These were the items given to the studio audience (located this year in Macon, GA, where the Oprah Winfrey Show has consistently received its highest ratings) on the 2007 edition of Oprah's Favorite Things:
SAMSUNG PROGRESSIVE HD CAMCORDER SC-HMX10C $799.99
UGG® AUSTRALIA CLASSIC CROCHET TALL BOOT $120
PERFECT ENDINGS CUPCAKES FROM WILLIAMS-SONOMA $59 (set of 9)
MELAMINE BOWLS, MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS FROM WILLIAMS-SONOMA Bowls $32; Measuring Cups and Spoons Set $18
THE ARTISAN® STAND MIXER FROM KITCHENAID HOME APPLIANCES $349.99
THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S PLANET EARTH DVD SET $59.95
KAI BODY BUTTER and BODY BUFFER $28; $55
CLARISONIC SKIN CARE SYSTEM $195
CLAUS PORTO SOAPS FROM LAFCO NEW YORK $42 set of 3
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH BY KEN FOLLETT $24.95
BREVILLE IKON PANINI PRESS FROM WILLIAMS-SONOMA $99.95
HDTV REFRIGERATOR WITH WEATHER AND INFO CENTER FROM LG ELECTRONICS $3,799
CIAO BELLA BLOOD ORANGE SORBETTO $4.99/pint
RACHEL PALLY SWING TURTLENECK AND SAILOR PANTS $141; $194
SCRABBLE PREMIER EDITION FROM HASBRO $70
UNITED ARTISTS 90TH ANNIVERSARY PRESTIGE COLLECTION $869.98
SHAKLEE GET CLEAN™ STARTER KIT $89.60
O'S GUIDE TO LIFE $29.95
JOSH GROBAN'S NOEL CD $12.99
GRAND TOTAL: $7,105.33
...which would also purchase two semesters of tuition at a large state university (in-state tuition) like, say, the University of Wisconsin. Or send 50,000 lbs of food via Feed the Children to feed a family of four for, well, years.
Or it would buy 107 fresh Balsam Fir Christmas trees, or 130 smoked whole 11-12 lb turkeys ordered from Nueske's meats in Wittenberg, WI. That would be quite a holiday spread for a lot of folks.
Heck, that number of dollars could likely build--or at least start--a house for someone who really needs it.