Oprah has 87 favorite things this year. For her favorite things, click her picture.
Notice she has teamed up with Amazon this year! She must have stolen that idea from me, since I have been doing that right here on my website since March 2014. Oprah is rich and trendy. Her favorite things are expensive and trendy. My favorite things are just awesome. See below.
1. GE LED Light Bulbs
Technology has finally produced a bulb to truly replace the incandescent light bulb. These have all of the advantages of the incandescent bulb with none of the drawbacks of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and use less energy than CFLs. They even look just like regular light bulbs. Perfect for that guy on your list who just wants cash. One 60W equivalent that costs less than $6 saves more than $100 in electricity over the 22 year life of the bulb!
40 Watt Equivalent
60 Watt Equivalent
I have not bought anything more than a 60 watt. Maybe next year.
2. Simple Kneads Gluten-free Bread
Brand new product available to order only since last week! The best gluten-free bread available. Get it while it’s hot! My favorite is the sourdough.
3. The Best Phone Charger You Can Buy
Ever notice that some chargers charge your phone fast and some take a long time? That is because of the current rating of the charger. This thing puts out enough power to light that 40 watt (equivalent) bulb above! It also has a long cable with a little light on the end and a USB port so you can remove the cable.
4. The Best Car Charger You Can Buy
Same as above, but for your car.
5. Supplemental Battery
This will run any phone (even smart phones) for several days on a charge. I used it while traveling on my bike for days at a time.
6. Trailer Hitch Bike Rack
While not as beefy or secure as its name-brand $450 counterparts, it gets the job done for 130 bucks. It is certainly heavy-duty enough that the bikes will not come off on the highway. You can get it stolen twice and still spend the same as for the name-brand!
7. Go Buckeyes!
8. At a Glance Phrasebooks by Barron’s
For whatever language, At a Glance phrasebooks are the best you can buy. They have the usual phrases, as well as pronunciation, and a handy dictionary in the back. I have personally used the Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. Good pocket size and sturdy cover. Only one fits in your pocket. This is the best one.
9. The Best Pens
How many different types of pens are out there? Way more than there should be. This should be the only type. They are the best.
10. Kindle Paperwhite and Carrying Case
The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader out there. I haven’t used the other e-readers, so how do I know? Because you can’t improve on perfect. The screen looks like paper, the pages flip fast, and it has a built-in back light for reading at night. You’ll want to be able to carry it without scratching the screen and this case is just that. Nothing fancy, just a well-fitting cover.
11. Jump Rope
A great product for a great exercise. It has ball bearings, adjustable length, and what else do you need in a rope?