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Last Updated November 9, 2021

If you’re like me, you don’t like to give cheap gifts just because you’re on a budget. However, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to give an amazing gift. In the spirit of holiday gifting, Oprah has finally released her annual favorite things list. Find out 10 of Oprah’s favorite things in 2020 that don’t actually cost a fortune.

This budget-friendly holiday gift guide will be sure to leave your bank account and everyone on your list happy. To help you get started, download this Christmas Shopping Planner found in my FREE Resource Library to keep you organized and save money this holiday season.

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Amazing Gifts Under $50 on Amazon: Oprah’s Favorite Things List

Every gift on this list is under $50! But before we get started with Oprah’s picks, I want you to sign up for Amazon Prime (even if it’s just for the holiday season) so you can get free shipping.

You can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime HERE.

Of course, Amazon Prime members get additional benefits such as discounts on Audible, Amazon Music, Whole Foods, along with other benefits. So it may be worth keeping it after the holidays are over.

Okay, let’s dive into some of Oprah’s favorite things this year (and some of mine too) that you don’t have to be a billionaire to afford.

1. NutriBullet Nutrient Extractor

This is a great gift for yourself and others. The NutriBullet is a fast and easy solution for making nutrient-packed smoothies. Load it up with your favorite whole foods like nuts, berries, and spinach, then blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.

The powerful 600-watt motor and stainless steel blades blend whole foods into liquid fuel for your body in seconds. Also, the plastic cup is BPA-free, long-lasting, and durable.

It’s also pretty easy to clean. Simply twist off the blade, rinse with soap and water, and put the cups in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Finally, if you’re anything like me and want to get fit this year, consider signing up for HealthyWage. HealthyWage uses cash prizes to make weight loss and fitness more fun and effective!

All you have to do is set your weight loss goal (how much you want to lose and how much time you want to lose it), and answer a few additional questions and their calculator will reveal your prize. If you hit your goal at the end of your challenge, you win your prize!

2. Dash Compact Air Fryer

Next on the list of Oprah’s favorite things is this compact air fryer.

The Dash Compact Air Fryer uses AirCrisp technology (instead of oil) to help reduce added fat by 70-80%, without sacrificing the flavor of your fried food.

Simply load the 1 2 qt capacity fryer basket, set the temp, and set the timer. Your food comes out crispy every time and in less time than it takes to pre-heat your oven, making it more energy-efficient.

The auto-shutoff function prevents overcooking, and the cool touch housing and handle makes it safer to use. My favorite thing is the nonstick fryer basket is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

The Dash Air Fryer is a great gift for anyone that has a first apartment, smaller kitchen, college dorm life, or love camper/rv traveling.

3. Grow and Make Deluxe DIY Hot Sauce Making Kit

This one on the list is for my hot sauce lovers.

Learn how to make six delicious hot sauces with a DIY Deluxe Hot Sauce Making Kit from Grow and Make. Check out how all three included hot pepper varieties rank on the Scoville scale. Blend ingredients like curry, ancho, and cayenne to achieve your favorite flavor.

Mix up a batch of each of their six delicious recipes, like classic spicy Louisiana Hot Sauce and smoky Chipotle Hot Sauce. Most recipes can be easily adjusted for different heat and taste preferences. You can even try adding your favorite fresh vegetables!

Complete your DIY experience by filling up six included hot sauce bottles for yourself and for friends! This is a perfect gift for chefs or anyone who loves hot sauces.

4. Drunken Tower

Next on the list of Oprah’s favorite things this year is this fun adult drinking game. Drunken Tower is the hilarious adult party game that simultaneously gauges your dexterity and sobriety.

Drunken Tower is like one of my favorite games Jenga, but with a twist!

Each of the 60 wooden blocks has one of 15 challenging commands printed on it. Upon removing the block the person must read the block and the table or player must follow that command. After that challenge has been completed replace the block to the top of the pile and repeat until the tower comes down.

This is a great gift for anyone who loves to have game nights!

5. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

This is a great gift for the people on your list that love to travel. This book is a great resource for planning travel. It’s jam-packed with great locations and adventures that will give you ideas to do things you might not normally have selected to do.

I also like how it gave you the perfect times to visit, as well as price ranges and the best places to stay and eat while visiting. I recommend you look at it before going to a new location to make sure that you don’t miss any important sites.

Besides Christmas, this book would make for a great retirement gift for someone who is planning a lot of travel.

6. Chill Rocks

I love this item from Oprah’s favorite things because I think it’s an excellent price for a set of 9 beverage chilling stones made from 100% pure soapstone.

Chill Rocks is great for people who enjoy their spirits “on the rocks” because it will add the perfect chill without diluting it down. Now all your favorite drinks are able to be served the way they were intended to be, pure and properly chilled.

Chill Rocks are non-porous, meaning, there is no odor or taste to tarnish your drink. Unlike ice, Chill Rocks provides a smooth chill that does not overwhelm the character of your beverage.

Chill Rocks is a great gift for anyone who loves the perfectly chilled beverage. You can use this with your other beverages too, not just alcohol.

7. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Next on the list of Oprah’s favorite things is this Anker bluetooth speaker. This is a great little speaker — especially for the price — that delivers a crisp and clear sound.

It has a great battery lift that will provide 24 hours of music play. It’s lightweight but still robust enough to provide protection if dropped.

Just pair it to whatever device you use for music and enjoy it at the park, yard, or anywhere else at home or away.

8. InnoGear Diffusers for Essential Oils

This is a great gift for family and friends who loves aromatherapy. InnoGear diffusers use ultrasonic technology to break up essential oil into microparticles, which improves the diffusion process since the essential oils are not heated.

This little device is multifunctional to serve not only as a diffuser to fill your room with natural fragrance, but also as a vaporizer, humidifier that adds moisture to the air. Use it to improve your home’s air quality, cover the smell of pets or smoking, and protect your family from the excessively dry season.

I think the wood grain design fits in with the most decor and brings a close-to-nature feeling to your home or office.

9. HBO Game of Thrones Trivia Game/Monopoly Game of Thrones Board Game

I’m so excited about these two gifts because I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones. Just to be clear, these are two separate items but I just HAD to mention BOTH of them because I love Game of Thrones (and I also love Monopoly).

The first gift is a Game of Thrones Trivia game.

The Trivia Game lets you use your knowledge to compete for the Iron Throne. You and your friends answer questions about the first four seasons of the hit HBO series in order to conquer key locations in Westeros. Whoever controls the most locations in the Seven Kingdoms wins!

Choose more difficult questions to immediately gain more control over a location, accumulate resources to earn the favor of characters, and strategically make and break alliances with other players.

The next gift is a special edition Monopoly game for Game of Thrones fans.

All aspects of the game are customized — including oversized tokens, custom game board, cards, Monopoly money, rules, and more! This is the perfect gift for Monopoly and Game of Thrones fans.

10. Echo Spot – Smart Alarm Clock

The last gift on my list of Oprah’s favorite things is the Echo Spot. The Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock that can do so much more than your average alarm clock.

It can be your wake-up call but also your kitchen timer, to-do list tracker, shopping list keeper, and calendar monitor to remind you of important appointments. It can also make reservations for that lunch date with your spouse, help book travel arrangements, and even sync your updates through to your family through the Alexa app.

With your Echo Spot, Alexa can tell you the weather forecast, provide news briefs, and even answer questions by looking up the information for you online. You can also voice control your music, control your smart home, and connect with video calling and messaging.

BONUS: Better Houseware 309 Extra-Wide Glass Drinking Straws

This gift is an honorable mention from Oprah’s list of favorite things last year (2019). I think these straws are so cute and were too good not to mention again as a gift to give someone this year!

These reusable glass straws are non-toxic and BPA free.  The straws are dishwasher washable (who else hates washing dishes like me…lol) but also come with brushes for any tough to clean areas.

These straws look so beautiful and dress up your drink. Also, the environmentalist in me can’t help but point out that they’re better for the environment than plastic straws.  Each set comes with five straws and a cleaning brush.

They’re a great gift for your friends that like to entertain. Because the glass straws have color tips, guests can pick a color and know which drink is theirs’ the entire night!

Use Online Coupons And Cashback Websites

As you can see, you don’t have to give cheap gifts just because you’re on a budget.  Consider gifting one of Oprah’s favorite things. All the gifts on this list cost less than $50.

However, if you decide to purchase any of Oprah’s favorite things on Amazon, don’t forget to use cashback websites when shopping online! One easy way I would save money is by using online coupons and rebate sites.  Two great websites I use are Ebates and Ibotta.

If you don’t have an account, sign up right now! It is literally FREE money. When you sign up right now and purchase something you will get a $10.00 bonus from Ebates and Ibotta.

All you have to do is go to one of these websites, search the store you want to buy from online, and then click on that store.  You are redirected to that merchant’s website and you can shop as normal with your credit card, debit card or gift card.

You can use coupon codes and the store site functions exactly as if you had not come through the cashback website.  After you complete your order, you will get cashback to your Ebates and Ibotta account.  There’s literally no reason why you should not be using these websites.

For example, I have gotten over $1,200 in cash back since I’ve been a member.  Of course, you can earn A LOT MORE depending on how much you spend and the stores you like to shop at.  If you’re going to be shopping online anyway, you might as well get paid for it.  Sign up today so you don’t miss out on this FREE money!

Finally, if you like to use your phone to shop online, sign up for Drop. Drop is the free app that’s giving out millions in cash rewards for the spending you do every day.

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Don’t Like Anything On This List?

If all fails and you don’t know what to buy that special someone, do what I do, and just give them a gift card.  The three websites I like to use to purchase discounted gift cards are:

These websites are great because you can save money by buying discounted gift cards.

How it works is people sell their unwanted gift cards to the marketplace, and you can then buy that gift card at a discount.  It’s a win/win for everyone!

You get a discounted gift card for some of your favorite brands, and the seller gets cash.  Also, you can sell any unwanted gift cards you get this holiday on one of these websites.

You can buy an electronic gift card that is almost instantly emailed to you, and then print it out. Or you can purchase a physical gift card that is mailed to you—shipping is free.

I’ve been able to save up to 30% on some of my favorite brands.

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The one downside is some of the physical gift cards do not have round values.

For example, they will have a gift card with a value of $55.33, which makes it awkward to give as a gift. What I do sometimes when this is the case, is I buy the gift card for myself and use it to buy my gift.

So, if I see a Banana Republic gift card for 20% off, but the value is not a round number (like $55.33), I would buy the gift card for myself and then go to Banana Republic (or to buy my gift. This way I save 20% on the gift I purchased!

I also use this method when I’m buying things I need for myself.

For example, I wanted to buy kitchen appliances for one of my properties from Home Depot.  I went to Cardpool and purchased a few Home Depot gift cards.  I ended up saving about 5% on my purchase  (which was about $50 since I was spending a lot).

Every little bit counts!

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So those were my top picks from Oprah’s favorite things this year. I wanted to show you some top quality inexpensive gifts that I think someone on your Christmas gift would be happy to receive.

If it’s good enough for a billionaire, I think it’s probably good enough for that special person on your Christmas list :). Again, don’t forget to sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime HERE so you can get free shipping on all of your gifts.

Lastly, download your FREE Christmas Shopping Planner in my Resource Library to help you stay organized while shopping this Christmas season.

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