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By Heloise Thursday, June 7, 2007; 12:00 AM

A Gift for the Groom

Dear Readers: We were doing some research on WEDDING GIFTS and came across the following hint that was originally printed in my mother's (the late Heloise) column in 1967. She thought it was a good hint then, and we still think it is! Read on:

"Dear Heloise: You once suggested a truly inspired gift for the bride ... a sort of housekeeping starter kit (dust cloths, scouring rags, light bulbs, etc.).

"While excellent for the bride, it occurred to me, after some experience involving harassed trips to the hardware store, banging nails with shoe heels, prying open gift cartons with new kitchen utensils, etc., that -- like his bride -- the groom also could well use a kit.

"In each newly established household, there are innumerable tasks:

"Curtain rods to hang, appliances to assemble, hooks to install, clothing poles to place and many others.

"As it usually falls to the husband, apprentice or veteran to handle these 'honey-do' chores, I submit the following absolutely basic kit for the groom as a needed companion to that suggested for the bride:

A medium-weight claw hammer

A pair of pliers

A medium-size screwdriver, straight slot

A small, versatile saw, e.g., a keyhole saw

A good variety of screws, bolts, nails, brads and tacks

A variety of accessory hardware -- hooks, hanging aids, etc.

"Naturally, this list could easily be expanded according to the experience and means of the giver, but, oh, how handy are just the above items for the new groom in the new household the first few weeks! -- All-Thumbs (John) Murphy

"And, thanks to you, John. And if a bride is smart (I wasn't!), she'll pretend she doesn't know how to use ANY of the above while those stars are still in the groom's eyes, eh? -- Heloise" (1967)

Don't you love my mother's comment? In fact, she could hang most anything, rewire a lamp and fix a lot of things. -- Heloise, the daughter


Dear Heloise: People who are annoyed by receiving address labels from organizations can recycle them. Cut off the address, leaving the picture attached to the backing, and leave one edge accessible for easy removal by little fingers. I give the labels to my granddaughter or to day-care places. The stickers are great for developing good finger dexterity. -- W.W., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I have noticed that women put purses in the child seat on shopping carts -- an easy target for snatch-and-run purse thieves! If you must put your purse in, snap the belt through the handles. This won't prevent a purse theft, but it is a deterrent, as the thief will find himself towing the shopping cart. -- J.R. Siegfried, Niles, Ohio

You really should NEVER leave your purse unattended, even if it is strapped in! Someone can just walk by, reach in and grab something!

(c)2007 by King Features Syndicate Inc.
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A gift for the groom