While shopping at Canoe
last summer, I saw these all-purpose crosscut boards and almost bought a few on the spot. Made from fallen hardwood logs in the Minnesota woods, each 8-10" board is specially cured and sealed, so you can use them as either a cutting or serving board.
Personally I think they're best used as small serving platters for an array of cheeses or other bite-size appetizers. The smallest size is only $20, which makes it a wonderful hostess gift. No two boards are alike. They are, quite literally, slices of nature — rustic, yet elegant.
Buy It! Crosscut Board, $20-$30 at Canoe
Related: Gray Works: Handcrafted Cutting Boards & Serving Trays (Great for Gifts!)