San Francisco (Obama.net) – With Thanksgiving just a few days away, most Americans are getting ready to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. But just as soon as Thanksgiving ends, all eyes are on Christmas. The very first day following Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, where many shops throughout the nation have massive sales on the season’s hottest products.
But many are wondering what to get their loved ones this year. With so many different stores offering such a wide variety of goods, many don’t even know where to start.
That’s exactly why millions of American’s can be thankful that they have Oprah Winfrey to turn to.
Every year, Oprah releases her list of her favorite things. For those who can’t figure out what to get their loved ones, a simple glance over Oprah’s list can bring about ideas galore.
Part one of her 2010 list of favorite things was released on Friday.
The first half of the famous list included a variety of items including hair products, books, foods, cooking supplies, clothing, music, and technological goods, in addition to some quite elaborate gift ideas.
For food fanatics and those interested in giving their holiday guests a real treat, Oprah suggests a very affordable Ghirardelli Double chocolate Brownie Mix for less than five dollars. She also offers up Beechers “World Greatest” Mac ‘N’ Cheese, which is made with award winning ingredients.
And for those who love preparing the food, Oprah suggests Ming Knives’ Kyoceras Ceramic Cutlery Set. Oprah says that the knives in this set are the only ones that get used in her own personal home kitchen.
For music fans, Oprah suggests a book that she herself gained much insight into the hip-hop world from, Decoded by rap superstar Jay-Z. Also on her list is the upcoming Black Eyed Peas album, The Beginning, which lands on shelves November 30th.
Movie fans love the idea of a five-year membership to Netflix. For those that love the idea of having access to their favorite shows and movies quickly, what better gift than a half-decade’s worth of Netflix?
For the biggest of Oprah fans, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Oprah Philip Stein Watch is the best gift. For those who find the version that Oprah wears herself to be a bit pricey, one without diamonds sells for one-third the price. Or if a new watch is not something your loved one is interested in, Oprah offers up a simple 25th Anniversary t-shirt from the store on her website.
Athletic women love the suggestion of Lululemon Relaxed Fit Pants. Oprah says that not only are the pants flattering to the figure of any woman, but that they’re just as comfortable. And to match the pants, Oprah suggests Nike “Free Run+” Shoes.
Oprah provides gift ideas for technology enthusiasts too. For the photography lover, the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera is the best for its price. And for the TV fans, the Sony BRAVIA LX900 HDTV with 3D is by far the best option on the market this season. Oprah described the television as simply “fantastic.”
And for those who really want to do something special and don’t mind breaking the bank for a holiday season to remember, Oprah suggests a seven-day Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise.
With a short recap of just a few of the items on her 2010 Favorite Things list, Oprah fans now have numerous ideas for what to get their loved ones this holiday season. Options range from the highly extravagant to the simple and practical. And for those who still can’t figure out what to purchase, this is only part one of the list as part two is set to be revealed on Monday, November 22.
Full List of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2010:
* Phillip Stein limited edition Oprah 25th anniversary watch with 58 handset diamonds ($2,475)
* Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera ($700)
* Cashmere sweater by Ralph Lauren and throw ($498)
* 5-year Netflix membership
* 52-inch 3D Bravia Sony television ($3,600)
* Sony Blue-Ray player and movie collection
* Kiva gift card
* Elfa custom-built Container Store closet ($1,000)
* “O” Store long-sleeve v-neck T-shirt ($38)
* Lululemon drawstring pant ($98)
* Four pairs of Nike “Free run +” shoes ($85)
* 7-day United/Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise
* Flannel Tory Tote ($250) and Reva Ballerina Flat ($195) by Tory Burch
* Judith Ripka eclipse earrings ($525)
* Oprah hair stylist Andre Walker’s shampoo and hair kit ($65)
* Lafco House candle set ($55 each)
* Breville panini press from Williams-Sonoma ($100)
* Kyocera ceramic knife ($75)
* Beecher’s handmade mac and cheese
* Baker’s Edge brownie and lasangne pans/Ghiradelli brownie mix
* “A Course in Weight Loss”
* “Decoded” by Jay-Z
Check back on Monday for Part Two of Oprah’s Favorite Things.