The Contents of the 2016 Oscar Gift Bag: $20,000 Worth of Stuff

Originally, I was writing an article for Retrospect about the Oscars. It was going to contain simple information, a guide for what we all should know. However, I have come across an astonishing Oscar tradition that simply needs to be brought to public attention. I found an article describing the outrageous, mainly overlooked, Oscar gift bags for the nominees. I have never heard of this tradition, but the articles I’ve read say that each year, the gift bags become more and more luxurious, in the hopes that the celebrities will then promote the products. With one hundred and twenty two nominees (people, movies, or songs) and a record $200,000 contained in each gift bag, an astonishing 24,400,000 dollars were given away that night. (Disclaimer: I did these calculations on my own, so I could be wrong.) With that amount of money, you could buy 1,000 lions, a small island in Florida, 96 tickets into space, or many other fun things that are probably more reasonable.

The most astonishing part about these gift bags is that they aren’t sponsored by, or in any way affiliated with, the Academy. In fact, the Academy has received so many complaints about the excessive gift bags that they are suing the company that makes them, for using the Academy association without permission. Nonetheless, I’m sure the nominees are secretly hoping that the lawsuit happens after the bags are already given out.

While many of the things below are odd and random (vampire breast lift?), I would not mind receiving some of them in a goodie bag (a vacation in Italy sounds okay). I am quite amazed by the bags’ contents, especially because my definition of a great goody bag up until now was “it had some really good chocolate.” Apparently, the Oscar nominees only settle for a few vacations and three hundred dollar M&Ms. Take a look at the list of favors below to see everything the Oscar 2016 gift bags have to offer.

  • Haze Dual Vaporizer ($250)
  • Personalized M&Ms ($300)
  • A 10,000-meal donation made in the nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice ($6,300)
  • A lifetime supply of Pu-erh Tea Nourishing Cream and Pu-erh Tea Cleansing Bar ($31,200)
  • A year’s worth of Audi car rentals from Silvercar ($45,000)
  • 10-day all-expenses-paid trip to Israel ($55,000)
  • Tribute video services ($125)
  • Caolion Ultimate Pore Care gift set ($134)
  • Healing Saint Luminosity skin serum and hair follicle stimulant ($193)
  • Private 15-day walking tour of Japan ($54,000)
  • 10 personal training sessions with Alexis Seletzky ($900)
  • Belldini gift certificate ($300)
  • Chapstick ($6)
  • Chocolatines Drunken Fig Cake Bites ($35)
  • Dandi Patch anti-perspirant solution ($21)
  • Delovery gift basket ($2,000)
  • Druzy earrings ($25)
  • Fit Club TV “Ultimate Fitness Package” ($6,250)
  • Gleener on the Go ($12)
  • 3-day stay at the Golden Door Resort & Spa in San Marcos, California ($4,800)
  • 3-night stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, Italy ($5,000)
  • 3-night stay at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy ($5,000)
  • Greenhill Blanc de Blancs wine ($39)
  • Hydroxycut Gummies ($20)
  • 3 fitness training sessions with Jay Cardiello ($1,400)
  • Joseph’s Toiletries toilet paper ($275)
  • Sterling silver necklace ($150)
  • Memobottles ($47)
  • El Silencio Mezcal ($75)
  • Mission1 protein bar ($6)
  • Nuelle Fiera arouser for her ($250)
  • Phantom Glass screen protector ($50-$60)
  • Purely Inspired Organic Protein ($20)
  • Rouge Maple culinary products ($99)
  • Sedone Lace makeup brush set ($110)
  • Signature Vodka ($70)
  • Slimware plates ($30)
  • Steamist spa system ($5,060)
  • Sundial powder coating ($500)
  • Blow dryers and flat irons ($250)
  • Vampire Breast Lift ($1,900)
  • Wallet ($125)
  • 740 Park plastic surgery ($5,530)

Sources:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

https://www.good.is/articles/oscars-gift-bag-unofficial

http://www.gq.com/story/oscars-2016-gift-bag-academy-awards-swag