Last Minute Gifts under £50

With Christmas around the corner, there is no time to mess around with online shopping anymore: you have to hit the streets to find those last minute gifts and treats. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t brave the crowds this year, I still have to locate a couple last minute presents and so I will join the rush after all. To make the idea a little more attractive, I am turning it into a bit of a personal challenge. Let me tell you how:

American Express partnered with Foursquare (a free location based app I am pretty much addicted to) to enable their Cardmembers to discover and unlock American Express special offers when they check in to a location. All you have to do is visit the and sync your Card to your existing Foursquare profile (or you can create a new one). After that, it is pretty much smooth sailing: turn on Foursquare and you can discover all the great American Express specials nearby. Once you find a Special you like, just check-in to the location and “load” the special onto your Card. Easy, right? 

To give you a bit of a head start, here are some of the retailers involved and what they offer:

– Fashion & Beauty: Harvey Nichols and Selfridges (spend £50, get £10 back – 6500 available , Anthropologie and Space NK (spend £30, get £10 back – 2000 available at Anthropologie and 1500 at Space NK)
– Food, because you will need to take a break from shopping: Pizza Express and GBK (spend £30 get £10 back – 4000 available)
– Travel: World Duty Free offers £20 back when you spend £60. I know I will be using this one on my next trip in January!

If you need inspiration, I compiled a few last minute gift ideas for you above, all under £50 in total!

To find out more about this programme and for a compete guide on how to use it, please read the .

This post is sponsored by American Express

Terms & Conditions: Only one American Express Card can be connected per Cardmember. Terms and conditions apply* and quantities are limited.

Cardmembers can redeem the offers above once per brand. To be eligible, Cardmembers must connect their American Express Card within the Foursquare app, or online at To receive the statement credit, Cardmembers must check in on Foursquare at a participating store, click ‘Load to Card’ within the app and spend on their connected American Express Card at the location they’ve checked in at. Offer is limited to one statement credit per Card at each merchant. Statement credit usually issued within three to five business days, but may take up to eight weeks to be applied to the account. Offer is not available on Corporate Cards and Prepaid Cards. Offers are open to residents of the United Kingdom who are existing American Express Cardmembers and whose Card is issued in the United Kingdom. Visit for full Terms and Conditions.

American Express Services Europe Limited. Registered Office: Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. Registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139. American Express Services Europe Limited is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (reference number 415532) for the provision of payment services.