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Staying at home doesn’t have to mean Netflix and chilling. You can read, cook yourself a fancy meal or play games. You can enjoy a little me-time with a puzzle even. Know someone who prefers to spend their nights in? Gift them one of Ordinary Habit’s gorgeous puzzles or card games.
Ordinary Habit’s puzzles are so beautiful, you’ll want to put one up in a frame on your wall. They’re practically art! And that’s kind of the idea. According to the brand’s website, co-founders Teresa and Echo Hopkins launched Ordinary Habit “to create artful objects, designed to be both fun and functional, that would help people access habitual moments of calm and connectedness.”
The idea is that adults hardly ever “play,” but playing can help boost mental health. Something as simple as puzzles can be calming and provide a new challenge to give you a sense of accomplishment (no matter how big or small).
Ordinary Habit is best known for its 1,000-piece puzzles created by real, women artists. However, the brand also sells smaller 500-piece puzzles, 100-piece puzzles, matching card games and a few home goods bundles. Think pillows, chai tea, incense — things that feel calming.
Additionally, Ordinary Habit donates a portion of its proceeds regularly to groups that support emotional and mental wellness. Right now, the brand contributes to The Loveland Foundation, an organization that brings opportunity and healing to communities of color, specifically to Black women and girls.
That said, Ordinary Habit’s puzzles make great gifts. When was the last time you bought yourself a puzzle anyway? It may have been a while. But you can gift a loved one (and yourself) a pretty puzzle to work on the next time they (or you) decide to stay in.
Take a look below at some of Ordinary Habit’s big and small puzzles for gifting this holiday season.
Garden snakes are actually pretty cute in this puzzle. Welcome them into your home with a bold and vibrant print you’ll want to leave on your coffee table.
Dog lovers — this one’s for you. The bold colors, prints and patterns make it a difficult puzzle to put together, but it will definitely make you smile when you’re finished. For the cat lovers out there, Priscilla Weidlein also created another puzzle for Ordinary Habit called Ecstatic Motion.
Whether it’s summertime or you just wish it was, this puzzle will transport you to sunnier days of dining al fresco. It’s also only 100 pieces, so it’s great for those with a short attention span or for completing in a short amount of time.
This puzzle depicts a group of women enjoying cups of tea together. You can join them with your own One Stripe Chai Co. Rose Chai Blend tea. This set includes the tea and puzzle to give you the ultimate sense of calm.
5. Winter 2021 Collection Puzzle Bundle, $165
Snowed in? Challenge yourself with this set of two 1,000-piece puzzles and two 500-piece puzzles from Ordinary Habit. On the other hand, you can keep one for yourself and gift the others to friends. When you’ve each completed your own puzzle, make a trade!
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