As Hollywood geared up for the Emmy Awards Sunday night, the gifting suites around town were rockin' it out all week long with a smorgasbord of goods to lavish up on the nominees, presenters and other celebrities.
It's impossible to attend them all as there are simply too many suites and too little time. Still, we managed to sample plenty to get our fill:
P.F. Chang's Home Menu Gift Lounge backstage at the Nokia Theater, home of this year's 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards:
Super-cool combos: A year's supply of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Frozen Entrees coupled with a Kodak Slice touchscreen digital camera; three different skincare lines from The Body Shop paired with the Barnes & Noble's e-reader the NOOK, pre-loaded with books related to skin-care regiments.
Other items: Palm phones, Vera Bradley duffel bags, Moroccan oil gift sets, 2 night stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Laguna Nigel, Scrabble Flash, an electronic version of the famous game, footwear from Magnanni and Pretty Ballerinas, jeans from Vintage Revolution, memberships to Crunch gym.
GBK and Tic Tac Luxury Gift Lounge at the SLS Hotel:
Wow Item: Capital A Entertainment was handing out Apple iPads preloaded with electronic save-the-date invites to their Superbowl and NBA All-Parties.
Innovative items: Fresh Cloz, a personal dry cleaner that uses ozone technology to deodorize and freshen clothes while eliminating germs; Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags that come with pullout drawers for easy organizing; Scentsy Buddy, a plush toy with interchangeable scent packs hidden inside to keep your child's room smelling fresh.
Other cool stuff: Denim leggings from Denimocracy, retro dresses and cosmetic carrying cases from Pinup Couture, hair care from Peter Lamas; cheeses from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, undergarments from TC Fine Intimates, jewelry by Manu.
Most deserving of finding success when it launches in the US this fall: From Soldier to Solider, a designer version of the survival bracelets worn by US and allied soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The battlefield bracelet is braided by soldiers using a parachute cord and clasped with a uniform button. The designer version featured at the suite is tightly braided with sterling silver or gold plated clasps. Some women's versions feature clasps with a small diamond. Twenty-five dollars from the retail price of each bracelet will be donated to organizations that assist wounded veterans and their families.
The Secret Room's Emmy Awards Style Lounge at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Cool items: Fashionable footwear from Brazilian shoe manufactures Miucha, trips to the Caribbean from Caribbean Living Magazine, clutch bags from Menbur and Belly Buds - speakers that adhere to the pregnant belly for playing music and sounds to the womb.
Beauty: skincare from Fanie International and Cynergy, hair products by Earthly Body's Marrakech line, liquid vitamins from White Pearl Manufacturing and bottles of Mona Vie acai blend juice. Plus, NewBeauty Magazine handed out their famous Test Tubes chock full of products.
Accessories: handcrafted rings and necklaces from Russel-Ward Studio; pendants from Bullets 4 Peace, which uses real recycled bullet casings; designer Melissa Lew's bamboo pendants and sculptural jewelry; blinged-out iPhone cases from Bling Cases.
Most provocative items: The, ahem, "personal massager." California Exotic novelties introduced its waterproof couture collection. Digital Playground featured their Pirates collection with blinged-out, decorated massagers. Sleeker versions with matching cases for traveling were also available, as were the fashionable ornate pendants in various colors that double as five function massagers.
Upon leaving, celebs received an additional gift bag that included, among numerous things -- gift certificates for microdermabrasion from Christine Ibrahim, a camera extender from X Shot, cryotherapy wraps for muscle injuries by Arctic Ease and a 240-piece Puzzle Ball -- yes ball! -- from German company Ravensburger.
Kari Feinstein's 2010 Style Lounge in Association with Mike McGuiness at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
Fashionable items included Reebok's Retro Sport clothing collection, sports apparel by Mitchell & Ness, absorbent hair towels by Turbie Twist, cards for all occasions by Fugu Fugu Press, make-up cases by Caboodles, popcorn by Popcorn, Indiana.
Accessories: handbags by Christine Price; jewelry by Tacori and St. Vintage Designs; bracelets by Adesso and Stoney Clover Lane; headphones by V-Moda; limited edition designer Band-Aids by Cynthia Rowley.
Skincare: Dr. Loretta Dermatologist Skincare and Eudora International's EGF Reactivator and Mona Nacci lines.
* To counterbalance the gifting that went on, every suite had a charity component with proceeds, donations and other goods given to specific groups like Operation Smile, the Creative Coalition, CancerCare, Hollywood Arts, The Ann and George Lopez Foundation, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and more.
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