It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The autumn leaves have fallen, the chill in the air is here to stay, and Oprah just announced this year’s list of Oprah’s Favorite Things—her annual guide to the must-give gifts of the holiday season. If you haven’t started holiday shopping yet, consider this a sign. And if you’re already on the hunt for kitchen or household gifts, consider this your moment.
Lady O and her team of elves over at Oprah Daily have been working year-round to curate the list, rigorously researching, vetting, testing, and tasting the products that made their lives better this year. And trust us—they found some of the most delightful kitchen gadgets and tools we’ve seen in a very long time. From machines that make big jobs a breeze (breadmaker! smart oven! pasta maker!), to cozy household favorites (candles + oversized mugs = bliss), to fun new contraptions (stuffed waffle maker?!), you’re sure to find something for anyone in your life who loves to cook and eat as much as you do.
If you’re a dedicated Lady O fan, you’ll already know that Oprah’s Favorite Things list makes for some of the most highly-coveted holiday gifts, so be sure to act fast. Many of the items on this list are sure to sell out quickly, as they do every year. And the best part of all is that this year’s list supports small businesses—many of which are owned by people of color—and female-led brands.
So without further ado, feast your eyes on our favorite kitchen and home gifts from Oprah’s Favorite Things.
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Etúhome x Cococozy Link Modern Farmtable Plank
The 60s had jello molds, the 80s had fondue, and the 2020s have charcuterie boards. We don’t make the rules! Gift this show-stopping 8″-x-36″ wood plank to the hostess with the mostest or your friend whose Instagram feed is nothing but charcuterie-scapes. Don’t sleep on this beauty—it’s part of a limited-edition collab collection between Etúhome and design blogger Colette ‘Coco’ Shelton (@cococozy).
Flamingo Estate’s The Three Sisters Candles Set
These luxe candles are the *chef’s kiss* scents for the kitchen. Oprah is a big fan of the heirloom tomato fragrance, which is so poignant that it reminds her of the plump and juicy summer tomatoes she grows in her famed Montecito garden. The candle set is rounded out by herbaceous aromas of rosemary and sage.
Material Knife Trio and Stand
Oprah has officially joined the rest of the internet in its universal praise of Material knives. The brand makes incredibly durable knives out of Japanese steel without the hefty price tag that comes with most professional-grade cutlery. This set includes their signature 8″ chef’s knife, a 6″ serrated slicing knife, and a 4″ paring knife. Armed with that trio, you can get just about any job done in the kitchen. Bonus: That sleek magnetic wood stand.
SnappyScreen SNAP Clean Hands
This wonder-gizmo makes sanitizing completely hands-free. Just wave your hand over the motion sensor to be spritzed with a moisturizing layer of protection that actually smells good. Perfect for prepping your own home for holiday festivities or as a gift.
Yedi Total Package Bread Maker
Bread makers are nothing new, but my oh my, have they seen a renaissance over the past 18 months (who’s counting?!). Keep up with your 2020 bread-making self by adding this Yedi breadmaker to your collection of small appliances. Act fast if you’re gifting it — bread makers are sure to be a coveted item this year!
Skyros Designs Cantaria Breakfast Cups
The amount of times I’ve received a sideways look for drinking my morning joe out of a soup mug are now irrelevant—Oprah’s on my team. Join us in the big mug club by scooping up a set of these 24-oz stoneware bbs. Or better yet, give a set to the most caffeinated person in your life. They’re great for gifting because they come in four neutral colors ready to match just about any kitchen.
Aarke Carbonator III
Some things you just can’t live without. For me, seltzer is one of them. This premium carbonator from Aarke III is the gift that keeps on giving—you never have to go without seltzer again. It’s also much more eco-friendly than constantly replenishing your stock of single-use bottles or cans.
Casafina Ensemble 16″ Rectangular Baker With Cork Holder
Consider this your new go-to host gift. Complete with a heat-resistant cork tray that fits like a glove, this stoneware baking dish can go straight from oven to table—no cooling time or serving dish necessary. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe, making for easy cleanup.
Tovala Gen 2 Smart Countertop WiFi Oven
Air fryers are so 2020. This year, give the gift of the countertop smart oven instead. This one from Tovala will blow your mind: you can scan the barcode on grocery items (including almost everything from Trader Joe’s!) and it will automatically adjust its settings to cook it. Superfan Gayle King swears this bad boy kept her fed throughout pandemic isolation.
Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron
This kitchen gadget is perfect for the cook who has everything. It’s not just any old waffle iron—it churns out stuffed Belgian-style waffles. The handheld contraption can be used on an electric or gas stovetop, grill, or over an open flame. The possibilities are endless: go sweet with chocolate or fruit filling or savory with ham and cheese. Regardless, it’s decadence all the way.
Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus
Pasta aficionados, rejoice! You can now make fresh pasta at home with the touch of a button (yes, really). Just add wet and dry ingredients to the compartment at the top of the machine and select a noodle shape— spaghetti, lasagna, penne, you name it. Ten minutes later, buon appetito!
GreenPan Reserve Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
It’s time we all upgrade our non-stick cookware from teflon to ceramic. Why? Ceramic is a more effective conductor, so it heats more evenly and is oven-safe. Plus, it’s PTFE- and PFOA-free. This set in particular from GreenPan makes a great gift for the health-conscious cook because their special coating requires minimal oil. Not to mention the cute colors! We love this sunshine yellow, but the set comes in five other options including pink, blue, and neutrals.
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