For a hammer, I’d suggest an Estwing 12 oz. curved claw with smooth face, probably with the blue synthetic “shock reduction” handle. This is a light-to-medium duty hammer, good for nailing into walls without marring the paint, assembling furniture, etc. The handle will never come loose, because the handle and head are all one piece. It will last forever. It comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.
For a screwdriver, I’d suggest a bit-holder type screwdriver. The reason is that the tips of screwdrivers always wear out eventually, so for a long-term purchase it’s better to have replaceable tips (“bits”). I like the MegaPro Ratcheting Automotive driver, 211R1C36RD. The “Automotive” means it takes standard 1" bits, which are cheap and widely available. But Wiha and others make good ones too.
For a tape measure, I like the Stanley Powerlock 12- or 16-foot. Tried and true, and not too bulky. The regular Stanleys feel flimsy, and the FatMax are too bulky for DIY use. No tape measure lasts forever, but these will do pretty well.
For a utility knife, I like the Milwaukee Fastback with blade storage, 48-22-1502. It has a super-smooth opening mechanism, and fits the hand well. Throw in some stainless steel blades (because they will likely sit unused for a long time.)
I’d second or third the recommendation for Knipex pliers, either Cobras or the pliers-wrenches, or both.