Giftee Awards Guest Judge: Buy Seasons

October 6, 2011    |    By +
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We have gotten some truly stellar folks to join us in our search for the best gifts of 2011 and each week, we’ll be featuring one of them right here on the Gift Rap Blog.

Meet Karen Van Ert, who makes it her business to know how to throw a party and how to be the life of the party through her job as Vice President of Marketing at BUYSEASONS. BUYSEASONS consists of Buy Costumes and Celebrate Express; two sites essential to making the party happen. “BUYSEASONS, Inc. was founded in 1999, and has grown to be one of the largest internet retailers of costumes, party supplies and décor for year-round entertaining and fun.”

When I asked Karen why she was excited to a Giftee Awards judge, she said, “I think that this is an excellent opportunity to showcase the greatest gifts out there, and let consumers know that they can count on to find the best gifts for the occasion.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Karen is also takes finding the perfect gift her mission when she’s off the clock.“Knowing that I have the ability to make a person’s day for a short period of time and potentially create a lasting memory of that special day.”

We are thrilled to have someone so passionate on our panel of judges to help determine the finalist for the most sought after gifts of 2011. Thank you Karen!

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Meet the Gurus

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!"

Gwen P.
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.