Shannon has actually prepared a pretty decent beginning DIY'rs tool list
The primary thing to keep in mind is to always buy the best quality tools that you can afford and to take good care of them. You don't necessarily have to buy expensive tools, just good quality from trusted brands. For hand tools, Stanley's middle grade stuff is probably more than you'll ever need for casual use. There are times when any old piece of junk will suffice and there are times that you need and want the best that money can buy, the trick is to know and understand when these times arise.
When it comes to power tools, you absolutely need to stick to quality name brands, such as DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita, Skil and stay away from brands like Ryobi or Harbor Freight. A good quality power tool will not only do what you need it to do every time you pick it up, it will do it safely. Cheap brands of power tools do not have the torque, fit and finish, or accuracy, which makes them dangerous and frustrating to use, and let's face it, if you hate the tool and are afraid of it, you won't use it. Stick to a trusted brand and you'll never regret your purchase.
Should you buy corded or cordless tools? This really depends on how much you're going to be using the tools. Corded tools tend to be cheaper and they will work every time you pick them up. Cordless tools go dead, even when not in use, and batteries have a shorter life span if they are not used consistently and frequently. You probably won't go wrong buying a cordless circular saw and drill combo, as these will be the two most used items in your arsenal, but most other things you'll probably want a corded version, things like a sawzall, jigsaw, even a circular saw because a cordless circular saw isn't that great for long cuts or rip cuts.
If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.