6 things actually worth buying in the $200,000+ Oscars 2020 gift bags
This year’s swag bag includes some of Reviewed’s favorite things.
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A private yacht trip to Antarctica. Private passes to a world-renowned spa. A custom stained glass portrait. $25,000 worth of cosmetic procedures from a famous NYC cosmetologist.
That's not a list of someone's wildest fantasies—that's just a few (yes, just a few) of the outrageous things included in this year's swag bags for the 2020 Oscar nominees.
And while most of the items in the bags cost major money—the bags are valued at over $100,000!—some are accessible for us mere mortals. Below is our list of the six things from this year's Oscar swag bags that we've tried (or owned) and have deemed worth buying, including our go-to meal kit delivery service and a trendy vacation experience.
1. Our favorite meal kit delivery service
Meal kits are having a moment—and for good reason. If you don't want to shell out for the Longevity Diet meals that will be handed out the Oscars, we recommend opting for Home Chef, which we chose as the number one meal kit delivery service. Of all the ones we tested, it had some of the freshest ingredients and most delicious meals, which all came with easy-to-follow recipes.
2. This hammock with a cult following that we're obsessed with
Celebs: They're just like us. A.k.a. they also apparently love hanging out in hammocks. And while they'll be getting the Wise Owl hammock (which has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon), here at Reviewed, we're obsessed with this one from Vivere, which has also gone viral online. The colorful—and portable—hammock is lightweight yet durable and incredibly comfortable for lounging.
3. Capri Blue candles, which we always recommend
Whoever created the Oscar swag bags understands the value of a good candle. And while we might not have tried the custom soy wax Mood candles that nominees are getting, we have tried (and loved!) the famous Capri Blue Candle from Anthropologie. Not only does it look stunning sitting out on your coffee table but it also comes in a variety of delicious scents and burns for hours.
4. The crazy popular AncestryDNA kit, which we love
You aren't a famous actor or actress nor are you related to one—or are you?! Find out your family lineage along with interesting info about your genetics and health with a home DNA kit, which will be included in this year's swag bags (nominees will be getting a Pharmazam kit specifically). We tested out one of the most popular kits—AncestryDNA—and liked that it was super easy to use and provided a lot of cool, detailed insights.
5. A ClassPass subscription, which many of our editors love
Oscars nominees are being gifted a whole slew of fitness-based goodies this year, including Daybreaker classes (which are insanely popular yoga dance parties) and private sessions with a celeb trainer. While you might not be getting those coveted workout experiences, you can take advantage of the boutique fitness trend with a subscription to ClassPass. We love that it allows you to try a variety of classes at different studios and gyms—from boxing to barre to spin—so you can switch up your workouts without paying 500 different membership fees.
6. These 'glamping' cabins we recommend for a weekend getaway
It might not be a 12-day yachting expedition to Antarctica or a stay in a Spanish lighthouse (both of which are in this year's bags) but Getaway is the next best—and more affordable—vacation option. Our audience development manager tested out the tiny home rental for herself and will not stop gushing about it. The 'glamping' cabins are scattered around the country—all within driving distance of major cities—and don't have Wi-Fi so you're forced to actually unplug, relax, and enjoy the beautiful nature around you.
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