Another Oscars has come and gone, but even if your favorite actor or actress didn’t take home a gold statue, like Best Actress winner Renée Zellweger, they didn’t exactly go home empty-handed: Yep, we’re talking about the legendary Oscars swag bag!
According to Newsweek, each and every one of the Academy’s nominees in the acting and casting departments is a winner as far as free loot is concerned. They all received a suitcase roughly one week before the big event that was piled high with complimentary treatments, trips, and goodies, from Los Angeles-based marketing firm Distinctive Assets.
Though the firm is not affiliated with the Oscars, it has been giving away the bags for the last 20 years or so, turning them into a time-honored tradition. For 2020, Forbes cites that the swag in each bag adds up to a whopping $225,000 — that’s a lot of goodies!
Of course, not everything fit inside the suitcase: Several big ticket items included a five-day stay at the new Waikiki Beachcomber Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, a dinner for two at Flora’s Field Kitchen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a private life-coaching session with Jessica McGregor Johnson, a spa trip to the world-famous Golden Door, and a custom security door from REMO, to name a few.
While some picks, like the $25,000 worth of complimentary treatments or cosmetic procedures from Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, or the 12-day yacht cruise to Antarctica valued at $78,190 (yes, really!) may be a bit out of reach for the rest of us mere mortals, a number of the other items found in this year’s Oscars swag bag were surprisingly affordable!
We’ve tracked down some of the most attainable finds of the bunch so that you can live like the other half, if only just for a moment, as you experience a new kind of guided meditation ($120.99, Amazon), lounge around in a super sensuous robe ($198, Soma), or indulge in a good-for-you cleanser ($11.99, Amazon).
Better yet, you can sign up to win select picks in our current giveaway: Enter here!
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World’s picks for 14 of the best items you can shop from the 2020 Oscars swag bags.
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Soma Sensuous Silk Kimono Robe
Where to buy: $198, Soma
It doesn’t get any more luxe than the 100 percent silk found in this Soma kimono robe, which Academy Award nominees were no doubt delighted to receive. In fact, this gorgeous floral piece was so beloved when it was originally released by the brand in 2004, the company brought it back for its 15-year heritage collection. This robe has an open front that makes it easy throw it on over your pj’s and a detachable belt besides.
Still Standing Foot Spray
Where to buy: $35, Walmart
Since movie stars are often hitting the red carpet in heels, each 2020 honoree received a complimentary bottle of Still Standing spray — a patented mist that claims to prevent foot and heel pain for up to six hours when applied ahead of putting on your shoes, be they stilettos or ballet flats. Its secret lies in its mix of eco-distilled organic arnica, aloe, and holly (ilex) plants — three natural anti-inflammatories which will prevent swelling and pain in the feet without making them numb.
TAPS for Hope Necklace
Where to buy: $59, Etsy
With so much bling to choose from, swag bag organizers had quite the challenge selecting a standout piece, but we think the jewels that were included from charitable brand TAPS for Hope certainly did the trick. More than being just unique and eye-catching, these lapis pieces (which were also included in the Grammys swag bag) are handcrafted by Afghan military widows. The charm serves as a symbol of opportunity for the crafters, providing them with both income and a sense of purpose. What’s more, each lapis stone is mined and milled in Afghanistan.
Oxygenetix Oxygenizing Foundation
Where to buy: $66, Amazon
While celebrities were bestowed with a year-long supply of this innovative foundation, it's also worth buying a single bottle — particularly if you have sensitive skin. This stuff is so gentle, it was actually designed for medical use on burn patients. It’s formulated without any occlusive oils, water, fragrance or preservatives, alternately using aloe vera leaf juice and a patented matrix blend called Cerevisiae. It not only covers, but treats skin conditions, as it works to build elastin and collagen in the skin — two different proteins that give it that youthful, bouncy feel. It also has SPF 30 for harmful UVAs and UVBs.
The Right to Shower Cleanser
Where to buy: $11.99, Amazon
These artisan body washes are crafted with a feel-good, 100 percent vegan formula and come in 100 percent recycled bottles. Better still, the brand, which launched in March 2019, pledged to donate 100 percent of its profits from its first year toward mobile shower initiatives for the homeless. Choose from one of four scents: Joy, a of mix tangerine and red ginger honeysuckle; Hope, aloe vera and dew moss; strength, red ginger and currant; and dignity, charcoal and cotton blossom.
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
Where to buy: From $26.95, Amazon
Relaxing like a celeb couldn't be any easier with this Wise Owls Oufitters hammock. It’s made from a high-quality parachute nylon that can hold roughly 400 pounds and packs down into a tiny storage bag the size of a grapefruit. It will dry quickly in the case of dew or rain, and it comes with everything you’ll need to hang it (two 9-feet tree straps and two D-shaped carabiners).
TRU Niagen Vitamins
Where to buy: $47.35, Walmart
Need a quick energy boost? Make like your favorite starlet and reach for a bottle of TRU Niagen’s cellular energy and repair booster. Formulated to increase your body’s nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), an alternative form of vitamin B3 which is central to your metabolism and declines over time, these pills can elevate your NAD levels by approximately 40 to 50 percent after 8 weeks when taken twice daily, according to a brand-based study. That equates to higher energy and higher cell turnover, and a better circadian rhythm — yes, please! Please note that you should consult with your doctor before adding any supplement to your diet.
BlissLights Sky Lite
Where to buy: $49.99, Amazon
What do you gift the guy or gal who, quite literally, has seemingly everything? The galaxy, of course! With the laser diode projection of this Skylite device, any room can be transformed into a dark sea of stars for a soothing background you can dine, relax, or watch movies under. It features a built-in six-hour timer, multiple light effects, and a brightness adjustor. An adaptor and 3-foot cord are included.
DIFF Eyewear Sunglasses
Where to buy: $85, DIFF Eyewear
Keeping with the charitable theme, this year’s swag bag also included a pair of sunglasses from DIFF Eyewear, which is partnered with Sightsavers — an international organization aiming to provide vision help to those in need. For each pair of DIFF glasses sold, an eye exam, surgery, glasses, medicine, and more will be donated to someone who could really use it.
They also happen to be quite cute, with a stylish acetate and stainless steel frame and scratch-resistant lenses.
Serucell KFS Cellular Protein Serum
Where to buy: $225, Neiman Marcus
Only the best of the best will do when it comes to celeb skincare, and this cellular protein serum from Serucell definitely fits the bill. Infused with more than 1,500 natural proteins, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins such as A, C, and E, it's a powerhouse formula that works to naturally rebuild collagen and elastin and strengthen underlying connecting tissue. In layman’s terms, that means less fine lines and wrinkles for you!
Violet Iodine Vitamins
Where to buy: From $22.99, The Vitamin Shoppe
Even celebrities aren't immune to the aches and pains that can come along with being a woman. This unique iodine supplement is aces for the soreness that can occasionally plague our breasts as a result of menstruation. One tablet is recommended daily, though a second can be taken for additional relief.
Soma Innofit Bra
Where to buy: $25 (Originally $59), Soma
If you're sick and tired of ill-fitting bras, this is the pick is for you. Soma’s Innofit is an award-winning smart bra that syncs up with an accompanying app to essentially measure your girls when you place it over your best-fitting bra. From there, it will not only tell you your exact measurements, it will suggest a selection of Soma bras for you to try — genius! While it's not meant to be worn for daily use, you can use it up to 200 times as your breasts change shape to ensure you've always got the perfect fit.
Muse Brain-Sensing Headband
Where to buy: $120.99 (Originally $149.99), Amazon
The life of an über-busy star is undoubtedly a stressful one, so it makes total sense that this Muse meditation device would find its way into this year’s goodie bag. Described as a “personal meditation assistant,” you can use this super-smart headband to phase out the day’s stressors as it tracks your real-time brain activity (EEG) to determine if your mind is calm or active and gives you guided feedback with sounds of the weather, such as rain. You can also sync it to your Apple or Android device to see data from your sessions.
Pharmazam PGx Genetic Test
Where to buy: $499, Amazon
Much like a DNA kit, Pharmazam is an FDA-cleared at-home saliva collection kit you can send into a certified lab to analyze your genetics in roughly four to six weeks. Where it differs, however, is in the information it tells you: namely, what medications will work for you, which won’t, and which could be potentially dangerous. This can allow you to take the wheel of your physical wellbeing by keeping you healthy and saving you money that might otherwise be wasted on ineffective meds.