Don’t feel bad for the losers at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony — they won’t be leaving empty-handed.
According to The Daily Beast, this year’s Oscars gift bag will contain a record $200,000 worth of swag.
Distinctive Assets, the company that puts the bags together, describes this year’s haul as “once again a blend of fabulous, fun and functional items meant to thrill and pamper those who may have everything money can buy but still savor the simple joy of a gift.”
It’s truly a mixed bag, containing high-end items such as a year of unlimited Audi car rentals from Silvercar, free stays at hotels in Italy and a $900 toilet paper dispenser. Other novelties include personalized M&Ms; a Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer, retailing at $249.99; three private training sessions with “celebrity wellness expert” and star of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” Jay Cardiello, valued at $1,400.
But the most expensive handout, a 10-day, first-class trip to Israel, is also perhaps the most controversial.
Valued at $55,000, the trip is courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, which hopes to bring some Hollywood cool to the Holy Land. The ministry will foot the bill for round-trip airfare, 10 days at fine hotels and sightseeing trips across Israel for the Oscar nominee and a guest.
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