Micah Jesse x American Express = Points For Presents Holiday Gift Guide!

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It’s that “most wonderful time of the year” time of year and… you’re procrastinating sorting out your holiday gifts, aren’t you? And who doesn’t have those one or two people who are really, really difficult to shop for?! I know I do.

So that is why I am sooooooo thrilled to be an American Express ambassador for their #PointsForPresents Holiday program this year! Over the last few weeks I have been digging through their extensive catalog of goodies and I’ve compiled a few of my faves to help you — my fabulous and in-the-know readers — pick out some seriously stellar gifts (all shoppable using American Express Membership Rewards) that seriously everyone will love!

American Express helps ease the pain of shopping by allowing their Cardmembers to earn and use Membership Rewards points. Surely you already know you can earn points for almost every purchase you make (and with no expiration date)… But — did you know you can use your points on a wide variety of gift cards, retail purchases, travel and entertainment events? Aha!



Sandy Relief — there is nothing more chic, in my opinion, than giving back to those less fortunate — especially during the Holidays. It may seem like a small contribution to donate points, but every little bit counts. If you’re on the fence about where to spend your points this Holiday season, the answer is simple: give them to those who need them more than you do. Celebrities who have been doing their part to give back include Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and many more!

Apple TV (19,200 Points) – this is my #1 favorite (physical) gift this Holiday season (and I’m telling EVERYONE to get it) because I truly believe the Apple TV has the capability of bringing everyone together around the television again. In between watching your favorite shows, you can mirror what’s on your iPhone or iPad to your TV screen using the Remote app, enabling you to show your family and friends your favorite YouTube and news clips, websites, and sooo much more! You can also sync your television to your iTunes music library… how cool is that? Gone are the days where you could only watch one thing on the TV screen! Celebrity fans of the Apple TV include Miranda Cosgrove and Kourtney Kardashian.

Apple iPad® with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB (4th Generation)
(86,430 Points)- I was totally one of those people who was like “pssssh… the iPad is just a bigger iPhone, I’m not buying it!” and wrote it off for months. Then, I caved and got my very own. Y’all know I keep it real, and when I say this thing has changed my life…! I bring it with me on long car rides or on my many trips across the country to Los Angeles so I can watch my favorite movies on the move. Celebrity fans of the Apple iPad include Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria and the Kardashian sisters.

Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender (84,700 Points) – for anyone who loves to cook or is super healthy (…we all have that friend!) this is the ultimate gift. One of the most notable celeb fans of Vitamix is author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She is a Vitamix affiliate and uses the machines when she travels to her celebrity clients (including Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Hillary Duff and many others)

SkyMiles Transfer (1000 Points = 1000 Miles) – As someone who travels quite a bit, I know how important those sky miles are and I also know how important it is to be able to get work done in-flight (almost every Delta flight has in-flight WiFi). An added bonus: my AmEx card gets me in to just about every lounge in the airport, making it comfortable to get work done in between flights.

Micah Jesse Readers — If you are an American Express cardmember and are having trouble picking out the perfect gift, Tweet @MicahJesse and let me know and I’ll help you pluck the perfect pick!

Note: I was selected by American Express as 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.

Micah Jesse is the founder of Micah Jesse Media, LLC. He is an entertainment and pop culture blogger, host and producer, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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