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Who Received Oprah's 'Favorite Things' This Year?

11/19/2012 at 04:00 PM ET

Oprah's Favorite Things
Courtesy O, The Oprah Magazine

Last year we were slightly sad, feeling deprived of the wild screams and uncontrollable tears usually seen during Oprah Winfrey‘s “Favorite Things” episode. Her daytime talk show had just ended, and we were left with a magazine spread that, while beautiful, didn’t give us the same effect.

But Sunday night the show was back on Winfrey’s OWN Network, honoring hardworking military spouses and gifting them with the goodies the media maven just loved.

“There’s nobody in the world more deserving of a day like you’re about to have,” Winfrey told the group before the gifting began. She honored them for “the work and the sacrifice and the love and the care and the vision that you hold … for every life you touch.”

So what were the goods? See the entire list of 50-plus finds on oprah.com, but highlights included the Octane Fitness Q37ci Elliptical Trainer (introduced to Winfrey by her trainer, Bob Greene), the Tory Burch “Michelle” tote (it “started calling to me,” Winfrey said of the first time she saw it), a $5,000 Bose HD TV, a Tempur-Cloud Supreme Mattress Winfrey swears by, slick Michael Kors Glam Studded High Tops, a Nespresso Lattissima machine and much, much more.

“There’s nothing that I love more than sharing what I love with other people,” Winfrey said. “It’s just so darn fun for me.”

But the most fun moment of the episode came at the end, of course, when Winfrey surprised each of the spouses with a five-night, all-expenses paid trip for two to Fiji’s Namale Resort & Spa. Winfrey was working on the premise that “many people here never had a honeymoon,” she explained, and wanted to give them the rest and relaxation they deserved. Catch the memorable moment here.

For a chance to score all of the swag seen on the “Favorite Things” special (re-airing this Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN), grab the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and visit oprah.com/12days.

–Kate Hogan

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Honorable Mention on

AND THE CULT OF OPRAH/OBAMA LIVES ON!

GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME!

Honorable Mention to the cults of personality! Just DUPE ME!

jenniferlynne01 on

Oprah has such a big heart! :)

Georgina on

I wonder if Oprah actually gives away everything from her own pocketbook, or if the companies making the products give it to her audience for free for “free” publicity? I think it’s the latter.
Oprah is also using her “generosity” as a ploy to promote her new channel which is tanking. At the end of the day, the Oprah company is just another corporation counting its bottom line, and using “freebies” to attract viewers.

MamaB on

UNBELIEVABLE how jealous some people are. Why do you care who is responsible for paying for the goods? They went to very deserving people and if Oprah has the power to solicit those types of donations….MORE POWER TO HER. Maybe you should try some volunteer or charity work so that you understand how good it really does feel!

Andrea on

Why does it matter if someone donates the products? The fact that she takes the time to try and help her fellow man should speak volumes. But of course, people like you always find something to complain about. I wonder, do you do anything to help anyone else? Or are you jealous that no one wants to do anything for you? The joy of giving is NOT for the person who receives it, but for the person doing it. You should try it some time.

Twinkletoes on

I used to love watching Oprah’s Favorite Things show, but now I realized that this show doesn’t really do anything for me or those who are unemployed.

Oprah, we’re not billionaires or millionaires like you. Definitely can’t afford most of those items so please stop airing this show as you are just making us suffer.

Sure, those folks in your audience, mostly white, upper middle class folks from Chicago are lucky to get your free things. And yet, these folks who are wealthy are the ones who can afford to buy them.

OhMy on

Hey Honorable Mention….did you notice that the ‘GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME” cult you are complaining about are the spouses of the guys who give you the freedom to post your nonsense??

OhMy on

Twinkletoes….yeah you’re right. Most military families are mostly white middle class folks from Chicago! Why don’t you join the military if you like the benefits are soooo great?

Rachel on

What a waste of money. More money than brains.

Georgina on

I just don’t feel that she should build a brand on being “generous” when she is not even the one donating the products. At the end of the day, I don’t believe that the show is about advancing any of the people in the audience, but it’s about advancing her “cause” and her company which to me is not very selfless. She makes billions off of people who believe that she is some type of martyr–when in fact she is just a clever business woman.

I don’t mind when people give gifts, but when people give gifts in order to make their public appearance better and to boost their own companies sales, then I think that it’s inappropriate.

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