If you read the old witch trials, they tend to discuss their main tools being knotted string, rags, and various kinds of sticks.
They weren’t substituting. That stuff with daggers, swords, incense, pentagrams and candles wasn’t even the kind of magic many of them were doing.
I am not big on substituting, the thing does what it does because it has that as its actual effect. I agree that one shouldn’t phone it in and just do what’s easiest. Often its not easy for a reason, there is work, expense and effort involved. And almost always risk.
But you can do a totally different brand of magic that doesn’t even touch on the stuff you can’t have. I suggest looking at old folk magic, and old fairy faith stuff.
The professionals, like cunning men and alchemists and magicians had all the stuff. (All of which are totally valid parts of witchcraft and shouldn’t be excluded or forgotten.) But the regular folks, the non professional magicians. They practiced a different kind of magic. And hey maybe that’s you, maybe you aren’t a professional, so you don’t have to have all the pro tools. Why not get some string, some flannel, and a few nice stick (wands) and see what you can do with that.