* Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018 was just released for your shopping pleasure
* The list began in 2002 as a giveaway on The Oprah Winfrey Show
* Major themes of this year’s list are travel, cooking and self-care
Every year since 2002 (with a few gaps), Oprah fans have waited with bated breath around the holidays for the release of her Favorite Things list. Of course, back when all of this started, Oprah Winfrey actually gave away the holiday gift guide items on her eponymous show.
Just for fun, here are a few examples of Oprah’s favorite things from earlier versions of her list. In the inaugural year (2002), Oprah gave her audience Garrett’s popcorn, a JLo velour sweatsuit and a wafer-thin CD system. The 2003 list saw the addition of a Blackberry phone and in 2004, guests received Apple Bottom Jeans by Nelly. In the show’s final Favorite Things episode, which aired in 2010, Oprah even gave away a Volkswagen Beetle to every audience member.
While most of us never got to attend Oprah’s Favorite Things shows, thankfully the queen bee of daytime TV continues to publish her list every year. And thanks to her generosity of those early years combined with her sheer sense of style, we all still love her holiday suggestions.
This year, Oprah’s Favorite Things list is longer than ever with 107 items. In another first, the list includes 50 items under $50. To give you a sampling of what’s included here are our 10 faves.
1. BLACK+DECKER Helix Hand Mixer
With five different speeds and an additional turbo boost for those extra tough times, this Black+Decker Helix Hand Mixer is a must for any serious wannabe chefs. The kit comes with all the attachments you could want, including helix beaters, dough hooks and a wire whisk. All of this allows you to cook up everything from cookie doughs to delightful sauces. The mixer also includes a snap-on case for easy kitchen storage and comes in a choice of eight wild colors options.
2. Library of Flowers Bubble Bath
If you love coming home and filling the tub with warm water and bubbles, the Library of Flowers Bubble Bath may be right up your alley. It’s available in three heavenly scented options: willow and water, forget me not and vanilla. This bubble bath produces the thickest and foamiest bubbles for a luxurious bath time treat. It’s easy to imagine a glass of wine, some chilled out music and a few candles to complete the most relaxing experience of your life. Plus, this particular product comes in a trendy bottle for a unique gift for friends and family.
3. Empowered by Maya J Strong Bracelet
Become empowered with one of these Maya J Strong bracelets. They come in a choice of gold or white and sport a “STRONG” message between two linked chains. Each of the letters in the message is intended to inspire the wearer and those around to celebrate women and believe in their power. The bracelets are also supplied in a drawstring pouch for an ideal gift this festive period.
4. The Urban Agriculture Co. Christmas Tree
You may already have a family tradition for getting your Christmas tree, but why not consider something completely new? That new trend would be growing your very own tree from a seedling. Whether as an individual, couple or even a family, there are few more significant memories than watching something grow over the years. Imagine the excitement year after year as you get to see how many more ornaments can fit on than the previous year. Give the gift of green with this grow your own Christmas tree kit.
5. Paravel Travel Fold-Up Bag
If you’ve ever been on vacation and found yourself in need of some extra packing space, then the Paravel Travel Fold-Up Bag up is sure to be a lifesaver. The smart design allows this lightweight duffel to fold down into an easily portable size, so you can throw it in your luggage on any trip. The versatile bag is also great for use as an everyday bag, whether you’re heading to the gym, a weekend away or even as an emergency reusable bag for impromptu shopping trips.
6. Olli Ella Kid’s Sized See-Ya Suitcase
When it comes to picking the perfect luggage, it often comes down to a choice between function and style. What makes the Olli Ella Suitcase so great is that it balances this problem beautifully. But what you might not realize is that this perfectly cute suitcase is built for children. Yes, those between ages two and six will get the most use out of this rolling, cabin-sized bag. Choose from four colors to give your little one a suitcase of their own.
7. Softies Women’s Hooded Snuggle Lounger
Bring a bit of hygge into your winter with a Softies Women’s Hooded Snuggle Lounger. This velour hoodie is long enough to wear with leggings on a lazy weekend or a crisp morning with coffee outside. Unlike many snuggies or hoodies, you’ll find the same cozy, stretchable fabric both inside and out. This lounger is available in three colors, and you’ll fall in love with this piece in just one touch.
8. House of Fluff Plush Teddy Scarf
Get the luxury of fur without the stain on your conscience. The House of Fluff Plush Faux Fur Teddy Scarf is cruelty-free and produced in a fair trade factory in New York City. At 68 inches long, this scarf boasts a pull through to keep the coziness and warmth as close as possible to your neck. This is definitely a great way to treat yourself this winter season.
9. Guilty Pleasures Ultimate Lacquer Stash
Whether you’re buying for a 14-year-old teenager or a professional woman, nail polish is always a hit. Make sure she (or he) stays in stock forever with the Guilty Pleasures Ultimate Lacquer Stash, which includes 24 Butter London lacquers. This variety set includes gel-like cremes, shimmering diamond-infused shades, high-shine hues and glittery finishes. As an added benefit, these polishes are free from formaldehyde, DBP, camphor, xylene and ethyl tosylamide, which are harmful ingredients often found in cheaper nail polish.
10. Fleischer & Wolf 8-Piece Knife Set
Practical yet something you don’t often buy for yourself, a kitchen knife set is a great holiday present. This one in particular is well made and will last for years. The Fleischer & Wolf 8-Piece Knife Set comes with six kitchen knives made from the highest grade German stainless surgical steel, a sharpener and a Portland ash block. Plus, the unique magnetic wood block holds your knives in a free-form display for all visitors to admire.