Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2019 Make Foolproof Christmas Gift Ideas

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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 features 79 gifts with one bonus item. Here are our 20 favorites that we’re giving as gifts this year.

1. Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama


Sure, we maybe should have saved the best for last… but we didn’t. Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama is the hottest gift on Oprah’s list of favorite things in 2019 and it’s listed as a stand-out bonus gift. It’s a perfect gift for any female in your life who could use a little woman-to-woman inspiration ahead of outlining those 2020 goals and resolutions. 

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2. Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga: Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder


If you know someone who isn’t afraid to get glam, this stunning set of liquid eye shadow will be the best surprise. One of the trendiest gifts from the beauty section of Oprah’s Favorite Things, the recipient will appreciate the quality makeup and stylish, mod packaging. This gift definitely made it to the top of our list, too.

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3. CalPak Luka Metallic Carry-On Luggage


Oprah loves this luggage and we do, too. This metallic carry-on luggage by CalPak is so glam, the recipient of this gift will be tempted to book trips just to put it to use. Super chic, this easy-to-tote rolling bag features plenty of storage pockets and sleeves so belongings stay organized and neat.

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4. The Cake Bake Shop’s Maple Walnut Crumb Cake


An ideal gift for the perfect host, this maple walnut crumb cake by The Cake Bake Shop can be ordered easily online, and arrives all wrapped up for the party. If you’re lucky, it will be opened and served while you’re still there. Thanks, Oprah.

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5. Intelex Microwavable Cozy Slippers


These gorgeous, cozy slippers will transform chilly days. Not only are these slippers essential for snow-day snuggling and 2019 Hygee vibes, but they can be slipped right into the microwave so toes can stay toasty.

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6. Yedi Programmable Pressure Cooker


Pressure-cooker popularity is on the rise and this programmable option by Yedi is freshening up the kitchen appliance gifting space for 2019. Oprah is obsessed with it, and it’s no wonder why. The copper-colored cooker is easy to set and forget. There are fourteen adjustable settings to choose from (from “Cake” to “Egg”) so it’s super easy to make breakfasts, desserts, and literally everything in between. 

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7. Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box Set


Is there a special kiddo on your list who still needs a gift? This stunning art set by Kid Made will make their artistic heart flutter. The mod carrying case is loaded with a variety of paints (acrylic and watercolor), brushes, washable markers, crayon discs, wooden colored pencils, canvas boards, and paper pads including a mixed paper pad. 

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8. Jenni Kayne Cedar Glass Candle


This gorgeous candle is perfect to gift the person on your list who you want to impress, but don’t know enough about to get something super sentimental. The Cedar scent features a blend of rose, tobacco leaf, fir needle, and of course, cedarwood. It’s a warming, natural aroma that will set the mood for the holidays.

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9. truMedic Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager


This gift is perfect for anyone on your list. It’s no wonder why it made it to Oprah’s Favorite Things this year, either. This small (aka portable) neck and back massager is easy to use and features healing Shiatsu massage techniques that will undo any knots and inspire better circulation and an overall feeling of calm for the wearer. 

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10. Amazon Echo Dot for Kids


The Amazon Echo Dot for Kids is back and better than ever, in rainbow! Also available in cool blue, this easy-to-use Echo comes with parental controls. Kids can download and access their favorite apps from a kid-approved list. Check in with your favorite kiddos parents before gifting this one since they’ll need to be on board with using the parental controls and monitoring their kid’s usage.

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11. Murphy & Daughters Cucumber Bath Salts


This beautiful bath salts gift comes in a classy container that will likely be saved long after the salts are gone. This cucumber version features a floral design on a metallic, teal backdrop (there are eight different scents and styles to choose from), and the sun-dried Australian salts contain skin-restoring and detoxifying minerals to nourish and renew skin.

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12. TRUFF White Truffle Hot Sauce


Everything Oprah recommends, we want for ourselves. But this white truffle hot sauce by TRUFF is seriously hard to pass up as a personal purchase. Infused with earthy truffle oils, this fiery hot sauce adds a dose of heat that will round out the taste when it comes to some of your favorite foods, from an omelette in the morning to gourmet fries in the evening. You can also give it to your favorite foodie, too.

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13. G.I.L.I. Oversized Printed Hamptons Throw


This cozy chic oversized Hamptons throw by G.I.L.I. is ideal to cuddle up in on those days when there’s a bite to the air. Machine washable and weighted, this cozy blanket comes in an array of patterns that is sure to be appreciated by your lady.

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14. Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine


This machine makes things way easier at home, whether enjoying a night in with friends, hosting a brunch, or just unwinding after the work day. (We don’t judge.) Serve up a perfect cosmo, martini, margarita, and so much more, with just the press of a button. We actually named this a ‘Spy Find’ earlier this month and a must-have for your home entertaining!

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15. Link AKC Smart Dog Collar


This adorable, gender-neutral dog collar makes for a great gift. It’s a smart collar, which means puppy parents can stay so connected to their pet by just checking into the associated app. There’s a feature that makes this collar completely trackable, so gone are the days where wondering where Fido went is the norm.

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16. Steamery Pilo Fabric Shaver


Do you know a fashion fanatic? This gift might not be an essential, but it’s one that will come in handy and get used a ton. Turn it on and swipe it over fabrics and knits that have pills as a result of longer periods of wear. The Pilo will help repair and smooth out damaged fabric surfaces, and a gift like this can really make a difference in daily life. 

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17. Eastern Standard Provisions Gourmet Pretzel Kit


Sign us up! This tempting foodie gift contains everything you’d ever need to whip up a perfect batch of warm, flavored gourmet pretzels. You might like salt or sugar, but this kit makes it possible to experience rich flavors like white truffle, rosemary, and more! Oktoberfest will never be the same again. 

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18. Footnanny Hemp Extract Spa Treatment Set


Don’t let your friends bring the less than pleasant things into 2020. This complete and formulated-to-perfection foot care set by Footnanny includes scrub, cream, and salve for pretty feet. For your lady who who is always on her feet, this is a must-have.

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19. Baggu Reusable Shopping Bags


Sustainability is major, and if you’re looking for a gift for your eco-conscious lady, look no further. Thanks to Oprah, these Baggu reusable bags will be a popular Christmas gift for 2019. With over 40 different styles and sets to choose from, you’ll be able to snag the perfect one. 

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20. La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Collection


This gift set features six French-made, luxury soaps and it includes classic soap blends like gardenia, coconut milk, lemon verbena, cherry almond, shea, and wild fig. Your Paris-loving friend will adore it, and you can also snag a set for yourself or dish the soaps out as stocking stuffers.

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