Oscar Gift Bags Have Gotten Weird

In recent years, Oscar nominee gift bags have become less and less exclusive. They’re still worth more than some people make in a year but ever since the government declared the $100,000+ bags taxable, celebrities have started not caring about them or even donating them to charity.

This year’s gift bags are valued at $45,000. Down $20,000 in value from the year before. Not only are they getting cheaper, but the gifts are getting weirder. They still have the $10,000 trips to Australia and skincare products worth hundreds of dollars each but now they also have condoms, a cheap book, maple syrup and circus training. What year is this, 1950? Via The Daily Beast, here are the stranger items in the gift bag.

-Take 2: Your Guide to Happy Endings and New Beginnings by Leeza Gibbons, a book about “starting over; taking inventory, and getting smarter, stronger, and sexier with no apologies, no regrets and no turning back.” ($24.00)

-A six-pack box of Naked brand condoms ($20.00)

-Maple syrup, from Rouge Maple Gourmet Products ($120.00)

-Portion-control dinnerware by Slimware: “Portion consciousness is disguised in the design.” ($59.00)

-A Vampire Facelift, a cosmetic procedure that involves re-injecting gel-like substances from the patient’s blood back into the skin of their face to treat wrinkles. ($5,000.00)

-Tickets to the circus, to see “North America’s only all-kid troupe.” ($400)

-Hair ties. But they double as bracelets! ($80.00)

-A lint roller by Gleener, called The Ultimate Fuzz Remover ($19.99)

-Windex touch-up cleaner ($3.99)

It’s like they needed fillers when the real stuff didn’t seem to be cutting it. This gift bag is almost to the point of free useless swag. By next year, the $10,000 trips will be gone and everything will be replaced by a floor map of the Oscars, lots of stickers, almost expired condoms and a Ninja Turtle action figure. I mean, tickets to train for the circus? You might as well hop on a train with a satchel tied to a stick.

The header image is an old gift bag.

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