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๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

                                      *  Sign ups are now closed*

                                       DEADline to sign up was 9/30

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Something's brewing, and it 'll be ghoulishly fun! A wicked good time for everyone...

 

If you are interested in joining, please see the Eligibility Requirements, Rules, and Key Dates below to see if this will be a good fit for you!  

 

We are looking forward to some haunting good fun!  

 

Bugs & hisses,
PrettyinPA & ZombieMetroAnt 

 

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๐ŸŽƒ important information for all potential Ghoulfriends...

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๐Ÿ‘ป ELIGIBILITY 

Have you participated in a gift exchange on BT/BIC previously?

 

Yes
Previous participants in exchanges that either MCakes, @prettyinpa  or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that MCakes, PrettyinPA or I have not hosted, please kindly provide a link to that exchange thread for us to do our due diligence. If there were no issues from the exchange on your part, we are excited to have you on board!

 

No
Meet one or more of the following requirements:

1.Must be willing to do a $50 box deposit that will be taken at sign up and returned once your Ghoulfriend has given us confirmation of delivery.
2.Must be vouched for by 2 members of the community who PrettyinPA or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, PrettyinPA and I will have final discretion on participant eligibility. We realize that this is very subjective, but we must establish a certain degree of trust between users as there is sensitive information being exchanged. Thank you for your understanding.


๐Ÿ‘ป RULES

By expressing interest in signing up for the exchange, you are agreeing to the following:


-The minimum spend for this exchange is $50. You do not need to go over this amount, but in the spirit of fairness you may not go under it.

-If you have not participated in an exchange previously, you must ship your gift on or before October 21st. If you miss this deadline and do not communicate with PrettyinPA or I about the reason for your delay, you will not get your box deposit back. Instead, we will use your box deposit to create a gift on your behalf. No Ghoulfriend will be left behind!

-Provide tracking number(s) to PrettyinPA or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging PrettyinPA or I.

-Acknowledge receipt of your gift ASAP, even if you need a little more time to do a full post. This is a courtesy to your giftor to know it was received (it is stressful waiting to know if a package made the journey ok!) and for PrettyinPA and I to keep track of the progress in the exchange. You may do this via Elfster, by posting on this thread that you have received the parcel, or by messaging either PrettyinPA or I.

-You must post pictures of your gift. This is an integral part of the exchange experience and we want to share in the excitement with you! We know how much thought and care goes into curating a gift, and we want to acknowledge your giftor's efforts as well. You may provide pictures for either PrettyinPA or I to post on your behalf if you are having issues posting, but please know that the pictures are a firm requirement.


๐Ÿ‘ป KEY DATES

Sign Up Deadline: 09/30/19

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 10/1/19

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 10/21/19 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 10/31/19 (Halloween Day)



๐Ÿ‘ปTo sign up, please comment on this thread! ZMA and I will be messaging approved participants with more details and will be updating the Participant List as we go. 

 

๐ŸŽƒ Tips, Tricks & Other spooktacular ideas!

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๐Ÿ’€ Elfster Tips:

-> Ask questions! Anyone can ask anyone an anonymous question, that will help you get a better idea of likes and dislikes, haves and wants, etc. It is important to note of any dietary restrictions 


->When you purchase something, click "Mark As Purchased." They won't see it, but they might be using the same wishlist for other gift exchanges, so this can prevent them potentially getting the same gift from two different people.


->If you got something for yourself, remove it from your wishlist!

 

๐ŸŽƒ Shipping suggestions: 

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How to ship abroad/add a customs label while still using online shipping:


1. Creating an account: First, you must create a free account on the USPS website. The paypal.com/shipnow site will not let you create customs forms.


2. Shipping Label: To create the shipping label, you want to use the "Click n Ship" function from the dropdown menu under Mail & Ship. Many of the directions from above are basically the same but the key difference is under, "Where are you sending to?" you will need to use the dropdown menu to select the country of choice.


3. Finishing the Shipping Label:Fill in all the corresponding information until the end of the form including the value of the package. The Canadians on the board may have more to speak to with this but I always kept this amount on the lower side so the recipient doesn't get hit with high customs fee. (average amount I would put would be $10-$20) A great feature is at the end of the page it will give you all your options for shipping. I can tell you on a personal note that when I ship to England I always choose first class international mail and I have never had a problem. Once again, delivery confirmation is thrown in for FREE.


3. Beginning the Customs Form: You will then get to a page that will you through step by step filling in the customs form. The first question will ask you to "Enter Package Information." This is where you can just write this is a gift box for a friend. You do not need to write anything more!


4. Customs Inventory: Next up is, "Enter Item Information." Okay, this one is a little tricky. If you want to itemize, and fill in every single thing in the box, you can. If you only want to do a couple, you can. I've done both over the years and both have been okay. I'm not going to tell you though that it will work every time so ultimately, the decision is up to you. Make sure though that you mark each item a GIFT so that the recipient does not get charged increased fees. Also, and this is IMPORTANT, the total that adds up for the all the items has to be the same total you gave on the previous page for the value of the box. So if you make something worth $1, that's fine! (Again, Canadians speak up hear if I'm wrong but my abroad friends always told me it was better to do this to reduce customs fees for the recipient.) Lastly, each weight of each individual item will need to add up to the to the total weight item, so I've honestly literally made up ratio numbers in the past. (I have never had a problem in years of sending packages)


5. Tarrif Number: Lastly, you do not have a tariff number so leave that blank. Okay, one last thing, choose your AES exemption. I would choose the second one having to do with gifts.


6. Obtaining the Label/Customs Form: The steps following this are similar to the ones from above except that I believe the payment options for USPS may also include credit card options as well as PayPal. Go ahead and print your label which will also contain your completed customs form. (Please note: you may need to sign your customs form before affixing it to your package) On a positive note, YOU STILL SAVE MONEY BY USING THE ONLINE POSTAGE SYSTEM!


7. How to actually ship it:For international packages, my personal advice is yes, bring it to the post office, and yes, actually check it in and get a receipt saying it was checked in by a postal worker. Since many international packages take quite longer than domestic and tend to get delayed at different intervals, you want to make sure that everything is okay when it first enters the system.

 

 
Duty info (thanks Veronika23 Heart):

The US can receive a gift up to 100$ USD. If you are sending a gift from Canada and mark it as 100$ you are actually saying it cost you 100$ CAD. Today Google converts that to 73.30$ USD so your recipient should be ok and not pay additional fees.

Canada can receive a gift up to 60$ CAD. If you are sending a gift from the US and it was 60$, you are actually saying it cost you 60$ USD. Today Google converts that to 81.86$ CAD. So your Canadian recipient in this case might pay duties/taxes/fees. But if your gift only cost you is lets say 35$ USD today Google converts that to 47.75$CAD. So the recipient shouldn't pay fees.

I believe customs will check the rate on the day the item is processed.

For the US ladies. The cheapest way to ship to Canada is via USPS First Class International mail.

 

 ๐ŸŽƒ Participants: 

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๐Ÿ˜จ faeriegirl
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Anastasiya13
๐Ÿ˜ฑ PrettyinPA
๐Ÿ˜ˆ ohheyitscindyk
๐Ÿ’€ Brutalitops
โ˜  cc3616
๐Ÿ‘ป SpaceLlama
๐Ÿ‘พ gonerogue
๐ŸŽญ mermadelove
โ˜  itsfi
๐ŸŽƒ Lipstick4soul
๐Ÿ”ฎ Lazybeautybeast
๐ŸŽญ Kim888
๐Ÿ’€ quspork
๐Ÿ‘ป SportyGirly125
๐Ÿ˜ˆ Buootiful
๐Ÿ”ฎ Snoflakefaerie
๐ŸŽƒ MichelleShops
๐Ÿ‘ป Nickelliebear1
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Samtian
๐Ÿ’€ SunKissedBlush
โ˜  bem564
๐Ÿ˜จ Sarah2TheHi
๐ŸงŸ ZombieMetroAnt

 

Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

a pinch of Fear, a dash of Dare...

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!

 

 

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Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

Here's my boo-nus box from the lovely @Sara2TheHi !

Isn't this amazing?Isn't this amazing?

A treat bag that will double as my book tote when I need to take my books back to the library, my old one's handles are falling off.

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A beautiful coloring book and pencils, a lifesaver on a recent hectic work trip. Lavender hand cream, sugar scrub, hand mask (see next pic) and the Bite set that seems to always be sold out when I'm trying to place an order- all so perfect for this biting cold weather we've been having lately. A cute owl trinket dish, a Halloween sign and Hershey's kisses, this is just so Halloween-y!

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Cat ear headband and the most darling makeup bag complete this totally amazing extra box! I was literally hopping up and down while unpacking the box, each gift more amazing than the previous one. She got me the most perfect gifts and so many, I'm just completely moved by her generosity, thank you, thank you dearest Sara2TheHi!

 

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That coloring book looks amazing! Enjoy your goodies, @prettyinpa!

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Enjoy all your goodies @prettyinpa! That owl trinket dish is so cute!

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Happy Belated Halloween, everyone! My box arrived safely this weekend with nothing but treats and no tricks ๐Ÿ˜‰ My secret elfie made sure to not only pick up some of the top items on my wish list but to also wrap them in beautiful wrapping paper. On the outside and inside of the box were two jewel encrusted spiders that tied the whole spooky look together. In the box were TONS of food goodies I am very eager to get into, some treats for Winston, some holiday Fenty and a Drybar Rose Gold spray perfect for special occasions. On behalf of Winston and I, thank you @snoflakefaerie  for the magnificent box! It will take me some time to finish an entire box of snacks but I'm glad I have new things to try out. Winston was given the bat toy today and he is over the moon with it so far. Thank you, again!

 

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Winston and his bat are just too cute! So many fun goodies- enjoy, @gonerogue!

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@gonerogue Wow so many treats for you (Winston included).  Got to love the Fenty products that @snoflakefaerie picked out for you and the snacks.  She did such a great job with the decor and card.

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@gonerogue ,

It's always fun to see Winston so happy!  I love @snoflakefaerie 's wrappings and decorations!  Wonderful Halloween spirit!  What is the plushie donut with sprinkles?  

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@tsavorite  Plushie donut is a squeaky chew toy and those donuts are his FAVORITE toys. They last a long time and he loves spending hours chewing on the squeaker ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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@gonerogue I love how @snoflakefaerie wrapped everything. All those treats look good & aww Winston & his bat toy, adorable!! Enjoy all your new goodies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beautifully wrapped gifts make getting a package so much more exciting to get and unwrap. <333

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Hi @gonerogue,

 

What a cute package! What a good boy too waiting for his toy! 

 

Best,
Rebecca

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AWWW your puppy is so cute @gonerogue !!!

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Enjoy your treats @gonerogue!

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Enjoy all your goodies @gonerogue

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Ladies, I hope all of you had a great Halloween! I know I've been MIA for too long and I will explain myself later but now I want to share my box of wonders that @bem564 packed for me๐Ÿฅฐ

I don't know where to start even!!! I wish the pictures could really express the level of excitement that I had! It was so much fun to unpack everything.

I started with the small package that is a LILAH B. - Luxe Lip Oil Mini Duoand this gorgeous card! Beth said in it that it reminded her of me, and I'm really flattered ๐Ÿ™‚

When I opened the big box, I felt a nice fragrance that immediately filled out the room. this scent of freshness was coming from Lush bath bomb with this cute one eye monster ๐Ÿคฉ 
Each gift was so neatly packed in beautiful wrapping paper. I found yummy treats, Kosas Weightless Lip Color Lipstick Rosewater, some skincare samples SATURDAY SKIN - Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Creamand Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream with Squalane 1.7 oz/ 50 mL, a notepad with a magnet ( a perfect one for a fridge!!) and this gorgeous frame with our picture, all together! 
I can't even decide what I loved the most, I honestly loved each and every gift!

Beth, a special thank you for bringing these beautiful memories from Sephoria! I'm placing this frame next to my makeup collection โค๏ธ All the beauties need to be in one place โค๏ธ

 I can't wait to share with you these beautiful shades of clean lippies - I need to get myself a little pampering before taking a selfie lol.

Meanwhile, I'll be checking on what I've missed so far and I'm dying to see what you guys received ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

This was so much fun to do ! thanks to @ZombieMetroAnt and @prettyinpa for arranging this! โค๏ธ

Xoxo

 

Neatly packed gift, envelop with the most beautiful card I've ever seen and another huge reusable box with goodies inside!Neatly packed gift, envelop with the most beautiful card I've ever seen and another huge reusable box with goodies inside!
Same things, uncovered!Same things, uncovered!Unboxing is my favorite process!Unboxing is my favorite process!

All my gifts in one place! Thank you, Beth <3All my gifts in one place! Thank you, Beth โค๏ธ

 

 

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

Hi @sunkissedblush,

 

What great packaging! I love the bath bomb. They are my favorite! 

 

Best,
Rebecca

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

Such great gifts that @bem564 chose for you! Enjoy them all, the photo is fabulous, @sunkissedblush !

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I was coming to comment on how good these photos are, I should have known they belonged to you @sunkissedblush what a great gift!!  I hope you enjoy everything!

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What a wonderful box of goodies, @sunkissedblush!

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@sunkissedblush Your pictures and goodies are fantastic. I love the pic from sephoria!

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