I believe there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Oprah Winfrey and those who will not admit they love Oprah Winfrey. I place myself proudly in the former category so I’m obviously super excited about her 2015 List of Favorite Things! And now we can buy at least some of her favorites from the only entity big enough to contain Oprah: Amazon! How exciting! Just a click and the whole list can be ours! (I’m actually a little shocked that there isn’t a one-click option to buy the whole list.)
You can buy most of Oprah’s 2015 List on Amazon, but not all of it. The list as it appears in her magazine has several items that you can’t get on Amazon. That’s good because when I first browsed the list on Amazon, I felt this year had a certain generic sameness that previous years had avoided. Amazon’s product photography is not the best and there’s something about a beautifully photographed layout on a magazine’s shiny pages that make things seem so much more appealing.
However, there are still some delightful items that can make wonderful gifts for your loved ones (or you!), some misses that I fixed for Oprah, and a delightful WHAT? that I’m going to have to order just to see in person.
Let’s browse together.
Letters to My Future Self, $8.97. Oprah recommends the Letters to My Love as her favorite of the Letters to… series she’s featuring on her list, but I love the idea of including this as stocking stuffers for my kids. If they are like every other person on the planet, they will start one paragraph of one letter and then put the whole thing in a drawer, only to be found years later when they move. But even that one paragraph can be so enlightening and such a touchstone back to the past. I’d like them to have that.
LuMee Phone Case, 59.95 for the iPhone 6 version. (Oprah has a link on her site to get it cheaper: $50 with a 20% discount with the code OPRAH.) Front-facing LEDs to automatically give every selfie a flattering glow? Yes, please.
Ernest Hemingway Elephant Book Set from Juniper Books, from $395. I love books. I don’t mean I love to read books, although I do of course. I mean I love to stick my nose inside a book and inhale its beautiful smell. I love to run my hand over a silky page and feel the ever so slightly raised type. And I love looking at my books neatly organized and proudly erect in my bookcase, proclaiming that I am definitely the type of person who totally intends to someday read the complete works of Ernest Hemingway. The one-star review on Amazon points out that you can get the entire set of books for less than half the price so what you’re paying for here is the co-ordinated dust covers and band. That person is missing the entire point; that’s exactly what you’re paying for. It’s a piece of art with books as the medium. I’m a little emotional just thinking about it; somebody needs to get these for me.
The Bad (and How to Make it Better)
Personalization Strap Key Rings, $50 to $60 plus $23 for personalization. Let’s say you and I are really good friends and that I know you like to travel. To honor our friendship, I present you with a tiny box containing an equally tiny leather ribbon monogrammed with your initials. As you open your box I exclaim, “It’s for your luggage, see? You put it on your luggage so you can find it at the carousel!” What are your thoughts at that moment? Are you thinking, “Wow, I bet she dropped close to $75 on this plus God know how much for shipping!” I propose that you are not. I propose that you are looking at me with a strained smile and thinking how you spent too much on the mid-priced bottle of wine you are about to hand me.
Here’s something equally small that costs about the same and is infinitely cooler: Trakdot Luggage Tracker, $69.98. Why look for your luggage? Let your luggage text you! Put this little device in your luggage and you’ll be able to track its exact location on your smartphone. Plus it will text you when it lands. Now your strained smile is hiding the fact that your wine is not nearly nice enough. Ha!
Skits Women’s Providence Brilliant Shoulder Bag, $425. That’s right, $425 for a travel purse that holds your iPad. I just feel like we should be offended by that, particularly when you can get a Zebella Vintage Canvas Shoulder Bag for $19.90. Take the savings and buy yourself a little something.
Cheese Knife Set, $425. Because we all need a set of knives just for cheese that we paid $425 for. Or you could pay $24.99 for this super cute set of cheese knives and add some actual cheese for a really festive gift.
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