For­get turkey: Oprah’s elves un­veil her 101 Fa­vorite Things

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIFTY PLUS - By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK >> Thanks­giv­ing? Meh. Who needs turkey when one can ad­vance di­rectly to Oprah’s Fa­vorite Things for the gift-giv­ing hol­i­days.

Yes, it’s that time of year, when “O, The Oprah Magazine” un­veils the queen’s cu­rated gift sug­ges­tions, to be in­cluded with dis­counts in the De­cem­ber is­sue. For 2016, there are ex­actly 101, a ma­jor­ity avail­able on Ama­zon for the sec­ond year.

Oprah elves Gayle King, the magazine’s ed­i­tor-at­large, and Adam Glass­man, the cre­ative di­rec­tor, pre­sented high­lights of the haul Tues­day after schlep­ping to food and trade shows in search of prod­ucts for the boss lady to con­sider in June, when their Christ­mas be­gins.

“It was sum­mer and the air con­di­tioner broke so she was sit­ting there sweat­ing like a brahma bull, but you know she’s al­ways very pleas­ant,” King told The Associated Press in an in­ter­view with Glass­man, of Oprah’s hands-on process this year.

“And she was wear­ing this cute lit­tle one-piece one­sie,” Glass­man said, “and I kept say­ing, ‘Don’t you want a T-shirt?’ and she kept say­ing, ‘No, I want my one­sie!’”

“With the ten­nis shoes and the vest,” King chimed in.

The out­fit they spoke of has Oprah look­ing Christ­mas fly in red stripes, Santa cap and bright red high­tops on the De­cem­ber cover, to hit news­stands soon.

The list in­cludes a range of price points for a range of gift re­cip­i­ents.

Some high­lights with sug­gested re­tail pric­ing:


Oprah’s Poin­set­tia Flower Pot Cake: On the out­side, it looks like the ac­tual hol­i­day plant. On the in­side is choco­late cake good­ness with vanilla mousse. Very sweet. From MadeinHeav­enCakes. com. $165.

“Food, Health and Hap­pi­ness,” by Oprah her­self: Part mem­oir, part cook­book, a lit­tle bit of self-help. Weight Watch­ers points are in­cluded. It’s for fans will­ing to wait un­til the book comes out in Jan­uary. Mean­time, it can be pre-or­dered. $35.

Yo­nanas Elite: Speak­ing of points, fruit equals zero. This sor­bet maker turns frozen fruit into soft-serve with no added su­gar. Yo­ $130.

Tech & tech tools

Travel Cord Rolls: Who hasn’t wasted way too much time un­tan­gling cords? Oprah has, and she’s had it. This is a com­pact, roll-up case with slots to keep your ear buds and charg­ing cords in or­der. In col­ored leather, in­clud­ing blue, pink, green and aqua. $20.

Beats by Dr. Dre, Power­beats3: They’re wire­less, light weight and of­fer a quick five-minute charge for one hour of play­back. Ap­ple. com. $200.

Tiny Tunes: They’re lit­tle-crea­ture speak­ers that pack a pow­er­ful sound via Blue­tooth, and they’re one of Gayle’s fa­vorites this year. Oddly enough, you can en­able a selfie fea­ture and snap a pic. MyAu­dioPet. com. $25.

Bath & beauty

Su­per­sonic Dyson Hair Dryer: Oprah prom­ises that it’s su­per-fast, and it has the sig­na­ture Dyson hole in the mid­dle. It prom­ises a quiet mo­tor, three mag­netic at­tach­ments and, did we men­tion, speed. $400.

Or­ganic sa­chets: They’re filled with dried rose petals and laven­der flo­rets to scent lin­gerie. In a gifty lit­tle green box topped by a big splashy flower. Bloem­ $20.

Peoni cleansers and ton­ers: New line of prod­ucts from Oprah’s fa­cial­ist, Jen­nifer Brodeur. Free of tox­ins, ar­ti­fi­cial fra­grances and gluten. Jb­sk­inguru. com. $60 for ton­ers, $195 for creams.

For the kids

Jel­ly­cats: Un­usual, invit­ing crit­ters with fluffy feather ap­peal. The hug po­ten­tial is great. In medium and large sizes, in­clud­ing an os­trich, swan and chicken. Jel­ly­ $23 to $50.

Chil­dren’s slip­pers: Wash­able terry cloth with non­slip bot­toms. Choose cushy white bun­nies, brown pups, yel­low ducks and more. Yikest­ $24.

Fam­ily one­sies: Just like Oprah’s. Let baby and big­ger kid in on fam­ily pa­jama bond­ing in hor­i­zon­tal hol­i­day red-and-white stripes. In cozy or­ganic cot­ton. Burts­bees­ $13 to $40.

Pricier gifts

Glyph: It looks like head­phones but in true “Star Trek” man­ner it plugs into any HDMI-sup­ported de­vice, goes across the eyes and can be used for ev­ery­thing from check­ing email to watch­ing movies in dig­i­tal HD. Ave­g­ $549.

Serif TV: Owe some­body a big-box gift that’s func­tional and looks like a piece of mod­ern art? This el­e­gant smart TV can be placed on a counter or on its own min­i­mal­ist stand. It has apps, a full web browser, Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth. Sam­ $1,500.

The Co­coon: Yes, gift­ing some­one a mat­tress may feel strange, but this mem­ory-foam baby’s got buzz. It ships in a re­mark­ably has­sle-free box, Oprah prom­ises. From Sealy. Co­coon­by­ $399 to $849.

Oprah’s com­plete



Oprah’s Poin­set­tia Flower Pot Cake, which looks like a hol­i­day plant, but is ac­tu­ally a choco­late cake with vanilla mousse, is dis­played at the head­quar­ters of “O-The Oprah Magazine,” Tues­day in New York dur­ing a sneak peak of Oprah’s Fa­vorite Things, the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity’s 2016 Christ­mas and hol­i­day gift choices.


A com­pact, leather, rollup travel case to or­ga­nize charg­ing cords, fore­ground, and a travel neck pil­low with slots to store per­sonal items are dis­played at the head­quar­ters of O-The Oprah Magazine.

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