Here are 24 of Oprah’s favorite things you can buy for under $50

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Oprah Winfrey’s not just the “Queen of All Media.” She’s also the Queen of Shopping. And she certainly knows a great buy when she sees it.

She may be one of the richest women in the world, but all of these picks from her “Favorite Things” lists from over the years can be yours for under $50.

1. Three by Three Seattle Jotblock Watercolor Set

With eight watercolor cakes in bright colors and six brushes with wood handles, the Three by Three Seattle Jotblock Watercolor Set ($26.85 from Amazon) is perfect for the budding artist.

“A little birdie named Adam Glassman told me watercolors are the new adult coloring books — and this spacious palette has compartments for paints, brushes, and paper canvases,” Oprah said in 2018.


2. Maya J Empowered Bracelets

The Empowered by Maya J Bracelets ($38 from Amazon) are designed to be gifted. They’re also meant to spread love, strength and positivity, and to empower all women.

“The words you see are the ones I want my girls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy to use to describe themselves,” Oprah said. “Now they can wear a delicate reminder right on their wrist.”


3. Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Pan

Why use three separate pans when you can do it all in one? That’s the idea behind the Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Pan ($17.03 from Amazon), which lets you make up to three different recipes in one pan. And it’s not just for lasagna — you can make loaf breads, cakes and much more.

“When you have a family of varying appetites, these will come in handy,” Oprah said. “All three pan sections are lasagna-noodle size — great for that gang of vegetarian, gluten-free, and carnivorous eaters.”


4. Black+Decker Helix Performance Premium 5-Speed Hand Mixer

The Black + Decker Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixers ($29.99 from Amazon) make all your baking tasks a cinch. It includes two helix beaters, two dough hooks and a wire whisk — and it comes with a handy snap-on storage case.


5. Carl the Drinking Chocolate Snowman

Some snowmen are definitely made to be melted. Carl the Drinking Chocolate Snowman ($38 from Amazon) has everything you need to warm up on a cold winter night: dark chocolate, hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows.

“If Frosty were stuffed with mini marshmallows, he’d be like Carl here,” Oprah said in 2018. “Just place this hunk of a chocolate man into a pot of milk, turn up the heat, and watch him melt into a few mugs’ worth of rich cocoa.”


6. Gourmet Bundt Cakes

Made by hand without any preservatives, Gourmet Bundt Cakes ($36 from Amazon) arrive at your door beautifully presented in a custom gift box.

“I like having options — particularly when those options are already-baked red velvet or Key lime or triple-chocolate or ginger spice or lemon or coconut or sour cream coffee cake Bundt cakes,” Oprah said


7. P.F. Candle Co. Terra Candles

With an average burn time of 45 to 55 hours, P.F. Candle Co. Terra Candles ($30 from Amazon) create a long-lasting impression in the home. The candles come in scents ranging from rosemary to geranium to night-blooming jasmine.


8. Peepers Shine On Polarized Sunglasses and Blue Light Filtering Readers

You don’t have to splash out on designer specs to emulate Oprah’s style — just grab a pair of Peepers Shine On Polarized Sunglasses or Blue Light Filtering Readers ($25 from Amazon).

“You’re always writing to me asking about my glasses,” Oprah said. “I highly recommend these readers for their anti-scratch lenses and absurdly low price. Bonus: With their big bold frames, they’re impossible to lose.”


9. ‘Letters for a Year of Gratitude’

We may live in a digital age, but there’s nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handwritten note of appreciation through the mail. “Letters for a Year of Gratitude” ($12.29 from Amazon), created by Lea Redmond, author of the bestselling “Letters to My” book series, make it easy.


10. Èccolo Desk Journals

Èccolo Desk Journals ($18.99 from Amazon) have all the qualities you could want from a notebook: practical, hard-wearing, inspirational and eco-friendly.


11. Areaware Gradient Puzzles

The faithful puzzle gets a modern makeover in the Bryce Wilner-designed Areaware Gradient Puzzles ($25 from Amazon).

“If any puzzle can help you reach nirvana, it’s probably one of these contemplative and colorfully ombré 500-piecers,” Oprah said.


12. Pudus Boot Socks

There’s no point keeping your feet cozy under your boots if your legs don’t get in on the love, too — and that’s where Pudus Boot Socks ($19.99 from Amazon) come in.

“Super-cushy Pudus slipper socks were a real crowd-pleaser when we wore them at my house last Christmas. Now we’ll give this year’s boot socks a try,” said Oprah.



13. Orbit Key Finder

Make losing your keys a thing of the past with the Orbit Key Finder ($25.90 from Amazon).


14. ‘The Book of Joy’

You can’t buy joy — but this comes pretty close.  “The Book of Joy” ($19.65 from Amazon).

“I want to wish all of you joy — because there is no better gift. Two spiritual masters, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom in this uplifting book,” Oprah said in 2016.


15. Jellycat Soft Toys

They’re cute, they’re cuddly and they’re oh-so soft. The Jellycat range of stuffed animals features everything from elephants to bunnies (starting at $15 on Amazon) and made Oprah’s list of favorites in 2016.


16. Hardie Grant Coloring Book with Bright Ideas Colored Pencils

Coloring isn’t just for kids. The Hardie Grant Coloring Book with Bright Ideas Colored Pencils ($24.46 from Amazon) provides the perfect break from adult life.


17. Emi Jay Hair Ties

Emi Jay Hair Ties ($13 from Amazon) are practical and pretty.

“Your ponytailed friends of all ages need these sweet stretchy hair ties in delectable packaging. Let’s face it: Woman cannot live by scrunchies alone,” Oprah said in 2016.


18. My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Animal Wireless Speaker with True Wireless Stereo Technology

Kids and adults alike will love the My Audio Pet portable wireless speakers ($39.99 from Amazon), which come in a wide range of cute animals.


19. Jeanne Simmons Animal Hat

The Jeanne Simmons Animal Hat ($24.83 from Amazon) is so cute you’ll want it in your size.

“I tip my cap to these completely cute, wonderfully wild hats that let your kiddo tap into his or her inner monkey, bear, wolf, and more,” Oprah said in 2018.


20. K. Carroll Accessories Harper Crossbody Bags

The K. Carroll Accessories Harper Crossbody Bags ($29.99 from Amazon) come in a range of colors.

“Four RFID-protected card slots, two separate inside compartments, and a detachable crossbody strap, all in one cute little vegan leather bag, can only mean one thing. Gayle King, my purse-loving BFF, bought these for everybody she knows!” Oprah said in 2018.


21. X5 Car Chargers

The high-speed, multi-device X5 Car Chargers ($27 from Amazon) are a must for big families.


22. Izola Cocktail Straws

If you want to make your beverages more eco-friendly, take a page out of Oprah’s book and go for Izola Cocktail Straws ($20 from Amazon).


23. ‘Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories’

A beautiful hand-illustrated journal to record celebrations, “Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories” ($15.81 from Amazon) is by renowned chef and artist Jacques Pépin.


24. Spa Day Bucket

You can’t leave your canine friend with empty paws when it’s gifting time. The Harry Barker Spa Day Bucket ($44.14 from Amazon) is Oprah’s go-to when her pooch needs pampering.

“It’s time to wash your pug,” she said. “This cheery set includes a personalized terrycloth robe, a shea butter shampoo/conditioner, and a double-sided brush. In Harry Barker I trust.”


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