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Prior to this year’s Golden Globes, GBK and Pilot Pen hosted a gift lounge on the rooftop of the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. And while we can never have too many extravagant goods in hand, hosts of this year’s lounge made sure that luxurious gifts were plentiful!

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Delectable refreshments and pool-side service were just the beginning of GBK and Pilot Pen’s VIP treatment. Showered with an abundance of gifts and day-long entertainment, guests experienced a relaxing, yet unforgettable afternoon.

Among the must-have travel items at the lounge were Pilot Pen’s high-quality writing instruments. Their sleek Vanishing Point and elegant Pilot MR are definite takers. And you can’t leave home without their FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pen – essential for those on the go!

While some travelers only dream of a good night’s sleep in their hotel room, others can rest easy with their portable travel companion! airweave, the breathable mattress topper (allows your whole body to be fully supported while you sleep), has a new portable air pad perfect for the plane. Whether you’re traveling to St. Regis Bora Bora or having a quick overnight stay at a local hotel, airweave has got your back!

Looking pretty is a breeze with Tweezerman’s array of beauty products. Their Purple Reign Petite Tweezer set and Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper makes prepping time quick for girls on the run. And no leaving the bounce behind! Sleep-In Rollers are the perfect solution to keep your hair full of body while you’re away. In addition, their travel kit – consisting of shampoo, conditioner, shower get and lotion – contain all the essentials for a stress-free weekend getaway!

The Artisan Group is an all-time favorite with handcrafted products from hundreds of artisans around the world. Pampering yourself is simple with cruelty-free soaps and body products from San Diego Bath & Body Co., mineral vegan-friendly eye shadows by Overall Beauty Minerals, and colorful hand-woven jewelry from The Crafty Turtle. On a mission to showcase the best handcrafted products around, an abundance of other items from The Artisan Group were gifted: handmade stylish purses from Girl by Aileen, original fabric bags from SmiLe Style, super snazzy hair ties from knotieties, modern gemstone jewelry from Vitrine, stylish and eco-friendly jewelry from Studio Jewel, fun bath and body products from Ellison’s Organics, and bathtub candy from Soapy Bliss Bath & Body Bakery!

Barbar Hair Tools, another must-have product from the lounge, gifted their 2600 Titanium Ionic Flat Iron – light enough to sneak in your carry-on! Other glam goods at the GBK/Pilot Pen lounge included color-enhanced diamond jewels from Fiamma Jewelry, magnetic clasp two-in-one jewelry from Luminita, and silver/brass handmade necklaces from Made By Survivors.

There was no forgettin’ the men and their toys! FLUXMOB was in the house with the world’s smallest portable battery pack and charger combo, the BOLT! Their grab-and-go USB wall charger is combined with a whopping 3000mAh built-in rechargeable battery that will charge your mobile device anywhere you are! Another favorite was the Bluetooth Audio Headsets from Sir Ike Audio. Stylish with a super lightweight design, the device is compatible with all smartphones and tablets and allows for eight hours of playback time!

Other great products to take along on your trip include: GOLD COLLAGEN® liquid food supplements from Minerva Research Labs; Hands-Free Skin Brighteners from The Crave Collection; RegeneBlend antioxidant beverages from Regeneca WorldWide; and iPad covers from Rolf Bleu™.

If snacking is your thing, gluten-free treats from Kyra’s Bake Shop or natural fruit snacks from Matt’s Munchies are a great find! And you can’t go wrong with popchips and Brownie Brittle! No matter how much you eat you’ll be coming back for more. But have no fear, Spanx is here! Armed for every occasion, Spanx founder Sara Blakely has your tush covered! And showing off their support at the suite was their swanky line of men’s undergarments! Go Spanx!

For LA-bound travelers there are two prime spots to seek out, one of which is Bulgarini Gelato which graced the lounge with their presence. Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, the gelateria has two locations, Altadena and their Culver City Gelateria & Café. Freshly made gelato and sorbet, mouth-watering bites along with an intimate selection of wine pairings will have you feeling like you’re in Rome! If you’re venturing out near West Hollywood, the V Wine Room is also a great place to unwind. A wine and beer tasting room, you’ll have the opportunity to experience boutique California wines at its best, while being educated on the winemakers and brewmasters themselves!

Pampering at its peak, Burke Williams Spa teased guests with their exclusive H2Vskincare line! And what better place to work off your tired muscles after traveling (or lugging all those luxury items from the GBK/Pilot Pen gift lounge) than the spa itself! With nine locations throughout California, and a multitude of amenities and treatments, Burke Williams is the perfect getaway retreat.

(GUARDaHEART Foundation and Lambda Legal were the beneficiaries of this year’s Golden Globe gift lounge from GBK and Pilot Pen. Other unforgettable sponsors included: SAAS Hot Sauce, Vita Coco, Planet.ECO, Love With Food, EmergencyLink, Caribbean Living, and Blow Hookah. For more information on additional sponsors and GBK events please visit www.gbkproductions.com.)

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