A Personalized Charcuterie Board Makes the Perfect Gift

May 10, 2022 6 min read 4 Comments

A Personalized Charcuterie Board Makes the Perfect Gift

With an infinite number of ways to serve up charcuterie, it is essential to have a personalized charcuterie board that is just as unique as what is piled on top. These days, charcuterie boards are not just loaded with fancy meats. Hosts are making charcuterie-style platers with everything from deli meats and cheeses to candy and sweet treats and pretty much anything else you can think of serving on a tray.

Personalized Charcuterie Board Options

When it comes to choosing a custom charcuterie board, there are a lot of personalization options to consider. Some things to think about to guide your choices include:

  • What will you serve on it?
  • How many people are you hosting?
  • Do you plan to use it as a cutting board as well?
  • Will it be for fruits and veggies? Meat? Bread?

Once you've answered those questions you'll be ready to peruse the different customized charcuterie board options. You'll also want to consider what size you want, the shape, type of wood, and if you want an engraved charcuterie board with inlays. 

Let's take a close look at all of the ways that you can make a personalized charcuterie board with Words with Boards!


If you're planning to host large gatherings and serve lavish displays, a larger, sturdier board will be ideal. Our 14” by 18” board will provide plenty of serving real estate and the custom engraved edge will be on display even when it’s loaded up with goodies.

This large engraved charcuterie board is uniquely made with a slope to catch juices and is designed to be reversible. The flip side is flat making it ideal for cutting as well as serving.

man holding a custom charcuterie board

If you’re looking for a board for a romantic dinner for two, this beautiful board is the perfect size for intimate settings. It’s smaller but still large enough to fit a few delicious items on.


There is no need to limit yourself to a rectangular or square board! Round boards can be the perfect option for the center of a table. This round cutting board was featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday List and is the perfect personalized gift for any celebration.

overhead: customized charcuterie board with the words Perez Family

This live edge board guarantees no one will have the same shaped board. While roughly a rectangle, the live edge gives it natural dimension and shape. You can also personalize it however you'd like to create your own unique custom charcuterie board.

live edge personalized charcuterie board with Words with Boards

This heart shaped cheese board will steal your heart with its beautiful cherry wood, grooved edge, and personalization option. The groove around the edge makes it look like a heart within a heart and for each one sold a tree is planted!

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Type of Wood

The wonderful thing about hardwood cutting boards is that every board is a unique piece of art. Here at Words with Boards we offer a choice of maple, cherry, or walnut for nearly all of their pieces.

types of wood

Maple wood is light in color with a yellow undertone that makes it feel bright and sunny. Cherry wood is a medium shade with a redder tint. Its warm and welcoming color can add dimension to a tablescape or countertop display. Walnut is the darkest of the three kinds of wood with a rich brown hue. If you are looking for a bit of drama, it is the color for you. All three wood options make for a beautiful personalized charcuterie board.

Engravings, Carvings, and Inlays

When it comes to customized charcuterie boards, the small details, and personalized lettering can take your board to the next level. Words with Boards uses stunning, real crushed stone to create their inlay designs and combines carved lettering with laser engraving.


The Words with Boards stone collection features three new boards to choose from. This small stone inlay board is perfect for serving two or three people and can be personalized with a beautiful initial — and makes for a wonderful monogrammed charcuterie board. You can choose from turquoise, malachite, or lapis for the inlay.

overhead: monogrammed charcuterie board with the letter H

Personalized words

Creating a personalized charcuterie board with a family name, first names, or meaningful words can make a cutting board even more unique. We customize boards with one-of-a-kind hand-cut lettering and engraving options.

The hand-cut letters are created using a scroll saw. The placement along the edge of the board makes them visible even when your customized charcuterie board is full of delicious snacks. 

overhead: custom charcuterie board with Kelly & Jack

Labels to guide guests

Do you host guests with dietary restrictions? These boards are the perfect addition to a collection of personalized charcuterie boards for people navigating food restrictions. Customizable with hand-cut lettering, they also come engraved with phrases to guide your vegan, gluten-free, and kosher guests.

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Features to Look For

When choosing a personalized cutting board, make sure that it is functional for your purpose and made using quality hardwoods. The thickness of the wood is also something to consider. Our butcher block boards are 1 ⅛” thick which means it won’t move when chopping on it.

Easy to Care For

While it may come as a surprise, wooden boards are actually easy to care for. You can follow these cleaning and care instructions to keep your boards' food safe and beautiful. With a little bit of soapy water and a small amount of food-grade mineral oil, you can keep your board looking and smelling clean. A well cared for custom charcuterie board will last many years.

Doubles as a Cutting Board

Not all personalized charcuterie boards can double as cutting boards, but the sturdy wooden boards made by Words with Boards are ideally designed to pull double duty. You might find this option important, especially if you cook as much as you host. This waves board can be used for chopping or as a cheese board. You can chop on one side and serve on the other side.

overhead: customized charcuterie board with words Casa Del Mar and waves


When searching for wood personalized cutting boards, it is increasingly common to see bamboo options toted as sustainable wood, but there are other ways to ensure wooden boards are made with sustainability in mind so you can feel good about choosing a stunning hardwood option. Words with Boards plants a tree for each board purchased and makes their cutting boards out of sustainably harvested wood. You can be confident with your purchase knowing you are supporting local artists and making good choices for the environment.

Personalized Charcuterie Board Frequently Asked Questions

What are some creative ideas for personalizing a charcuterie board?

As you can see above, there are endless ways to get creative with a custom charcuterie board. You can theme it based on a particular place, season, or event. You could offer a personalized wedding gift to the happy couple in your life. Or, add your own initials to make a monogrammed charcuterie board to keep for yourself. You could even add the name of a location for a creative housewarming gift!

How can I personalize a wooden charcuterie board?

There are so many options! An engraved charcuterie board is a popular choice. You can add names, dates, special messages, or intricate designs to the surface of the board. You can also customize it by choosing your preferred wood types, finishes, and shapes that suit your taste. Adding inlays or other embellishments, or creating a monogrammed charcuterie board are other ways to make it unique.

How do I care for a custom charcuterie board?

Remember that caring for your customized charcuterie board is very easy. Be sure to hand wash the board with mild soap and warm water after use, and avoid soaking it. Dry it thoroughly to prevent warping or cracking. Apply food-grade mineral oil every few weeks or so to nourish the wood and maintain its finish. Finally, try to store the board in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or extreme temperature changes to prevent damage.

Who Doesn’t Love a Personalized Board?

A custom board is a great personalized gift. Bring one as a housewarming gift to celebrate a new home, commemorate a wedding date with custom engraving, or surprise a friend with the perfect gift for any occasion. They are also a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. This personalized board features a carved dancing couple to celebrate the traditional first dance and makes an unforgettable wedding gift.

overhead: monogrammed charcuterie board with Audrey & John

Wood goes with any home decor and adds a touch of elegance to a spread of delicious food. Words with Boards personalized charcuterie boards are of great quality and beautiful addition to any kitchen.

Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

4 Responses


February 15, 2023

Hi Janet,
Right now our turnaround time for a personalized charcuterie board is 5-7 days. You can let us know when you need it by in the Special Instructions section on the product page.
I hope that helps!

Janet  Clark
Janet Clark

February 15, 2023

Could you tell me the turnaround time when ordering a personalized boatd?


August 04, 2022

Yes, we have laser engraved a house (and people) images on a board. You can reach out to me at kim@wordswithboards.com


August 04, 2022

Have you ever etched a house on the board?

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