Source: indyposted.com | This year Oprah Winfrey pulled out all the stops when celebrating her annual “Favorite Things” episode, giving out a plethora of thoughtful and sometimes extremely lavish gifts to her audience. The over-the-top nature of some of the gifts is thought to be due to this being her final season, and her last “Favorite Things” giveaway. Here are our top 10 favorites from Oprah’s Favorite Things 2010 show.
10. 5-year Netflix Membership
Netflix may have been the true big winners in this particular gift, given the massive promotional boost that comes with a recommendation by Oprah Winfrey. Still, 5 years of movies and TV, both delivered home and streamed online, is a gift worth cherishing. And the Netflix service is a well-oiled machine. Even at its cheapest, a year’s worth of Netflix costs about $107. So for the simplest-featured account, you could expect to shell out $535 for 5 years. Not too shabby a prize!
9. Nike “Free Run+” Shoes
35 years of research have culminated in Nike’s “Free” technology, which Oprah claims is the next best thing to being barefoot. Designed for free running, the names of the game with this shoe are cushion, traction, and protection. The shoe, which retails for $85, strengthens muscles in the feet and ultimately leads to a more effective workout. And in an array of vibrant colors, these sneakers are visually appealing and really stand out.
8. Tory Tote and Reva Ballerina Flat by Tory Burch
This one proved to be a massive fan favorite. “Everyone loves Tory Burch,” Oprah asserts, and she might just be right. The tote was constructed in grey flannel with silver leather accents to commemorate the 25th anniversary – i.e. silver anniversary – of Oprah’s show. To complete an ensemble, Oprah threw in matching grey flannel Reva ballerina flats, a Tory Burch signature. Worth $250 for the tote; $195 for the flats.
7. Breville Panini Press from Williams-Sonoma
Yum. Oprah gave the gift of delicious hot sandwiches – of which this panini press can cook 4 at a time! Williams-Sonoma considers it the perfect solution for quick family meals or casual entertaining. It also doubles as an indoor grill with some great features for healthier cooking, like a specially-angled surface that lets fats drip away from grilling meats. (It can also be kept flat to seal in juices.) It’s an all-in-one solution for great paninis, since you can grill vegetable and meat ingredients before assembling the sandwich and using the machine to give it a perfect sear. $99.95 at Williams-Sonoma
6. Limited Edition 25th Anniversary “Oprah” Watch by Philip Stein
A gift that’s likely to appeal more to females, but must be mentioned for its incredible worth of $2,475 and it’s chic style, is the limited edition 25th anniversary “Oprah” watch by designer Philip Stein. As the name suggests, it’s designed only to celebrate Oprah’s 25th year. It’s diamond-encrusted – 58 hand-set diamonds in all – and tells time in two time zones. Such a great gift for ladies on the go, and on the road.
5. Judith Ripka Eclipse Earrings
Alright…this one’s undeniably girly, but it’s also undeniably gorgeous! Canary crystal stones and white sapphires set in sterling silver sparkle like nobody’s business and set off any outfit. They’re worth about $525 and can be seen in greater detail at JudithRipka.com. Simply stunning.
4. elfa décor Custom-Built Container Store Closet
elfa décor make some of the most eye-catching and functional closet storage systems around. And a custom-built beauty courtesy of Oprah is worth $1000. elfa décor closets put an end to closet chaos and instill a sense of serenity and order to any clothes and accessory storage effort. Organization reigns supreme, but the aesthetics are worth their weight in gold, too. Lucky winner!
3. Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera
At a cool $700, this impressive camera, which hit the market in August, boasts 14.2 megapixels. It has a 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor and takes large photos at a resolution of 4,608 x 3,072 pixels, medium photos at 3,456 x 2,304 pixels, and small photos at 2,304 x 1,536 pixels. It’s a recipe for crisp, beautiful photographs and now we know it’s Oprah endorsed!
2. Sony BRAVIA LX900 HDTV with 3D
$3,600 of state-of-the-art television enjoyment was up for grabs on Oprah’s list. The LX900 is the highest rated 3D TV on the market, offering both gripping 3D viewing and regular viewing. In addition? The audience got a Sony BDP-S570 3D Blu-ray Disc Player and three 3D movies to get them started.
1. Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise
Ice skating, zip lines, rock climbing, dancing ball rooms, 3D movie theater, and a park…at sea? That’s what the Allure of the Seas offers, the largest cruise ship currently in existence. Oprah gave away a 7 day at-sea adventure and, courtesy of United Airlines, air transportation to and from the cruise. There was no approximate monetary value given for this particular gift, but the least expensive 7 day Caribbean cruise on this ship goes for $765.00.