A nice, big cutting surface is a must for anyone looking to get into cooking, but unfortunately the offerings you'll find at most kitchen stores are overpriced and undersized. The Overboard ($40) solves both those problems by sporting a 20"x20" cutting surface made from end grain solid hardwood. At 2" thick, it weighs in at 15+ pounds and it looks better than similar, smaller boards we've seen selling in the $100 neighborhood.
The problem with kitchen magnets has always been the moving parts — the little springs and clasps that eventually break under the weight of too many delivery coupons. The Endo Clip ($10/3 Pack) fixes this by using a strong magnet with a "springy clippy action" that allows it to act like a clip with no moving parts. It holds up to a pound and comes in three colors, with three more coming soon. Take that, endless stacks of Pizza Hut ads.