Science may say the building blocks of life are the cell, but I’m gonna agree to disagree. In my eyes, it's Legos. Those little plastic pieces perk me right up and get the noggin thinking. After a long day, I can crack open a Diet Coke, turn on a meditative episode of King of the Hill, and get down to business. It sure beats playing Wordle. So with that, I’m going to make a suggestion: Give Legos as a gift—to other adults.
There’s something about going through the individual Lego pieces that is almost therapeutic, but as much as I enjoy the process, I also love the resulting quirky decor. Just last night, I built this low-lift holiday camper van from Lego’s City Collection. With just under 200 pieces, it was enough of a puzzle to get me thinking for under an hour without too much mental stamina. I placed it on top of a couple books near my window for some cute trinket action (picture below as proof). If you’re looking for your next weeknight wind-down or just a centerpiece for your abstract side table, here are seven Lego sets for adults that a yellow-brick-headed Bob Ross would love to play with.
Art for idiots
Art can be hard to understand at times. What does it mean? What was the artist feeling? This set lets you bypass the pondering by just building it. The 2,000+ piece kit is a 3D recreation of The Starry Night, complete with swirling clouds and rolling hills, created in collaboration with the MoMA. You can hang it on the wall once finished with its included hook, or rest it aside your parent’s picture table to overshadow your cringe college portrait. It’s often sold out, so try to snag it fast.
Replace your coffee table books
This Lego globe model actually spins—love those details. It features glow-in-the-dark tiles on oceans and continents to get things lit at night, along with vintage-style ship and compass icons for added charm. Sip a glass of Scotch and get spinning.
Not so good at geography? Maybe you’d prefer a chess break. This set includes a buildable chess board and playing pieces that you can store inside the board. Duel with your frenemies or engage in a friendly $5 bet once you’re done building.
Immortal plants for the lazy
How am I supposed to remember to water plants? I can’t even manage to eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Maybe such responsibilities will come with age, but for now I’m focusing on plants that require zero care and maintenance. Construct your own bonsai tree, Bird of Paradise, flower bouquet, or family of succulents that require no light in your one-window dwelling. And you won’t feel bad for never receiving flowers [sheds tear].
Honor “The King”
This set is unique given there are no blocks, just tiny pegs in which you can recreate three different photos of Elvis’ hot stallion face. With over 3,000 pieces, it will take some time and focus. Once complete, hang it over your bed or add it to your bathroom wall so people can enjoy a sexy view of The King while finishing their business.
Slash called—he wants his Fender Lego set back. If it’s not already in his dressing room, it should be. You can construct the body of the guitar with either red or black blocks, string it better than the guy at Sam Ash, add tuning pegs, a pickup switch, whammy bar, and a ‘65 Princeton Reverb amplifier, and pretend like you’re on stage at Ozzfest.
Or, you can just steal your little cousin’s Legos.
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