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Oprah's Favorite Things You Can Actually Afford

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Oprah's Frugal Favorites

Every year, just as the holiday season dawns, Oprah releases her list of "favorite" things, often spurring a frenzy of buying from her fans and others who just like a pre-vetted gift or product idea. The items on her list can be expensive (a $760 air purifier!), but we've combed through the entire inventory to bring you a selection of gifts that are more affordable — most under $100. (The discount code "oprah" can get you 20% off select items, too.) From home and style gifts to ideas for pets, children, and many more, here are our favorite items on Lady O's annual list of faves.


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Compendium Life Notes Kits
Amazon
Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron
Amazon

Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron

$49 from Amazon

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What makes a waffle iron one that's preferred by the Big O herself? She notes that this one is "just plain decadent" and even allows users to make stuffed Belgian waffles. Cordless with heat-resistant handles, this is meant to be used on a stovetop, outdoor grill, or even an open flame. 


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JLani Jewels Geometric Hoop Earrings
Amazon
Snappy Screen Snap Clean Hand Sanitizer
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Snappy Screen Snap Clean Hand Sanitizer

$64 from Amazon

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After the last couple of years, it's hard not to get behind a reasonably priced hand sanitizing option like this one from Snappy Screen. Much like an automatic soap dispenser, this provides hovering hands with a finely misted hand sanitizer in an attractive array of scents, all while looking "way cooler than anything else I’ve seen," Oprah says. 


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32 Degrees Women’s Ultra-Light Puffer
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32 Degrees Women’s Ultra-Light Puffer

$30 from Amazon

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This packable, water-repellent puffer is filled with down alternative and features a detachable hood. Oprah notes that it's "perfect for layering on those chilly but not freezing-cold days." Available in eight colors.

K.Carroll Accessories Kelsey Crossbody
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K.Carroll Accessories Kelsey Crossbody

$45 from Amazon

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Available in 12 colors, this compact crossbody bag packs a big punch with tons of compartments — so many that Oprah says she "lost count." Made of vegan leather, the bag features built-in RFID protected card slots and a detachable and adjustable leather strap.


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Peepers Showbiz and Stardust Readers
Amazon
Evolg Marsh Gloves
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Evolg Marsh Gloves

$40 from Amazon

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Did you know that the media mogul loves stripes? On top of that she loves these for their construction, which uses "a high-tech weaving process that gives them precise touch-screen capability." Available in 10 striped styles, these are made of soft and luxe Angola mixed wool yarn.

Roq Innovation Head Lightz Hats
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Roq Innovation Head Lightz Hats

$25 from Amazon

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Why strap on a headlamp when you can wear a comfy 100% knit acrylic beanie cap that accomplishes the same luminescent task? These, which Oprah notes "makes nighttime forays a whole lot brighter," come in 12 styles and feature a rechargeable, long-lasting battery and three brightness settings. 


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Quod Firenze Ring
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Quod Firenze Ring

$60 from Amazon

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These strikingly chic rings feature 32-faceted square crystals nestled inside a gold- and rose gold-coated stainless steel band. Winfrey notes that while they "may not be the real deal ... it looks so luxe."

Melt Fit Essential Solids Leggings
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Melt Fit Essential Solids Leggings

$48 from Amazon

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A great pair of leggings is a fantastic find, and Oprah notes that these are "are made to enhance curves with medium compression, ample stretch, and a high waistline." They feature a side pocket to hold a phone or other items, and come in three neutral colors that will go with just about anything.


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Lollia by Margot Elena Imagine 33-Oz. Bubble Bath
Amazon
Corkcicle Commuter Cup
Amazon

Corkcicle Commuter Cup

$40 from Amazon

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If you've ever bought a less-than-stellar travel mug, you know how much the design of these things matter, especially if you don't want to end up with coffee dribbling down your chin and staining your wardrobe for the day. This nearly 9-ouncer is BPA-free, comes in seven colors, and Oprah loves it for its ceramic-coated interior and spill-proof lid. Plus, she notes, "it will keep coffee hot for five hours or chilled for 18 hours."


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Skyros Designs Cantaria Breakfast Cups
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Skyros Designs Cantaria Breakfast Cups

$64 from Amazon

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Give your coffee station a chic makeover by displaying these stoneware cups that are handcrafted in Portugal. Their hammered-texture exterior gives them just enough visual appeal to make people notice. The price seems steep for a pair of mugs, but note that these hold 24 ounces and can double as bakeware. Available in caramel, greige, sand, and white. 


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Elbee Home Eight-Piece Stack 'N Store Baking Set
Amazon

Elbee Home Stack 'N Store Baking Set

$50 from Amazon

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Baking enthusiasts take note: Oprah loves this eight-piece set of nonstick, aluminized carbon steel bakeware for its space-saving features. The set comes with a large roasting pan, 8-inch-square cake tin, small and large oven tray, two muffin pans, and two 8-inch-round cake tins. 


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The Crayon Case Notepad iShadow Palettes
Amazon
BEEKMAN 1802 Three-Piece Hand Cream Sampler
Amazon
Philips One Rechargeable Toothbrush by Sonicare
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Philips One Rechargeable Toothbrush by Sonicare

$24 from Amazon

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An electric toothbrush to make all other toothbrushes green with envy, this dental care tool features a colorful design, a chic travel case, and a USB charger. It even has a two-minute timer with 30-second notifications so you know when to switch sides. It's perfect for travel, too. Buy one as a gift and "your loved one’s dentist will thank you," notes Oprah. 


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Courant Essentials Catch:2 Dual Wireless Charging Station
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Courant Essentials Catch:2 Dual Wireless Charging Station

$80 from Amazon

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Charging stations can be glaringly techy-looking (translation: not attractive), but not this one. "It looks beautiful on a nightstand," notes the media mogul, and this version can charge two devices at once and is compatible with iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and AirPods and AirPods Pro. 


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Wilder Mustard Quartet
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Wilder Mustard Quartet

$35 from Amazon

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The condiment lover in your life would love this as a gift, we're betting. The set comes with four flavors — truffle, dijonish, jalapeño mustard, and horseradish — all packaged in a gifting-ready tube. Need more incentive? Oprah notes that mustard enthusiast Stedman "has given these his stamp of approval."


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Ubah Hot Collection
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Ubah Hot Collection

$60 from Amazon

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Another great Oprah-favorite foodie gift? This set of three African-inspired hot sauces, which features the flavors of Emerald Serrano Medium, Ruby Fresno Mild, and Yellow Tanzanite Habanero Hot. "Just a dab of these instantly elevates even the simplest meal," notes Winfrey. 


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Zia Pia Aperitivo Gift Set
Amazon

Zia Pia Aperitivo Gift Set

$112 from Amazon

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Not many things on this list exceed $100, but we love this colorful and cool gift set that would make a great gift or addition to a holiday party. This comes with a handmade ceramic bowl, a polished glass bottle (which you can fill with wine or some other delicious cocktail), a rainbow tin of 100% Coratina extra virgin olive oil, and a matching jar of Bella di Cerignola olives. Oprah calls it the "perfect hostess gift."


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Heaton Pecans Three-Way Assorted Gift Tin
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Heaton Pecans 3-Way Assorted Gift Tin

$41 from Amazon

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It's always great to have something on hand to bring to a holiday party just in case life gets too hectic (and doesn't it always this time of year?). This tin includes chocolate-covered pecans, oven-roasted and salted pecans, and praline pecans. And, Oprah notes, you can feel "extra good" about purchasing this as the owners of the Mississippi farm where the pecans are harvested "donate all their proceeds to help others dealing with addiction issues."


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All of Us Crayons' The Rounds Skin Tone Crayons
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All of Us Crayons Skin Tone Crayons

$23 from Amazon

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Give the little artist in your life a way to draw people of all skin tones with this eight-crayon set. Each crayon is made of non-toxic, hand-poured beeswax with "inclusivity in mind." They're also designed size-wise to be easy for tiny hands to grasp. 


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Little People, Big Dreams Book Sets
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Little People, Big Dreams Book Sets

$20 and up from Amazon

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This best-selling series of books encourages kids to learn about their heroes (or adopt new ones). We've included a link to "Black Voices" here, but note that these come in three-book sets including "Women in Science," "Earth Heroes," "Music Stars," "Inspiring Writers," and more.

Super Smalls' Make It Super DIY Bead Kit
Amazon
Bindle Puppy Pack: Bottle, Sleeve, Bowl
Amazon

Bindle Puppy Pack: Bottle, Sleeve, Bowl

$53 from Amazon

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You didn't think Winfrey would forget about our furry friends, did you? Nope, she included this gift set that includes everything you might need on a long walk or hike with your pup: a collapsible bowl, portable water dispenser, a sleeve with a pocket, carabiner, and shoulder strap. Another cool feature? "The bottle bottom screws off to store keys and ID," notes Oprah. 


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'What Happened to You?' Book
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'What Happened to You?' Book

$17 from Amazon

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If you know and love someone who's been through some things (and at this point who among us hasn't?), this book, co-authored by Oprah and Bruce D. Perry, "provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand." In her list of favorite things, Winfrey notes that she hopes readers "will find the tools to build a renewed sense of self-worth and ultimately recalibrate their responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships."

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