Though only a select few will get to take home golden statuettes at this year’s Emmy Awards, the losing nominees won’t go home empty-handed. Backstage Creations, in partnership with the Academy, is producing the official Giving Suite. Nominees and presenters can visit the suite, located backstage at the Microsoft Theatre, after rehearsal or during the ceremony and get to choose from a collection of luxury gifts.
Backstage Creations and the brand sponsors will donate money to the Television Academy Foundation on behalf of each celebrity who attends the suite. Karen Woods, founder of Backstage Creations, says they raised $150,000 last year and hopes to match it this year.
These gift bags come with strings attached, however, since recipients are required to report the fair market value of the merchandise on their federal income tax return. Though Backstage Creations declines to disclose the value of the gift bags, CNN pegged the value of 2014’s swag at $50,000.
By my estimate, it’s doubtful this year’s haul exceeds, let alone reaches, that figure. With the exception of the Canyon Ranch all-inclusive package, there appears to be few – if any – five-figure items in the swag bag. The Oscars gift bag by Distinctive Assets, which is not affiliated with the Academy, is far more extravagant – and absurd – with goodies such as gold and diamond bracelets, vapes and cellulite massage mats.
That said, the Emmys gift bag is nothing to sneeze at. Here are some of the most luxurious—and quirky—gifts in this year’s swag bag:
1. A three-night, all-inclusive “wellness stay” for two at Canyon Ranch
Guests can stay at the Tucson, Arizona, or Lenox, Massachusetts, location. This can run anywhere from approximately $5,400 for a Deluxe King at the Lenox location to a whopping $21,000 “Casa Grande” package at the Tucson resort. In my humble, non-famous opinion, this is the best item of the bunch.
2. Ferrari Trento wine
Don’t get too excited; Viola Davis will not be getting a free sports car. If you want to drink like the stars, you can purchase a bottle of Ferrari Brut on wine.com for $22.99.
3. Infinity Membership and free five-day stay with Exclusive Traveler Club
You know it’s exclusive if it has the word in the name. For what it’s worth, the Better Business Bureau gives Exclusive Traveler Club an F rating.
4. Benjamin Steakhouse Prime gift certificate
The cheapest steak at Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, the New York Sirloin, costs $53.95. The Midtown East location currently has a 4.4 rating by Zagat.
5. A silk robe from Xiu Niang Silk and two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou
A king suite at the Hyatt in the “Venice of the East” will run you approximately $300 a night.
6. Flow Haircare products
Items include the instantINTENSITY 30-Second Treatment. If it lives up to its promise, it would certainly cut down on red carpet prep time.
7. IZUMIO Hydrogen-Infused Water
Ever wanted more hydrogen in your water? Yeah, me neither. Oddly, you cannot buy IZUMIO water unless you are a member of the “Naturally Plus” club and be sponsored by a current member.
8. WOLVERINE shoes
These boots are better-suited for construction work than film premieres.
9. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty Daylight Curfew Sweater
If you see celebrities rocking this limited edition sweater after the Emmys, now you know why.
10. Freeman Beauty clay mask
At $7.99 on Ulta Beauty, this serum-infused mask with activated charcoal comes at nearly a ninth of the cost of the more popular GLAMGLOW Supermud clearing treatment.