One of the simplest yet most used items in my photography toolbox is simple black granitle tile. I bought a small one 3 years ago and I am still using it today. I have a small tile that I bought it for $4 and a bigger one that I got for $20. Other people use plexiglass or just a simple glass table for this kind of look. Here in this article you can see all the things you can work with while using a granite tile.
Check out the article here: http://www.diyphotography.net/granite-tile/