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The American Express Points For Presents program is perfectly suited for me, an American Express cardmember since 1988, and for Food Republic’s readers. Food Republic was founded on the idea that men everywhere are becoming more interested in cooking, in becoming experts on spirits (from craft beer to craft cocktails), in traveling smarter and looking sharp while doing all of these things. So when I was invited to be one of 12 ambassadors, chosen to participate in the American Express Points For Presents program (and to be compensated for doing so), it made perfect sense.

American Express Points For Presents covers all the bases. I can use points to buy presents for family and friends who share my discerning tastes. So what’s in store? I’m gonna upgrade everyone on my list’s experiences, whether it’s cooking a skirt steak on the stovetop, dining out at a great New York City restaurant or surprising a friend with a high-tech item from their wish list. That’s what Points For Presents is all about — giving the gifts that keep on giving (and all with points you’ve already earned!). Here are the 5 ways I’m spending my American Express Points For Presents.