As you’re browsing for Christmas gifts, ever think to yourself “Why would I buy that when I could just make it?” It is a line of reasoning that prevents me from making any purchases at all. And sadly, because I lack the tools/time/skill, I never make the gifts either. But I did take the time to compile my top list of things you could make, but probably shouldn’t/won’t.
Here’s another cool looking gift idea for the kitchen enthusiast. The 9.2.2 Box: Walnut Knife Rack XL has simplicity, style and saves space on your counter. With a price tag of $85, you think “I could make that”. Listen, you could glue a few pieces of walnut together and pass it off as modern kitchen design. Don’t. If you’re gifting to someone that has knives nice enough to put on display, like the $110 Stelton forged chef’s knife in the picture, they can buy their own knife rack. Consider socks for this person.
This reclaimed wood wine rack offered online at Houzz for $155 would sure make a great gift for someone tight on space. With its use of reclaimed wood, steel and a linear design, this is a prime candidate for a gift you won’t buy because you think you can make it. You’ve got some old wood in your basement, a circular saw and you took a $59 welding class one summer at a community college, and you’re sure you could crank one of these things out while watching a football game next Sunday. Don’t even start this project, because you’re never going to finish it.
Balancing blocks from Fort Standard because your niece is the next Frank Gehry. For $48, you could get ten pieces of oak scraps that were run through a band saw and painted white. You could make this, and it might actually come out okay. But it won’t have the cotton drawstring bag that comes with it. You could also just get your niece a $10 Amazon gift card and she would still think you are the coolest uncle ever.
Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of sailing through their back yard on a rope swing? For a mere $200 you can purchase through Dwell.com this beauty and create many priceless memories. Or be like me, and say to yourself “I’m not going to pay $200 for something I can make myself”. I might actually make this, but it won’t be done in time for Christmas, and chances are it won’t look as good, and probably have splinters.