Geek alert: This Storm Glass ($20.95) by Kikkerland forecasts the weather based on the behavior of crystals sealed in the glass barometer. It looks nice on a desk to boot. Visitors who are just going to the Museum Store do not have to pay for admission or parking.
Available at the Columbus Museum of Art, Museum Store, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus; 614-221-6801; columbusmuseum.org.
Ditch the Frame
Here's a gift that's practical, yet rustic. This Wood Block Photo Holder by Nici Handmade ($45) displays a 4x6 photo via the attached clip. The Ohio-shaped design would be equally at home in an office or a man cave.
Available at State & Third, 65 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus; 614-636-0130; stateandthird.com.
If Dad likes movies and a little friendly competition, this card game is just the ticket. The Little White Lies Movie Memory Game ($14.99) from Laurence King Publishing Ltd. combines a standard memory-matching setup with trivia from pop culture classics such as The Godfather and The Hunger Games.
Available at the Wexner Center Store, 1871 N. High St. (OSU Campus), Columbus; 614-292-1807; store.wexarts.org.
These vases ($36) don't just look good. They are among numerous pottery pieces—and some 5,000 items in all—at the nonprofit consignment shop run by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Browse the work of 400 senior citizens who produce and sell a wide variety of reasonably priced handmade goods.
Available at Golden Hobby Gift Shop, 630 S. Third St. (German Village), Columbus; 614-645-8329; columbus.gov/goldenhobbygiftshop.