage their wars. The 1,400-piece puzzle has three parts—a jigsaw map, topography map, and 3D models and replicas of landmarks from the show. $51.

You can also get up close and personal with King’s Landing with this 4D puzzle.

Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball

Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball

It's a global hit.

Amazon

This 3D Earth has 540 curved puzzle pieces that, when assembled, create a globe. The base and rotating stand are included. $59.

Golden Girls puzzle

Golden Girls puzzle

Hang with the gals.

Think Geek

I’ve always considered myself one in the Golden Circle. Whether you fancy yourself a Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, or a Sophia, this 1,000-piece puzzle will tickle your fancy. $15.

Color Gradient Puzzle

Color Gradient Puzzle

It's got everyone's favorite color.

Amazon

Brighten up someone's day with this 1,000-piece color gradient puzzle. It is 19.6" x 27.5" when completed. Who doesn't love a rainbow? $23.

Neural Network Puzzle

Neural Network Puzzle

A brain game.

Etsy

This Red Neural Network Puzzle is a wood puzzle cut with a laser. The plywood puzzle is available in three sizes—5" x 5" with 51 pieces, 6" x 9" with 105 pieces, or 10" round with 157 pieces. *$30-$100.

You can also get the puzzle in orange or green.

Gift card vault puzzle

Gift card vault puzzle

Make them work for it.

Think Geek

An amazing way to "wrap" an inevitable, if uninventive, gift card. They must solve it in order to open the vault. $5.

The Legend of Zelda: Classic puzzle

The Legend of Zelda: Classic puzzle

You'll Hyrule this holiday season.

Think Geek

This 550-piece Zelda puzzle is the title screen from the NES classic game. It's 18" x 24" when assembled. $11.


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