Meet the Giftees Judges: Jill Smokler

August 28, 2012    |    By +
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Name: Jill Smokler

Title: Author of Scary Mommy the book and

Bio:  Jill Smokler blogs about motherhood – the good, the bad and the scary – at Her take on motherhood has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, Huffington Post and a vast array of waiting room type magazines. Her first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, is available now. She thinks you’ll love it.

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: The older I get, the more I see the value in gifts — they have the ability to make someone happy for the single occasion and years to come. I’m excited to help choose the best of the best!

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

A: I sent my mom and her best friend to their favorite restaurant in NYC. I came up with a special menu and had the chef come out and wish her a happy birthday. She loved it.

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

A: I’m Super Mom. I find that to be very amusing.

Q: What is your favorite thing about giving gifts?

A: Imagining the recipient’s response upon opening it, of course!

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

A: My husband got me a bracelet with my children’s faces. I usually give him a hard time about buying me things, but it’s so sweet to always have them on me. I love it.

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

A: A day at a spa. The pre-mom me would have thought it frivolous and voted for something tangible, but these days, it wouldn’t get better.

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

A: As a blogger, I’m never really off the clock. Ever.

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

A: Four and a half years, though I can barely remember before.

Q: Why do you love what you do?

A: I love that my brand is all about accepting imperfection — I have absolutely no pressure to be anything I’m not. It’s liberating.


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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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