Oprah has unveiled her annual Favorite Things list, and while it’s no Goop gift guide — Ms. Winfrey doesn’t seem to have Gwyneth Paltrow‘s affinity for raunchy sex toys, extravagant furniture, and bizarre at-home wellness accessories — a few bigger-ticket items did make the cut.
Oprah’s Favorite Things appears in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and includes 72 items ranging from kitchen appliances to tech to beauty.
And in keeping with her mission to amplify black voices and stories, the 66-year-old mogul revealed that most of her Favorite Things this year come from black-owned or -led companies.
‘The elves and I have worked overtime in search of fantastic treats for everyone,’ Oprah said.
‘And this year, there’s a special twist. Because so many people want to support black lives any way they can, we’ve found dozens of absolutely gorgeous gifts from black-owned businesses that deserve to be celebrated, because we believe black lives— and black businesses — matter,’ she went on.
‘So for 2020, most of my Favorite Things are from black-owned or -led companies. I hope everything on this list brings you and your loved ones surprise and delight.’
As always, her list includes a wide range of price points, from a $13 kids’ puzzle and $14 dolls to a $3,500-and-up Samsung Terrace TV.
The Oprah staff says this ‘futuristic outdoor television’ can withstand rain, snow, and extreme heat while ensuring ‘socially distant screenings with minimal glare’ — and Oprah BFF Gayle King is a fan.
‘Gayle was so wowed by this TV that I think I already know what Will and Kirby are getting for Christmas,’ Oprah wrote.
The second highest-priced item is The Mirror, a $1,495 (plus $39 monthly subscription) workout screen that doubles as a full-length mirror when it’s turned off.
The star has some pricey picks for the home and kitchen categories, too, like the $800 Breville Barista Pro espresso machine, which makes lots of customizable drinks.
She also recommends the $165 Mi Cocina Ubi-Ind The Log Bag, a leather-handled denim carrier for fire logs.
While items in the food category might be considered more affordable, a few are certainly splurges compared to what most people would pay for items like honey, salt, and tea.
Oprah recommends a $50 Zach & Zoë Sweet Bee Farm Gift Bundle of two types of honey, the Cup of Té Luxe Organic Tea Set for $120, and a $70 My Fabulous Food The Duo Luxury Sea Salt Gift Set, which comes with two types of sea salt.
There’s also the Trufflin Sriracha and Ranch Truffle VIP Set for $60.
‘Just when you thought humankind had explored every possible truffle use, the Sriracha and Ranch VIP set appears to surprise and thrill! You really thought I wouldn’t have a single truffle product on my list?’ Oprah wrote.
In the beauty category, the tastemaker likes a $60 Perfecting Your Presence by Derrick Rutledge faux lash kit, a $100 241 Cosmetics lip gloss set, a $90 Pear Nova nail polish collection, and an $80 collection of body butters by 54 Thrones.
Her fashion favorites for 2020 include, as always, lots of cozy items like sweats — including a $148 pair of lounge pants by Pashko.
‘Mine are already packed and coming with me to Hawaii,’ she said, referencing the hope she has there, where she often spends Christmas.
Another highlight are Alpine Cashmere Hoodies for $264 each, $95 Ubuntu Life mules, $300 Land’s End parkas, $165 Sorel boots, $60 Giant Hoodies hoodies, $202 Telfar totes, and $180 Simone I. Smith hoop earrings.
The most splurge-worthy item in her family list is actually very practical: a $250 emergency kit by Judy, which includes a Swiss army knife, gloves, glow sticks, matches, candles, batteries, and even a hand-crank radio.
‘One of this year’s biggest lessons: You can never be too prepared,’ she said. ‘That’s why I stand by this trusty trunk, which comes packed with a 109-piece first aid kit, rescue blankets, masks, water packets, and more critical survival gear.’
Finally, for beloved pets, Oprah is a fan of $75 House of Dogge fleece hoodies.
‘Spoiler alert for Gayle’s granddog: Guess what you’re getting this year!’ she wrote.
This year’s Favorite Things list is a particularly special one as it may be the last that will run in print.
Earlier this year, the magazine announced that after 20 years, it will cease regular publication with its December issue, moving to a more ‘digitally-centric’ model.
‘I’m proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years,’ Oprah said in a statement in July. ‘I look forward to the next step in our evolution.’
A spokesperson for Hearst said that there will still be ‘some form of print’ but didn’t specify what that meant.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Carly Stern