The 41 freebies inside the legendary People/Time swag bag

Behold, people, the glory that is the People/Time White House Correspondents’ Weekend Gift Bag. To call it a mere goodie bag fails to convey the 17.2 pounds of luxury swag presented to guests departing Friday’s cocktail reception. Well, not every guest – White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett attended the party at the St. Regis Hotel, but walked out empty handed due to ethics rules for government officials. “No, no,” she told us. “We can’t accept any gifts. But I’ve heard about it.”

Of course she’s heard about it: The now legendary gift bag has become one of the tangible perks on the four-day party circuit. Long after you’ve scarfed down yet another crab cake and downed your last (really!) vodka tonic, there’s still the overnight case overflowing with goodies. Companies lobby for months to be included in the bag, and a mix is carefully selected to appeal to both women and men while remaining under a total value of $600, which means guests don’t have to report it to the IRS. “For the first time in memory, I don’t have to check with the White House counsel to accept a goodie bag,” said former Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling.

Full coverage from the red carpet to after-parties here.

(The Washington Post does not allow reporters to accept gifts of significant value — these items are donated to an annual newsroom auction for charity. Except for a chocolate bar or two that always seem to mysteriously disappear.)


There were a total 41 items (including copies of People and Time, natch) carefully packed into the black Longchamp knockoff. “It’s like a weightlifting set,” said lobbyist Tony Podesta (pictured above). This year’s standout was undoubtedly the Skullcandy Supreme Sound Aviator headphones, valued at $149.99 according to the price tag slapped on the corner of the box. The rest of the goodies can be roughly divided into Food and Drink, Health and Beauty, and Random Cool Things to keep or re-gift. (Mother’s day is just around the corner, kids.)

FOOD AND DRINK
A Buy One, Get One Chipotle card
Fika Himalayan salt chocolate
Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips
Gevalia coffee
Hint fizz grapefruit sparkling water
Illy Issimo Caffe espresso drink
Kusmi Tea detox blend
Justins organic peanut butter cups
Macrobar banana and almond bar
Norman Love chocolates
Somersaults Santa Fe Salsa snacks
Two Moms blueberry bar
Vita Coca coconut water

HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Burts Bees dark spot corrector
Egyptian Magic skin cream
Hello mint grapefruit breath spray
Help Remedies pain reliever
Kiehl’s Hand Salve and after-shave balm
Luster White teeth whitening system
Schick Intution and Hydro 5 razors
Skyn Iceland cleansing cloths
Smashbox foundation primer
Spa Ritual pink neon nail polish
The Honest Company hand sanitizer and lip balm
VitaBath lime citron basil body wash

RANDOM COOL THINGS
Bowhaus pet collar charm
Corkcicle wine cooler
C Wonder scented soy candle
Hachette’s “The Very Fairy Princess” by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Happy Socks neon socks
Pampered Chef mini mix ‘n chop
Skullcandy earphones
Soul Cycle cardio workout class
Swell Bottle stainless insulated water bottle
Toyota yoga in a box kit
Vera Bradley umbrella

Roxanne Roberts is a feature writer for the Style section.
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