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What’s Inside The $62,023.26 Oscars Swag Bags?


If you need any proof that “everyone wins at the Oscars”, look no further! Luxurious swag bags packed with promotional items are a huge part of every red carpet event. Every year, retailers big and small fight each other for an opportunity to give their stuff away in order to build massive, game-changing brand exposure. Here’s the eye-popping list of luxury items that were packed into this year’s Oscar nominee swag bags. The total value? A staggering $62,023.26!

  1. Elephant-Back Safari. Full luxury accommodations for two (4 nights, 5 days) at Abu Camp in Botswana, Africa.  ($15,580)
  2. Private event hosted by Disarono. Includes a free premium stocked bar tended by the country’s best mixologists, set up for 100 guests at a location chosen by the recipient. ($15,000)
  3. Seyie Design. Interior decoration services. ($10,000)
  4. Live In Fitness Enterprise. 1-week all-inclusive weight loss and fitness retreat. ($4,850)
  5. Amanta Resort. Two nights in Ocean Casa (partial ocean views) plus two hour-long spa treatments. ($3,350)
  6. Organic Soap and Spa. $200 worth of spa products delivered in-home every month for a year. ($2,400)
  7. JM Blowdry. Unlimited blowouts for a year at this Beverly Hills salon ($2,000)
  8. Dr. Garth Fisher. Skin care products designed by popular A-list cosmetic surgeon. ($1,645)
  9. Bamboopink Jewelry. An extensive set of hand-designed jewelry. ($1,000)
  10. Huntley Drive Fitness. 10 personal training sessions. ($850.00)
  11. Belldini. Women’s apparel. ($500)
  12. EC Gallery. Limited edition artwork. ($500)
  13. Heather Lounsbury. 1 house call: acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy (or 3 in office visits of same) ($500)
  14. CLD Style House. Boutique promo clothing and shoes. ($400)
  15. Red Carpet Manicure. Professional manicure. ($300)
  16. Physique 57. Unlimited classes for 1 month at Beverly Hills’ premiere boutique barre fitness studio. ($300)
  17. Faiza Cosmetiques. An anti-aging skin care system. ($275)
  18. Darci by di Caprio Cosmetics. High-end cosmetics. ($207.50)
  19. Essential Safe Products gift set. A collection of eco-friendly products like reusable grocery bags and custom water bottles($200)
  20. Thermarobe. A luxury custom bathrobe – wirelessly heated ($178.99)
  21. Purell hand sanitizer. This custom hand sanitizer comes in a gold crystal-studded sleeve. ($135)
  22. Earthpawz. A collection of pet-safe and non-toxic cleaning products. ($120)
  23. Serena Williams Signature Tote. A belted olive custom tote bag from Serena Williams’ HSN collection. ($99.90)
  24. Kosanka. Anti-aging beverage. ($80)
  25. Dearfoams. His and hers luxury comfort slippers. ($72)
  26. Nightfall. Perfume in a hand-etched crystal bottle. ($65)
  27. Herb Ritts Catalogue. Unpublished photos and essays from famous LA photographer Herb Ritts ($59.95)
  28. Slimware. Portion control plates. ($59)
  29. Caroline’s Cakes. A 7-layer caramel cake. ($58)
  30. Angel Minaro. Body lotion. ($51)
  31. Chocolatines Jewelry Box. Custom food gift filled with edible handcrafted chocolate jewels. ($50)
  32. Naughty Bits Brownies. “Deliciously bad brownies.” ($50)
  33. Eminence. A coconut oil and sugar cane organic body scrub. ($48)
  34. Starlettos. Heel protectors. ($14.99)
  35. Nozin. Moisturizing nasal sanitizer. ($14.99)
  36. Awareness Bracelet. BigRoundBalls, Inc. testicular cancer awareness bracelet. ($4)

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Not All Free Stuff Is Free


According to the New York Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service over gift baskets given to presenters and performers at the Oscars. Previously, the Academy paid an undisclosed amount to cover the taxes on the gift baskets, but going forward the recipients will receive 1099 forms for the value of the items in the baskets and will need to pay their own darn taxes.