Seal of Approval
Dad will love showing his state pride every time he pulls out this unique wallet. The billfold ($15) is embossed with the Great Seal of the State of Ohio. Be sure to share the history behind the seal: The design is said to depict the view from the home of Ohio's sixth governor, Thomas Worthington. The house, which is now a museum, is in Chillicothe.
Available at the Statehouse Museum Shop, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43215; 614-728-9234; statehouseshop.com.
Ohio State University alumni or even casual Buckeyes fans will enjoy the special spin on this bottle opener ($22). A piece of a vintage campus map-including Ohio Stadium-sits under domed glass, giving it a bit of class. It's a functional gift that's also a conversation starter. Other school and city designs are available.
Available at Celebrate Local, 3952 Townsfair Way (Easton Town Center), Columbus 43219; 614-471-6446; celebratelocalohio.com.
Think of Rollors as a modern mashup of horseshoes and bocce. The yard game, developed by a U.S. military veteran, challenges teams to roll wooden discs at a pyramid-shaped goal to earn points. Rollors ($49.95) has won multiple awards, including a Gear of the Year for 2014 honor from Men's Journal, the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award Gold and the 2013 Product of the Year Award from Family Review Center.
Available at various retailers and sporting goods stores and at rollors.com.
It's a sculpture. It's a desk toy. It's just plain cool. Kinetic Asteroid by Genius @ Play ($19.99) utilizes the concept of perpetual motion. Colored metal balls spin in a circle until they're stopped. It's a fun, funky decoration that doubles as a diversion for office workers stuck on a conference call.
Available at the COSI gift shop, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-629-3109; cosi.org.