Our Top Picks
Best Personalized: Whitney Herndon Rustic Serving Tray at Uncommon Goods
"This pine board can be engraved with a name or your home's zipcode for a personalized touch."
Best Rustic: West Elm Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board at West Elm
"Olive wood is especially dense and non-porous, making it a great option to act as a serving piece for meat and cheese."
Best Eco-Conscious: Val Huegerich Wine Bottle Platter at Uncommon Goods
"These platters are kiln-formed from recycled wine bottles and paired with cork-topped spreaders."
"This hand-shaped, natural slate cheese board provides a dramatic backdrop to your spread."
Most Functional: Vistal Supply Cheese and Charcuterie Board Gift Set at Etsy
"This bamboo charcuterie board comes with a handy, built-in storage drawer for the four included cheese tools."
Best Marble: Amber Home Goods White Marble Round Board at Walmart
"Marble boards help keep your meat and cheese spread cool for longer, thanks to their ability to pull heat away from foods."
Best Oversized: Tableboards by Spinella Cheese Board and Platter at Wayfair
"This massive showpiece board also works well for shared dishes, or as a place to put several hot serving dishes without using trivets."
Best Ceramic: Danica Studio Birdland Ceramic Cheese Board at Amazon
"This intricately decorated, ceramic board can be used as a tray food or as a piece of wall art when you're not entertaining."
"These agate boards are plated with brass around the edges to lend a glamorous, unique vibe to your next gathering."
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Best Personalized: Whitney Herndon Rustic Serving Tray
This handmade board is made from pine wood and accented with cast iron handles that make it easy to carry from room to room. Pine is a great choice for a charcuterie board because it's non-porous, and therefore won't absorb odors or stain as quickly as softer woods.
The board can be personalized with either a name or your zip code, and measures approximately 17 x 11 inches. The only downside is that there is an eight letter limit on the board, so if your family has a longer last name, it may not fit.
Whitney Herndon is an independent artist based in the historic downtown area of Brunswick, Georgia, and also makes many other stylishly rustic home decor items, like wall-mounted bottle openers and chalkboards.
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Best Rustic: West Elm Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board
This elegant board is sold in two sizes: One measures approximately 18 x 9 inches, the other is slightly smaller. Like pine, olive wood is a non-porous option that works well for a serving piece, since it's known for being especially dense and sturdy.
The board's curvy, freeform design makes it a good candidate for a casually arranged spread—think cascading bunches of grapes and piles of different meats and vegetables. We especially like that, unlike most wood boards, the grain of this board is curvy and abstract, and the board's edges aren't cut into straight lines.
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Best Eco-Conscious: Val Huegerich Recycled Wine Bottle Platter with Spreader
Artist Val Huegerich is based in Wyoming, where her shop is called Cowgirls Re-Ride. Not surprisingly, she focuses on giving recycled items new lives as artwork or home decor. These funky platters made from old wine bottles, which would make fitting gifts for wine lovers and eco-conscious households, are formed in a kiln.
They measure 12 x 5 inches, and each one comes with a cork-handled spreader that can easily be stored in the neck of the wine bottle. Not only are the platters good-looking, they're low-maintenance as well, and can be run through the dishwasher. Glass is an ideal material for serving cheese and meat because it's easy to clean and doesn't absorb odors or harbor bacteria.
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Best Slate: Crate & Barrel 20"x12" Cheese Board
Slate is a non-porous material that's easy to keep clean; you can give it a little extra luster by rubbing in a few drops of mineral oil after you wash it with soap and water. This simple black board measures 20 x 12 inches and has a flaked edge that gives it an especially distinctive look.
Felt pads on the bottom of the board mean you can put it directly on a wood or glass table without worrying about leaving scratch marks. There's also a fun factor with slate: You can use chalk to write directly on the board, so guests will be able to tell distinguish the Brie from the Camembert (to truly nerd out, write down the region and purveyor, too).Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Most Functional: Vistal Supply Cheese and Charcuterie Board Gift Set with Cheese Knives
This 13 x 13-inch bamboo board comes with a handy built-in storage drawer for its cheese knives, and there's a rim around the edge that's perfectly shaped to hold crackers and slices of bread. The board comes with four serving utensils, all made from stainless steel: A serving fork; a plane knife, which is used for softer cheeses; a spatula for serving those that tend to crumble (like blue cheese); and a heart-shaped knife that will help you dig into harder ones.
Bamboo is considered a renewable resource, so you can feel good about choosing it a material, and it's also easy to keep clean, though like any wood, it's not dishwasher friendly.
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Best Marble: Amber Home Goods White Marble Round Board
This affordable, handmade marble option is approximately 12 inches in diameter, and because of the variations in the veining, no two boards are identical. Marble is a popular material for serving foods like cheese, cured meats, and fruit because of its ability to pull heat away from them, keeping them cool longer. (Tip: Pop your board into the refrigerator a few hours before you plan to put food on it, to help maintain its chill.)
When it's time to clean, make sure not to soak your board in water, which can damage it. If you decide to use any marble-specific products, they should be labelled "food-safe" or "non-toxic."
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Best Oversized: Tableboards by Spinella Cheese Board and Platter
At 3 feet long, this massive showpiece board is meant to be placed in the center of a dining or coffee table. There are two color options—walnut or cherry—and both have beautiful accent colors that compliment their tones. Some reviewers also enjoy using their boards for shared dishes such as pizza, or as a place to put several hot serving dishes, thus eliminating the need for trivets.
Although they work well for cheese and charcuterie, the creator of Tableboards said the long platters were inspired by a request from his partner, Liz, who wanted to be able to bring hot food to the table immediately, and have a place for it to cool before cutting.
Your Tableboard will need a regular dose of mineral oil to condition it and help it repel water, but reviewers felt that the little bit of work was well worth the effort to show it off.
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Best Ceramic: Danica Studio Birdland Ceramic Cheese Board
The intricate "Birdland" motif on this gorgeously detailed cutting board was created by artist Andrea Brown of Danica Studio, a small textile and graphic design company located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It's a serious conversation starter, and if you look closely you'll see not only the large bird, but also a wolf, a rabbit and a few different insects.
When you're not using it to serve charcuterie, this board can also double as a piece of artwork for the kitchen, hung on the wall from a hole at the top of the design. It measures 12.5 x 5 inches and can be easily cleaned by hand washing.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Best Stone: Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
Measuring approximately 11 x 7 inches, this gleaming board comes in several different colors, including two shades of blue, rose quartz, and amethyst. It's made from agate, which is a rock that's typically volcanic and contains a mix of silica and quartz. The edge is brass-plated, which gives it an extra glamorous look.
Note that some reviewers mentioned the boards seemed small in size, vary greatly in terms of color and shape (some ordered a few so they could choose the one they liked best). Others used them as trivets or a place to hold candles or perfume bottles rather than snacks or desserts.