How does an item become a Favorite Thing? First, a team of producers at The Oprah Show creates a list of contenders. They consider the items featured in the monthly O List from O, The Oprah Magazine, talk to Oprah's friends, and take note of all the items Oprah talks about throughout the year.
Then it's time for the presentation meeting for Oprah in which hundreds of products are auditioned—everything from food to games to beauty products. The scrutiny is intense. It's not enough if Oprah likes an item...she has to love it.
Everything around Oprah's Favorite Things is hush-hush. Once the items are narrowed down, the producers work with spy-like secrecy to collect all of the items, organize the audience gift bags and ship everything down to Georgia—all without anybody knowing!