Looking for a gift that not every single store you visit carries? Do you have gift recipients with special interests in art, Ohio history, the military, sports or aviation? Well, look no further than to some of Ohio’s great museums, most of which have gift shops full of unique items. Many offer online shopping and those that have only bricks and mortar stores are accessible without paying admission fees. Don’t feel guilty if you are under a time crunch and can’t visit the museum. Save it for when you can do a leisurely visit. Not only is this an ideal way to find special gifts, but also a way to support your favorite museum as well. Check out this list of museum stores and start your search for a personalized gift for your loved ones.
The Toledo Museum of Art is known for its glass and the custom glass pieces, and it’s museum shop is known for being one of the best in the state. Here, you can find the famed Chihuly sculptures, as well as local stationary, prints of the museum and local art. Visit the gift shop at the Columbus Museum of Art for beautiful jewelry, stimulating books and CMA themed items. The museum store at the Cincinnati Museum of Art offers products inspired by both their special exhibitions and their permanent collections. Decorate your home with posters, Rookwood pottery or glass by Vetro Vero and enjoy complimentary gift wrap.
Have a budding scientist in the family? Science museum shops specialize in games, toys and kits that get the creative and investigative juices flowing. Check out The Great Lakes Science Center, The Works or Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
Aviation and Military Museums
What could be better for the aviation fan than something from some of the premier aviation museums in the country? Models, replicas, art and more can be found. Check out museum shops at The National Museum of the US Air Force and Tri-State War Birds. You’re sure to find something interesting for even the pickiest person.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is where football fans will find anything related to the sport. For college football fans, even though not museums, don’t forget to check campus bookstores. They have plenty of memorabilia for cheering on your favorite team. Have a friend or family member who is an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds? Grab them a special gift from the Reds Hall of Fame shop.
For a focus on Ohio-made gifts and Ohio history, your first visit should be to the Ohio Statehouse Museum, where you will find plenty of gifts representing the Buckeye State. They feature a different tree ornament every year, perfect for anybody’s collection.
Save yourself a trip to the mall and head online or to your local museum to find the perfect gift for the holidays. And don’t forget that a museum membership always makes a good gift and that a membership may offer discounts at the museum shops.