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American Express Holiday Picks

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Reaping the benefits of American Express Membership Rewards has never been easier...or more stylish. Mr. Momtrends and I have been members for more than ten years. We'??ve used points to see the world and to outfit our home in style. When American Express reached out to me to share my picks and opinions about the Points for Presents program I thought I was a perfect fit.

Most people know you can use your American Express Membership Rewards points for travel, but why not gifts?

Case in point. This weekend we hosted a fabulous cocktail party for our fabulous friends at our Brooklyn loft. One of the husbands of a dear friend of mine (our girls go to school together) asked for some help. Let'??s call him Mr.X. He'??s been traveling a ton this year for work. And his saint wife has been holding down the fort beautifully.

Mr. X asked what was trendy this year for his super-chic wife. That'??s when I told him all about this program. I knew Mr. X has scored big miles with his business expenses. I suggested he skip the pandemonium of the malls (and the pushy salespeople) and head right to the American Express holiday online rewards pages.

Since I know Mrs. X pretty well, I gave him a few suggestions. Here'??s where I steered him.

First pick a chic little travel case like the Tumi Tegra-Lite Medium Trip Packing Case. 76,888 points (was 96,110 points). At just about 8 pounds, this bag is so chic. Wrap this up and put it under the tree.

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Then I said give her a night at a swank hotel with you (but you have to leave your phone at home!). The Peninsula in NYChas a fabulous package with a $100 spa treatment.

When you are on this swank date, slip a LAGOS Derby bracelet around her wrist. 63,056 points (was 78820). I predict all will be forgiven with a gift like this.

Now we want to continue to inspire you to use your points wisely. Here are '??Six Ways to Gift with Points'?:

Choose from the online catalog. Top brands include Apple, Michael Kors, TUMI and more. Browse by brand, category or even point range.
Get a gift card. With the new mobile Gift Card Feature you can log onto your Amex App on your phone and download cards instantly for Banana Republic, GAP, PBTeen and more.
Ticketmaster Events. Get seats to the hottest events with the points you'??ve earned.
Charities. Tis the season of giving. Give back to hundred of non-profit orgnaizations
Link to Amazon. You can pay partially or in full with points.
Travel. No surprises here. Turn points into trips.

For more visit the Holiday Pages at American Express here:

And for more fun holiday gifting ideas, be sure to follow the Points for Presents blogger picks here. You'??ll find gifting inspiration from TheBagSnob, MomGenerations, JillMartin, MakingitLovely, and others.

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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