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LEGO has long been a staple gift for kids, but you may not know that the popular toy brand has tons of unique and surprisingly beautiful options that go far beyond the basic sets designed for younger children (that you, um, might find yourself accidentally stepping on in the middle of the night).
These elevated LEGO sets are great for adults and older kids — and we think they're even cool enough to keep on display in your house. Many have neat interactive features, too! You'll enjoy bonding with your family by putting together a massive world map while planning your next vacation, recreating a master work of art, or building a replica of the Millennium Falcon so big it might need its own room. "As a parent who has been a LEGO builder for as long as I can remember, there is still comfort and wonder as I build alongside my kids or after-hours to decompress after a busy day," says Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist and Executive Technical Director Rachel Rothman, who oversees all of GH's toy testing. "Building toys are not only fun, they can be relaxing."
Whether you're giving them as a gift or buying for yourself, if you're looking for a convenient way to shop for unique LEGO sets, take note that the brand's over-the-top Icons line is available on Amazon with free Prime shipping. We also scoured the popular shopping platform for plenty more sets that are sure to wow — check out our editors' top picks below, then read our guides to the best LEGO tables and LEGO advent calendars.
Icons Wildflower Bouquet
This stunning display of bright flowers can be arranged in multiple ways. Try it in your favorite vase, or add several sets together for a big centerpiece. Consider mixing and matching another flower set, too!
Icons Vespa 125 Scooter
Ideas Grand Piano
The LEGO Ideas line is full of innovations that incorporate features beyond just bricks. For example, this delicate model of a grand piano becomes a working music box after it's built. Once you sync the piano to an app, it'll play multiple songs and the keys will move to the beat.
Icons Dried Flower Centerpiece
Give the family something fun to talk about at Thanksgiving with this festive LEGO centerpiece. The best part is that the flowers can be reused as part of your family tradition for years to come.
Art World Map
This massive world map is a commitment: It's almost 12,000 pieces and takes up a lot of wall space at over three feet wide!, but it is so cool. It comes with hanging accessories and pins, so you can mark off all the places you've already visited, too.
Ideas the Globe
If you love to travel, but are looking for something a little less intimidating than a world map, this globe is just 2,585 pieces. It spins like a real globe and glows in the dark.
Ideas Ship in a Bottle
Creating a traditional ship in a bottle is a skilled undertaking, but you can build this LEGO version with detailed instructions that anyone can follow.
Icons 'The Lord of The Rings': Rivendell
One of the largest LEGO sets ever made, this dreamy playset has 6,167 pieces and comes with 15 minifigs as well as (of course!) one ring to rule them all. Amazon also sells LEGO's LED light kit that you can use to make this set even more magical.
Walt Disney Tribute Camera
Made to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary, this vintage-style film camera looks like the real deal. There's a clapperboard, figures of Disney icons Walt, Mickey, Minnie, Dumbo and Bambi plus a film strip with detailed images of LEGO versions of classic Disney films.
Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System
If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, you might have fond memories of the classic NES. The cool thing about this one is you can build a video game scene that fits inside the scrolling TV screen, making it look like the game is actually moving. A LEGO cartridge fits inside the Nintendo, and buttons and dials all make it feel more like the real deal.
No need to have a green thumb thanks to this beautiful orchid that will never lose its blooms. Once built, this is great for apartments or spaces with low light that can't sustain real plants.
'Harry Potter' Hogwarts Icons
While there's also a stunning LEGO Gringotts that we're drooling over, this 20th-anniversary set is filled with a decorative collection of Harry Potter favorites. Hedwig in flight is the star of this sett, but there are also glasses, potions, a golden snitch and, of course, a wand to build.
Ideas Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night"
This collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) lets you make your own version of the famous masterpiece "The Starry Night." It even comes with a mini Van Gogh at an easel working on his masterpiece.
Ideas Fender Stratocaster
The Fender Stratocaster is an iconic electric guitar that musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton have used, and this mini version would look great next to the real thing or displayed alongside your record collection. This LEGO set lets you build the Strat (in red or black) with details like tuning pegs, a pickup switch and a whammy bar.
Art Hokusai's "The Great Wave"
You can assemble actual masterpieces in 3D form thanks to art collections from LEGO. We love the muted tones and delicate curves of Hokusai's iconic "Great Wave" and the fact that it can be easily hung on the wall to display.
'Star Wars' Ultimate Millennium Falcon
Yes, this one is very expensive, but it does include 7,500 pieces to make the most detailed replica of the ship that can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Once complete, it is almost three feet long and almost two feet wide, plus it comes with minifigs of Chewbacca, Han Solo and more. If you're looking for a more affordable beginner's version, try this smaller set.
Architecture Taj Mahal
There are a lot of impressive sets in the LEGO Architecture line, including a nearly-five-foot-tall Eiffel Tower, but we love the elegance of this Taj Mahal replica; the curved pieces for the dome really make this model stand out. Since the Taj Mahal is often considered a symbol of love, this is a cute project for couples to work on together.
Ideas Motorized Lighthouse
Just because this set is smaller than some others on this list (2,000 pieces) doesn't mean it skimps on details. It features a cave with hidden treasures, a seagull, a glowing fireplace and a motorized light that rotates like the real thing.
The Insect Collection
These elevated insects would look so cool on a desk or bookcase. The set of three comes with a blue morpho butterfly, a Chinese mantis and a Hercules beetle. Make them even cooler by adding your own glass cloche for display.
If you're looking for a gift for a writer friend, this is it. It's a 2,079-piece LEGO set that looks just like a mid-century typewriter. While you can't use it to compose the next great American novel, it does have working keys that move and sound like the real thing.
Super Mario Adventures With Peach Starter Course
At first glance, this set might not look as impressive as some of the other picks on this list, but this base kit (or the Mario and Luigi sets) features some really cool interactive features. Our favorite is Peach, who plays music as she eats fruit and has a face that changes expressions on an LCD screen. This can be combined with other Mario sets and expansion packs to bring the video game to life.
Lunar New Year Display
LEGO fans know that the hardest part is finding places to display your elaborate sets once built, so we are thrilled that the brand is doing more seasonal decor that can be put away and then displayed annually. These two models feature traditional symbols for wealth and prosperity and come with their own stands.
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