Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 show which was aired on November 26th was very different from past year’s shows where Oprah gave the audience thousands of dollars in gifts. This year was very well done on how to enjoy your holidays and give gifts that won’t put you into debt.
Understanding the financial stress that people and the country is under; Oprah really addressed this in her show this year. The focal point of the show was to show her audience and the viewers at home that you can still have a great holiday season and give gifts that will touch the receivers’ heart but not empty your wallet.
Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 was a combination of things such as Gratitude boxes, which Oprah says is one of her all time favorite things and she still, does it to this day. You can make or buy a Gratitude box for as little as $2 and place heartfelt notes inside to the person. These notes can be from just one person, friends or family. Words from the heart mean much more to people than something you buy them.
Oprah made a list of her favorite holiday music hits and in the spirit of the season she made both the music and the CD cover art available for download at her site including artist Faith Hill singing “”Joy to the World””, Aretha Franklin singing “”Silent Night””, Josh Groban, “”It Came Upon a Midnight Clear””, Tony Bennett, “”I’ll be Home for Christmas”” and many, many more of this season’s hits sung by today’s hottest artists.
Another great gift idea from the Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 show was a Treasure Box. They cost about $12 and inside you can put numerous keepsakes for your family, friends and children. You can buy some file folders and put them in there and date or tag them however you like. Inside the folders place special photos, report card, awards, anything you can think of that would mean something to that person. Start one for your best friend and then maybe they will add to the box and on different occasions you can give them something else to add to their Treasure Box.
Hot Chocolate becomes more popular as the temperature goes down. For just a little bit of cash you can make people a gift they will truly Chocolate Cones. Simply take a few moments to find a recipe online to make your own hot chocolate, add marshmallows and chocolate chips and place it all into decorative candy bags or piping bags found locally at a craft store. Then just decorate simply with a bow or some added ribbon for an added extra touch.
Other ideas can be to have a Swap party which can be themed, such as for children’s gifts, cookie swaps etc. Anything you can think of. Everyone brings a gift and leaves with a gift. Also if you are a person that loves to make homemade goodies you can make up Gift Baskets with things from your garden such as homemade tomato sauce, applesauce, or fill your Gift basket with a bunch of homemade goodies like cookies, peanut brittle and add in some of the Holiday Chocolate cones anything thing you want and this makes such a great gift. Just another great idea from Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 that won’t cost you a lot of money.
If you watch Oprah, you know that she is an avid reader and has her own book club. One of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 is a book she has fallen in love with, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski””. This is an astonishing, mysterious, bewildering and profound novel.
There are also several other items on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2008 that are broken down by price range starting at under $25 up to $100 and then there is Oprah’s All Time Favorites list. So you can have a great holiday season and not empty your bank account.