Giftee Awards Guest Judges: The Nest

September 28, 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.

This week we’re featuring Giftees judge Kristine Solomon from one of our favorite sites! The Nest, the popular offshoot of The Knot est. 2006, is the only brand focused exclusively on young nesters setting up homes and navigating new lives together, reaching millions of couples each year through and The Nest books.

Kristine has been a writer for years and when I asked her about her fortuitous journey to becoming Editor at The Nest she said, “I became an editor for print magazines while I was still in college. Even though I was interested in creative writing at the time, I realized that journalism was my thing. Along the way I’ve had plenty of opportunities to write; I even helped The Nest produce their decorating book, The Nest Home Design Handbook, a few years ago – and now I’m the editor of the site! So my career’s definitely been a journey of both intention and happenstance.”

Kristine knows a thing or two about giving great gifts too, although she’s slightly modest about it. “I’m not sure about the greatest gift I’ve ever given, but for my parents’ last anniversary, I decided to get them a basketful of DVDs – all movies that came out the year they were married. It just so happened that some of their favorite movies debuted that year, and they loved it.” Well done!

We are thrilled to have a guru like Kristine from such a great publication as The Nest on our panel to help us determine the best gifts of 2011 in the Giftee Awards. Don’t forget to nominate your favorite gift in any category for the chance to win $500!

Happy gifting!

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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.