Hardware to Wear
Silver-hammer earrings, nut-and-bolt wedding bands, and other home improvement-themed gifts for the tool lover in your life
Because this is a family magazine, we'll leave it up to your imagination to decide why the groom wears the bolt and the bride wears the nut in this pair of interlocking 24-karat gold wedding bands. Though the stone sits in the man's ring, when the rings are screwed together it rests against the woman's finger. It's a match made in heaven. (Or a hardware store.)
Starts at about $2,500 for the pair; Kiley Granberg
A polyester tie makes a statement by itself, but put a pattern of tools front and center and you'll really get the office talking. The cream-colored pegboard at left reflects an orderly handyman, the bolts and wrenches on blue suggest a more whimsical work style, and the rank-and-file rows on the right mean business: It's all pliers, all the time.
About $15 each; Wildties
Lots of folks make ornamental screwdrivers and hammers, but nobody digs quite as deep into toolbox obscurity as Rembrandt Charms. For the truly bedecked bracelet, they offer a sparkling chain saw, a paint roller in its tray, an anatomically accurate circular saw, and an assortment of wall-finishing tools that includes a brush and taping knife. Available in sterling silver, gold plate, and 10- or 14-karat gold.
About $20 to $40 for sterling and gold plate, $140 and up for solid 10- or 14-karat gold; Rembrandt Charms
Put a little tool-belt twinkle in your sweetheart's ear with these silver stud earrings. The faucet, adjustable wrench, and hammer are just a few of the options for the beloved on a budget. You can also opt for little silver screws.
Starts at about $5 a pair; Sabrina Silver
Cross-shaped porcelain handles look mighty fine on a bathroom pedestal, so why not borrow the look for your French cuffs? They're perfect for a plumber out on the town, the fancy foreign faucet importer, or any salvage scavenger with classic style and a sense of humor.
About $45; CuffLinks.com
If your shop were as thoroughly equipped as this ladies' T-shirt, you'd be ready for anything. The tool top of course features wrenches, nuts, clamps, and bolts, but it also has a few Band-Aids and even some iodine—for "those times that we've injured ourselves with these very same tools," the maker says.
About $24; Etsy
Belt buckles this sexy might actually inspire you to lose the gut to give passersby a proper view. The chain saw up top delights the arborist in your life; a hammer, saw, and level come together for the carpenter's trifecta; and any stylish plumber would agree that a pipe wrench above the pelvis really says it all. Heavy-duty, indeed.
About $13 to 15 each; Buckles of Estes
Putting a little tool jewelry on a necklace is one thing, but the "I Will Screw U" necklace really pushes it over the edge. Taking a page out of rap duo Public Enemy's playbook, the 44-inch-long chain dangles with actual nuts along its length, terminating at the bottom with a complete set of miniature screwdrivers, case and all. Also available from the artist are necklaces of paint chips, hair curlers, and what appear to be laminate countertop samples.
About $34; Etsy
The catalog copy from Duluth Trading puts it well: "You say he's a real tool? Let him say it with his shorts." Scattered with hammers, duct tape, glue, and screwdrivers, these cotton boxers are perfect for "any guy who spends way too much time in his workshop." (Is that possible?)
About $10; Duluth Trading
Embroidering a hammer and screwdriver on it is enough to get us interested, even if it's an article of clothing we've never heard of. These 10-inch-long men's fleece accessories are "slugs"—not quite sleeves, not quite gloves. But quite cool.
About $35; Etsy
It's never too early to get them thinking about tools. This white onesie, meant for a 6- to 9-month-old, features a light blue felt screwdriver. But the designer doesn't stop there. Other articles feature little plaid hammers and paisley saws, and there's even a long-sleeved red tee with a zig-zag-stitched brown wrench.
About $15; Etsy
The toolbox bling sold by Los Angeles artist Nicola Vruwink draws comment even before you hear the names of her creations. From left, you're looking at "I Saw You," "Screw It," and "Let's Get Hammered." While we're at it, let's get some of these around the burly necks of our favorite contractors—the TOH TV crew.
About $92 each; Nicola Vruwink