When my children started to fly the coop (i.e. head to college), I gave each of them a tackle box full of tools as part of their "Survival Kit for College". The tools came in handy on move-in and move-out days, for both my girls as well as their roommates and friends who came tool-less! The tool box idea was such a success, that I now give Tackle Box Tool Kits to college-bound, or first-apartment family members and friends.
Now my daughters have moved to the next level, with actual tool boxes. And I can still fondly recall the day I bought my one daughter an electric drill. She was "over the moon", and I was pretty proud of myself for even considering the gift! Tools are gender-neutral, and on the list of essentials for dorm life, apartment life, or home ownership! With that said, I have compiled a list of Tool Box basics for your perusal. Just one more "tool" to living a life well organized!
TOOL BOX ESSENTIALS
16 oz Claw Hammer
Flathead Screwdrivers (slotted)
Phillips Head Screwdrivers (x shaped head)
Needle Nose pliers
Heavy duty pair of Scissors
Metal Tape Measure: 12 ft, 16 ft, 20 ft, 25 ft, 30 ft lengths: choose at least a 20 ft
Duct Tape, Electrical Tape, Masking Tape
Varying sizes of nails and screws, anchors and picture hangers