Just because she's carrying around tools doesn't mean she can't look good while doing so! For any Ms. Fix-it, a canvas tool bag is a fashionable alternative to the masculine tool box, and Klein is the brand to know, offering an array of well-made canvas bags from 14 inches and up (or even smaller tool clutches!). Home Depot; $56.99 and up
Swiss Army Knife
Who said women can't have pocket knives? Any crafty lady can see the value of keeping a knife, scissors, and file on her person at all times, especially if it has a colorful new casing (Swiss Army; $24.00). Or for the mom who always likes to be prepared, choose the Victorinox Swiss Tool, which includes everything from pliers to a bottle opener, and comes with a leather pouch to fit neatly in her purse. Swiss Army; $110.00
A New Staple Gun
I know what you're going to say: "She already has a staple gun!" But if she bought it during the same decade she had an afro, it may be time for an update. Modern staple guns, like the popular Bostitch T6, have updated the classic design, employing easy squeeze handles to reduce user fatigue and going above and beyond to prevent jams. Amazon; $48.00.
She already has a claw hammer, we're sure of it—but what she might not have is a ball peen hammer. Intended for metal work, the ball peen hammer's heavier head is useful in tasks as various as flattening dents and leaf printing. Go for a hickory-handled model, which makes for a lighter tool to hold than the steel alternative. Available in a variety of weights, from 12 ounces up. Sears; $12.99
Book of Ideas
New Glue Gun
Upgrade her cutting tools with a few ergonomically designed instruments from Slice. From box cutters to letter openers, this collection includes all the sharp tools she'll ever need—and they look cool, too. Daily Grommet; $5 to $10 each (or get the whole kit and caboodle for $54.90)
Vintage Blue Mason Jars
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!