My husband is my handyman – – I think he was born with a toolbox in his hand. I did not appreciate this very much when I first married my husband; however, over the years I have learned to be thankful for my handyman husband. Therefore, when we are invited to wedding showers or housewarming parties, I let my husband create a Housewarming Toolbox for the couple. He includes the top ten essential tools for new homeowners.
1. Flashlights – New homeowners seldom think of buying a flashlight until they are standing there in the dark. Include several sizes of flashlights and batteries in the toolbox.
2. Hammer – Include a couple of different sizes as well as a straight and a claw hammer.
3. Screwdrivers – I remember a friend of mine telling me she used a butter knife as her screwdriver. Buy a good set of flat head screw drivers and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head screw drivers for the new homeowner.
4. Tape Measure – It is good to have a high-quality metal tape measure in every home. Get one that locks and is ¾ inches wide (they stay in place better than the smaller ones).
5. Electric Stud Finder: These are fantastic for new homeowners that will be hanging pictures, decorating and making simple repairs. It is much better than knocking on the wall and hoping you hit the stud.
6. Laser Level – A laser level that adheres to the wall is even better for the single homeowner who may not have that second pair of hands when hanging pictures. Look for one that is easy to use and goes around corners.
7. Wrench and Pliers – These are as essential to a new homeowner as the hammer and screwdrivers. Black and Decker’s ReadyWrench is a good choice.
8. Stepstool – A stepstool may save the new homeowner from having an accident when using a chair as a ladder. A good ladder is a wonderful gift as well for the new owner.
9. Utility Knife – These come in handy for a number of jobs around the house. Include some replacement blades too.
10. Staple Gun – I never knew how useful a staple gun could be until I found my husband’s and stole it from his workshop. Staple guns are useful for many tasks from repairing upholstery to hanging Christmas lights.
There are many more tools that my husband always wants to put into his Housewarming Toolbox; however, there are only so many tools I will let him include in the initial gift. My contribution is a small container of assorted nails, screws, buttons and safety pins (yes, buttons and safety pins are important too!).