Merry Christmas from American Express – GIVEAWAY

This will sound silly but one of my favorite things at Christmas is when you think all the gifts have been opened and then you find one more tucked behind the Christmas tree! It’s like finding $10 in your winter coat the first time you pull it out of storage! Those extra little surprises are so much fun!

So, although our Christmas Giveaway ended last week, we have a few more gifts tucked away behind the tree! We just can’t help it! We love spoiling our readers! However, instead of that $10 you find in your winter coat….how about $50!!!

We are giving away FIVE $50 Gift Cards from American Express! AND we have FIVE more being donated to our Under The Tree Program!!!


If you are thinking of giving your loved ones a gift card this year, consider the American Express gift card. Unlike some others, American Express gift cards have no fees after purchase. That means that your loved ones won’t be surprised with those pesky extra fees for activation, checking the balance, monthly servicing, or card replacement. The only surprise is the fabulous gift card itself! Oh, and the funds on the card never expire!!!

You can also customize your American Express gift card with a personal message to the recipient or choose to give the new limited edition gift cards designed by pop-artist Peter Max.

Peter Max card

Now, for your chance to win one of these fabulous gift cards simply leave us a comment telling us:

What would you buy for yourself this holiday season with a $50 American Express gift card?

As always, you can earn even more entries: subscribe to our Feed, sign up for our 5M4M Newsletter, add our 5M4Giveaways button in your sidebar, write a post and link back to this contest on your blog, and spread the word via Twitter or email! Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our contest and giveaway rules.

This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses and ends Friday, December 18. Our five winners will be announced Saturday, December 19.

Thank you so much to American Express for donating all of these wonderful gift cards for this giveaway and to our Under The Tree program!

We did not receive any incentives from American Express for writing this post. We just want to spread a little more Christmas cheer to our readers and our Under The Tree families!

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Editor: Stacey Lynn


  1. shannon says

    I would use it to buy a warm coat…. snow on the ground and I am realizing that I need a new coat.
    Thanks for the chance!

  2. Kathryn says

    I’d buy some “me time”: a movie or trip to the art museum, followed by dinner at a local restaurant I’ve never tried before (and all by myself, of course).

  3. MJ says

    I would buy a new portable telescope for me and my son(we both love astronomy), so we can take it on vacations with us.

  4. Heather says

    I would have a hard time spending it on myself :) I’d probably plan a fun night out at the movies for the whole family.

  5. says

    Ohhh I love this giveaway! If I won, I’d want to use it to have a date night with my husband. We haven’t been out in forever! Probably a dinner and a movie. :)

  6. jennie says

    I would spend it on rainboots, which I really need. I never spend much on myself, so I have been delaying this purchase for a long time!

  7. Heather says

    I think with $50 I would take my husband out for dinner. For a few months now we’ve been saving up as much as we can for the holidays and so we haven’t had a night out in a while. Hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. says

    I desperately need new undergarments and socks but I neglect purchasing them because they are not something that is visibly seen and I’m always putting the babies needs first. It’s probably been 5 years since I’ve purchased new undergarments for myself … BUT I did buy new Spider Man little boy underwear this past weekend!!

  9. Rebecca says

    I’m visiting friends in the Chicago area for a few days over the holidays, so I’d spend the $50 to take us all out for Chicago pizza!!! Yummy!

  10. Aura says

    It’s funny how I’m always buying gifts but never anything for myself. I would love to put the giftcard toward a pair of UGG highkoos that I have my eyes on

  11. Pamk says

    I would love to have this to finish out buying my desk/bookshelf for my scrapbook nook I am putting together in my living room.

  12. says

    I’d buy myself some new clothes…I have a one month old baby and I’ve got my body back so I’m ready for some new clothes now!

  13. says

    Does it have to be for myself? Because I would probably get some books or craft materials for my daughter – that is my big hobby right now! So I guess it really is for me…

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  14. says

    I would take my husband on a shopping spree. And let him select clothes that you can’t actually stick your finger through because they are so thread bare. Clothes that he won’t have to fish out of the garbage in case the wife “accidentally” threw them away. That’s all I’m sayin’.

  15. mmm619 says

    I’d use this towards a good outing with my husband and son. I don’t really “need” anything, so making memories would be the most important.

  16. Heather Adams says

    I would use it to take my husband out to eat and to the movies. That would be a great Christmas gift for both of us!

  17. says

    I would buy some new undergarments — mine are desperately in need of being replaced but since noone sees them I have a hard time spending money on them!

  18. says

    With $50? I’d buy myself a few items of clothing. However, I’m pretty sure that I’d buy something for my daughter or husband before I bought myself something. It always seems to work out that way.

  19. Amy says

    I would buy a “Magic Jack” for my husband to take to Iraq with him when he is deployed in a few months so that he could call us from his computer. He would really be excited about a gift like that! Thanks for the chance! Merry Christmas!

  20. Katie DeHaan says

    I never can spend money on myself, if I did I would get some new books, but I probably would spend it on my friends son for christmas presents, they are having a hard time this year and it would help her out.

  21. says

    I subscribe through Google Reader, have you on my blog sidebar and receive your newsletter. This gift card would be an amazing blessing to receive…

  22. says

    With $50, I would purchase some sort of organizational item to keep my master bedroom from being the “catch-all” room. That sounds really boring, huh?

  23. Wendy M says

    I am driving home to be with my mom and other family for Christmas. Since my Dad just passed away in September, I need to be with them this Christmas. I would most likely use the card to pay for gas or possibly a hotel for the 14 hour drive to NC.

  24. Rebecca O says

    I would probably put it to a pair of winter boots. I actually do not have any and my feet are getting really cold. :0(
    bekki1820cb at gmail

  25. Angie says

    Wish I could buy something fun and frivolous. πŸ˜‰ I would actually put it towards a good pair of walking shoes with good support. Plantars Fasciitis really hurts! It’s hard to lose weight when you can’t even walk. :(

  26. says

    I’d either use it toward the H&M Jimmy Choo’s I want or save it to use when we go to Disneyworld in February for Social Media Moms. It’s our first family vacation and I’m sure we’ll end up with tons of souveniers. πŸ˜€

  27. Joanne A says

    I’m now following you ladies on twitter ‘jcaplus2’. Wow, you are twins–I’m ‘jca’ have twin girls –they are my ‘plus2’!

  28. says

    I would use it to treat myself to a hair salon and finally cover the grey hair that seems to be coming in by leaps and bounds. That would be a nice treat :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. says

    A $50 gift card for Christmas? I’d start knocking off some of the books, etc. on my Amazon wish list. Reading is my guilty pleasure but spending on myself isn’t much of an option this time of year!

  30. says

    Let’s see…I think I would buy myself some new good fancy shoes! The kind you never buy yourself but you love to look at. I also have your button on my blog.

  31. Vickie Couturier says

    What I would buy for myself with that gift card would be a new pair of sneakers mine are so raggy my kids make fun of me,ha,ha,I spend my money on them so they have good shoes


  32. Kimberly says

    I don’t like spending money on myself during the holidays so I would spend it on clothes or toys for my granddaughter.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. judy brittle says

    I would buy myself some warm pajamas. I just don’t have any and the cold weather is here. I’m so cold! Thank you!

  34. says

    Honestly….I would treat myself to an order stuffed with scrapbooking goodies from Two Peas in a Bucket. I’ve been so focused on holiday gifts that i haven’t bought ANYTHING in a few months! It would be fun to splurge a little!

  35. Pecola Coleman says

    This holiday season I would spend an American Express gift card on a Christmas present,present(s)for my son or some things for me!

  36. Jessica T says

    Since you asked what I’d buy myself . . . I’d have to say Slippers, or an electric blanket. But, I honestly would probably end up spending it on the kids . . . isn’t that always the way?

  37. Katelyn says

    I think i would use them to help get new tires for my car…. the ones that came with it just weren’t cutting it in the snow yesterday! lol

  38. says

    Oh that’s hard because I don’t usually buy things for myself very often. I do need some new underthings, and there is a fleece bucket hat I have wanted for 2 years now.

  39. diane taylor says

    i would spend it on my step sister. we have only grown close latly due to my step father being ill. we have come to love each other thru this time together. she is a wonderful person and im glad i got to know her better.

  40. says

    I think I would (& will whether I win or not) go to the pet store or animal shelter and buy a kitten to replace the one we just lost. And a whole new set of “cat” items, bowls, litter boxes etc. That will make my childrens Christmas alittle brighter, and not so sad.

  41. Laurie Moudy says

    I can’t decide between buying more sweaters or a new camera bag for my early christmas present from my dad!(NikonD60).

  42. Chrissy says

    If I had to buy something for myself? Not the house or the kids or my husband? I think the Wicked Soundtrack and a mani or pedi. Something completely frivolous that I wouldn’t do normally!

  43. Cheryl L says

    I would buy myself a nice NEW vacuum. My current vacuum is a hand me down from and it has seen its use and needs to be replaced.

  44. says

    With $50 I would buy myself a massage, I am trying to pull together Christmas for my family as well as my parents who are currently living on unemployment and I am seriously stressed out. A few minutes massage would certainly help relieve some of the stress that I’m about to explode from right about now!

  45. says

    I would buy some new clothes. I’ve lost a lot of weight in the past little while and nothing I have fits quite right, or even sorta right at that.

  46. Shalitha says

    I allways put others before myself and never have the money to get myself the things i need but im desperately in need of a winter coat and that gift card would certainly help me out cause right now i cant afford a coat but i surely need one.Thanks for the chance to win and GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

  47. says

    I would use the card to buy a pair of winter boots. I realized this week I don’t have anything like that to keep my toes warm in this cold season!

  48. says

    I really want a pedicure. I hardly ever have one (maybe five in my lifetime and I am over 50). Would love to splurge! Thanks!

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for 14 Months!

  49. Val Pearson says

    OK, it would be so difficult for me to buy something for myself but if I HAD to spend the money on me, I would buy some new jeans and some clothes that actually fit. I have lost a good deal of weight since my divorce and this would be such a treat.

  50. Chris says

    I would LOVE to use this to buy MYSELF a GUARANTEED gift I like this year! (It would still be from someone else! AMERICAN EXPRESS!)

  51. says

    I would buy myself new underwear! You know how it is…mom’s leave themselves last when it comes to buying things when on a budget. Mama could use some new britches! ha!

  52. says

    I’d use the $50 towards a Kindle… then, when begging and pleading with my husband about buying the Kindle proves unsuccessful, I’d probably buy a new crock pot or a pressure cooker, which my dad convinced me I need.

  53. Laurie Murley says

    what would i buy myself we i have been saving for a serger that i have wanted forever and if i won this i would buy me a new serger, i love to sew and have been saving for my serger for awhile now.

  54. Pam Campbell says

    My first thought was to buy a much needed pair of boots for myself. Then I remember going by our local homeless shelter. There is a sign out front that posts needs. Usually it lists food items or paper products. It now says “needs” adopt a family for Christmas. If I win one of the $50 gift cards I will use it for this purpose, And maybe I could find some others to match the $50 and make it go further.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    God Bless and Merry Christmas, Pam

  55. Karie says

    I would use this to get my husband or kids something for christmas and if I spent on myself I would treat myself to a mani/pedi I haven’t had someone else give me one in years.

  56. Beth Ann McMasters says

    I subscribed to your newsletter. I would either give the card to my daughter who is trying to put herself through college to become a doctor and Mom isn’t able to help out much. Disability check doesn’t go that far. I am so proud of her. Maybe I will have good luck since the giveaway is on my 52nd birthday!!!

  57. katklaw777 says

    I would use it on gas and groceries, it’s not a matter of what I want, but what we need. I would splurge on some ice cream for sure! Great giveaway, thanks!

  58. Sharon Rooney says

    Oh Wow, I would get new boots.
    Geez, I think I will need them with the weather we have been getting.
    Thank you

  59. Jessica says

    I’d really like to buy my son some stuff so he sees something under the tree. But i had to buy myself something i think i would get a pair of pants and maybe a pretty shirt. thank you

  60. samantha says

    I would buy something for the kids…. I havent even started and its the 13th of Dec. However I did graduate from college on Friday night…..

  61. samantha says

    I would buy something for my kids…I havent even started and its the 13th of December however I did graduate from college on Friday night!!