Gift Idea for Cooking Enthusiasts: Kitchen Cutting Boards

A new cutting board is a great gift idea for anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. Those who love to cook can never have too many cutting boards. There are several different types and sizes of cutting boards, made from a variety of different types of materials.

When selecting a cutting board for a gift, consider the size, layout and décor of the lucky recipient's kitchen. It's also important to think about the type of cooking the person likes to do.

Material Selection

Years ago, the only types of cutting board you could find were plastic and butcher's block varieties. Today, cutting boards are available in all different types of materials. There are many cutting boards made from organic surfaces like marble, bamboo, and a variety of natural woods. You can also find a terrific selection of Corian, glass, Plexiglas, and plastic cutting boards.

Design Considerations

Some cooks prepared meals from scratch so frequently that they leave their favorite cutting board on the counter at all times. Cooking enthusiasts spend many hours in the kitchen, and tend to take a lot of pride in the way their kitchen is decorated. If you're hoping that you cutting board gift finds a permanent home on the counter of the person who receives it, make sure you select an attractive cutting board that coordinates with the design of the room.

Once available only in white and natural wood colors, cutting boards are now available in many different colors and design patterns. If you know the color scheme of the gift recipient's kitchen, you'll likely be able to find a cutting board that coordinates beautifully with the room's décor.

Function Considerations

Some of the most popular cutting board styles are those that combine a cutting surface with a strainer. These multipurpose kitchen tools can be placed atop the kitchen sink, effectively expanding the kitchen's work surface area and allowing the chef to rinse vegetables and cut them without having to move from one area of the room to another. Another variety of dual purpose cutting board comes with different size measuring cups built right into the board. These nifty cooking aids make it easy to chop and measure veggies for recipes.

Size Considerations

Cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from small bar boards designed primarily to cut lemons and limes for cocktails to oversized boards with enough surface area to prepare the fresh ingredients for an entire meal. When choosing a size, think about how the person who receives the gift is likely to use the board. Also consider storage space. For example, a big board isn't the best idea for someone who has a very small kitchen with limited counter and cabinet space.

Presenting the Gift

A high quality cutting board makes a great gift by itself. It also works really well in combination with other items that cooking enthusiasts are likely to enjoy. Cutting boards can be great additions to gift baskets filled with spices, sauces, or other kitchen gadgets. No matter how you present the gift, it's sure to bring a smile to the face of the lucky person who gets to add a new cutting board to his or her kitchen.

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