Oprah’s Favorite Priceless Things
It took until early December for National Bureau of Economic Research to officially call it a recession, but really, we’ve known for a while now. Things are different this year. You can see signs of the times everywhere. It’s in the wording of of the ads on TV, not to mention the prices. It’s on the cover of every magazine and this year, even Oprah’s famous Favorite Things list bears the scars.
Over the past six years Oprah and her staff have put together an extravagant list of Oprah’s Favorite Things. In the past the list has included everything from organic pears to fancy cameras to high end robes and PJs. This year the list was part of the November 26th broadcast, “The Thriftiest Christmas Ever” and heralded as Oprah’s Favorite Things… with a twist!
In place of all the luxury items, this year Oprah brought together a list of gift ideas that barely cost a thing. Handmade and heart-felt gifts made the list this year – no $3000 fridges or $800 camcorders. If things are sluggish enough that watching other people get extravagant gifts has lost its charm this may be a surer sign than anything the financial gurus can tell us.
In explaining the change to the list on her site, Oprah’s writers had this to say:
Oprah has received many gifts over the years, but she says the gift that means the most to her is one that cost the least. “A few years ago at my 50th Happy Birthday luncheon, my friends wrote me heartfelt notes that they then placed inside this silver box,” Oprah says. “The words from your heart mean more to people than anything you can buy.” – Oprah.com
We’ve been told for years that it’s the thought that counts. Maybe now that Oprah has said it we’ll finally start to believe it.