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Oprah remains one of the most successful — and generous — women in Hollywood. But while we may not all have her billions, we certainly can learn a lesson or two from how she shares the fortune she has built for herself. We promise, even for us regular folks, giving doesn’t have to be synonymous with extreme wealth.

Here are our favorite charitable lessons from Mama O!

When You Find Something You Love, Share It With Someone You Love

Oprah’s “Favorite Things” has become a staple of the holiday season. When her show was on the air, audience members would lose their minds when they found out they were a part of the famous gifting episode, because it meant they were all going home with Oprah’s picks, no matter the price. But whether it’s your favorite gadget, bottle of wine or simply the best Christmas candy, you can take a lesson from her book by gifting the same to your loved ones. We promise they’ll appreciate it!

Always Go For The Element Of Surprise!

Sure, gifting the ones you love with things they’ve picked out for themselves is easy and removes the concern that they will be returning something you put effort into buying. But there is nothing like the element of surprise. Earlier this month, Oprah surprised the Ron Clark Academy with a whopping $5M donation when she hosted their 10-year anniversary celebration. The reaction from Ron Clark was absolutely priceless and warmed our hearts (see it here). You don’t have to give $5M to achieve this — a small cup of coffee to your coworker on a tough day or a piece of jewelry your sister’s been eyeing can make all the difference.

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