I still really dig gear after all this time, but I found out a loooooooong time ago that I get more done with less gear. A couple synths, a couple guitars, some pedals, and few other accessories are all I really need/want. Ableton and the various plug-ins I use tend to keep my gear lust at bay most of the time. Hell, I've even used a regular old casette tape deck recently to bounce audio back and forth between software and hardware; this would be preferable to do on a second laptop, but that ain't gonna happen for a while.
Another thing I've been working on lately is what I call "controlled radomization". Mostly I work with things sync'd to midi, but pedals don't play fair in that game, so, despite the fact that my master tracks are usually in perfect sync, I try and find "outside the box" ways to make the non-sync'd audio fill a groove alongside everything else without sounding like it's just thrown in there and set to Continuous Loop.