Oprah is an actress, television producer and philanthropist, best known for her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which was the highest-rated television programme of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.
‘Oprah’s Favourite Things’ was an annual segment that appeared on the show. In the segment, which aired during Thanksgiving week and was inspired by the song ‘My Favourite Things’ from the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, Oprah shared products with her audience that she felt were noteworthy or would make great gifts. In addition, the audience members that were present during the taping of the episode received items from that year’s list for free.
The list of Oprah’s ‘best gifts to get your loved ones’ is now published on www.OprahMag.com and the 2018 roll-call comprises 107 items.
Burgon & Ball’s Flora & Fauna Gardening Gift Set is listed as one of five ‘eco-friendly gifts’ along with Izola Cocktail Straws, P.F. Candle Co. Terra Candles, Bindle Bottles and Story Bikes Electric Step-Through Bike.
The list of ‘kitchen gifts’ comprises: EtúHome White Mod Charcuterie Boards, Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Pans, Philips Indoor Smoke-less Grill, Black + Decker Helix Performance Premium Hand Mixers, Canvas Home Abbesses Platters, Nespresso Lattissima One Original Espresso Machine with Milk Frother by De’Longhi, H-AI Slow Juicer, Glitterville Studios Rainbow Tumblers, Fleischer & Wolf Portland Ash 8 Piece Knife-Block Set, Axis Lever Corkscrews and Aarke Carbonator II (a premium carbonator/sparkling water maker)
Oprah explained on her website: “Once upon a time, during the Oprah show days, I discovered some very comfy red-checkered flannel pajamas and some unbelievably cozy shearling-lined boots that kept my feet warm on even the most chilling Chicago days. I adored those pajamas. And those Uggs. I wanted everyone I knew to experience and adore them, too. So I bought them for everyone I worked with, which at the time was about 490 people.
“When I ran out of people I knew, I wanted to keep sharing – with everyone who knew me. Thus the idea of ‘Favourite Things’. These days, choosing my Favourite Things makes me a little cuckoo. What started as an organic extension of wanting to treat people to some things I truly loved has turned into an annual list that takes a team to curate.
“I then go through every item, picking my favourites and narrowing the selection to my own. It’s a process. Because it’s important for me to remain as true to my original inspiration as possible. My guideline: do I really like it enough to want to receive it myself?”
Burgon & Ball commented: ‘Lifestyle guru Oprah has for some years been known for her discerning giftware selections. Her annual ‘Favourite Things’ list has become a keenly-awaited annual benchmark; the ultimate guide to all that’s desirable and perfectly on-trend in gifting.
‘The list makes headlines worldwide when it’s released, and the selections also receive huge coverage online, with countless blogs devoted to the gift choices – and Oprah’s guidance is eagerly seized upon by shoppers looking for inspiration as the festive season approaches.
‘Our Flora and Fauna range of gardening gifts features an elegant design of delicate foliage and dainty songbirds, beautiful illustrations taken from the RHS Lindley Library of historic botanic art.
‘Items in the range include a gift-boxed RHS-endorsed trowel and secateurs, gardening gloves, twine in a tin, wooden labels, a mug, a drinks tray, an indoor watering can and an umbrella. The variety of items makes this collection ideal not just for gardeners, but extends choices into homewares, too.
‘Our Flora and Fauna collection of gorgeous gardening gifts will receive extensive publicity this Christmas to inspire shoppers, and with RRPs from £8.99 up to £24.99’.
Burgon & Ball Flora & Fauna Gardening Gift Set