Stretch Mind and Fingers With 1000 Piece Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles have experienced a huge surge in popularity over the last few years, and is it any surprise? They offer a combination of meditative calm and artistic pleasure. Not just a way to while away a few hours, they give a real sense of achievement when that last piece snaps oh so satisfyingly into place. Many people end up framing particularly complex puzzles as a sort of trophy that they can appreciate for years to come.

A great compromise between difficulty and time

While it's great to stretch your brain now and then with a truly epic effort, sometimes you want something comparatively simple. This is especially true if you're taking up puzzling with younger family members. 1000-1999 piece puzzles are a great middle-ground – they don't take too long to complete, so children won't get too bored, but adults will still find some challenge in them.

Missing the art gallery? Bring it to you

On eBay, you can find art jigsaw puzzles of some of the most famous and well-loved paintings ever. Prints of Monet's water lilies, Van Gogh's starry nights and café scenes, and Degas's ballet dancers are common choices. If you're not a fan of the Impressionists, though, you can also find older paintings like the Mona Lisa and Girl with Pearl Earring. In the mood for something a little more modern? Some of Charley Harper's wildlife prints are available as jigsaw puzzles, as is Salvador Dali's best-known melting clock.

Stuck indoors? Pick up a landscape 1000 piece puzzle

If you can't travel right now, you can gaze at some of the world's most beautiful views through a landscape jigsaw puzzle. From the tulip fields of the Netherlands to France's lavender farms, you'll almost be able to smell the flowers. Go to the beach, look at a quaint old English village, or just enjoy the simple peace and quiet of a herd of cows.