Though it might not seem too romantic, every bride needs her own set of basic hardware hand tools. A hammer, a couple of screwdrivers and a pair of pliers can do a lot of little jobs around the house that need immediate attention.
Even if the man of the house has all of the necessary implements for repair jobs, picture hanging and minor adjustments -- and even if hubby has the inclination to solve a repair problem promptly, a few simple tools that belong just to the woman of the house are very handy to have.
They can also make a great and practical wedding shower gift.
A Workable Gift for a Bridal Shower
Here's a way to give a bride's gift of a few basic tools and make it special by adding a poem.
You also may want to spray paint the handles of the tools or paint flowers on them to make sure they are hers, alone. (No manly man wants to use a pink hammer.)
You Can Use It. Make it your own with special touches.
This is an original poem, but I am releasing it from copyright restrictions for personal (non-commercial) use.
The poem can be hand written, computer typed in a distinctive type face, and even decorated with designs of your own devising.
Someone has suggested that this could also make a good "divorce gift" or a present for a young lady getting her first apartment. [Of course, you would have to make a new poem. :) ]
If you wish, you might put the gift tools in a special receptacle-- toolbox or a plastic storage container.
To make it a group gift you might enlarge the tool collection, add nails, picture hangers, glue, etc.
The poem, the decorations, your own special touches will make it an unforgettable and useful gift that will always make the bride think of you.
Tool Poem Text
Friends will give you lots of things to make your house a home,
And if this seems a silly gift, just listen to my poem:
No one can give you patience and trust to hold your marriage together,
But tools will be handy when things start to bust, when boards become loose in bad weather.
While learning what happens to couples who've been hit by Cupid's dart,
You'll also learn about plumbing, and things that fall apart.
Honor and devotion you must find within yourself
But nails and glue are needed to fix a busted shelf.
Hold fast to your promises to cherish and adore.
Hold fast to you hammer to fix a sticky drawer.
The love you share together can be strengthened by a prayer,
But furniture and homes, you'll find, need regular repair.
Best wishes in getting it all together,
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on January 07, 2016:
Thanks so much! There are many possible ways to make this both fun and practical.
DreamlinesWeddingDressSketch on January 07, 2016:
Love this idea! Very cool!
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on February 15, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Mom's TC. It was an original idea, as far as I know... and this hub has been sleeping, so I appreciate the bump up.
MomsTreasureChest on February 15, 2013:
Very cute, I haven't seen this before. I'll have to keep it in mind for the next bridal shower I attend. Thanks for sharing!
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on July 05, 2011:
Thanks, sweet message. I'll keep working for that goal.
sweet message on May 06, 2011:
A very attractive write up.. Keep it up. I see a grand writer in you few years down the line.
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on April 27, 2011:
I appreciate your comment, wedding poems. What would such occasions be without poetry?
wedding poems on March 28, 2011:
very nice poem..i also like your written poem and art...thanks for sharing this idea
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on July 29, 2010:
That's a good idea-- might even incorporate that idea into the article. (Of course the poem would have to change.) Thanks, Mighty Mom.
Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on June 14, 2009:
Rochelle, I think this is a fabulous idea. Love the poem and the artwork. A woman absolutely needs a good set of tools!!! In addition to bridal showers, this would make an ideal "liberation" (divorce) gift, or even high school or college graduation, if the woman is going to be living on her own for the first time.
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on June 14, 2009:
You're welcome, for sure.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 02, 2009:
thanks for share.
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on May 23, 2009:
You are absolutely right-- and you don't want to be accused of misusing or, heaven forbid, misplacing his precious stuff.
Thanks for the compliments.
KT pdx from Vancouver, WA, USA on May 23, 2009:
I love your poem! That artwork is exceptional, too. When I moved out on my own, my mom gave me my own complete set of tools, including a ratchet set. I cannot count all the times I have used them! Now that I'm married, my husband tries to borrow my tools, and I tell him to use his own. :) ;)
I sell a women's tool set in my Avon catalogs around Mother's Day, and I have seen pink and flowered sets for sale in stores. I'm glad tools are starting to be marketed for women, because they are so handy. Besides, what do you do if the man of the house isn't around or is working on another project when you want to fix something?
Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on May 22, 2009:
Thanks Journey-- that was my original, from when I did this years ago. At that time there were no pink tools in stores.
Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on May 22, 2009:
Lovely poem, Rochelle and I like the picture of the handwritten poem and artwork that you added. -Journey*