Oprah reveals her 20 favourite things for 2020
Though this has been a tumultuous year for many, Oprah Winfrey is giving fans something to look forward to this holiday season: her favorite things list.
The annual list returns for 2020, putting a spotlight on Black-owned businesses. “Black-owned” and “Black-led” business tags denote items ranging from lipstick and blankets to dolls and foods. The list will be featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (on newsstands Nov. 17) and at OprahMag.com.
“This year the elves and I have worked overtime in search of fantastic treats for everyone,” Winfrey writes. “And because Black lives – and Black businesses – matter, most of the items are from Black-owned or -led companies.”
With 72 gifts, the list is slightly shorter than last year’s 79 and significantly decreased from 2018’s massive list of 107 items. It features budget picks as well as luxury options, with items priced from $13 (for aspirational puzzles from Puzzle Huddle) to $3,500 (for the Samsung television).
We broke the list down to 10 must-have items so you can get a taste of the holidays, Oprah-style.
Telfar medium shopping bag
Dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin” because of its accessible luxury and “It bag” status in New York, these bags have been carried by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Real Housewives of New York” star Sonja Morgan and Solange Knowles. The boxy, vegan leather bags with handles and shoulder straps available in multiple color options are the staple accessory from designer Telfar Clemens, who won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s American accessories designer award in 2020 and are often sold out, despite frequent restocks.
Bychari initial rings
Everyone will want to get their hands – well, technically, fingers – on these personalized stackable rings. If Bychari rings a bell, it’s because Michelle Obama wore the brand during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she sported Bychari’s simple gold necklace that spelled “V-O-T-E.” $60
House Dogge fleece dog hoodies
Is there anything more adorable than a puppy wearing a sweater? Rhetorical question – the answer is always no, and Oprah clearly knows that. These fleece dog hoodies from House Dogge will keep your furry friend warm and stylish on those crisp walks as winter approaches.
E Marie Travel blanket sets
Snuggling up on the couch (because where else are we going to go?) just got even cozier with these E Marie Travel blankets. Both the Big Boss and ribbed travel sets recommended by Winfrey come with an accompanying eye mask, perfect for a quick nap.
Samsung Terrace TV
Another staple for couch living is this luxe television, which can function both indoors and outdoors. The TV is designed to withstand all types of weather, including rain, snow, and extreme heat, making it durable enough for open-air movie nights. $3,500
Yedi air fryer
Cooking at home has become more of a necessity for many families during the pandemic. This air fryer promises to do it all and make the process a little easier, from frying chicken in a healthier way to baking a cake. $150
Judy ‘The Safe’ kit
If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that pretty much anything can go wrong. Enter Judy to save the day with its emergency preparedness kits. The Safe features 24 potentially life-saving items to support a family of four for 72 hours, including gloves, water packets, dust masks, and wet wipes, all wrapped up in a waterproof case. $250
Trufflin truffle sauces
It’s not an Oprah list if there isn’t something truffle-related. Get your truffle fix with these black truffle-infused Sriracha and ranch sauces, perfect for adding bold flavor to your holiday meals. $60
Zach & Zoë honey gift bundle
Though the honey isn’t from Beyoncé’s recently revealed beehives, this honey gift bundle from Zach & Zoë Sweet Bee Farm gets the Oprah stamp of approval. The brand features wildflower honey blends with lavender, ginger, matcha, and more. $50
54 Thrones African Beauty Butter Collection gift set
With all the extra-thorough handwashing happening this year, these moisturizing hand and body creams can help keep your hands soft and hydrated. The beauty butter, formulated with two types of shea butter, come in a variety of scents and are great for lovers of lotions and potions. $80