What if you could pick out a design of something you wanted and order it like a song on iTunes, downloading it and printing it out? Or, if you don’t have a 3-D printer, you could go to the local print shop and pick it up? Click through for a look at the free, downloadable, and DIY gifts that make those dreams a reality.
From paper models to custom-designed wood trays, cardboard models to flat-packed furniture, these ideas help you give gifts culled from the best the world has to offer—instead of relying on the whims of Mr. Storekeeper.
If the person on your gift list prefers unwrapping more traditional gifts, see our guides for gadget lovers and athletic types, and check back throughout the week for lineups geared toward the jetsetters, foodies, and kids.