Oscar suites break out the gifts, Twittens anyone?

Fri Mar 5, 2010 6:14pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Here's a tip for Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller: want to improve your troubled marriage? Try Twittens.

Don't know what Twittens are? You aren't alone. But celebrities who visit one of a dozen or so "gifting suites" around Los Angeles during Oscar week will find out, and in about six months they may be selling in a store near you.

Twittens -- two-person mittens designed for couples to hold hands together in cold weather -- can be found this year at one of the suites backed by merchants looking for celebrity endorsements that help sell products.

Stars can pick up watches, sunglasses, shoes, a brand new TiVo, a gadget that reshapes lipstick, hair removal products and Botox. First-time author K.M. Groshek is giving away her children's book "Bug's Adventure Series" at the Wow Creations Celebrity Lifestlye Gifting Lounge, hoping to launch a career.

"No one really knows me and I want to change that here," said Groshek. "I want to share my books and have people to enjoy them."

Angelina? Brad? How about your kids?

Groshek was flanked by Jill Quillin, a stay-at-home mom from Knoxville, Tennessee who invented LipStix Remix, a mold that, among others things, repairs broken or melted lipstick.

"This is huge exposure for me," she told Reuters.   Continued...