Screen Gems: The Gift Guru strikes again as the Hollywood awards season revs up

    Lash Fary talks about the products given out to Academy Awards directing and acting nominees as part of his "Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bags" (Eyewitness News Photo)

    For the 17th year, Lash Fary and his company Distinctive Assets are honoring the directing and acting Academy Award nominees. While the “Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bags" are not affiliated with the Oscars or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Fary takes the opportunity to bestow unique gifts upon Hollywood's elite as a marketing tool for the brands he represents.

    "Every human being, regardless of career or fame, appreciates a great gift," Fary said. "While our 'Everyone Wins' Gift Bag is certainly not given based on need, it is put together with a profound sense of gratitude for the incredible performances these talented individuals gave all of us.”

    Fary and his company have been independently producing the nominee gift bags for nearly two decades. They are not handed out at the ceremony. Instead, the swag is delivered to nominees in the week leading up to the show.

    "While this gift bag does always boast an impressive value that is never our goal," Fary said. "A great gift has nothing to do with the cost. We understand the interest in the 'wow' number associated with this now-legendary gift bag, but we would rather simply celebrate the fun and festive nature of the contents no matter how big or small.”

    Distinctive Assets is a niche marketing company offering celebrity seeding, business development and branding opportunities within the entertainment industry. Distinctive Assets was at the forefront of the wave or awards show gifts and has an impressive resume' of clients. Fary partners with the Grammys, Latin Grammys, Tonys, American Musica Awards, Kids' Choice Awards, BET Awards, CMA Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Fary's gift-giving clients range from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. For more information about his company you can visit

    You can watch the Academy Awards live on WCHS-TV8 Sunday, February 24th. "Oscars Live On The Red Carpet" starts at 6:30 p.m. "The Oscars" broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m.

    Here is a look at what the stars will receive from this year's gift bag:


    Crafted with love by an award-winning team that includes a classically trained chocolatier, an environmental sustainability guru and a cannabis extraction artist, this gift box features Coda Signature’s premium edibles, topicals and concentrates. These handcrafted products can be found in more than 600 dispensaries across Colorado and will debut in California later this spring.

    The Crescendo Collection: Named “Best Edible” in the High Times Colorado Cannabis Cup, these hand-painted truffles are filled with great anticipation. The experience begins with white chocolate filled with fresh lemon and a hint of juniper berries. The excitement grows with milk chocolate steeped with Earl Grey tea leaves and sweetened with Colorado Honey. And at the peak of this grand crescendo is a luscious caramel spiked with Maldon salt crystals.

    Coffee & Doughnuts Chocolate Bar: Our best-selling bar made of milk chocolate, coffee and toasted milk is dusted with cinnamon sugar, capturing the essence of this early morning pleasure.

    Cream & Crumble Chocolate Bar: This award-winning Coda Signature delight recreates the blissful moment of taking that first sumptuous bite of cheesecake. The white Ecuadorian chocolate blends with tart sour cream and lemon, and is speckled with spiced crumble for a sweet and memorable experience.

    Symphony Bath Bomb Collection: A first-place winner for Topicals & Transdermals at The THC Championship, the Symphony Bath Bomb Collection orchestrates the rich effects of cannabis with our unique oil blends to provide a total body healing experience. Simply drop a single bath bomb into a warm bath, submerge yourself, breathe deeply and let this effervescent experience provide deep pain relief and nourished skin.

    Limited Edition White Vape Battery: This state-of-the art vape battery features three heat settings for the optimum experience. The Oscar nominees who are based in California and over 21 will receive their choice of Coda Signature extracted oils and concentrates to use with this battery.


    Nominees can disconnect from the paparazzi and recharge themselves in the world’s wildest regions on their choice of luxury small-ship adventures with International Expeditions. The nominee and a guest can choose 1 of 4 options – an adventure to Iceland, the Galapagos, the Amazon or Costa Rica & Panama. In addition to getting nose-to-nose with Galapagos sea lions or paddling along a peaceful Amazon creek, nominees will be spoiled with spa treatments, private chef-led Latin cooking lessons, and even secret celeb extensions in places like Quito or Lima! Depending on the trip they choose, the value ranges from $15,000-$20,000 per person.


    Jarritos, the iconic Mexican soda, is committed to helping celebrities and their charitable causes and will be providing ample product for an event of their choosing. And Jarritos will be treating the nominees themselves to a Yeti Cooler full of various flavors for instant post-show gratification. Available in 11 great-tasting flavors.


    Even Oscar-nominated celebs experience fear and anxiety. Best-selling author and the nation’s leading phobia relief expert, Kalliope Barlis, helps you free yourself from bad memories and phobias in less than 30 minutes using mindfulness methods. Kalliope has helped thousands of people overcome their irrational phobias and bad memories by providing education not therapy. All you need to bring is eighteen minutes of your time and an open mind.


    Annual membership to MOTA Los Angeles, an exclusive, members-only cannabis-friendly social club for creatives, complete with high-end concierge & spa services and custom event programming. Membership includes access for member + 3 guests.


    Junod is a white absinthe handcrafted in the historical center of absinthe production at the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier France. The Emile Pernot distillery uses century old copper alembics made by Egrot. These stills were specially designed and built for absinthe distillation and are the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world.


    Package of 10 Personal Training Sessions with one of Los Angeles’ premier trainers, Alexis Seletzky. With a diverse clientele and multiple services ranging from nutrition counseling to physical therapy, your physical fitness regimen will reflect both quality and discretion.


    100% organic cotton designer T-shirts featuring limited edition art motifs.


    One of a kind custom stained glass portrait created just for you by glass master and artist John Thoman.


    Avaton Luxury Villas Resort, a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, is a stylish and contemporary beachfront escape overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of Halkidiki, Greece. It consists of an exclusive collection of 16 villas. Most of them have private pools with in-built sunbeds which tantalize the feeling of relaxation in Mediterranean gardens.


    Our limited-edition rose gold lipstick, light pink flower, with strawberry scent was designed to celebrate YOU and letting your unique beauty shine. Leave nothing uncelebrated! All products packaged and fulfilled by people with disabilities.


    The power of 3 organic ingredients to rewind time: CBD, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. CBDRxSupreme uses Organic full-spectrum CBD oil to improve health and longevity. The CBD Experience also includes a luxurious clinical facial using 1000 mg of infused organic CBD to replenish and nourish, resulting in a younger looking you!


    Chocolatines’ newest collection in its Chocouture line, the Jewelry Box holds cocoa “jewels,” each handcrafted to perfection. Flavors include Lavender Honey Amethyst, Lemon Sage Topaz, Lemongrass Gyokuro Green Tea Emerald, Blueberry Bombay Sapphire, Smoky Sea Salt Caramel Onyx, Pomegranate Balsamic Ruby, Champagne Diamond, and Ginger Sake Pearl.


    “The Spa Kit for your Mouth.” CloSYS patented formula, ADA accepted specialty mouth rinse and toothpaste for exceptional gum teeth and breath protection. Gentlest. Oral Care. Ever.

    FLORA FARMS (Los Cabos, Mexico)

    From Our Field to Your Table. Flora’s Field kitchen is about handmade food using our farm fresh ingredients. We strive to only serve only what we make, raise and grow. Our menu is seasonal, with some permanent classics. All meats served at Flora’s Field Kitchen come from our nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics - and we do not offer beef on the menu as it is not sustainable and there is not enough water in Baja.


    A week (for two) of total mind, body and spirit renewal at the world’s #1 all-inclusive luxury wellness retreat.


    At last, a chocolate you can enjoy guilt-free! Good Girl Chocolate is unlike anything you have ever tasted. Good Girl Chocolate is gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened. It will appeal to your sweet tooth, satisfy your chocolate craving, and as an added benefit, it is made with organic low- glycemic sweeteners.


    Luxury American-made t-shirts and sweatshirts that celebrate iconic happy places around the world like Los Angeles, NYC, London, Paris and Australia.


    Realize your skin’s highest potential with our high five CANNABIS FACIAL MOISTURIZER and high expectations CANNABIS FACIAL OIL, revolutionary skin care powered by Cannabis sativa.


    Instytutum result-driven products aim to create flawless skin. Therefore, we offer targeted solutions with instant results and long-lasting benefits. The innovative super-packed formulas combine efficacious levels of the most powerful ground-breaking anti-aging and cosmeceutical ingredients. This star-studded gift box includes our best and brightest products: Transforming Melting Cleanser, Resurfacing Glow Toner, Triple Action Peel, Flawless Pads, Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Serum, C-Illuminating 3D Moisturizer, Xceptional Flawless Cream, Truly Transforming Brightening Eye Cream, Flawless Skin Mask, Powerful Retinol and Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex.


    Salon quality deserves the best, which is why we designed this hair dryer with the industry’s best components, from the 100% copper motor, to the ionic power output, your hair will be dry quicker, meaning less damage, a better shine, and ultimately healthier hair.


    Knotty Floss continues to be on the cutting edge of new and innovative dental health products to the consumer health market. Product design and selection is overseen by president and founder, Elizabeth Martens based on her 25+ years working with patients as a dental professional. Every detail is designed to deliver professional results with ease to optimize oral health while minimizing impact on the environment.


    The travel makeup bag reimagined. No more digging, no more mess. Just pure, protected, washable, organized, beauty.


    The whole luxury eyelashes collection by Le Céline. 15 products from our #DAILY, #PARTY and #LUXURY collection, 3 from our new #GODDESS collection and 2 #EQUIPMENT products from Le Céline Confidence & Star Appeal packed in a glamorous gold & black LE CÉLINE box.


    Wear LOVE with our Love Is Stronger Than Hate tote bag and limited-edition shimmer heart T-shirt! Proceeds from every purchase will provide hope and healing to communities impacted by tragedy through our Stars of HOPE therapeutic arts program and New York Says Thank You Foundation. And send hope to someone in need with personalized, hand-painted messages of hope and healing. A Box of HOPE contains everything needed for a creative and meaningful pay-it-forward service project. When you purchase a Box of HOPE, you also help bring Stars of HOPE paint projects to schools and communities recovering from tragedy.


    MILLIANNA’s unique interpretation of pop culture and fashion is infused with inspiration from historical eras such as Elizabethan England and various art movements. MILLIANNA accessories appeal to a wide range of women and combine form with function. The company employs women from the World Relief Spokane refugee organization to make their pieces which provides these ladies with meaningful work while they resettle in the US.


    The Mister Poop Plunger is super cute, 100% fully functional, holds a spare roll of toilet paper, glows in the dark, is anti-microbial, and has a drip tray to keep your floor clean. Mister Poop Toilet Accessories are not just novelties. Like out T-Shirts says, we offer “Crappy Products” that REALLY WORK!


    3d Wellness Retreat in Malibu, CA. Enjoy a luxurious weekend of rejuvenation, post award show season. Activities include: morning meditation, yoga, spa services, gourmet meals, an exclusive gifting suite and end the weekend with a cleansing ceremony with Shaman Soraya.


    Lift & Lustre Golden Elixir Antioxidant Serum: This liquid gold, super-concentrated serum is rich in stem cells, botanical extracts and Hyaluronic Acid. The luxurious, silky formula deeply hydrates, protects against oxidative damage, restores radiance and adds a soft-focused luminosity – instantly. Perfect to also use as a primer/highlighter.

    Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask: A gold infused, anti-ageing eye treatment mask saturated with a complex of active ingredients to smooth and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and seaweed to brighten dark circles, reduce puffiness and restore hydration. Improves elasticity and firmness around the eye.


    NANNETTE DE GASPÉ’s Bain Noir is an ultra-relaxing and over-the-top bath soak treatment filled with loads of hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Extract which helps to soothe, revive and protect the skin while also destressing the mind and body. Adult bath time just got real!

    Feeling a little flat? Enter NANNETTE de GASPÉ’s Uplift Revealed TUSH the world’s first-to-market, non-invasive approach to curve enhancement! These luxurious, dry-printed Techstile infusers help re-shape the contours of the buttocks while restoring firmness, suppleness and bounce for a visually more sculpted tush.

    The award-winning NANNETE de GASPÉ Youth Revealed Dry Techstile Treatment for the Face features a revolutionary dry-printed formulation and includes a unique blend of 87% powerful youth-restoring, brightening, and hydrating active ingredients and emollients that feed and nourish the skin for 6-8 hours following use.


    Poolside dinner prepared by a celebrity chef at one of Shawn Elliott's ultra-luxury listings for the nominee and their friends.


    Please enjoy the Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Crisp Bar for a high-protein, great-tasting snack!


    At Organic Hair Care, we create a synergy between science and nature, by offering safe, effective, and green beauty care that is made in the USA. We ensure that harmful chemicals are kept out of our products. Organic Hair Care was created to make it easy for families to find safe, natural alternatives for your everyday beauty needs. Gift Box includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Products.


    A one-year supply of revolutionary Oxygenating Foundation (breathable formula that promotes healing and provides complete coverage).


    Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, the perfect balance of crisp cookies and rich, luxurious chocolate for a truly indulgent treat.


    Lights, camera, take action! Cast and crew are perfect for the role of helping to make film and television abuse-free. The spy pen enables caring people on set to blow the whistle on animal abuse by filming it and then reporting it to PETA's confidential whistleblower hotline.


    2 tier gourmet pretzel gift box from Posh Pretzels, which are unlike any other pretzels in the market. Unique flavors, attention to detail, sophisticated packaging, and product versatility are what sets Posh Pretzels apart. Having just one bite is simply imposhible!


    Commissioned original work of art from a Master of Emotive Realism. "Art is an Emotion. Whether it is from the artist or the viewer, it is meant to give a message. We can each get our own different messages as well as our own different emotions.”


    Pure Organic Maple Syrup and Glamour Gourmet Gift Set: a selection of our best gourmet maple products with our delicious recipes for a sweet dinner!


    Safety attachment for any leash tethered to your wrist. Allows hands free!


    All-natural hair inhibiting lotion. It’s a laser hair removal alternative!


    A candle designed to support well-being. A Soul Candle is a lifestyle choice.


    An ALL-Natural, Gluten-free, Organically-sweetened full size (750ml) bottle of Southern Wicked Lemonade Moonshine. #WhyBehaveWhenYouCanBeWicked


    Unique bright, exuberant “FRESH & SPARKLING” deluxe Custom Fragrance in a refillable ‘swivel’ atomizer packaged in a black velvet sachet. Plus an invitation to visit THE SCENTARIUM, NYC’s first custom perfumery, to create a one-of-a-kind signature fragrance.


    Sponsored by TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the TAPS for Hope bracelet is an initiative of love and sacrifice benefiting families of fallen military. This beautiful, deep blue bracelet is crafted from Lapis Lazuli, (meaning Stone of Heaven), a precious stone mined from one of the world’s oldest gem mines in Afghanistan. The intention of the TAPS for Hope project is to bring together widows of war from America and Afghanistan to honor the service and sacrifice of their fallen heroes.


    Collectable 300-page coffee table book. All money raised from the sale of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer is donated between two charities: SNOG (Sydney Neurology Oncology Group) and HEADRUSH. Both are non-profit organizations, have no overhead and rely on donations for the much-needed research, to help find a cure.


    Certified female-owned, The Green Garmento creates clean closets and a clean planet! The GIGANTOTE is a multi-use, expandable tote that works like a basket. Great for laundry, storage, soccer games and wardrobe changes! Plus get your dry cleaning naked and skip the plastic with a 4-in-1 reusable bag! Responsible for taking close to 3 million pounds of plastic out of the eco system all across the US and in 25 counties.


    TRU NIAGEN is a unique form of vitamin B3 clinically proven to safely increase your cells’ ability to make energy, with NAD.


    Natural hair growth system that brings hair back to life.


    WSJ. is an award-winning lifestyle publication dedicated to the power and passions of The Wall Street Journal’s global readership. Enjoy WSJ. Magazine’s latest issue and a 3-month free subscription card.


    Couture bow ties for men & women that are handmade in New York City.

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