11 of the most over-the-top picks featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things list this year
- Oprah Winfrey released her annual holiday gift guide, the "Oprah's Favorite Things" list, on November 6.
- The list includes 72 picks organized into eight categories like technology, kitchen, beauty, and style.
- Insider rounded up 11 of the most indulgent, luxurious, and over-the-top items featured.
- You can see the full list on O, The Oprah Magazine. All featured items are sold on Amazon.
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It's that time of year: Oprah Winfrey has dropped her Favorite Things list, a collection of tech, food, clothing, and home-organization must-haves curated by Winfrey and the editorial team at O, The Oprah Magazine.
Notably, many of the 72 items on this year's list come from Black-owned businesses.
"As so many continue to look for ways to support Black lives any way they can, we found dozens of absolutely gorgeous gifts from Black-owned businesses that we wanted to share and celebrate as part of this year's Favorite Things," Winfrey said in a statement shared with Insider.
As always, Oprah's Favorite Things include gift options at a range of price points. Insider rounded up some of the most indulgent, luxurious, and over-the-top items on the list. O's creative director, Adam Glassman, also gave Insider the inside scoop on how these 11 particular items made it onto this year's list.
$65 tote bags
Rayo & honey's tote bags are made with "100% cotton" and hand-produced in the US, according to the Amazon product description.
The totes each have a different quote on them, like "joy is an act of resistance," "lift every voice," "turn your wounds into wisdom," "you are your own stories," and "you know better, you do better."
Adam Glassman, the creative director for O, The Oprah Magazine, told Insider through a spokesperson that Winfrey "felt that all of the quotes on the bags spoke to her, and she loved the simplicity of the bag itself and the bold typography."
The company behind the tote, rayo & honey, is a Black-owned business based in Brooklyn, New York.
Find out more about the rayo & honey tote here.
A $78 olive-oil set
This two-bottle set of artisanal olive oils is produced in Southern Italy. The set comes with two different types of olive oils, one called "Lina" and another called "Turi."
The Amazon page describes Turi as sweet with bitter notes of artichoke and chicory, and Lina as opening with notes of fruit peppered with flavors of bitter almonds and spicy pepper.
Per Glassman, Winfrey picked this gift because she loved both the taste of this olive oil brand and the packaging of the bottles.
Find out more about the EXAU olive-oil set here.
A $165 log bag
The bag, made of leather and denim with a cotton lining, is meant to make transporting firewood easier.
The company behind the bag is Mi Cocina, a Black-owned small business based out of San Francisco, California.
The owner, Ulrich "Ubi" Simpson, is a former designer for prominent brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, and Coach. Per the company website, the idea for the company was born out of Simpson's desire to make chic yet functional home products.
"Oprah loved the owner Ulrich Simpson's background and story and that he turned his love of denim into creative products like this log bag," Glassman said.
Find out more about the Mi Cocina log bag here.
$96 tea set
For $96, you'll get a set of six "organic and ethically sourced teas," including both decaf and caffeinated teas, per the product description. The flavors include raspberry, lemon ginger, peppermint, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and spicy chai.
Cup of Té is a Toronto-based, Black-owned business. According to the company website, it was founded in 2018 by Taylor Lindsay-Noel, a former Olympic gymnast, after she suffered an injury that left her paralyzed.
Glassman said Oprah enjoys a good chai tea but was especially drawn to the product because of Lindsay-Noel's story.
Find out more about Cup of Té organic tea here.
A $264 Cashmere hoodie
The $264 hoodies from Alpine Cashmere are made from 100% cashmere. Per Glassman, Oprah considers a cashmere sweater to be the perfect holiday gift.
Getting to know each link in the production process is an important part of Alpine Cashmire's business model. According to the company website, founders Karen and Ames travel to Mongolia every year to meet herders and mill owners who produce the materials used in their products.
Find out more about Alpine Cashmere's women's hoodies here.
These versatile baskets from Mandinka Home, a Black-owned business based in Africa, are handwoven by Kenyan women. They come in black, red, grey, or brown.
At the time of writing, the baskets are currently unavailable on Amazon.
Find out more about the Mandinka-Nene basket set here.
A $44 cookie crate
These artisanal cookies are individually packaged, and the set includes seasonal flavors like maple pecan, gingersnap, and hot chocolate.
In choosing these cookies, Winfrey looked to the recommendation of her best friend and O magazine editor-at-large, Gayle King. Glassman said King has a sweet tooth.
"Gayle thought they tasted delicious," he added.
Cookie Society is a Black-owned business based in Frisco, Texas.
Find out more about the Cookie Society holiday dozen here.
The box set contains six bars of chocolate, each of which are shaped like Harlem brownstone buildings and wrapped in packaging that features iconic images from the Manhattan neighborhood. The selection is a mix of milk, dark, and white chocolates.
Winfrey included these chocolates in the list this year because, according to Glassman, "she had never seen a chocolate so gorgeously designed like these brownstone replicas."
Harlem Chocolate Factory, the company behind the indulgent chocolate bars, is a Black-owned business run by women.
Find out more about the Golden Brownstone chocolate gift set here.
This $56 salt gift set comes with two different types of salt — Black Lava and Alaea.
The Amazon product description recommends pairing Black Lava, which gets its dark color from activated charcoal, with salads and seafood, and pairing Alaea with grilled vegetables or protein.
My Fabulous Food is a Black-owned business that grew out of a food blog started by owner Chanel Murphy.
Find out more about My Fabulous Food's luxury salt gift set here.
An $800 espresso machine
The espresso machine, which comes with a stainless steel finish and an interactive LED display, is "perfect for beginners," one Amazon review says.
With pandemic lockdowns keeping people indoors and away from their favorite coffee shop, Glassman said having this machine in your kitchen is like having your own personal barista.
Find out more about the Breville Barista Pro here.
A $3500 outdoor flatscreen TV
A 4K TV for your backyard? Sure, why not? Winfrey's TV pick, a 55-inch Samsung, has the latest tech in flat-screen picture quality and is "weather-resistant rated," per Amazon.
This TV made the cut thanks, once again, to the input of Winfrey's best friend.
"Gayle, being the TV queen that she is, saw it and thought it would be a perfect gift for her kids this year," Glassman said.
Find out more about Samsung's The Terrace TV here.
Take a look at the complete list of Oprah's Favorite Things on O, The Oprah Magazine.
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