What’s more exciting than Oscar contending films and A-List celebs? Free stuff, obviously.

What’s more exciting than Oscar contending films and A-List celebs? Free stuff, obviously. The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival brought a steady stream of Hollywood talent hanging out in Toronto, and with the all those famous people comes the oh-so-exciting celebrity gifting lounges. (AKA the places where the stars get the best swag and gift bags. It’s a tough life, we know.)

Curious what Ryan Gosling, Julia Roberts and Timothée Chalamet took home when then left Toronto? Check out the gifting lounges (and the swag that comes with them) below:

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart

This year marks the ninth beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart TIFF Suite. And, for the second year in a row, Shoppers has partnered with Entertainment One’s official TIFF lounge to provide an enviable beauty destination for Canadian celebrities, on-air personalities, media and influencers. The lounge offers opportunity to be pampered with hair styling services, manicures, St. Tropez custom skin finishing treatments by celebrity tanning expert, Sophie Evans and makeup applications from global brand MUAs.

Here’s the swag list:

  • Smashbox: Photo Finish Foundation Primer 
  • Phyto: Phytomillesime Color-Protecting Mist
  • Joawe: Youth Concentrate Complexion Correcting
  • Urban Decay: Born to Run Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Urban Decay: All-nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 
  • Urban Decay: Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Stila: Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Micro Tip
  • Stila: Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
  • Stila: Heaven’s Hue Highlighter
  • St.Tropez: Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mist
  • Silk’n Titan
  • Quo: Eye Lash Kit

The Essentials Lounge

Now in its ninth year, the Essentials Lounge by EGPR is an alternative to celeb lounges in that it is exclusively for Canadian media and influencers. (Which, you know, we definitely appreciate. Thank you EGPR!)

Here’s the swag list:

  • Puff.ME Volumizing Powder, Puff.ME Shampoo + Conditioner and Hold.ME Threeways Hairspray
  • DKNY: Stories Fragrance
  • Glamglow: Supermud
  • Keds
  • Smashbox: Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation
  • Green & Blacks: chocolate bars
  • This Works: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Stress Check Roll On
  • Tuckshop Trading Co.: crewneck


Touted as the non-traditional gifting suite, Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications essentially brings the lounge to the celebs (read: bags filled with swag are delivered directly to their hotel rooms). Now in its tenth year at TIFF, past celebs who have been gifted with goodies include Elle Fanning, Julianne Moore and Rachel McAdams.

Here’s the swag list:

  • Anne-Marie Chagnon: One of six jewellery styles
  • Biossance: Assortment of skin care products
  • Crazy D’s Soda Labs: Crazy D’s Prebiotic Craft Soda in Ginga’ Kick, Rockin’ Rolla’ Cherry Cola or Twisted Citrus
  • Creeds: Gift card and bag of CINQUE x Creeds Coffee Bar Custom Roast
  • DK Publishing: Astrology by Carole Taylor
  • Dr. Bronner’s: Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap
  • Eska: Carbonated natural spring water in regular or citrus
  • Green & Black’s: Organic Dark Chocolate Bar in Burnt Toffee
  • Greenhouse Juice Company: Rococoa Organic, Dairy-free Shake
  • Healthy Crunch: Trail Mix in a variety of flavours
  • House of Hayla: HOH Monochromatic Heel
  • MIRA: The Neighbours by Hannah Mary McKinnon
  • Natur-a: Fortified Almond Beverage Minis in original and chocolate flavour
  • Nomz: Almond Nomz Energy Bites
  • Pilot Coffee Roasters: Pilot Cold Brew Latte
  • Ripley Publishing: A Century of Strange! from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! book series
  • Sully Wong: the KYOJIN Bag
  • Toronto Popcorn Company: Gourmet Popcorn in Old Fashioned Kettle Corn and Buffalo Kick
  • Turo: A credit for Turo services

Suite on the Sixth

Rock-it-promotions’  gifting lounge has seen hundreds of celeb guests—including Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Brie Larson and Liam Hemsworth—take home their goodies. This year, Suite on the Sixth continued its charitable tradition of asking guests to sign their names on an autograph board, donating $50 per signature on our signing board to Leave Out Violence (LOVE).

Here’s the swag list:

  • Adidas: socks + toques
  • Penguin Roundhouse: Books
  • Perth Soap co.: Handsoap and lotion
  • Simply Protein: Protein bars and chips
  • CRUMPS’ Naturals: dog treat assortments
  • Alchemy Co.: Candles and oil defusers
  • Lindt Chocolate: 70% Cacao
  • Rosen’s: Cinnamon Bun Spread
  • Leave Out Violence: Pamphlets
  • BOGS: $170 Gift Card
  • L’Oreal Makeup
  • FIJI Water
  • Casper pillow
  • Hudson’s Bay Company bag

Hudson’s Bay Company

HBC is notorious for doing an iconic striped gifting lounge, but this year HBC has decided to take the lounge out of the picture and deliver their goodies directly to talents’ hotel rooms. Essentially, they’re the Santa Clause of TIFF.

Here’s the swag list:

  • New fall puffy HBC tote bag – a chic “puffer” style
  • A HBC compact umbrella for sudden Toronto rainstorms
  • HBC T-shirt
  • New HBC x Ivory Ella Collab sweatshirt (Men’s)
  • New HBC x Ivory Ella windbreaker (Women’s)
  • HBC socks (Men’s)
  • Lightweight HBC scarf (Women’s
  • HBC water bottle
  • The Future is Stigma T-shirt
  • WE Well-being for Youth Rafiki Bracelets


By Meghan McKenna