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The calendar has officially flipped to November, marking not only a new month, but also the release of one of the most highly anticipated holiday gift guides of the year: Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023. The ever-popular list is chock-full of Oprah Winfrey-approved gear from cozy travel apparel to supportive shoes, and this year’s selection is no exception. Just in time for your holiday shopping, the media maven has outlined a detailed collection of products that are guaranteed to appeal to everyone — including from popular brands like Spanx, Beats, and Telfar — and you can shop the entirety of the list at Amazon.
Broken into eight, easy-to-navigate categories, Winfrey’s list includes a thoughtful array of products which are sure to make shopping for holiday gifts easier than ever, even if you’re doing your browsing on a budget. So, to make things even more seamless, we’ve rounded up the 12 best travel essentials that made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2023. Whether you’re searching for the perfect pair of wide-leg pants or a spacious underseat carry-on suitcase to hold your gear while you’re on-the-go, your search is over.
Take Off Luggage Personal Item
If you’ve been on the fence about snagging a new piece of luggage ahead ofl the holiday deals around the corner, take Oprah’s Favorite Things list as a sign that this personal item is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Winfrey notes that this suitcase is a “brilliant below-the-seat bag” seeing as you can pop off the wheels to transform it from a rolling carry-on to an underseat personal item easily. She even notes that it’s ideal for people “traveling on a budget” if you’re looking to avoid “putting luggage in the overhead bin.” And even better yet, it’s currently on sale for just $96.
Spanx AirEssentials 1/2 Zip
A cozy loungewear outfit is the only thing you’ll want to travel in during the colder months, and Oprah swears by this flattering Spanx zip-up (which even boasts a matching pair of pants) as her go-to outfit. In fact, she raved that she “got this set last year,” and “wore it on a photo shoot for O Quarterly and never looked back.” Winfrey added that the top is made with the “most comfortable fabric,” and now even comes in “new, sophisticated colors.”
Beats Studio Pro Headphones
Over-ear headphones have made a major comeback in the last year — and even Oprah herself has taken notice. If you’re looking to skip the trial and error and snag the “best of the best” as touted by Winfrey, these comfy Studio Pro headphones are the best choice, whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one this season. In fact, now is the best time to shop as they’re on sale for a whopping 43 percent off at Amazon.
Telfar Medium Shopping Bag
If you’ve joined the impressive waitlist that Telfar bags have amassed this past year, you’ll be happy to find that the iconic shopping bag is now available at Amazon in a stunning purple shade, as approved by Oprah. Not only is it stylish enough to function as a tote during your travels, but Winfrey even notes that it’s “big enough to hold a laptop,” making it the ideal personal item for fashion-forward adventurers. In fact, Oprah went as far as to dub it the “It Bag” of the year — sold!
Tory Burch Classic Rain Loafers
It’s no small task to remain stylish during rainy days, and these sleek Tory Burch loafers are the perfect solution for taking on a vacation that may be riddled with inclement weather. Pair these simple rubber loafers with your favorite travel outfit and you’ve instantly created a fashionable and sensible travel look. Plus, according to Oprah they’re “just right for days of running errands,” and a convenient pull-on design is great for hurrying through the airport without dealing with laces.
Saysh The Felix Runner
While you can’t go wrong with pull-on shoes, sometimes it is paramount to have a reliable pair of lace-up sneakers at the ready while you’re on vacation, and Oprah has selected these Saysh women’s running shoes as her top choice this year — and they’re currently on sale for 20 percent off. Designed by Olympian Allyson Felix, “the most decorated track-and-field star ever,” according to Winfrey, these shoes boast a “super-plush insole” that will keep you comfortable and supported all day long.
32 Degrees Women’s Lightweight Shirt Jacket
Packable layers are must-haves for cold-weather travel, and Oprah has dubbed this shacket “just the thing for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.” Not only can it function as a cozy top for staying warm during long-haul flights, but it’s also the perfect jacket for sightseeing, shopping, and really anything else you may have on the agenda before we hit full-on winter coat season. Better yet, it’s just $33 at Amazon.
Mali + Lili Lola Beauty Bag Duo
On the hunt for a versatile pouch to store your makeup and other essentials while you’re on the go? Well, Oprah notes that this “vegan leather set is ideal for travel,” as the “smaller pouch is perfect for makeup and a larger one for accessories.” But every good traveler knows that versatility is the name of the game, and Oprah shares that “savvy folks” cinch up the larger pouch, “transforming it into a going-out bag.” The duo is even available in 10 stunning colors, making it a thoughtful gift for your most stylish loved ones.
Lunya Organic Pima Wide-leg Pant
You should never have to sacrifice style for comfort and vice versa, which is exactly why these effortless cotton pants landed on Oprah’s favorites list this year: they offer the best of both worlds. In fact, Winfrey raved that “thanks to a full-skirt look, these loungy pants with pockets can be dressed way up.” It should come as no surprise that these pants are an excellent choice for travel as they can be styled in a variety of different ways, effectively limiting the number of items you’ll need to bring for your trip — and they’re now on sale for 20 percent off at Amazon.
Rebecca Allen The All Weather Boots
When the streets become slippery during the colder months thanks to snow and ice, the cozy flannel-lined All Weather boots keep you safe and secure, all while maintaining your personal style. Oprah admitted that she loves these boots “to go with jumpsuits, long skirts, [and] dresses,” but even added that they make excellent “gifts for friends.” A simple pull-on design makes these winter boots travel-friendly and great for airport wear, and they come in three sleek shades that are sure to match nearly anything you might have packed for your next vacation.
Sterling Forever The Perfect O-ccasion Earring Case
Tangled jewelry and missing earrings are about to become a thing of the past thanks to this simple Sterling Forever travel box that provides ample space for your necklaces, rings, and more while you’re jetsetting. Oprah even notes that “this isn’t so much a travel case as it is a treasure chest,” as the box comes stocked with “five earrings styles” that Winfrey herself selected for shoppers, alongside “room for your other essential pieces.”
Top It Off Sherry Gloves
Keeping your hands warm and insulated against the cold is key to your comfort while traveling during the winter, and these adorable gloves are the best way to do it without downgrading your outfit. Oprah calls them a “cheerful stocking stuffer,” while noting that the “index fingertip works for touchscreens,” which is endlessly functional when you don’t want to expose your skin to the elements in the name of sending a text or checking directions. And as an added bonus, they’re even on sale for just $20 right now.
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