Oprah announces her Favorite Things of 2012

From truffle goat cheese, coconut & peanut spread to Josh Groban CDs.

Since 1996, Oprah has tasted, touched, sniffed and snuggled her way through hundreds of items to determine her favorite things to give every holiday in her annual "Favorite Things" show.

Even in the face of tragedy, the buying of expensive crap must go on. At least, if you’re Oprah. And so, while entire towns are still closed off in New Jersey and children in Staten Island don’t have shoes, Oprah released a resurrected version of her famed Favorite Things list filled with even higher frivolity-level tchotchkes than usual. WORST TIMING EVER, OPRAH. Couldn’t you at least wait for the smoke over Breezy Point to clear?

From a $2,700 mattress to a $500 fan, Oprah’s list showcased items far beyond the reach of most consumers.

If you want to buy any of these online, Oprah's official website has many highly discounted limited-time online coupons.

Jetson E-Bike

"One charge of this sleek-looking electric bike's "green" battery provides 40 miles of easy riding, but you can also pedal—which recharges the battery, gets you some exercise, and keeps you away from the gas pump."—Oprah

Originally $1,800

Reverb Helmet

"Don't even think about cycling without a good helmet. The customizable fit and nine cooling vents make this one great."—Oprah

Originally $60

Marine Spa Gift Set

"I first discovered these products at David Copperfield's house. I liked them so much I wanted to take them with me."—Oprah

Originally $122

Cable V-Neck Sweater

I have these supersoft cotton cable sweaters in every color, and I wear them all year round."—Oprah

$198 each

Coach Puffers

"The thing I love about Coach is its attention to detail. This perfect down puffer trimmed in leather manages to be nice and warm without making you look like the Incredible Hulk. Amen!"—Oprah

$458 each

Bougainvillea Bangles

"These beautiful bangles take me right back to my trip to India."—Oprah

Originally $39 each

Tory Burch Michelle Tote

"I was strolling down Madison Avenue, minding my own business, when this metallic pebbled leather bag started calling to me from the Tory Burch store. Guess it was meant to be."—Oprah


Nail Polish Set

"This limited edition white lacquer box includes 12 gorgeous, toxin-free nail polishes. I picked the colors myself—there's one for your every mood."—Oprah

Originally $168

Capri Double Zip Checkbook Clutch

"Tired of fishing through your bag for your checkbook and phone? Here's a holds-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink wallet, and it's made of Italian kidskin leather."—Oprah

Originally $138

India Hicks Diamond Necklace

"Pavé diamonds set in sterling silver letters make this necklace—available in every initial except Q and X—a timeless piece of bling."—Oprah

Originally $370

R. Nichols Candles

"Illustrator R. Nichols says his mission is 'to create joy—if only in small ways.' Mission accomplished. How charming are his candles? Scented like a Christmas tree, a crackling fire, and seven other cozy fragrances, they put everyone in the holiday spirit."—Oprah

Originally $45 each

Pet Canister and Bowl

"What do you get for the dog that reads Architectural Digest? This recycled-steel canister and stoneware bowl in a traditional toile pattern."—Oprah

Medium Canister; Originally $56

Bose VideoWave II

"The Bose VideoWave ll is a 46-inch high-definition television, home theater, and music system in one revolutionary product. The speakers are built in, so no need for extra sound components; the picture is crystal clear; and the remote is operated with an easy touch control. I want one!"—Oprah

Hotel Collection Bedding

"I'm a sucker for freshly pressed white sheets and cozy down, and this 600-thread-count Egyptian-cotton sheet set is sensational for anyone who loves to hang out in bed."—Oprah

From $80 to $700

Tempur-Cloud Supreme Mattress

"Talk about favorite things! This Tempur-Cloud Supreme mattress conforms to the body like it was custom-made especially for you. I now have one in every bedroom. I sleep on it, my guests sleep on it, and then we all spend breakfast raving about it. This is like giving the gift of cloud nine."—Oprah

Queen mattress, $2,699

Pedestal Fan

"Safe, adjustable, easy to clean, and remote-controlled, the Pedestal Fan was on at the Jenners' place when I interviewed the Kardashians, and it was love at first breeze."—Oprah


Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick

"Because I have never met a Tom Ford lipstick I didn't want to take home, I've handpicked these four colors—Deep Mink, Casablanca, Sable Smoke, and Scarlet Rouge—to create a universally flattering palette; or you can choose from 18 shades to customize your own."—Oprah


Glam Studded High Tops

"Heels are not my friend. So imagine my delight when I came across these ultracomfortable, metallic high-tops while shopping at Michael Kors's flagship store in Manhattan."—Oprah



"Don't you just love a good gadget? No need for an ice bucket when you pull the 'corkcicle' out of the freezer and insert it into any bottle of wine that needs to stay cool. Talk about chilling!"—Oprah

Microsoft Surface Tablet

"The Surface, Microsoft's first tablet, feels like a Mercedes-Benz to me, people! The full-size keyboard built right into the cover makes work easy, the very smart kickstand makes watching a movie or Skyping a friend a delight, the less than a pound-and-a-half weight makes a great alternative to a laptop, and the many other features make it fun for work and play. Now, that's a wowser!"—Oprah

From $499

Wagging Tail Custom Portrait Cards

"Sending in a picture of a beloved pet, which is then computer-illustrated and made into custom greeting cards, is a heck of a lot easier than convincing a friend's gerbil to pose while someone carves his likeness in marble."—Oprah

Originally $229

Q37ci Elliptical Trainer

"Bob Greene got me into this elliptical cross-trainer, and I'm forever grateful. It provides such a variety of total body workouts, including goal programs, like a 10K and half marathon—along with digital heart rate monitoring—that you're more exhilarated than exhausted afterward. Why not give the gift of good health?"—Oprah

Originally $3,099

Noel by Josh Groban

"It's just not the holidays until Josh Groban sings "Ave Maria." Because I've yet to find anything better, this CD makes my Favorite Things list yet again!"—Oprah


Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats

"These Dr. Dre–designed earbuds—made exclusively for O readers in my favorite, apple green—are extra comfortable for anybody trying to log some treadmill time."—Oprah


Rowallan of Scotland Jewelry Box

"What do you get the woman who has everything? Storage! This leather-covered jewelry holder with 12 drawers, smart locks, and a lift-out takeaway box for travel is worthy of holding the crown jewels."—Oprah

Originally $525

Curtis Stone Kitchen Solutions Oil Can

"So there I was, telling Curtis Stone how chic this stainless steel oilcan is, not realizing that it's from his very own line! The elongated spout helps control the amount you pour so salads don't get soggy."—Oprah

Originally $60

Classic Coffee & Tea by Yedi

"Four porcelain bowls on a matching tray—that's a lot of gift for $20."—Oprah


Edward Bess Perfume

"I'm not a perfume wearer, but makeup maker extraordinaire Edward Bess made a believer out of me. He blended the essence of Hawaiian gardenia with accents of vanilla musk and Italian bergamot just for me. Now he's doing it for you."—Oprah

Originally $125

Back Home Pajama Set

"I could live in these pajamas! The satiny pima cotton feels like you're wearing nothing, and when was the last time you saw genuine mother-of-pearl buttons?"—Oprah


Bonded Teak Series Knife Set

"I don't throw around the word amazing very often, but anybody who's ever tried cooking with dull knives will welcome this amazing set. It looks fabulous on the counter and makes meal prep a pleasure."—Oprah


Swing Design Tray and Boxes

"I think it was Paul Simon who said, "Preserve your memories; they're all that's left you." This set of boxes is wonderful for the friend who can never manage to keep her keepsakes—from old love letters to fading ticket stubs to seashells from a Sunday at the beach—all in one safe place."—Oprah

Originally $70 to $120

Lancer Skincare Luxury Collection

"My dermatologist recommended this skincare line. Not only does it do wonders for my complexion, but the elegant jars are making my bathroom counter look pretty fantastic, too."—Oprah


Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread

"I am passionate about this coconut and peanut spread. Vegan, gluten-free, beyond delicious—it's virtuous and sinful all at the same time."—Oprah


Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder

"It adds zest to a stir-fry and kick to a cocktail, but I mix it in hot water for a cup of instantly soothing ginger tea."—Oprah

Originally $24

Gourmet Pigs in Blankets

"Whether you chose spicy, chicken, or original, keep these artisanal pigs in a crispy puff pastry blanket in your freezer, and you've got a holiday platter waiting to happen."—Oprah

56-count box plus dips

Pipcorn Holiday Crate

"Pipcorn is a hulless variety of popcorn, which means it's crunchy yet tender. It's also naturally grown, popped in small batches using extra-virgin olive oil, and extremely tasty. Brother-sister team Jeff and Jen Martin took me up on my suggestion to add flavors like lemon truffle along with their signature rosemary, resulting in one of my very favorite things."—Oprah

$88 for set of four flavors

Moscow Mule Kit

"Everything you need to make a brilliant Moscow Mule, including my personal recipe. I suggest drinking at least two when you're at Yosemite trying to pitch a tent in the rain with Gayle King."—Oprah

Originally $145

Blue Velvet Cake

"Gayle fell hard for this blue velvet cake with cream cheese icing and sugar snowflakes. Just add coffee, milk, or a flute of Champagne."—Oprah

Originally $42

Bellocq Tea Atelier Chai Gift Set

"Andre, my friend/hair guru for the past 200 years, turned me on to these two luscious organic chai masalas, and now I drink them every day. I add a little steamed almond milk for a lot of extra tranquility."—Oprah

Originally $85

Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila

"I truly appreciate people who are excellent at what they do, and the folks who handcraft this incredibly smooth tequila are masters. Forget the lime, skip the ice, and just savor it like fine wine."—Oprah


Trio Jam Pack

"I love a good scone with jam, but thanks to savory herbs, these spreads are wonderful in a panini, with goat cheese, even as a glaze on ham or Cornish hens. The peach, pepper, and ginger is my favorite."—Oprah

Originally $36

Dark Secret Chocolates

"I challenged O's creative director, Adam Glassman, to find me a bite-size, 100-calorie piece of dark chocolate made with 67 percent cocoa, and he did it, with 10 calories to spare! It's a gift for every day of the week."—Oprah

Originally $68

Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila

"Mellowed in French oak barrels, this traditional tequila makes for a lovely drink and an even lovelier gift."—Oprah


Trufa Seca Black Truffle Sausage

"Proof that minimal ingredients—pasture-raised heritage pork, sea salt, and black truffle—can create spectacular complexity."—Oprah


Truffle Butter

"How do I love truffle butter? Let me count the ways. On a baked potato, on grilled steak, on a sourdough baguette. The truffle salt turns scrambled eggs, popcorn, even plain old cottage cheese into a major thrill."—Oprah

Originally $21 to $39

Truffle Oils

"A little goes a long way, so drizzle carefully. Or give these intense truffle oils to a foodie friend, along with a slicer and a black winter truffle, and hope for a dinner invitation."—Oprah

Originally $26 to $80

Truffle Risotto, Pasta and Breadsticks

"Pure happiness: All this incredible risotto requires is water; I pair the truffle breadsticks with truffle butter; and what can I say about walking into a kitchen with a pot of truffle pasta bubbling on the stove?"—Oprah

Originally $8 to $27

Truffle Tremor Goat Cheese

"Creamy goat cheese with Italian black truffles might be the best combo since Diana Ross & the Supremes."—Oprah

Originally $19 for 12 ounces

Lafco Soap Set

"This luxuriously oversize, deliciously scented soap is my new go-to gift. I even brought a set to Mr. and Mrs. Colbert when I interviewed Stephen for Next Chapter."—Oprah

$238 for set of 14 soaps

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