Oprah Winfrey revealed the list for her annual “Favorite Things” on her website on Tuesday. The list includes over 72 gift ideas that have won the television personality's stamp of approval. It is a continuation of “Oprah's Favorite Things,” a highly anticipated segment in Winfrey's talk show, which aired during the holiday season from 2002 to 2010.
In the segment, Winfrey would feature high-end products that she gave away for free to the live audience. She famously gave away a Pontiac G6 to every member of the audience in 2004. Aside from the featured items, the segment is also known for provoking over-the-top reactions from audience members, which range from crying to fainting.
The list also appears in “O, The Oprah Magazine” magazine's December issue, which hits newsstands on Nov. 11, 2014.
“I tasted, I tested, I sniffed, I touched, I lotioned, I potioned, I snuggled, I brewed, I steeped, I read, I shared, I dared, and then, I did it all again…and again…and again,” wrote Winfrey in the magazine, as published on USA Today.
Some of the item's on this year's list include Golden Beats by Dr. Dre, a headphone set that costs $700, an inspirational book written by Winfrey herself, exotic flowers in a box, dog beds priced at $400, waterproof slippers, bagel balls and European salami.
Brands and businesses that get featured on “Favorite Things” get a boost in sales from the exposure. Small businesses benefit the most, though the sudden surge in consumer demand can be overwhelming.
However, the segment has received criticism.
“The list is filled with outrageously unnecessary, supremely cozy things that you never knew you needed but now cannot live without (including a healthy supply of Oprah-related items, like her book, a movie she produced and meditation CDs featuring her and Deepak Chopra),” Emily Jane Fox wrote on C4.
The segment also came under fire when audience members who received a Pontiac G6 in 2004 had to pay $7,000 in taxes to be able to keep the car giveaway.
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