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Oprah's Favorite Things 2008- Were they yours too?

Apparently, I missed it again.
The airing of Oprah's Favorite Things- Holiday Edition.
The show aired on November 26, 2008. It will probably air again over the winter break.

From what I hear, the show did not follow the usual format of lavish gifts.

Oprah said that she could not in good conscience give away lavish gifts in such a time of economic trouble. This year's episode would be entitled "How to Have the Thriftiest Holiday Ever!"

As an added bummer to those standing in line or doing the unthinkable for a ticket to this sought after event, all of the giveaways cost "next to nothing" and emphasized do-it-yourself craftsmanship. This was the first year that audience members did not receive the actual gifts.Bummer for them :( .

The gift ideas, many of which were submitted by viewers, included:
Gratitude boxes, filled with notes of gratitude from various people
"Oprah's Holiday Hits" compilation album (given away for free on the show Web site) Treasure boxes filled with mementos
Hot chocolate cones
Swap parties, i.e., exchanging unwanted used items of your own for others' used items you would be more likely to use
Gift baskets that include fruits and vegetables from your own garden
Time with a loved one
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, a book by David Wroblewski
Oprah's Favorites Under $100 Hope in a jar, five of Oprah's favorite books, and the best turkey you'll ever taste.
Gifts That Give Back You can find hundreds of goodies for your friends and family—and help save the world.
If the idea of producing a batch of homemade gifts sounds intimidating, consider this: Oprah has a plan for crossing your entire shopping list off at once.
Many of the gifts included in the "How to Have the Thriftiest Holiday Ever!" show were things that many of us have been giving for years. We have our reasons for giving them including, we are not millionaires with our own TV show.

Did you watch? Will you follow Oprah?

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Comment by kristi on December 14, 2008 at 1:41am
Don't typically watch Oprah but do love the annual "favorite things" episode.
Smart idea this year. I definitely respect her for that.
But boy would I have been pissed if I'd gotten tickets to that show and walked away empty handed.

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