Let’s be clear: Oprah is the Sultan of Swag, the High Priestess of Pricy Presents, the Gift-giving Guru.
Which is the reason the release of her annual Favorite Things list of super-fantastic, pretty-as-a-princess products sparks such lust in the bosoms of women from Tallahassee to Timbuktu. In Oprah we trust when it comes to straight consumerism. If she says Origins Ginger Souffle body cream is the best, then it is. In fact, that stuff made a list sometime back in 1990s and still rocks my world to this very day. Thanks for that, Oprah.
But let’s keep it real. Mama O rolls in a whole other stratosphere of gifting and spending than anyone, which is half the fun. What does a woman who could buy Gayle anything bring over for Christmas Eve Moscow Mules? The awesomest stuff imaginable, it turns out.
However, if you’re like me and wallowing in 99 percent mediocrity, then most of the stuff on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2014 list are totes out of your price range — or anyone else you know’s price range, for that matter.
And so, on behalf of the Oprah-lovin’, coupon-clippin’, Goach-purse-havin’, pleather-rockin’ ladies out there everywhere, here are a few more-affordable alternatives to the stuff that made Oprah’s Favorite Things 2014 list.
Custom dog bed
Photo credit: Charles Fradin Home/Harry Barker
Giving the crazy dog ladies and gentlemen in your life a chic nap spot for their pooch is a great gift idea, but the customized beds recommended by Oprah from Charles Fradin Home start at $445. Yikes! For a cheaper alternative, check out this Good Dog canvas bed from Harry Barker. They’re durable, sustainable and start at $77 a piece.
Cute women’s cruiser bike
Photo credit: Electra Bike/Huffy
Anyone would giggle with glee at the sight of this fun and sweet bicycle made just for lazy afternoon rides. Instead of splurging on the $550 model from Oprah’s list, check out this baby blue beauty from Huffy that will set you back only a fraction of the cost. The cheaper version even comes with its own basket!
Photo credit: High Camp Supply/Harry and David
Gardenias are some of the most exotic, luxurious and fragrant flowers and make a beautiful gift. Oprah knows this and added a box of bloomed gardenias nestled between gardenia vines right from Hawaii to her Favorties list. But at nearly $200, that’s a big chunk of change to drop on flowers. But for a fraction of the cost, you can gift a cute and sweet-smelling Harry and David gardenia arrangement.
Photo credit: Wakaya Perfection/Lush
If Oprah has taught us anything over the years, it’s that she knows a good bath product when she sees it. Which is why I’m sure the Ginger Beauty and Wellness collection from this year’s Faves list is incredible. Regrettably, at $265, this set is out of reach. But the Lush Granny Takes a Dip bath bomb at just $7 is a ginger-infused bath treat anyone would love to give or get over the holidays.
Photo Credit: Beats for Neiman Marcus/Frends
If you are in love with this $700 Beats by Dr. Dre special edition gold headphones and matching Beats Pill speaker exclusively from Neiman Marcus, then check out these Frends rose gold headphones. At around $200, they’re a stylish, more affordable alternative.
Photo credit: Canvas Home/MoMA
Now Mama O says she searched high and low for the ultimate hand-sized mugs and found these French bistro beauties in her signature green and had to put them on the list. But at $120 for a set of four mugs, that seems a little spendy for the rest of us. As a fun alternative, check out this rainbow mug set from MoMA,
which is a reintroduction of a famous design from the Manhattan-based studio Vignelli Associates, established by Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Still a splurge at $60, if you ask me, these mugs will be a hit for the mid-century design lover on your gift list.
Photo credit: Marigot Collection/H&M
A set of cozy jammies is a classic holiday gift, but at $155, the tailored, menswear-inspired set from Oprah’s Favorite Things list is more aspiration than relaxation. Instead, have a look-see at this more affordable satin version from H&M.
Pearl beauty cream
Photo credit: Bergdorf Goodman/Pratima
Plenty of people swear by the power of pearl cream to fix everything from fine lines to acne. Oprah recommends this Edward Bess Black Sea pearl cream. But for half the price, check out Pratima’s Rejuvenating Pearl Cream, which also comes highly recommended from users.
Holiday candle sets
Photo credit: Lafco/Pottery Barn
This was one of the craziest things on this year’s list. I don’t care how much money you have to burn — $240 for four candles is ridiculous. For a still-luxurious-but-not-cray-cray candle fix, check out this Homescent Holiday candle set from Pottery Barn.
Stylish storage for treasures
Photo credit: One Kings Lane/Horchow
It’s important to keep your jewelry, treasures and baubles organized, so Oprah put this handy jewelry case in luscious lavender on her list this year. But if $135 seems like a lot to swing, then check out these affordable yet really chic stacking boxes from Horchow, which start at about $25 a piece and will add a pop of cheery color to any vanity countertop.