Oprah's Favorite Things 2016

The O List

“It’s the thought that counts—and we’ve got 101 brilliant ones!”—Oprah


Photos by Gregor Halenda

Fleur Plan

If it were possible to get a PhD in cake, Gayle King would be a doctor of frosting! So when she declared her love for this chocolate cake with vanilla mousse—which may look like a potted poinsettia but is entirely edible—I knew I was in for a very sweet treat. (Oprah’s Poinsettia Flower Pot Cake, originally $165, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; madeinheavencakes.com)

Morning Glories

Everybody—I mean everybody—needs a good large coffee (or chai) mug. These ceramic beauties are substantial (20 ounces) and come in a colorful gift box. Done and done. (New bone china mugs, originally $50 for set of six, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; yedihouseware.com)

Hang Time

I had my ears pierced in 2005, and I still get really excited by a good earring. I wear this style often, and it’s lightweight and lovely. (Floating Pearl sterling silver statement earrings, $80 per pair; chanluu.com)

Lost and Found

Attach an Orbit to your key chain, download the free app, and find your keys with your phone (at the push of a button, Orbit chimes loudly). It works in reverse, too: Press a button on Orbit to find your cell—it rings even in silent mode. Genius. (Orbit key finder, originally $30, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; hbutler.co)

Three’s a Charm

Anyone who’s ever searched for a lost glove will love this touchscreen-friendly interchangeable trio: It’s a pair and a spare, so you’ll never be caught cold-handed. (Trio gloves, originally $38, now 25 percent off with code OPRAH; verloopknits.com)

Start Me Up

When I’m home, I wait for the clouds to start rolling in so I can curl up next to the fireplace. With these pinecone-shaped, scented fire starters, made from organic beeswax, wood, and essential oils, I’m in for an evening of pure coziness. ($49 for box of 20; christophepourny.com)

All About That Face

This new skincare line—started by my facialist, Jennifer Brodeur, a true skin guru—is free of toxins, artificial fragrances, and gluten. Get ready to glow! (Peoni cleanser and toner, originally $60 each, and cream originally $195, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; jbskinguru.com)

It’s Easy Being Green

I absolutely love cooking with fresh produce from my garden, and these urban grow kits will give city folks the same joy. They provide organic seeds, organic soil, and a container made from 100 percent recycled tea bags; you provide the sunlight, water, and love. (Organic grow kits, $17 to $19 each; www.urban-agriculture.net)

A Meal of One’s Own

Nothing says (healthy) comfort like mashed cauliflower. And when you make it in these mini cocottes, which come in beautiful neutrals that work with any decor, you can give each guest her own adorable serving. Science has yet to explain why everything tastes better that way. (Creative Co-Op stoneware mini bakers with lids, $45 for set of four; kitchenkaboodle.com)

Bird Watching

Give the gift of peace of mind: The Canary security device can monitor the goings-on at home (or outside, with the Canary Flex) in live HD video via the app—and allows you to view and react instantly: If motion is detected, it’s recorded and sent to your phone. If it’s an emergency, you can call the police from the app. And if it’s just Mr. Whiskers on the prowl, you’ll know that, too. (Canary and Canary Flex, $199 each; canary.is)

Strike a Cord

Do you know how much time I waste digging through my bag for my earbuds or a charger, only to find them tangled together? With these fun compact cases, your wires will never get crossed. (Travel cord rolls, originally $20 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; broukandco.com)

Top Coat

No one wants to put on a puffer and feel...puffy. That’s why I appreciate this toasty down jacket with a water-resistant shell, major insulation, and a removable hood: It’s snug but sleek. (Won’t Let You Down coats, originally $189 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH and PIN 2016; landsend.com)

Come On, Get Happy

I want to wish all of you joy—because there is no better gift. Two spiritual masters, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom in this uplifting book. I promise you, it’s the best $26 you can spend. (The Book of Joy, $26; penguinrandomhouse.com)

Do the Twist

Classic salt and pepper mills in candy colors add some fun to your daily grind. (Eight-inch salt and pepper mills, $38 each; lecreuset.com)

Suit Up

I’d live in my pj’s if I could—and who says I can’t? These huggable, feathery-soft pieces have a slightly tailored silhouette, so I can wear them for Saturday errands without going schlumpadinka. (Bamboo Chic Lite circle cardis, $116 each, and pants, $106 each; barefootdreams.com)

Catch Me If You Can

After wearing these running shoes to hike through the Grand Canyon, I can confidently say they go the extra mile. They have four-way stretch uppers, motion-flex outsoles, cushiony midsoles, and a supportive 3-D grid pattern in neutrals and pretty pastels. (APL Tech Loom Phantom, originally $165 to $185 per pair, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; athletic propulsionlabs.com)

Oh, Comb On

I’m always looking for a kinder, gentler way to blow-dry and detangle—and I’m a sucker for a fabulous shade of green. These professional-grade brushes (many with boar and nylon bristles) are almost as good as a day at the salon. (Harry Josh Pro Tools brushes, $20 to $60 each; dermstore.com)

Mobile Network

My friend Urania has something like this, and I think it’s so cool—because I always lose my phone! Wear it as a cross-body or a wristlet to stow your credit cards and cell safely and stylishly. (Cell Case & Card Sleeve Crossbody, originally $25 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; k-carroll.com)

Wild Things

Oh, do I love the Jellycats! I’m giving these to my nieces—and we’ll see who gets hugged first, the critters or Auntie O. (Jellycat medium and large soft toys, $23 to $50 each; amazon.com)

Food for Thought

Guess how I spent my summer? Well, among other things, I wrote a cookbook! I’ve been wanting to share the recipes I love to make (Weight Watchers points and all)—and the lessons I’ve learned about ending my lifelong struggle with eating. Food Health and Happiness will be released in early January, but don’t worry—I won’t let you show up to Christmas empty-handed! Preorder now, and I’ll send a special note and gift in time for the holidays (while supplies last), so you can have something to wrap and give. See you in the kitchen! ($35; foodhealthandhappinessbook.com)

Sweeten the Pot

I took a look at this aluminum cookware with a lock-on lid and built-in strainer and had just one question: Where have you been all my life? (The Original Pasta Pot, originally $30, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; bialetti.com)

Switch Hitter

Thanks to the griddle, waffle, and grill plates on this clever appliance, I can make everything from pancakes to paninis like a pro—without turning on the stove. Plus, it takes the place of at least three appliances on my counter right now. (Livenza All Day Grill, originally $300, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; delonghi.com/en-us)

Au Pair for Your Pair

There’s a reason Footnanny has made the list three years in a row: It’s just incredible! Founder Gloria Williams and I sniffed so many scents before settling on rose and rose-lime. The kit includes soaking salts, a rich cream, and a pair of the softest spa socks ever. (Rose foot treatment gift set, originally $132, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; footnanny.com)

Frame Changer

You’re always writing to me asking about my glasses. I highly recommend these readers for their antiscratch lenses and absurdly low price. Bonus: With their big bold frames, they’re impossible to lose. (Center Stage and Dauntless, originally $22 per pair, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; peepers.com)

You’re the Tops

This brushed-jersey number is the love child of a cowl neck and an off-the-shoulder top and feels divine either way you wear it. (Madison Convertible tops, $128 each; michaelstars.com)

Bagging Rights

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love a big tote! These preppy canvas bags have been winterized with nostalgic holiday prints and corduroy trim—and they’re a real steal. (Originally $56 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; crabandcleek.com)

Color Me Calm

Iyanla recently gave me a few adult coloring books, and filling in the blanks has become one of my preferred ways to de-stress. Who knew? Besides being just plain fun, these three will help with mental agility, focus, and inner peace. (Hardie Grant coloring book with Bright Ideas colored pencils, originally $32 per set, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; chroniclebooks.com)

Wrap Stars

Take a page from neckwear king Adam Glassman and never leave home without a colorful scarf. These impossibly soft options are instant outfitmakers. (Bright Stripes wraps, $59 each; echodesign.com)

Plush Life

When linen meets organic cotton terry, you get a really sublime robe, perfect to wear while unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. You’ll be in good company: I gave these to the cast of Queen Sugar as a series premiere gift. (Linen terry robe, originally $198, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; coyuchi.com)

The Beats Go On

I didn’t realize I needed a new pair of Beats, but this wireless version has Fast Fuel, a quick five-minute charge that yields one hour of playback. Now that’s my jam! (Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless, $200 each; apple.com)

Light My Fire

These soy candles are the next-best thing to being outdoors, transporting me to a forest of pine, cedar, and cypress. Some love pumpkin spice scents; I’ll take trees. (Essential oil candles, originally $52 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; thevillagecommon.com)

Inner Beauty

These perfectly sized, smooth leather cross-bodies have a hidden surprise: They’re lined with one of Vera Bradley’s upbeat signature prints. (Gallatin Sidesaddle Crossbody, originally $168 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; verabradley.com)

Om Is Where the Heart Is

The newest trilogy from Deepak Chopra and me is all about reinvention. Whether you want to shed pounds or make new connections, we’re here to guide you. (Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Reinvention Collection, originally $100, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; oprah.com/meditation)

Eau, Yes!

Some may look at this ultrafeminine sachet filled with dried organic rose petals and lavender florets and see a way to scent lingerie. Others see the perfect stocking stuffer. Guess what? They’re both right! (Organic rose and lavender sachets, originally $20 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; bloembox.com)

The More You Know

If knowledge is power, this smart scale will make you the CEO of your health. It syncs with a free app to help determine the nutritional value of your daily food intake as well as save and track your meals. (IQ Smart Wireless Nutri Scale, originally $60, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; kitcheniq.com)

Motion Picture

This digital frame is magic! Download and sync the app, and with the Family Share option, Grandma can see your latest photos on her frame all year long, no social media required. (Digital frame, originally $399, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; auraframes.com)

Waterworks

In a perfect world, we’d need to stay potato-chipped instead of hydrated. Plain old water has never been my favorite, but when I fill this infuser with slices of orange or cucumber, the BPA-free bottle becomes a party. (DROP bottles, $40 each; dropbottle.co)

Stacked in Your Favor

These edgy handmade cuffs have Gayle written all over them! The intricate details and reasonable price blew me away. A great gift to give...or keep for yourself. (Dallas 1/2" Stingray cuffs, originally $96 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; rusticcuff.com)

Good Sport

I posed, I walked, I jumped, and I danced in the red high-tops at our cover shoot. And at the end of the day, I didn’t want to take them off. Shiny leather, hidden wedges—sold! (Michael Michael Kors Nikko, $195 per pair; michaelkors.com)

Candy Crush

Your ponytailed friends of all ages need these sweet stretchy hair ties in delectable packaging. Let’s face it: Woman cannot live by scrunchies alone. (Originally $24 for box of 12, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; emijay.com)

Next of Kindle

I’m always looking for a reading oasis, and now I can find one wherever I go. The latest Kindle is practically pocket-size! It’s also lighter than air, thinner than ever, and equipped with a leather charging cover. (Kindle Oasis, $290; amazon.com)

Just Grate

Have you spent the best years of your life grating, dicing, slicing, and doing the whole julienne thing? This has five cutting “cones” that practically do the prep work for you. I just love a smart kitchen gadget. Salad, here we come! (Kitchen cutter, originally $249, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; 360cookware.com)

Tiny Tunes

These little creatures are powerful mini Bluetooth speakers that produce clear room-filling sound. Once you’re done singing along, enable the selfie feature and snap a pic. (Originally $25 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; myaudiopet.com)

Charmed, We’re Sure

These tasseled Lucite key chains are cheap and cheery, and do double duty as bag charms. Oh, and the fact that they were designed by O style intern Emma Johnson is a fringe benefit. (Fringe by Em John, originally $16 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; emjohnjewelry.com)

Hot Dish

I love a simple white plate, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up. The pastel colors and marbling patterns on these porcelain dishes create a striking—but not matchy-matchy—table. (Assorted eight-inch marbled plates, originally $68 for set of six, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; glitterville.com)

Drinking Buddy

With a coconut-shell carbon filter and a sustainable oak handle, this high-style pitcher may be more natural than the water it purifies. Call it Gilligan’s Island chic. (Soma ten-cup pitcher, originally $40, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; drinksoma.com)

Boot Champ

On the rare occasion when I’m in Telluride, Colorado, and I’m not skiing, these over-the-knee nylon boots are a must. They’re designed with a high-performance sock and a waterproof rubber sole, so I get maximum style with minimum slippage. (Harriet boots, originally $165 per pair, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; tretorn.com)

All in the Family

I took the liberty of testing out an ultracozy organic cotton onesie (on our cover, no less!) so I could personally attest to its comfort and quality. You can outfit your whole clan—perfect for the annual holiday card. (100% Organic Cotton Family Jammies, originally $13 to $40 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; burtsbeesbaby.com)

Bright Spot

The great thing about a vivid oversize wallet: You can always find it, even in the black hole that is your purse. (Emma large zip clutches, $85 each; fossil.com)

Carry a Big Stick

Edward Bess’s creamy, long-wearing lipstick and cheek stain has been supersized just for me—and all of you! Because who doesn’t want to pull something the size of Texas out of her makeup bag? But please apply with a brush! (Big Kiss, originally $65, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; edwardbess.com)

Carried Away

These thread-appliquéd clutches are made by women in developing communities in the Philippines and inspired by the country’s eye-catching fabrics. The perfect complement to an LBD, am I right? (Beatriz Accessories Large Tropical Edge clutches, originally $250 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; amazon.com)

Sip, Sip, Hooray

Winter is red wine season! The aerator in this decanter removes impurities from the wine while the funnel oxygenates it. Translation: bigger aromas, more flavor. I’m buying this for the red wine drinkers in my life. (RBT decanter, $100; bloomingdales.com)

Seeing Is Believing

Tired of squinting at a small phone screen? You may feel like an extra in Star Trek, but it’ll be worth it. Plug these into any HDMI-supported device and do everything from checking emails to watching movies in digital HD. It’s like your own personal theater. (Avegant Glyph, originally $549, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; avegant.com)

Step It Up

Love, love, love! I’m in a plaid phase right now, so the tricked-out lining is the cherry on top of these revved-up moto boots. (Major Moto, $180; sorel.com)

Puppy Love

A Harry Barker bucket, chock-full of chew toys and a large tin of cheese puff biscuits, is a doggone delight. My opinion? This is what all dog parents need. (Furry Friends bucket, originally $60, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; harrybarker.com)

Super Bowl

Is this oversize and handmade glazed terracotta bowl not fantastic?! Fill one with beautiful fruits or pinecones for a truly personal gift. (Sintra extra-large bowls, originally $138 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; canvashomestore.com)

Treasure Chest

Toss this small but spacious jewelry box into your carry-on and you’re ready to hit the road. It has seven ring rolls, four compartments, and three necklace hooks—and is almost as gorgeous as the bling within. (WOLF Caroline zip cases, originally $59 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; wolf1834.com)

First-Class Lounge

I love these tees! The buttery fabric feels like a second skin and holds you in without being restrictive. I wear mine almost every day. Best of all? It’s truly a goes-with-anything (from jeans to a ball skirt) style. (Majestic Filatures Soft Touch scoopneck and V-neck tees, from $135 each; neimanmarcus.com)


To read the full article, see the December 2016 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in the Texture app.


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Prop Stylist: Megumi Emoto. Soft Goods Stylist: Gabriel Rivera/R. J. Bennett Represents. Food Stylist: Heather Meldrom/Big Leo. The Book of Joy, Juniper Books and Mugs: Kevin Sweeney/Studio D. Prop Stylist: Alma Melendez/Halley Resources. O made of Christmas lights: Marko Metzinger/Studio D.