If you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that last Wednesday morning I attended a special blogger breakfast at O Magazine to preview some of Oprah's Favorite Things. As O's creative director Adam Glassman unveiled the goodies, we were treated to our own version of Christmas as Oprah's elves came out to present us with select items. Yes that happened and it was pretty awesome! And we also got to try most of the food as well. Here are some of the hot items we saw along with Oprah's commentary on why she chose them. And I have a little giveaway for you all too at the end.
The list which is featured in the December issue of O Magazine hit newsstands yesterday and this year's is the biggest ever with a selection of 87 fun and versatile gifts in all price ranges for everyone on your holiday shopping list. And for the first time ever, Oprah Media Group has teamed up with Amazon to make it really easy to shop Oprah’s Favorite Things, as seen in at www.amazon.com/oprah. With a variety of shipping options, including free shipping on eligible orders and free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, shoppers can find the perfect holiday gift and have items delivered directly to their doorstep in plenty of time for the holidays.
"I discovered these potato chips in Spain this summer. They’re dangerous—super crunchy with an intense black truffle taste. Bet you can’t eat just one...unless it’s one entire bag! Bring them to a holiday open house for a sure hit."
The light truffle flavor was delicious!
The Elvis Cake by Carousel Cakes ($33.56)
"Now, I don’t go around saying this lightly...but this cake is stupid good. The Elvis is a vanilla cake filled with banana custard and topped with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate ganache. As the King himself sang, I can’t help falling in love."
We got to try this in cupcake form and it was a truly decadent treat.
A&B American Style Pepper Sauce Set ($23.99)
"Feel the BurnStedman and I are a hot sauce family, and I can tell you these pepper sauces are for real! The fresh ingredients give them flavor that’s just as intense as the heat. Pass the catfish, please..."
The Bruffin Bundle ($85)
"Behold the Cronut of 2015: the Bruffin! Brioche-like stuffed muffins worthy of breakfast, lunch, or dinner are themed by country—the British has bacon and sharp cheddar; the Italian has pepperoni, pesto, and Parmesan; the American has Buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and hot sauce. A world of yum!"
We got one to take home and the one I had with bacon and sharp cheddar made for such a satisfying breakfast!
Eli's Bread Challah Menorah ($45)
"Adam’s always kvetching about the lack of cute Hanukkah treats, so he was thrilled to find this braided challah menorah. A bright addition to the Festival of Lights."
So fun and yummy!
Hip To Be Square Collection of Five Bottles of Square Vodka ($35 for one / $175 for set)
"Square One vodka is made in the U.S.A. with organic rye and water originating in the Teton Mountains. A set of the five flavors—botanical, cucumber, original, basil, and bergamot—makes a chic gift. This is the vodka I use for cocktails at home."
Moon and Lola Pet Ornaments ($20)
"The problem with the dog lovers on your list: They’ve already got lots of cute framed photos of their furry friends. But do they have a mirrored gold ornament in the shape of their pet? Didn’t think so. I have a few people in mind who would love this."
Em John Jewelry Love Letter Keychain and Bag Charm ($15)
"Keys will never disappear in the black hole of your bag with these poufy faux-fur key chains with the letter of your choice. They were designed by 18-year-old college student Emma Johnson, who also suggests using them as bag charms."
Frontgate Faux Fur Pet Jacket ($39)
"What’s your dog begging for? Surely, a faux-fur jacket—tricked out with a jeweled button closure and a practical opening for a leash. (I would have put this on my dogs when I lived in Chicago.) Bonus: It’s machine washable (use a gentle cycle for maximum fluffiness)."
EMU Australia Little Creatures Kids Boots ($90)
"Kids will love these fun, fluffy Australian merino wool-lined boots decorated with cheeky animal appliques. I'm getting the brown bear for my little godniece Chai Bella."
Barbie Fashionistas ($7.94 each)
"She’s come a long way, baby: With 23 haircolors, 18 eye colors, 14 face shapes, and 8 skin tones, the new Fashionista Barbie collection lets all kinds of girls see themselves in their dolls. Multicultural Barbies—what a great idea!"
Ok I maybe kind of took the outfit off the doll I got and put it on Rena. Rena > Barbie for me.
Footnanny Foot Treatment Set ($102)"Gloria Williams, a.k.a. the Foot Nanny, gives the world’s most indulgent pedicure. If you can’t make it for a session in California, this kit—a relaxing salt, a luxurious cream, and treatment socks you leave on for an hour after soaking and lotioning—is mighty nice also."
I can't wait to use this!
Letters To My... Keepsake Books ($13.46)
"Put your heart in the write place with these books of 12 fold-and-mail-style letters that use clever prompts (“I knew you were the one for me when...” “What I love about us...”) to make composing meaningful missives a whole lot easier. My favorite is Letters to My Love. I’ve been telling people this for years: What a partner wants to know is how you really feel. This will make him or her swoon!"
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss Set ($40)
"My eyebrow guru, Anastasia, launched a collection of lip glosses this year, and I love how bold and rich they are. Did I mention they stay on forever? I personally curated this set’s colors, all perfect basics that go from day to night."
Words with Boards Cutting Boards ($95)
"For a yummy gift, I would load up these cutting boards (made of sustainably harvested American hardwoods) with an assortment of cheeses and salamis."
High Camp Vine and Bloom Box ($151)
"I love this assortment of gardenias, black calla lilies, and purple orchids because it’s fresh, beautiful, and sure to please even the finickiest recipient. You can arrange the blooms and vines in a vase, or float them in bowls for an exotic look."
These looked gorgeous and smelled amazing!
Vince Melange Sweatpants ($195)
"What’s better than a pair of Vince sweatpants with a tapered leg and ankle zip that I can dress up or down? Three pairs—so I’m covered when the others are in the wash. I truly live in these pants."
Snow Tubes Polar Express ($149.95)
“I have a sledding hill at my Telluride house, and I’m going to stash some of these durable buffalo plaid snow tubes there for guests who like to go fast and look good doing it.”
Corkicle Canteens ($19.95)
"It may look like a regular water bottle, but when Adam told me this triple-insulated stainless steel vessel—which keeps drinks cold for up to 25 hours and hot for up to 12—is the perfect size to tote a carafe’s worth of rosé, I was sold!"
So sleek and practical!
O Magazine is giving readers a chance to win every item featured in the 2015 Favorite Things gift guide in their 12 Day Give-O-Way sweepstakes that runs from November 30th through December 11th. And there will be twelve lucky winners! To enter, just find the 12 holiday icons scattered throughout the pages of the December issue (there is one for each day of the sweepstakes) and log on to www.oprah.com/12days and type in that day’s special code (found on the icon).
Emi Jay Womens I Told My Therapist Night Shirt ($68) (Size S/M fits US size 4 -12)
"While you catch your zzz’s, these supersoft made-in-the-U.S.A. nightshirts (also available in plus size) toss off some zingers."
LuMee Phone Case ($50) (Case is white and fits iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S)
"Who doesn't need a little extra light for Instagrams and selfies? These phone cases (for iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6) with front-facing LED lights cast a warm glow for a flattering photo every time."
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