''Hollywood Squares,'' ''The Tonight Show,'' ''Donnie & Marie,'' and many others lavish guest stars with presents
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What’s the gift of gab worth? That depends on the show you appear on. Everyone from Jay to Conan sends their guests home with freebies just for showing up. And while none compare with the bundle of goodies given to Oscar presenters (last year’s hamper included a Tag Heuer watch and a Baccarat crystal pendant), the chitchat booty can get pretty lavish — or not. A look at the tokens of appreciation:

HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
The Goods: A ritzy package including Bulgari scarf (for women) or tie (for men), photo album from swanky New York boutique Shanghai Tang, cigars, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, CD box sets, and portable CD player
Value: up to $1,000

THE TONIGHT SHOW
The Goods: Female guests get stuff like a writing journal, a mug, a travel tin filled with tea, cookies, and a scented candle. Guys get a CD holder, popcorn, gourmet cheese, and assorted nuts.
Value: $60-200

DONNY & MARIE
The Goods: A little pampering, a little plumping up. For ladies, an aromatherapy basket with scented candles, bath oils, and Donny & Marie T-shirt and mug. For men, crackers, cookies, chocolates, gourmet coffee, and Donny & Marie T-shirt and mug.
Value: ”It ranges,” says a show spokeswoman, who declines to give a figure.

LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
The Goods: I Appeared on Conan and All I Got Was…a lousy T-shirt (also available at the NBC gift shop)
Value: $18

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH TOM SNYDER
The Goods: You’ll receive…a tape of your show and a note from Tom.
Value: about $2.99

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