Live Large Like Oprah or Gwyneth for Less


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Oprah Winfrey's "favorite things" and the shopping discoveries in Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop newsletter are presented as must-haves for living the celebrity life. For us common folk, though, spending $60 on cherry pie that's eaten in an hour or an admittedly ridiculous $244 toothpaste squeezer (for people who want to get the most out of a $3 tube) is anything but practical. Not everyone has a bank account like Martha Stewart or Reese Witherspoon (newer to the lifestyle-maven scene), but that doesn't mean we can't have a little bit of luxe in our lives. Here are some affordable alternatives to celeb faves.

Oprah says Hesperides' grapefruit-scented bath products smell "delicious." For $43 for a pair, they better make skin feel like butter.

At only $10, Mario Badescu Citrus Body Cleanser is actually a Martha Stewart pick -- take that, Oprah -- that contains refreshing grapefruit extract.

Hampton Forge's Skandia Talvi knife set will make life easier, Oprah claims, but it will also set cooks back $150 for 13 steel knives.

For less than a third the cost ($46), Oprah enthusiasts can get a 12-piece solid-steel knife set with a distinctive acrylic stand. In reviews on Amazon, customers say the set is good quality for the price.

That'll be $49, please, for a bamboo container filled with three types of high-end salt intended for fish, meat, and veggies. It bears the name of a celebrity chef and a pricey Napa Valley restaurant, which no doubt adds a considerable markup.

Head over to Amazon, where 2 pounds of Himalayan sea salt sell for about $8.50. Nearly 90 percent of reviewers, who number more than 1,200, give the product 5 out of 5 stars. Order a round bamboo salt box for $9, pour in some of the salt, and voila -- an Oprah knockoff.

Oprah says $148 buys "a great present for the woman who has everything": a makeup brush set hand-assembled by Japanese artisans.

EcoTools makeup brushes are made with sustainable bamboo handles and recycled materials, so you can feel good about makeup application. They are also only $15.

Gwyneth Paltrow recommends a $130 leather football because it can be monogrammed. We suppose that's a necessity for making sure such an expensive ball isn't lost during a game.

While a Wilson football is still pricey at $80, it's basically the same idea for less -- an old-school, genuine leather ball. (Reviewers note that leather makes it harder to grip a ball in the rain, so save it for sunny days.)

Reese Witherspoon's shopping site Draper James focuses on Southern style and living, but at plantation-owner prices. For example, a cotton throw goes for $128.

A lightweight beige throw from Ikea is only $17, cheap enough to get one for every room.

Reese suggests spending $28 on a plaid leash made of recycled plastic bottles. While that's admittedly not major bucks, frugal pet owners can think of better ways to spoil their furry friends.

Save for other treats by picking up a plaid leash that's just as cute as Reese's pick but is on sale for less than $8. (Just keep in mind that this lightweight leash is best for small dogs.)

It costs a pretty penny to emulate Gwyneth's wardrobe, so be prepared to drop $695 on leather leggings, declared to be the best pair Gwynnie and her team have seen.

Get the trendy look for less with Hue faux-leather leggings for $48. True, they aren't real leather, but for some people that's a good thing.

Turn mere vegetables into expensive spirals with a $65 machine that is a must-have for those who opt for vegetables disguised as pasta rather than let the real thing touch their lips.

Spend half the amount and get the same effect with a spiralizer available for $30 on Amazon. Thousands of reviewers give it 5 out of 5 stars, and it's said to be easy to use.

These coffee table books cleverly stack on their side to form an image from Grand Central Station, but at $650 for eight books, it's doubtful anyone will feel comfortable thumbing through one with a cup of tea and a snack. (Crumbs! Spills! Stains! Fingerprints!)

"Humans of New York" is a New York Times best-selling coffee table book, based on a blog of the same name with millions of followers, that tells the life stories of everyday New Yorkers. For about $17, the book can be displayed proudly on a coffee table yet also browsed freely without concerns about disturbing a piece of décor.

Martha Stewart touts the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Vision Toaster, on sale for $250 at Williams-Sonoma. The clear sides allow a breakfast perfectionist to see how dark the toast is getting. It's billed as a gift for a graduate.

An Oster toaster oven likewise lets users see the toast while it's toasting and fits in a small space, such as a recent grad's apartment. At $30, parents can wrap it up for a graduate and give the difference between this toaster and Martha's in cash. Let's face it -- that's what grads really need anyway. participates in affiliate marketing programs, which means we may earn a commission if you choose to purchase a product through a link on our site. This helps support our work and does not influence editorial content.