14 Jigsaw Puzzles (500 Pieces) You Can Finish in a Day

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By | Updated July 27, 2018
14 Jigsaw Puzzles (500 Pieces) You Can Finish in a Day
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Jigsaw puzzles bring families and friends together over a difficult task that results in something beautiful. Thousand piece puzzles tend to be the most popular, but they can be quite time-consuming.

Five-hundred piece puzzles offer some intricacy, but you can finish one in an afternoon, especially with some help. So you can get straight to enjoying this puzzle sweet spot, we searched high and low for the best 500 piece puzzles, ruling out brands with poorly cut or even missing pieces along the way. You're just a few clicks away from getting the perfect fit for your next indoors-y adventure!

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A colorful, straight-forward puzzle

A colorful, straight-forward puzzle

Galison is one of the few puzzlemakers out there that still makes reliable, beautiful photography puzzles. There's not too much going on in this vibrant piece to trip you up, which is ideal for beginners or people who might be a little rusty.

Once completed, the puzzle looks good enough to eat, particularly on a hot summer day. Just make sure you have some real popsicles on hand to celebrate!

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For when you can’t choose between a cityscape and a landscape

For when you can’t choose between a cityscape and a landscape

Puzzle purists can debate into the night over whether landscapes or city skylines are more arduous to put together, but why should you have to choose? This Ravensburger puzzle lets you tackle similar skyscraper pieces while also providing some flora and fauna.

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If you’re looking for a rare puzzle style

If you’re looking for a rare puzzle style

It's not often that you come across a puzzle made to look like stained glass. This reproduction of a John La Farge piece isn't overly complex and yields a stunning image that is as vintage as it is timeless.

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For a sparkly, psychedelic time

For a sparkly, psychedelic time

Channel your inner Lisa Frank and put together this far out puzzle. In addition to nine funky cats, the puzzle features iridescent foil for an eye-catching effect. Cardinal puzzles can be hit or miss, but we couldn't say no to these faces!

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For a bit of a challenge

For a bit of a challenge

"Which way is up?!"

You'll find yourself saying (maybe exasperatedly yelling) this at some point while crafting this ludicrous puzzle. Whether this conjures up memories of Labyrinth or the moving staircases at Hogwarts, there's a bit of nostalgia here for Gen Xers and millennials alike. 

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For a serious challenge

For a serious challenge

Nearly 85 million acres of land in the U.S. is part of the National Park Service, and at first, it might feel like this puzzle was made to scale. This puzzle puts geography in context, portraying the contiguous states as well as their important monuments and parks.

This Ravensburger puzzle can be a great learning tool for older kids while also providing a refresher course for adults. 

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A Renaissance meme puzzle

A Renaissance meme puzzle

What Do You Meme is a popular party game, but did you know they also make puzzles? This classic tableau includes some of your favorite memes of yesteryear in place of its Biblical cast. Follow their lead and enjoy some pizza while you put these memes in their place.

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For people with a New Yorker subscription

For people with a New Yorker subscription

The New York Puzzle Company takes classic covers from The New Yorker magazine and transforms them into puzzles. Tropical Holiday was originally published in 1955, and it still inspires one to plan a whimsical getaway. Enjoy this puzzle in the summertime or use it to dream of warmer climates in the dreary winter months.

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A double-sided puzzle for twice the fun

A double-sided puzzle for twice the fun

Showcasing two aerial photographs of succulents, this Galison puzzle provides two activities for the price of one! Choose from a patterned layout or a more random arrangement of the colorful cacti.

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A self-care puzzle for activists

A self-care puzzle for activists

If you need a break from organizing and protesting, unwind with these little feminist faces. This circular puzzle commemorates the 2017 Women's March, using a Gloria Steinem quote as a border and it features signage from various intersectional causes. 

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For a dose of “aww”

For a dose of “aww”

Help these adorable pups get to know this cute duckling! This precious scene is simple and heartwarming. Sometimes, that's all you really need from a good puzzle.

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If you love knitting or crocheting

If you love knitting or crocheting

Can't decide whether to do a puzzle or work on a knitting project? Let your indoorsy hobbies collide with this photographed woolen paradise. With all this colorful yarn, ranging from chunky to fine, you might just get inspired for your next bit of needlework!

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If you like modern, geometric art

If you like modern, geometric art
Freelancer

From Galison's Frank Lloyd Wright collection, March Balloons is deceptively complex but worth every minute. This colorful puzzle will be hard to take apart, and it's a good candidate for some glue and a nice picture frame.

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For those who enjoy reflections in water

For those who enjoy reflections in water

There's a special challenge to puzzles that prominently feature a body of water, especially when other parts of the scene are reflected upon it. This nighttime seascape gives just enough space to the water without making putting it together too much of a daunting task. 

If you realized that 500 piece puzzles may not be enough of a challenge for you, have a look at our 1,000, 2,000, or even 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle guides.  

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