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American Express: Rewarding You With Points for Presents this Holiday

Entry #1896, December 2, 2012

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, the idea of what to give everyone on your holiday gift list is probably at the forefront of all the stress, right? This season, instead of stressing about what to buy, who to give what, and most importantly, how to pay for all these gifts, think about a better solution. Why not use American Express Membership Rewards points to help you do your shopping and mark off some “hard to find holiday gifts” easily, and without spending a fortune!

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I’ve paired up with American Express for their ‘Points for Presents’ Holiday Program to highlight some of their great home and kitchen products that are wonderful to give and in my opinion: anyone would love to receive. For 12 days, American Express will highlight 12 experts and show their holiday picks and I was lucky enough to get Day 2!

Visit American Express Membership Rewards to see all of our picks. :)

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Visit American Express Membership Rewards site to see all 12 days of gift picks!

My fond memory of using American Express Membership Rewards:

I remember in years past having to wait for my Membership Rewards in the mail! It was torture… waiting for the snail mail to go buy my mom a gift was awful. I used to love to use my Membership Rewards at the Coach Purse Factory outlet store, and I would get use my rewards points to purchase a gorgeous purse for my mom. Now they have changed the system and you can use your reward points IMMEDIATELY!! How awesome is this? Read on to see 6 different ways to use your rewards points this year, so much easier than before.

To make it easy I chose 5 products that I think my readers will love. Each of them can help make life easier in your home, or are perfect leisure gifts!

Stagetecture’s Home Gift Picks

1. KitchenAid® Artisan Series Stand Mixer with Bonus Food Grinder Attachment

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The KitchenAid mixer Artisan Series

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For the baker and chef on your list the Kitchen Aid Mixer is perfect

Want to add to your gift list, get it here —> KitchenAid Mixer


2.) All-Clad 6.5 Quart Stainless Slow Cooker with Ceramic Insert

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The perfect gift for busy parents and college students!

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Save time with make-ahead meals with this all-clad slow cooker

Want to add to your gift list, get it here —> All-Clad Slow-Cooker

3.) Dyson AM04 Hot + Cool™ Heater/Table fan with Air Multiplier™ Technology

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Give the Dyson AM04 heater/fan to anyone of your “hard to find a gift” list!

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The Dyson heater/fan looks sleek and has no blades or heating coils

Want to add to your gift list, get it here —> Dyson Heater/Fan

Stagetecture’s Leisure Gift Picks

4.)  Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Gift Card

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Who doesn’t love to receive a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory restaurant?

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Cheesecake factory gift cards are just one of the many restaurant options

Want to add to your wish list? –> Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

5.)  Crate and Barrel Home Store

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A Crate & Barrel purchase would make my holiday!

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Choose from a wide selection of retailers worldwide

Want to add to your wish list? –> Crate & Barrel

To redeem American Express Membership Rewards points: 

1. Choose items from catalog

American Express offers a diverse array of merchandise from popular brands like BOSE, Apple, Michael Kors, TUMI and Kitchen Aid. You can browse by brand, category, or even by “point range”. You’ll often find items on sale, marked down from their original point value.

2. Gift cards/mobile cards

According to this year’s American Express Spending & Saving Tracker gift cards are THE #1 gift to give, so consider buying all your gift cards with points. Also consider using points to buy gift cards for your own shopping. It’s like having an additional $25 or $50 off at all your favorite stores, which is awesome for brand-name items that don’t go on sale. They also have a new Mobile Gift Cards feature: Cardmembers can now now log onto their American Express app on their phones (find it at and use points to download Mobile Gift Cards instantly for Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, PBteen®, Pottery Barn®, Pottery Barn Kids®, West Elm® and William-Sonoma®…with more retailers to come! Amex is the only credit card rewards program to currently offer this, and it means additional savings while you shop.

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Choose from stores you walk in, to catalogs, to online stores!

Visit American Express to see the full list of retailers to redeem your Membership Rewards

3. Ticketmaster events

If you want to give the gift of experience, there’s nothing like gifting tix to a live show. You can log onto your account while on Ticketmaster and opt to pay for your tickets with the points you’ve earned.

4. Pay in full or partially with Points on Amazon

Did you know that you can set your American Express card to default and when you go to log out, you can pay in full or even PARTIALLY with Points?

5. Charities

Give the gift of charity. Membership Rewards allows you to donate points and give to hundreds of local, national and international non-profit organizations.

6. Travel

Turn points into a trip. Use Pay with Points and enjoy the flexibility to travel using all or some points.  You can book travel with points and even use points for hotel gift cards for room nights, spa treatments, dining, and more.

Stagetecture Readers – Who needs help choosing the perfect gift this year? If you are an American Express cardmember and you can’t think of an idea – let me know. I will help you find the perfect items for your holiday giving this year!


I was selected by American Express to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such I was paid for my services as an ambassador, but all gift choices selected and opinions about the gifts and American Express are my own.


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