At some point you've probably been shopping for a gift, and you've exclaimed, "I could make that!" And maybe at other times—maybe even just hours later—you're surrounded by scraps of your failed DIY attempt, and you wonder in frustration why you didn't just buy a ready-made version. Well, to satisfy both sides of that dilemma, here are ten gifts that would be fun to make yourself—but have a backup version available for sale… you know, just in case. 1. Buy : A coffee cozy to protect hands from hot beverages, from the Curiosity Shoppe, $18. Or make your own with your favorite yarn— if you need a pattern, check out KnittyVet's patterns on etsy.
3. Buy : A set of colored pencils in a neat paper tube. From the MOMA Store, $17. Or make your own by decorating a paper tube from a craft store, and add some pencils yourself.
4. Buy : A cupcake decorating kit from Sweet Estelle on etsy, $18.99. Think it would be more fun to assemble one yourself? Grab a pretty container and add your own cupcakery elements! Shop Sweet Lulu has liners, wrappers, and even paper suitcases to DIY.
6. Buy : An all-purpose stationery kit from Assembly of Text, $22. Or visit your local craft store and collect a few pretty papers, envelopes, and tags in a simple box.
8. Make : A pretty and practical reusable lunchbag. Here's a tutorial, courtesy of Martha Stewart's craft department. Or take the shortcut route and get one from Berry Bambino, $15.
9. Make : A convex sunburst mirror; find out how this one was made at Hi Sugarplum! Or pick one up a Glenna Jean mirror; available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $150.