Monday, November 28, 2011

We Shop It Out With The Amex Hot 100 Wishlist

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

Christmas came early this year when the nice folks at American Express Canada challenged me to do my holiday shopping online with a $1000 budget. I know, tough challenge right?

So what did I buy?

For hip + urban husband, I picked up The Original GreenPan from The Shopping Channel which is featured on the Amex Hot 100 Wishlist App on Facebook. He loves to cook and this non-stick frying pan is Teflon-free and oven-safe. Bonus points for me! The item was originally $89.99 and was on sale $64.96 – and I paid only $9.99 for shipping and handling.
For my sister, I scored the Capri Hoodie from Roots ($80) that’s also featured on the Amex Hot 100 Wishlist App. It’s great for lazing around on the weekend and something to keep her cozy on the way to yoga class. It’s long enough to wear with leggings or skinny jeans and made of organic cotton. Roots is also offering free shipping for a limited time within Canada, so I didn’t pay any more than I would have in-store.


For everyone else on my list, I went a little crazy at Target. With MyUS.com you can get your own US shipping address and pay a flat shipping fee based on the weight of your order, but the savings I scored at Target counterbalanced the shipping I pay.

Amex Cardmembers also get their set-up fee waived ($20), a complimentary one-year premium membership ($60) and 20% off already discounted DHL and FedEx shipping fees. So I stocked up on cute baby clothes for my nieces and nephews, along with designer housewares and affordable gifts for my family.

Christmas is a great time to save on shipping costs. Most retailers are slashing or eliminating shipping fees entirely to maximize holiday business, so it’s a great time to take advantage. A new survey from American Express Canada revealed that 64% of Canadians (ages 18-34) plan to do some or all of their holiday shopping online to avoid crowded shopping malls. And 57% of Canadians buy online because they can shop when stores are closed.

The whole online shopping process was pretty painless and it took me all of an hour to get my gifts ordered. All I have to do is wait for them to ship and have myself a little gift-wrapping party when they get here!

Using my American Express Gold Rewards Card means I earn points with every purchase that I can use towards Membership Rewards like travel. Purchase protection covers any item I purchase on my card from damage or theft within 90 days after my purchase up to $1000 and doubles the manufacturer’s warranty for an additional year.

Create your own personal wishlist using the Amex Hot 100 Wishlist Facebook App and then share it with your friends and family. Get over 100 gift ideas for your holiday shopping and see our top gift ideas.

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