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In a world of "fast fashion" — and honestly "fast everything else," too — it can sometimes be hard to find high-quality products online (after all, who hasn't been wary of a suspiciously positive Amazon review). But with the holiday season nearly upon us, it's time to start seriously searching for those hard-to-find gifts. Thankfully, for yet another year, Oprah is here to help you navigate the consumer landscape. Mine Mill
ET says that for more than 25 years Oprah's list of her Favorite Things has been a compass for shoppers and gift-givers alike; This week she released her list for 2022, and it is chock full of gems to please even the most discerning foodie and complete any kitchen. We've gone through and compiled the best of the best into a list of our own to help make shopping for the home chef in your life (or yourself) easier than ever.
It's worth noting Digiday reports Oprah's Favorite Things list tends to give businesses a huge boost in sales, and so these deals likely won't last forever. You'll want to jump on your favorites before you have to wrap an I.O.U. instead of that gorgeous Oprah-approved gift you had your eye on.
Ever wanted to=spike your favorite spirit with an extra dose of flavor? This cocktail infusion kit makes the process easy to understand and provides all the tools you'll need. (Just like Oprah, we've recommended it ourselves in the past for those who wanted to learn how to make infused alcohol at home.)
The kit comes with a glass infusion bottle, plus seven different flavor options like floral, smoky, citrus, and chocolate, among others. A single infusion is enough to make more than six cocktails, and a handy recipe guide is included to give some inspiration to any aspiring mixologist.
The 1pt Cocktail Infusion Master Kit can be purchased on Amazon, starting at $68, as well as on the 1pt website for $85.
This pack of flavor-boosting condiments from trendy brand TRUFF is centered around the taste of black truffles. Black truffle oil, salts, and hot sauce are all included and are sure to serve as the gateway to all types of truffle-infused delicacies. TRUFF claims all of its products are made with real truffles as well, unlike other chemical-laden "truffle flavored" products that fill the market.
The TRUFF Starter Pack is available on Amazon and the TRUFF website for $59.99.
This set of ceramic oil and vinegar containers is a versatile addition to any kitchen, whether it's kept in the pantry, on the countertop, or adorning the center of the dining room table. The set pulls double duty, as the tray can also be used as a serving dish and either of the containers would make great containers for next-level vinaigrettes or dressings.
Handmade in Peru, these beautiful pieces are carefully crafted using traditional methods and can take up to 15 days to complete.
The Montes Doggett Handmade Oil & Vinegar Set can be purchased on Amazon or directly from Montes Doggett, starting at $130.
Sweeten up your holiday with this grade-A amber maple syrup gift box from Laurel & Ash Farm. Great for topping pancakes, yogurt, or anything else you'd desire, every glass bottle comes wax sealed and packaged in a limited edition pine box. The gift box also includes a customizable letter, giving it the perfect personalized touch without the hassle of gift wrapping.
The Laurel & Ash Farm Limited-Edition Maple Syrup Gift Box is available at Amazon and Laurel & Ash Farm for $65. If the product sells out, you can purchase maple syrup (sans pretty gift packaging) from Laurel & Ash Farm starting at $22.
Got a wine lover on your list that needs to chill out? The VoChill Stemless Wine Glass Chiller is a great option for wine aficionados of all kinds. The reusable white base can be stored in the freezer which allows its liquid interior to cool. When a stemless wine glass is placed on top the drink instantly begins to chill — no more hacks for chilling wine in a hurry necessary!
A single VoChill Stemless Wine Glass Chiller is available at Amazon and VoChill for $44.95.
There's nothing like a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate to warm you and your loved ones up on a cold winter's evening. With this variety set of hot chocolate mixes from Pepper Creek Farms, you can give a loved one the gift of that comfort no matter how near or far. The set features three 8-ounce containers hot chocolate mix in flavors deep dark chocolate, salted caramel, and toasted marshmallow.
The Pepper Creek Farms Hot Chocolate Gift Crate Set is available on Amazon and directly from Pepper Creek Farms for $40.
There are tons of great cookware brands on the market, but Bloomhouse stands out with this gorgeous 12-piece set of stainless steel, ceramic-lined cookware.
Featuring a non-toxic, non-stick inner lining, Oprah explains this makes this set a durable workhorse in the kitchen. It includes a dutch oven with ceramic steamer insert and lid, everyday pan with ceramic steamer insert and lid, an eight-inch frying pan, a 10-inch frying pan, a three-quart saucepan with lid, a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, and 12 protective bags to keep all of this new gear safe and sound.
The Bloomhouse 12 Piece Tri-ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set is available on Amazon starting at $280, and from Bloomhouse for $350.
If giving a trip to Italy is a little bit outside of your budget this holiday season, this gift set just might be the next best thing.
This collection of organic foods is inspired by the regional Italian cuisine from Sicily, featuring a box of busiate pasta, a 25.4-ounce jar of marinara pasta sauce, a jar of dried basil, and an Italian herb blend with Sicilian sea salt. All the ingredients used in this gift set hail from the Bona Furtuna organic farm and reflect the unique terroir of the rocky Sicilian landscape.
The Bona Furtuna Taste of Trapani Italian Food Gift Set is available on Amazon and the Bona Furtuna website for $80
The perfect gift for any host or hostess on your list, this 18 by 9.5-inch charcuterie board is made with beautiful acacia wood and features smaller three ceramic dishes and a ceramic platter. The dishes are dishwasher safe, and the durable acacia surface should last for years with proper care.
Even if you're a charcuterie board newbie, this board is the perfect place to start when learning how to build your first meat and cheese tray – with some practice hosting family and friends over the holidays you'll be ready to wow your guests come New Year's Day.
The Acacia Wood Cheese & Charcuterie Board is available on Amazon, starting at $88. Sophistiplate sells this board, in addition to other sizes and shapes, starting at $82.50.
There are plenty of great ways to elevate microwave popcorn, but why not turn movie night into something extra memorable with this popcorn gift box from Stone Hollow Farmstead?
The set comes with Lady Finger heirloom popcorn kernels, rosemary and thyme sea salt, and cooking oil infused with rosemary, bay leaves, and peppercorns. It all comes packed in a rustic wooden box that will impress anyone lucky enough to open it this holiday season.
The Movie Night Trio Popcorn Gift Box is available at Amazon and Stone Hollow Farmstead for $75.
An easy way to improve your everyday cooking is to invest in a good spice grinder. Having freshly ground spices on hand will always provide a more potent flavor than the powder that's been sitting in your pantry for who knows how long. (Believe it or not, spices are harder to keep fresh than you might think.)
This electric spice grinder from FinaMill is a great first step into the world of freshly ground spices because it takes all the 'grind' out of the kitchen task, thanks to its electric operation. The interchangeable spice pods also allow you to swap out ingredients without having to clean your spice grinder in between uses or take up valuable counter or pantry space with more than one. It also has adjustable grind settings that let you decide how coarse or finely ground you want your ingredients to be.
The FinaMill Electric Pepper Mill & Spice Grinder is available from Amazon and FinaMill for $44.99.
Whether you're a reluctant host who wants to blow their guests away but doesn't have the time or energy to make their own appetizers or simply someone who'd like to give the gift of cheese (we struggle to think of a better gift to receive), this is the item you've been searching for.
The Boarderie Arte Cheese & Charcuterie Board comes fully stocked and ready to serve to a hungry crowd. It features 35 snacks — from meats and cheeses to dried fruits, nuts, and chocolates — along with three boxes of crackers that will delight everyone at the holiday party. It even includes a reusable wood serving board and bamboo utensils, so you can simply unbox the board and feast.
The Boarderie Arte Cheese & Charcuterie Board is available to order from Boarderie for $239, as well as on Amazon, which features this board along with smaller size options, starting at $139.
This gift might be on the pricier side of things compared to other selections on our list, but it's hard to beat a perfectly crisp pizza made in the comfort of your own home. (Plus, there are plenty of great ways to put an outdoor pizza oven to use besides making pizza, so this is actually a much more versatile gift than you might think.)
The Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven is capable of working with either propane or wood-fueled fires, has a simple setup procedure, and is made from durable and easy-to-clean stainless steel.
The Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven is available on Amazon starting at $499, and on the Solo Stove website, starting at $424.99.
Life might be like a box of chocolates, but it's rarely as beautiful as the Treasure of the Orchard Chocolate Gift Box from fancy chocolate brand Compartes. This romantic chocolate box might look like it's fit for Valentine's Day, but there's no reason you can't use it to celebrate the ones you love this holiday season.
The box features 16 to 20 pieces of California-grown fruit dipped in chocolate, including strawberries, pineapples, oranges, and dates.
Hammer Crusher The Compartes Chocolates Treasures of the Orchards Chocolate Gift Box is available on Amazon and from Compartes for $59.95.