Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things Revealed!

11/08/2011 at 08:30 AM ET

Oprah's Favorite ThingsCourtesy O, The Oprah Magazine

This year may not bring all the crying, gasping and screaming we’re used to, but the unveiling of Oprah Winfrey‘s “Favorite Things” is still a must-see moment, and just in time for the holidays. The media mogul’s list appears in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine — and this year, 12 lucky readers will win every item featured in the jam-packed gift guide as part of the “12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way” sweepstakes.

The 2011 O list includes picks from Winfrey, plus items loved by friends and contributors Gayle King, Dr. Oz, Suze Orman and more. Winfrey’s favorites to “comfort mind and body” include scented candles ($45), a bottle of Jay-Z’s favorite champagne ($300) and Marigot Collection’s pajamas and cashmere robe ($234 and $412). King’s “cheery delicious gifts” include seven-layer caramel cake ($46) and a python-print wheeled carry-on bag ($108).

“I love to give and get monogrammed gifts,” King tells PEOPLE. “It instantly makes it ‘personal.’ Personal means it was bought or made with you and mind.” And her advice for holiday shopping? “Shop early,” she suggests. “I so admire the people that are done with all their shopping by mid-December! That’s normally when I’m getting started.”

Shopping the December issue of O will help: many of the gifts on the list are available with exclusive discounts for the magazine’s readers, including creative director Adam Glassman’s picks of the Deux Lux “Felix” weekender bag (originally $137, $109 with discount) and a variety of 10 dips and spreads from SpreadtheRestaurant.com (originally $124, $67 with discount).

Additional suggestions include contributor Martha Beck’s “gifts with soul” like silver- and gold-dipped necklaces ($49); Suze Orman’s “gifts to share,” such as handmade caramels ($12); Cat Cora’s “fun, active gifts” of animal-themed helmets ($20) and an at-home sound system ($240); and organizational designer Peter Walsh’s “handy, whimsical gifts,” which include assorted Aussie licorice ($27) and a watch that also serves as an iPod Nano holder ($32).

Oprah's Favorite ThingsCourtesy O, The Oprah Magazine

Walsh’s advice for the holiday season includes going “simple and elegant” with wrapping paper. “Less is more,” he tells PEOPLE. “Try good-quality brown paper and different wide ribbons (such as black, red and white) to give your gifts that personal touch.”

However, the most sage advice comes from Dr. Oz, whose “feel-good presents” include fuzzy slippers ($45) and lemon- and chili-infused olive oils ($30). “The holidays are a stressful time, and if you don’t make a consorted effort to manage these stressors, it will undoubtedly overwhelm you,” he explains to PEOPLE. “I recommend finding ways to preempt this problem. Try incorporating yoga or meditation into your daily routine as early as November.” In addition, reflect on the things you’re thankful for. “Make a daily gratitude list, giving you the perspective to maintain a healthy outlook,” he adds.

To enter the 12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way, which runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, flip through the pages of December’s O (on newsstands now) to find 12 holiday icons (including a snowman, reindeer and wreath), each of which activates on a certain day during the contest period and contains a special code to be entered online. Log on to oprah.com/12days to enter that day’s code; participating every day increases chances of winning. Winners will be notified on or about Dec. 12 — and gifts will arrive wrapped via FedEx by Dec. 24, just in time for Christmas.


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Bye, Oprah on

Poor Oprah, she made the mistake of trying to start her own network which has proved to be less than good.

I’m sure she misses being on tv, being relevant and popular. The only stories now are about her failing network and the lack of viewers. I for one was sure hoping for better!

Ginger on

@Bye,Oprah on Nov. 8th
No clue what you’re talking about. OWN is one of the most watched channels of all those that are 10 years or younger.
I never watched and really don’t care for “The Oprah Winfried Show”, but her TV channel has a lot of programs that interest me big time.

And with all the advertising going on there, i guarantee you people would not pay to advertise on a falling Network. Companies advertise in Networks that have the most viewers. It’s easy for them to get that information.

I wonder where you get your statistics from. Or is it just wishfull thinking on your part?

Abbie on

@ Bye, Oprah – Are you crazy? her channel is excellent, I watche The Rosie Show and Oprah’s Life Lessons almost every night. They are great wonderful television programs.

bernardine on

Ok, so that’s two people who watch

heather on

are you kidding me? the own network has re-runs of dr.phil on constantly, which I will NEVER watch and other boring shows. Rosie’s set is so cheap looking and just doesn’t look comfortable. None of the shows during the daytime are *new* it just dones’t interst me to watch, nothing great.

Ginger on

LOL, I would say “that’s 2 people who care enough to answer the first post.”
Most of them prolly just rolled their eyes and moved on to the next story.
I do that a lot when my kids talk nonsense.

S on

I agree Heather

Tammy on

If you live for Oprah’s favorite things, you really need to get a life. I thought we were done with that.

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OOP on

Go away Oprah! And take your black box with you!

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