When it comes to basic kitchen kit like wooden spoons, pans, chopping boards and so on, I always think it’s better to keep things simple. For the Christmas before last my dad got me a chopping board (or rather a serving board, it’s far too nice to chop on) that he picked up from a guy local to him in Dorset. It doesn’t have any handles, engravings or clever functions: it’s literally a knotted old slab of wood which has been treated with olive oil. And it’s one of my favourite things that I own. It’s actually only usable on one side, because the natural lumps and bumps of the tree are still there on the reverse! But it’s so beautiful, in a way that won’t look dated in a few years’ time.