My parents love to host big gatherings of family and friends, so I'm always on the lookout for unique gifts they can use when they have people over. Last year, I came across Brooklyn-based studio AHeirloom from husband-and-wife team Bill Mowat and Amy Stringer-Mowat, who create cutting boards in the shape of U.S. states (how fun is this Hawaii board?) Since my folks are based in Arkansas, I picked the board above which went over swimmingly when it was unwrapped on Christmas morning.
I love the ability to customize boards with a brass heart inlay representing the location of your hometown or favorite city in each state. AHeirloom also makes custom boards engraved with initials—excellent wedding gifts—and have gift sets that come ready to use with cheese, crackers and spreads.