Do you need to stain or finish wood?

I literally know nothing about working with wood and the proper steps to take care of when working with it so I came to this sub to ask this simple question. I am planning on buying a countertop to use as a desk. From the two options I was deciding on, they both are unfinished, and one is stained and one isn’t. I don’t really know what staining or finishing wood does but from what I’ve seen I don’t have the tools to do it or space to do it since I live in a pretty small apartment. My question was, is staining and finishing the butcher block necessary, or would I be able to get away with just using it as is? Thank you to anyone who responds.

The two options I was thinking about.

**Option 1:** [**https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardwood-Reflections-Unfinished-Acacia-6-ft-L-x-25-in-D-x-1-5-in-T-Butcher-Block-Countertop-1525FJEGACA-74/313363293**](https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardwood-Reflections-Unfinished-Acacia-6-ft-L-x-25-in-D-x-1-5-in-T-Butcher-Block-Countertop-1525FJEGACA-74/313363293)

**Option 2:** [**https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sparrow-Peak-Spice-Stained-Acacia-6-Ft-C-Top/1003137368**](https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sparrow-Peak-Spice-Stained-Acacia-6-Ft-C-Top/1003137368)


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