USMagazine, Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2:00pm (PST)
It's an honor to be . . . invited to a gift lounge! As the 2013 awards season ends with a very big, glam bang at Sunday night's Academy Awards, stars taking part in the many celebrations have been scooping up primo (free!) items at sponsored gift lounges set up in Hollywood over the past two months. Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of the suites (and treats) that A-listers have been visiting during Oscar week.
At Kari Feinstein's Oscars Style lounge, stars like Jessica Chastain, Ed Westwick, Paula Abdul, Amy Smart and Rumer Willis picked up gift bags with the following goodies: Gold and quartz necklaces from the Nalukai collection, retailing at $2,800; Neelia Fine Jewelry from Paris, with average gifted pieces ranging from $4,000 to $6,000; a Polaris bike, $3,000; Tassimo coffee machine, $170; Surfset Fitness surfboard, $450; Caribbean Life magazine gifted celebs with a five-day stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort in Punta Cana in the the Dominican Republic.
During Saturday night's Independent Spirit Film Awards in Santa Monica, Jeremy Renner, Emily Mortimer, Paula Patton, Laura Dern, Nina Dobrev, Kerry Washington and other celebs browsed the wares at the official backstage Gift Lounge. Some of the premium giveaways? Mattel Games made a donation to Film Independent on behalf of each star that visited the lounge; one-year gym membership and private training at Crunch Fitness, estimated at $1,500; GKhair granted premiere VIP access to its tantalizing taming treatment, worth about $400-$500; a Perfect Pearl Luxury Skin Care Collection for moms and babies, worth $300, and a $199 gift card for Jabra REVO headphones.
The GBK Gift Lounge, held at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills Friday and Saturday, indulged celebs in a wide range of gratis items: A box of chocolate truffles and a gift certificate for an 8" custom design cake from Bread Basket Cake Co.; a Hi-Call "Bluetooth glove" that allows users to text and make phone calls; 12 months of one dozen Cookie Daddy Artisan Cookies; a silk scarf, complimentary consultation and $1000 design services gift certificate from Danielle Rios, Interior Designer; a gift certificate and service discount from Dr. Ted Eisenberg, author of The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts Myths; three men's watches from Egard Watch Company; a $3,000 Voyage Gift card from private jet company Magellan Jets; three and four-night stays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a full portfolio of Skinnygirl cocktails, among other items.