Win a $100 Gift Card Courtesy of American Express

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When it comes to buying Christmas gifts, I’m not much of a planner. As a result, in most years my shopping involves a lot of last minute panicked runs to Best Buy or the mall. Of course, every year I tell my self I’ll do better next year. But here I am on December 6, and I’ve still not purchased a single gift.

Holiday shopping habits like mine inspired American Express to create a holiday gifting personality program – to help consumers find out their inner “holiday gifting personality” as well as provide tips on how to better manage their money and spend smarter during the holiday season. So I took the American Express Holiday Gifting Personality Quiz (it’s a Facebook app).

And it turns out I’m an “over gifter.” That doesn’t really surprise me. Here’s the description of an over gifter:

Your generous spirit and desire to get something for everyone is one of the things people love about you. The challenge is that your generosity can sometimes get you in trouble if you don’t have a spending plan to keep that growing gift list in check. Take advantage of some great tools to help manage and track holiday spending like American Express® Money Manager.

In support of this program, AmEx has challenged me to find the perfect holiday gifts for friends or family using my Premier Rewards Gold Card Membership Rewards points – 150,000 of them! Needless to say, I was totally up for the challenge! And the people I’ve decided to shop for are my mom, my son and daughter (both teenagers), and my wife.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be scouring the Membership Rewards site to find the perfect gifts, starting with my mom, and telling you about the cool stuff I’m able to get by redeeming my rewards points. Although I’ve carried an American Express card for a long time, I’ve always used my points for travel. So shopping with points is a new experience for me. One of the cool thing is that you can now use Amex points to shop for just about anything. She is a middle school teacher in desperate need of a laptop, so I’ll be using some Amex points to buy a laptop for her, which I’ll write about later this week.

But that’s not all! In the spirit of discovering how you all shop for holiday gifts, you’ll have a chance to win a $100 retail gift card courtesy of American Express! To enter, visit the American Express Facebook page and take the Gifting Quiz and discover your gifting personality. Then let me know what type of gifter you are by including the result in the comments of this (and my other challenge posts). At the end of the contest, I’ll select one lucky reader (at random) to receive the gift card. It’s a simple as that!

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Schmidty says:

    I am a Last Minute Gifter.

  2. Danyell says:

    You’re an Over Gifter

    Your generous spirit and desire to get something for everyone is one of the things people love about you. The challenge is that your generosity can sometimes get you in trouble if you don’t have a spending plan to keep that growing gift list in check. Take advantage of some great tools to help manage and track holiday spending like American Express® Money Manager.

  3. Danyell says:

    You’re an Over Gifter

    Your generous spirit and desire to get something for everyone is one of the things people love about you. The challenge is that your generosity can sometimes get you in trouble if you don’t have a spending plan to keep that growing gift list in check. Take advantage of some great tools to help manage and track holiday spending like American Express® Money Manager.

  4. Mami2jcn says:

    I’m a last minute gifter.

  5. Schmidty says:

    I am a creative gifter. Thanks for the chance to win, and Merry Christmas!

  6. VickieB says:

    You’re a Creative Gifter

    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

  7. Janet F says:

    I an Over Gifter.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Emily N. says:

    You’re a Creative Gifter

  9. Erin says:

    Last minute gifter!!!

  10. SaraJC says:

    Im a Creative Gifter =D

    Sara is a Creative Gifter!
    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more

    elgrandemich at hotmail dot com

  11. SaraJC says:

    Please erase my first comment and this one when your done reading.. site was a little slow so I didnt know if my comment was going through. Thank you.

  12. JoseT says:

    Jose is an Over Gifter!
    Your generous spirit and desire to get something for everyone is what people love about you. The key is to have a spending plan to keep that growing gift list in check. Take advantage of some great tools out there to help manage and track holiday spending like American Express® Money Manager.

    Interesting… Thanks for the opportunity

    stothejtothec (at) hotmail (dot) com

  13. Janice says:

    I’m a creative gift giver.

  14. Olivia says:

    I’m a creative gifter.

    And with 11 neices and nephews and 2 sons I get plenty of practice.

  15. Beth says:

    You’re a Creative Gifter

    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

    How well they know me.

  16. Mike says:

    I’m an overgifter

  17. Crystal says:

    I’m a creative gift giver. :) This sounds right to me. It has to be special.

  18. Raymond Talavera says:

    I’m a Creative Gifter.

  19. Carol T says:

    Looks like I’m a member of the select group of Creative Gifters! Any chance to make a gift more personal and thoughtful gives me more appreciation than the recipient! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas —

  20. Steven P says:

    I am an over-gifter

  21. Nancy Black says:

    I’m a last minute gifter!! My problem is no cash to buy so that’s true.

    I’m a subscriber to DR too!!

  22. Ryan says:

    Ahhh…. AmEx tells me I’m a last minute gifter. But I think I already knew that! :)

  23. Dan says:

    I am (as expected…) an OVERgifter!

  24. Kristie says:

    I’m an overgifter! :o)

  25. Alanna says:

    I’m a Last Minute Gifter.

  26. Linda Bundrick says:

    You’re a Creative Gifter

    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family.
    Oh my goodness…that is soo me…I am always thinking outside the box and love to make my gifts so personal and creative…I really focus on each person and each gift to make sure I am giving the them something they will love.

    Happy Holidays all :) !!!

  27. Veronica says:

    Im a self Gifter lol

    I love giving to others beside myself lol

  28. Laura says:

    I’m a Creative Gifter.

  29. Adam says:

    I’m a Creative Gifter – woo hoo!

  30. Megan says:

    Creative Gifter!
    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

  31. Vaishali says:

    I’m a Last Minute Gifter. I keep telling myself I’ll do better every year. The problem is that I don’t see my siblings very often so it’s hard to judge what to get them and then I’m scrambling to get them something at the 11th hour.

  32. Heather says:

    I am a self gifter

  33. Jackie says:

    I am an over gifter.

  34. Liz says:

    I’m a Creative Gifter

    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

  35. Becky M says:

    I am a creative gifter!

  36. Dan says:

    I’m an over gifter!

  37. Russel says:

    I’m a creative gifter. This also serves as a cover for what people call “procrastination.” I can simply reply, “I’m waiting to find the perfect gift.”

  38. Donna says:

    I am a self-gifter. I did not realize this at all. This was a real eye-opener and thanks for the chance to do some self reflection. lol

  39. Audrey H. says:

    My quiz results:

    YOU’RE A CREATIVE GIFTER
    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

    Thanks & happy holidays!

  40. Lonnie says:

    You’re an Over Gifter

    Your generous spirit and desire to get something for everyone is one of the things people love about you. The challenge is that your generosity can sometimes get you in trouble if you don’t have a spending plan to keep that growing gift list in check. Take advantage of some great tools to help manage and track holiday spending like American Express® Money

    Its official.

  41. Eric says:

    Creative gifter here!

  42. shel says:

    I’m a Creative Gifter too…..I love finding something unique and totally perfect for the person I’m buying for. Although I wish the “creative” part would be craft skills….I totally lack craft skills and envy everyone who can make crafty gifts for people.

  43. janet l. says:

    I’m a creative — yeah!!! Thanks for the sweep!

  44. Bracha Shapiro says:

    I’m an overgifter.

  45. BethY says:

    I’m a creative gifter :-) I do like to find gifts that are something the person would really like but perhaps not buy for themselves. I also make jewelry gifts too…

  46. Jim Graham says:

    I am a last minute gifter

  47. Ted says:

    You’re an Over Gifter

    Yep – I’ve known this for a while now.

  48. Megan says:

    You’re a Last Minute Gifter

    For you, the holidays come out of nowhere and before you know it, you have just a few days to get gifts for everyone on your list. But shopping just got a whole lot easier with inSiteSM from American Express, a new tool that serves up special offers exclusively to Cardmembers as they shop online.

    No surprise there!

  49. Joe says:

    I’m a creative gifter

  50. Patty Dwan says:

    I’m a creative gifter!

  51. Mike Ostafinski says:

    the quiz says I’m a Creative gifter.

    You’re the one who likes to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and family. Look for ways to create a memorable experience for your loved ones this holiday without doubling the time and effort you tend to spend on gift giving each year by using your American Express Card to get access to advance ticket sales and much more.

  52. Meg Maynard says:

    Creative Gifter! What a shock!
    Seriously, though, I think if you’re a regular on DR, you’re probably a creative gifter. It’s all about finding a way to accomplish your goal in a personal, manageable way! That’s what DR is all about, right?

  53. Faith says:

    It says I am a creative gifter. I hope my family feels the same way. :)

  54. Maddie says:

    Creative gift giver! And several opened their packages, not waiting for Christmas and 100% everyone has been happy… no stress, no guilt, and all healthy and eatable. Thanks so very very much! This has turned out to be one of my best Christmases in recent yrs. Sincerely, Thanks! Hope you all have an excellent Christmas everyone!

  55. Susan Chen says:

    DR, I’m like you, I’m an overgifter too. Maybe that’s why the people I give gifts to usually love my gifts. : )

  56. Dee says:

    I’m a last minute gifter…which comes as no surprise to me or my friends

  57. Marilyn Brenden says:

    I am a creative gifter.

  58. Claudia M says:

    i am the a creative gifter :) Happy holidays !

  59. Willa Jean Dooley says:

    Absolutely a creative gifter. I generally start making things by April.

  60. margaret ballinger says:

    creative gifter – I make jewlerery and give to it everyone that doesn’t run fast enough!

  61. margaret ballinger says:

    creative gifter – I make jewelery and give to it everyone that doesn’t run fast enough!

  62. Pamela B says:

    Like most of the others taking this quiz, I too am a creative giver.

  63. Liz says:

    I’m a last-minute gifter!

  64. Jason says:

    I too am a Creative Gifter.

  65. lcpossum says:

    Sounds like almost everyone is a Creative Gifter, me included.

  66. Kim says:

    I’m an over-gifter … can’t wait to see my credit card bills! LOL

  67. Daddy Rich says:

    Says I’m an Overgifter but i figured creative or Self?
    Guess the survey knows best!
    - Daddy Rich

    Happy New Year!

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