It's not a "necessary" item, but if you use a dry-erase board in your home for information in the kitchen or for fun in the playroom, this sure does beat those white boards that you hung on your dorm door in college.
We were excited to see another option for a board like this. It's a nice size, has clean lines and appearance, and would fit in nicely with modern decor. The only scary thing is the kids might feel like they're writing on furniture and get the wrong idea.
It's available at CB2 ($60).