Oprah just released her longest gift guide ever, and I spent some time sorting through all of her picks. I love seeing what other people really like…whether she was paid to “love” them or not (who knows!). They’re all pretty nice, but some are pretty expensive!! E! did an article on the list, and stated that if you bought every single one without a discount, you’d spend more than $13,400!! Holy cow!! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of cash for the holidays!
I decided to do some research on a few of my favorite things I saw on her list, and see if I could find some less expensive alternatives. Now, I totally believe in spending money on quality things. I’ve only included 5, and only items that I personally am buying or would buy for myself or a loved one. I don’t expect my picks to be better than Oprah’s–I mean come on, she’s amazing…but maybe they can give you some food for thought!!! Enjoy!
The Panini Maker
Am I the only one who didn’t get one of these as a wedding gift? I DID get a rice maker (which we’ve used like 2 times), but the panini maker never made it, and every time I see one, I want it. This one on Oprah’s list is for $70, which isn’t bad at all. But since it’s for me…I don’t want to spend that! I started to take a look at some other options. Oprah’s has 25 customer reviews (average 4.7), but this one is $19.88, and has 336 reviews (average 4.4, but I’ll take that over 25 reviews!). I bought this Hamilton Beach one and can’t wait to try it! I get a panini every day at work for lunch, so I’m hoping that I will actually use this thing!!
2. The Tracking Device
I have the TrackR device and LOVE IT. Oprah lists this Orbit one, the price of which I can’t see because it’s out of stock. However, this TrackR one rocks, and is totally worth the $25 for you or that special someone that loses things easily! (I keep mine on my keys…those are lost allllll the time!)
3. The Keepsake Teddy
Of all of Oprah’s things, this is what I want the most!! *Hint hint, husband, if you’re reading!!!* However, I found this one on Etsy, which has amazing reviews, and is less expensive. I also think her teddy is cuter!
4. The Gratitude Jar
I love this idea, but 1) it’s out of stock and 2) you can totally make this yourself!!! Grab a jar like this which is on sale for $10.49 at Target. Then cut up your own pieces of paper and have your family write down things they’re grateful for. You don’t need the pretty paper, really! I think this concept is a GREAT idea though. Or, if you don’t use it for things you’re grateful for, try it for prayers, good things that happened that day, things you’re excited about, etc.
5. The Cosmetic Case
I’m a sucker for any bag. If I can put stuff in it, I want it! Unfortunately, this case just doesn’t do it for me. It’s cute, but I tend to like cute designs. However, I found this bag, which is cheaper, and has a bunch of compartments in it, and I totally need it!! I’ve never seen a cosmetic case that actually has this much organization inside, and with a bunch of upcoming work trips, I need a case that will actually hold things in place as they get bopped around inside my luggage.
I hope you enjoy my picks!! Did you buy anything from her list?!
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