You’ll use this for almost everything, so look for a set that includes three or four sizes of Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers (or one high-quality screwdriver with interchangeable tips).
Look for a hammer that feels balanced and comfortable in your hand. Avoid heavier framing hammers and instead choose a claw hammer.
A basic locking 25-foot tape measure should be all you need for a variety of home improvement projects, from hanging shelves to measuring rooms for painting or purchasing appliances.
A pair of locking pliers should accomplish most simple DIY tasks, but if you have a plumbing job to tackle, consider a pair of groove-joint pliers or needle-nose pliers for cutting wire.
Gloves will protect your hands from injury while also offering you a firm grip
toolbox to hold it all
A simple wooden or metal box with a handle will work well, but if you build your DIY skills quickly, you may eventually need something bigger.