What’s inside the nearly $140,000 gift bag given to top Oscar nominees
Los Angeles is set to be the center of attention for Oscars Sunday. Designer gowns and famous actors will be everywhere.
Distinctive Assets in Los Angeles is offering its famously costly “Everybody Wins” gift bag to selected nominators for the 20th year. The bag, which is worth just more than $137,000, includes everything you need from liposuction to designer popcorn.
Lash Fary, Distinctive Assets founder says that gift bags are well-known in the entertainment sector. He adds that they are popular with nominees as well as their agents, managers and representatives.
Fary says that about 25% to 30% (or more) of the nominated people call each year to ask where they can get their bag.
The bags are usually delivered to the hotel by Oscars nominees. Others choose to have them delivered directly to their LA residences or offices.
Fary tells us that she is sending them to Judi Dench and Olivia Colman at their UK homes, while Penelope Cruz would like hers sent to Madrid. It’s very expensive so I avoid shipping them. But, I’ll ship them to Penelope Cruzes around the world.
Fary says that this year’s bag is available to all 28 winners. Each bag will be given to the five nominations for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. the three hostsWanda Sykes and Amy Schumer will be telecasting Sunday’s broadcast.
Distinctive Assets does not have an Oscars affiliation and can send gift bags independently. Lash has the freedom to choose the recipient of the gift bags. He also partners with the Grammys and needed gift bags to make for the other award shows.
Fary said that this is not a large group compared to 150 gift bags made for Grammys. This allows products and services to have the ability to offer much higher-valued items that they wouldn’t be able give away with 150.
The bags were presented to high-profile individuals like Steven Spielberg from “West Side Story”, Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of “Power of the Dog”, Kristen Stewart, the headliner of “Spencer”, and Kristen Stewart.
The most costly item this year is the $50,000, three-night Turin Castle stay in Scotland. It was inspired by Denzel’s nomination for “The Tragedy of Macbeth” as “Best Actor”. The offer is open to all guests who agree to it. They will be able access the castle in 17th-century style, with butler service and a welcome by a bagpiper.
You can also find 52 additional items or experiences in your bag. Below are some highlights.
- A cosmetic surgeon Dr. Thomas Su performs a liposuction procedure called the “Celebrity Arms”, costing $12,000
- Along with small parcels of land in Scotland, the title of Lord or Lady of Glencoe.
- Maison Construction in Los Angeles offers home renovations worth $25,000
- Opopop offers a variety of popcorn packs that are “flavor-wrapped”
- From Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, you can get up to $10,000 in “treatments and rejuvenation processes”.
- Four-night, $15,000 stay for two at Golden Door Luxury Resort and Spa in Escondico.
- Gift set for small batches of tea Oprah-approved The Chai Box
- Kayote Joseph, a wellness coach and life coach offers a $1200 session
Even though the recipients won’t be technically responsible for purchasing the gifts, they do have to pay tax on the income from the sale of the good. according to the IRS.
You can think of it like this: “What is the intention behind providing these items, products, or services?”It’s obvious that it is the intention of providing those items, products, or services to the celeb,” Eric Bronnenkant from Betterment tells CNBC Make It. “They are trying to influence behaviour.”
Fary still believes that gift bags from Distinctive Assets are great for nominations, even with taxes.
He says, “The truth is that if you get to travel on a $50,000 vacation, all you need to do is to pay a tax portion of that value,” A deal is something that everyone wants more than the rich.