Personalised and bespoke items are becoming increasingly desirable, more so now than ever before. With the recent emergence of online high street alternatives popping up, friends and relatives are seeking out unique gifts that can’t just be plucked off the shelf of a chain store – special items that surprise and create a conversation piece in people’s homes.
A bespoke personal gift, a commemorative emblem or simply a livened up everyday device; it’s surprising to consider the diverse potential of a traditionally unexceptional kitchen staple like a chopping board.
Personalised chopping boards make great wedding presents and are particularly ideal for fifth wedding anniversaries. Wood – a symbol of strength and wisdom- is the material that traditionally marks this milestone in a couple’s marriage. It is said that in the fifth year of marriage, a couple has faced and has been hardened by the challenges faced in the initial years. Like the sturdy oak tree, the couple has developed deep roots to keep their marriage stable even in shaky times.
With the opportunity to mark any date or occasion, a personalised chopping board is also the perfect gift for marking christenings, house warmings, graduations and other notable dates.
For those with a wicked sense of humour, your customised chopping board has the potential to be engraved with words, phrases or sayings that will make you smile every time you use it. That should provide a welcome relief when onions are a feature in the evening recipe!
Or for a kitchen table centrepiece that brings the family together, you could etch your family motto or mantra into this highly customisable wooden canvas.
It’s not just the text you can tailor. Wooden chopping boards come in a range of different shapes and sizes. From cute little boards (perfect for chopping lemons, limes and mint for cocktail parties!) to large, thick-set family platter boards, wooden chopping boards are suitable for a variety of uses or occasions.
The type of wood used can vary too, depending on taste. Perhaps a certain type is particularly personal to you or your loved ones. Oak, beech and olive wood are popular choices, amongst others. As wood has anti-septic properties, it is a hygienic option for food preparation.
The rustic, natural look of wood also makes it a much more attractive option for a chopping board than a synthetic material. Unlike slate or glass, wood does not damage knives and is therefore a solid option for any food lover who likes to keep their steel arsenal in the best condition possible.
In addition to that, the durability of wood means that a wooden chopping board can last for years upon years, making them perfect family heirlooms when inscribed with significant dates or phrases.
Whatever you choose for it to say, a personalised chopping board is a special gift and a fantastic way to turn a historically characterless utensil into an esteemed feature for any home.