My little brother is contemplating his first real move, and as the veteran of four cross-country moves, I thought I'd make him a little hardware kit. Of course, there will be soooo many more things he'll need, but I wanted to get him started with some beautifully made tools...While shopping for his gift, I happened to walk past the lovely & fascinating Prairie Collective. I couldn't resist stopping in, though I didn't expect them to have the perfect gifts for a 23-year old boy. But then I found...
- The small-but-mighty golden hammer has had its praises sung before, and conceals three screwdrivers in its handle. A painter friend has a floral version, and uses it to install and de-install all of her gallery shows.
- A timeless French pocket knife, lightweight yet sturdy. You always need a knife in a new apartment! Also perfect for kitchen use until the always-elusive "Kitchen" box is found and unpacked. (His package included a coin because it's considered bad luck to give a friend a knife- it can sever the friendship. However, if the recipient "pays" you for the knife, everything is fine. This is the kind of superstition I love, and a great excuse to buy one of the charming photo booth tokens from Madrone Art Bar.)
- The most amazing tool ever. Made in Japan of beautiful stainless steel, this multi-tool is the size of a credit card and includes (let's see if I can remember): bottle opener, can opener, blade, saw, ruler, screwdriver, wrenches, and a few more features, I'm sure. I need one!
Once he's established, he'll upgrade to full-size hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and more, but in the meantime I hope these little tools help him settle into his new home, wherever it might be.
Images: Tess Wilson