Little elves and big elves are busy scouring the local shops to find great gifts to surprise and delight loved ones on Christmas Day. Perfect presents come in all sizes, and come from a variety of Santa’s helpers. I love people-watching at the malls, going through catalogues, and talking to folks who have good taste and inspiring ideas.
And I enjoy knowing what big celebrities are unwrapping this year. Helping me live in my fantasy world is Lash Fary, the founder of Distinctive Assets, who is in the business of hosting entertainment gift lounges, and gift baskets for Oscar nominees, Grammys, etc. He works with the industry’s Who’s Who on talent promotions, showcasing fabulous gifts that are must-haves for Hollywood’s elite.
Fary knows how to find truly splendid presents that are thoughtful and many times surprising. Filled with the spirit of the season he told me, “The holidays are my favorite time of year because we all take the opportunity to acknowledge those who have contributed to our lives throughout the year with a gift.”
Granted, Fary gives presents to stars all year long, but says “at the holidays we like to hand-pick a list of 25 celebrities who have gone out of their way to be kind and gracious to Distinctive Assets and our clients. It’s just a small token of our esteem for amazing individuals. We always like to envision them making piles of items they plan to keep, and those they will regift to some of the loved ones on their own holidays gift lists. It’s all about giving and receiving at this special time of years.”
After Lash told me that, I couldn’t wait to hear who he had on his “super nice” list of celebrities. And not surprising, I found out that Oprah Winfrey was there. The rest of Lash’s favorite stars who have been extremely gracious include Ron Howard (who I know is one of the nicest guys in the business), Jennifer Love Hewitt (another darling), Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, Jenna Elfman, Courteney Cox, Tori Spelling, Julianna Margulies, Miley Cyrus, Matthew McConaughey, Rachael Ray, Angela Bassett, Paris Hilton, Mary J. Blige, Kathy Griffin, Drew Barrymore, and the lovely Elisabeth Rohm, always a delight to see at parties. The most darling couples include Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, and country music sweethearts Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
So what’s in Fary’s fabulous gift bag for the folks who have been nice rather than naughty? Since everybody loves chocolate, Chocolatines by Sweet Endeavours was in the bag, along with Dove Chocolate Discoveries, and Angie’s Kettle Corn from RenoBastian Enterprises. Also included were snacks for dogs and cats from Wellness Natural Food for Pets. For beauty, the products included It’s a 10 Haircare, Pureology hair therapy and LaVigne Organic Skincare.
To help get fit there was the Lalo Fitness DVD, and a fitness retreat package from Live in Fitness Enterprise. Afterwards the stars might need an Industry Massage session, the Muscle Angel Massager, and maybe Snooz’n sleep aid.
Fashion items included wraps from ShawLux, sexy undies from PrivateEyes, more panties from My Panteez, Slip N’Toss handy emergency sandals, and limited edition jewelry from Bella Beads Studio.
And there were items that were oh so clever, such as Elbow Friend armrest cushion, Identity Expression artwork, KimzHollywoodList, the Glow System by Gisela Lowenstein, and Security Equipment Corporation, a supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Yes, Santa’s helpers are everywhere. And Distinctive Assets also supports many charities and worthwhile causes.
Merry Christmas, and may every gift bring you joy and fond memories.