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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Lynn on

“Give me Give me Give me”? Thank these military spouses for their sacrifice to be able to even say such an ignorant comment. It still amazes me how hateful people can be. My friend sacrifices SO much, her husband has been over seas for along time, I would pay money for her to be able to be on that show. Lift her spirits and to just have some fun. Who cares if they donate the items, Oprah is using her name to get there companies to do it to benefit people who deserve it. What have you done?

anastasia harmon on

I think what oprah did for these military families is great. I am a military wife. It’s hard having your spouse gone for months at a time. And when I saqy months at a time, its a range from 6 months to 18 months being gone, but only home for at most a year before they are sent back again. Every one should be lucky to have their family with them every day, while military families have to deal with their spouse being gone. They are a mother and father to their children. The military works so hard to keep this country safe and gets little in return. We barely make eough to keep us comfortable. My husband was spat on in an airport because he is in the military. He was called a baby killer. For a lot of the military, we go to war to fight for evryone’s freedom, doesn’t mean we want to be there or support the war. But we are there because we want to protect our country…. oprah. giving these families a vacation to fiji because of the fact that many of these many military families probably did not get a honeymoon is so very thoughful. Trying to plan a wedding when it involves a military member is very difficult, because you never know when they could be shipped off. We are lucky to even be able to get in a honeymoon! My husband and I have been married for over 2 years and still haven’t been able to take one! So whether or not all of oprah’s gifts were donated, it was still very thoughtful and kind of her to give these gifts to military families.

Sonja on

I understand that Oprah can do whatever she wants with her money. The only problem I have with this year’s gift of $200 sneakers is that I remember not so many years ago when she was building her school for girls in Africa and someone asked her why she didn’t do it here in America, she said she asked some teenagers what they would want if they could have anything and some of them wanted sneakers that cost about $100 and she thought that was so selfish and shallow. So why is it OK for her to give away high-priced sneaks right here in the US instead of using the money for education, etc for these military families?????

Heather on

I like Oprah. But it’s just so odd that people look to her for HER favorite things for Xmas. Doesn’t anybody trust their own opinions? Oprah is not God, don’t worship her lol.

Sunny on

Earth to Oprah. Americans are broke. Millions are jobless and some are even living in tent cities. Flaunting your millions at a time like this is tres tacky. And she wonders why her network is failing. Outt of touch.

lol bree on

I like oprah! She used to be broke like me! but she worked her way to the very top coming frm nothing so yeah i have a little respect for that.

LOL! on

I loved watching this episode every year, it was so much fun to watch Oprah gift the audience with all of those amazing gifts. It doesn’t matter to me if the gifts were donated by the companies or paid for the the Oprah show but if the idea is that people with normal incomes are going to run out and purchase these things then they’re sadly mistaken, or should be. Most of the items are outrageously priced and while Oprah and other very wealthy people can afford to gift them to one another the nearest that most us will come to doing that is watching her do it.

samantha on

Can’t take days off to watch oprah.
Save enough money for black Friday.
Happy holidays everybody.

Navy Wife on

I have been a military wife for 11 years. The fact that Oprah showed appreciation for military spouses and families made my heart smile. The idea of the trip is awesome. We never had a wedding. My husband was deployed when September 11th happened. His carrier was turned around and sent back to the Arabian Sea to begin Operation Enduring Freedom. He did not return home in time for our wedding and since then we have no “set schedule” to plan one let alone a honeymoon.
Instead of arguing over whether or not these gifts are donated, why not take a moment and say a prayer for those families whose loved ones will not be home for Christmas.

Rain on

I don’t ask people when they give me stuff where thay got it from. Trust and believe no one cares who is the source of the give aways. Those companies are happy to be associated with Oprah and are happy for the advertising. If she gets companies to donate then she’s smart, which is why she is billionaire.

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