Meet the Giftees Judges: Amity Hook-Sopko

August 24, 2012    |    By +
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Name: Amity Hook-Sopko

Title: Editor of Green Gifts Guide

Brand/Blog: Green Gifts Guide

Bio: At Green Gifts Guide, Amity Hook-Sopko offers fresh, eco-friendly advice on gift giving and celebrations. Featured by The Nature Conservancy as a top resource on green gift giving and voted among the Top 25 Eco-friendly blogs, Amity shares ethical and eco gift ideas and how to wrap them without creating waste.

The 2012 Giftees are underway and you’re probably wondering what the panel of judges is & who they are, right? It’s up to You, the public, to nominate your favorite gifts of the year and to ultimately decide on the winners. But, when nominations end, the esteemed judges help select the Top 10 gifts in each category before handing it back over to You to determine the winners. I’m going to be highlighting one judge at a time from the panel of judges who know a thing or two about what makes a great gift. I hope you like them as much as we do. Enjoy!

Q: Why are you excited to be a judge for the Giftees?

A: I’m thrilled to join this remarkable group of gift giving experts, and also to lend an eco-friendly perspective to the awards this year.

Q: What is the best gift that you ever gave?

A: I always find the best gifts to be experience gifts. Experiences create memories, and they never end up in a landfill.

Q: When you take the personality quiz…which personality are you?

A: Super Mom 

Q: What is your favorite thing about giving gifts?

A: It’s so much fun to give a gift and see your loved one’s reaction. Especially when you’ve given a thoughtful gift.

Q: What is the best gift that you ever got?

A: One of my aunts has most of my grandmother’s old things, and occasionally she surprises me with something I haven’t seen in decades. It’s always an inspiring and special reminder of one of the most spectacular women I’ve ever known.

Q: What is a dream gift that you would love to get?

A: A Subaru Outback is the top of my dream gift list!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re off the clock?

A: Bikram yoga, baseball games (from major league to little league), finding creative ways to wrap gifts with items we already have on hand.

Q: How long have you been a blogger/brand?

A: I’ve been blogging almost three years.

Q: Why do you love what you do?

A: I love helping people, especially moms, choose thoughtful, green gifts for the people they care about. And because I work from home, I love the opportunity to be there for my boys when they need me.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.