Edible Home Improvement Gifts
All of these tasty home improvement-themed treats prove one thing: the way to a handyperson's heart this holiday season is, indeed, through his or her stomach
If you're looking for the world's finest gourmet chocolate, it doesn't get any better than Tuscany's handmade confections. And, home-improvement aficionados everywhere rejoice in knowing that Andrea Slitti, of the world-famous Slitti Cioccolato in Tuscany, is thinking of them. Slitti creates his beautiful extra-dark chocolate tools (Ferri Vecchi) by hand and dusts them with cocoa powder to give them a rusty, antiqued look. Each box is then numbered and dated by hand, making every set a rare and special gift. You'd think it'd be easy to scarf down gourmet chocolates, but these are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
About $35 with special This Old House promotion.
These classic bars make a beautiful gift for the sweet-toothed tool lover on your list, who could do without the sugar. These hand-poured Callebaut Belgian chocolate bars are available in white, dark semi-sweet, and milk chocolate (shown). The elegant giftbox is finished with a hand-tied gift bow, and comes complete with a personalized gift tag.
About $18; A Bountiful Harvest
There's only one thing better than dunking an Oreo in cold milk: dipping it in Belgian chocolate. These are hand-dipped the day you order them and shipped shortly thereafter. Available in a number of themes, these are decorated with colorful little sugar tools and can be ordered in white chocolate, milk chocolate (shown), or dark chocolate varieties. With the option of personalizing each boxes' gold foil label, contracting firms and home-improvement businesses might consider embossing a logo for client holiday gifts.
About $15; A Bountiful Harvest
These chocolates are perfect for promotional use and holiday parties. Fill large glass bowls of chocolate hardhats at your next company gathering, or keep them on hand to distribute to customers this holiday season. The 100-percent edible chocolate toolboxes (stuffed with various mini chocolate tools) make a tasty and memorable gift for your favorite clients. If you'd really like to make an impression, these and other varieties (shown), can be molded with your company's logo.
About $2 each for 1-ounce chocolate hardhats (min. of 250); About $24 each for chocolate toolboxes (min. of 50); For printing, and additional set-up fee of $100 per order applies; Corporate Gift Showcase
These one-of-a-kind, handmade chocolate accent tiles are a guaranteed conversation starter. Available in two sizes— the larger, thinner tiles have an all-white-chocolate base (shown), and the smaller, thicker ones are made of white chocolate poured over dark chocolate. Each tile is hand-painted with a dramatic abstract design in colored chocolate "paint." For hanging, velcro and foamcore are attached to an acid-free board, which is adhered to the tile by melted chocolate. Tiles destined for consumption can be hung temporarily. But, if you spray the tile with formaldehyde and frame it under glass, it will last for years—just remember not to munch on it post-treatment.
About $100 for 5½-inch-by-8½-inch tiles and $150 for 12-inch-by-12-inch tiles (shown);
Christopher Norman Chocolates
If the handyperson in your life prefers savory over sweet, this assortment of gourmet snacks is just the thing for them. While sweets are thrown into the mix, the gift includes Munich Dark Beer Cheese Spread, de Geneve Dry Roasted Peanuts, Garden of Eatin' Black Bean All Natural Tortilla Chips, and loads of other treats—all in a heavy duty, 16-inch toolbox.
About $63; Great Arrivals
Perfect for the on-the-go handyman, these single-serve, easy-to-make packets of creamy cocoa come in flavors like Drill Press Double Chocolate and Hacksaw Hazlenut. Needless to say, you won't find any mini marshmallows here—Hardware Cafe is, after all, "Where Real Men Drink Mocha!" For construction and other outdoor workers, consider pairing this with a sturdy travel mug—like the 34-ounce Bubba Keg—and you'll warm more than just hearts this holiday season.
About $8 for 6 packets; Pacific Northwest Shop
Cocoa made locally in the Northwest region of the United States
To finish a project, you need the right tools. Okay, so these may not actually help get the job done, but the sugar rush is sure to boost productivity. The Handyman Garage Lollipop Bouquet includes colorful tool-shaped sweets that are handmade daily, in 18 flavors (including marshmallow and pink lemonade). Long after the candies are gone, you can put the garage-shaped container to work as a cookie jar or candy dish.
About $50; Lollipop Creations
Albert's Tool Depot playsets are the edible gifts that keep on giving. Three colorful tool-shaped lollipops (two wrenches and one saw), and two plastic toy tools (one hammer and one screwdriver, or one wrench and a pair of pliers) are included. The packaging doubles as a tool pouch with a belt loop attachment, giving junior fixer-uppers a place—other than the living room floor— to stash their new tools.
About $13 for 12 pouches; Blair Candy
These adorable little chocolate toolboxes—complete with 6 tools—are handmade and individually crafted from your choice of milk or tinted white chocolate (shown). With the nostalgic look of classic toy tools and a fire engine-red tool chest, the set comes wrapped in a polybag and makes an excellent party favor. Toolbox measures 4 ½-inches long x 2 ¼-inches wide and 1 ¼-inches deep; tools are about 2 3/4-inches long and are about 3/4 of an inch wide.
About $6; ACandyStore.com
Keep antsy children busy this holiday by setting out a bowl of Candy Blocks at the kiddie table. Little ones—and maybe even some grown-ups—are sure to build with them for hours. And, putting them away will be a breeze, since they're 100-percent edible.
About $12 for 2 lbs (340 pieces) and $25 for 5 lbs (850 pieces); Groovy Candies
Isn't it good to know that there's variety in the interactive, home improvement candy industry? If a playful and prepackaged party favor or stocking stuffer is what you seek, these Candy Logs (2-inches a piece) come in a plastic, roof-topped container. Little builders can assemble a 3-inch high cabin—and then eat their building materials. When the candy's gone, consider reusing the container for dry cereal or snacks, or to store knick-knacks around the house.
About $20 for 12 sets; Candy Warehouse
Soon, you'll be able to pick up some caulk and freshen your breath in one quick stop. Wrench Mints are scheduled be sold at a couple of your favorite hardware chains, so you'll be able to fix your breath along with whatever else is broken. The cinnamon or peppermint flavored wrench-shaped mints come in a wrench-shaped container, which the makers encourage you to reuse. Hand them out to your friends on New Years Eve, and they'll think of you every time they freshen up.
About $17 for 12 tins; Candy Direct; or, look for them nationwide at your local hardware and novelty candy stores