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~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2019♥~

*Sign-ups are CLOSED - Exchange is in progress 

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It's back! The gift exchange celebrating "the best day of the year" is here Heart

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Our previous rounds have been wonderful platforms for bringing us all together though our appreciation for beauty, treats and camaraderie. We're glad that you've  decided to join in on the fun!

 

Positive Energy and Unicorn Love Always, 
Mcakes & ZombieMetroAnt

 

 

Tips and Tricks:

 

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♥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. 


♥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! 

 

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 (thank you @veronika23 ! If you need help with shipping info to Canada, please message her 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.

Link to Galentine's Day 2018:

 

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Housekeeping :

 

 

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*Information Only- Exchange is already underway*

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!

 

Eligibility-

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

 

Yes
Previous participants in exchanges that either ZMA or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that ZMA 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 Galentine has given us confirmation of delivery.
2.Must be vouched for by 2 members of the community who ZMA or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, ZMA 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.

 

Rules-

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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 February 1st. If you miss this deadline and do not communicate with ZMA 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 Galentine will be left behind!

-Provide tracking number(s) to ZMA or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging ZMA 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 ZMA 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 ZMA 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 ZMA or I to post on your behalf if you are having issues posting, but please know that the pictures are a firm requirement.

Key Dates-

 

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Sign Up Deadline: 12/31/18

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

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 2/1/19 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 2/13/19 (Galentine's Day)

 

To 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. 

 

We are looking forward to celebrating with y'all Heart Heart Heart !

 

Positive Energy and Unicorn Love Always, 
Mcakes & @ZombieMetroAnt

 

P.S. We will make every effort to accommodate all shipping restrictions, please state those restrictions at sign up via PM. Thank you!

Participants (42)-

 

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ZombieMetroAnt - gift received, thank you faeriegirl!

Mcakes - gift received, thank you godivamoon!

notcrocker - gift received, thank you melissapurple22!

unfungirl

pixiedust2 - gift received, thank you mermadelove!

Tamara76 - gift received, thank you pixiedust2!

darkiceis - gift received, thank you Kim888!

godivamoon - gift received, thank you darkiceis!

sister13 - gift received, thank you CC3616!

prettyinpa - gift received, thank you Ispend2much6!

CC3616 - gift received, thank you SportyGirly125!

Kim888 - gift received, thank you sabrinas!
Ispend2much6 - gift received, thank you Samtian!
Anastasiya13 - gift received, thank you imlostagain!
ElleElleG - gift received, thank you prettyinpa!
bakeamuffin - gift received, thank you GG84!
scott1201 - gift received, thank you gonerogue!
Spacellama - gift received, thank you NotCrocker!
melissapurple22 - gift received, thank you Nickelliebear1!
Indy701 - gift received, thank you unfungirl!
GG84 - gift received, thank you Spacellama!
faeriegirl - gift received, thank you skcfan!
mermadelove - gift received
gonerogue - gift received
SportyGirly125 - gift received, thank you jen143xo!
MissPuff - gift received, thank you scott1201!
snoflakefaerie - gift received, thank you Tamara76!
lipstick4soul - gift received, thank you Anastasiya13!
quspork - gift received, thank you lipstick4soul!
naturalooks15 - gift received, thank you itscarin!
veronika23
itsfi - gift received, thank you Indy701!
eshoe - gift received, thank you MissPuff!
Samtian - gift received, thank you itsfi!
itscarin - gift received, thank you quspork!
skcfan - gift received, thank you eshoe!
imlostagain - gift received, thank you snoflakefaerie!
ohheyitscindyk - gift received, thank you ClassicallyFab!
ClassicallyFab - gift received, thank you ohheyitscindyk!
Sabrinas - gift received, thank you Mcakes!
Nickelliebear1 - gift received, thank you bakeamuffin!
jen143xo - gift received, thank you naturalooks15!

 

 

 

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💥❤🧡 📦Unboxing Ahead📦 🧡❤💥 

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw this little guy.... 🥑

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Galentine, you sure tricked me with your questions, and misleading shipping time! Hahaha! I was astounded by the love and thought that you put into curating this gift @GG84, I know you really went out of your way looking for items that would jive with my style and likes, and I appreciate that so much ❤This just brings me so much joy, look how pretty and happy this looks! And it's ssooo me! "Bake a muffin" <3 The bigger fabric stickers are all on a mirror at my vanity now, thinking of you every time I see them!This just brings me so much joy, look how pretty and happy this looks! And it's ssooo me! "Bake a muffin" ❤️ The bigger fabric stickers are all on a mirror at my vanity now, thinking of you every time I see them!

I have to say, you hit the nail on the head. Everything is perfectly me; from the stickers and wrapping you chose, to the items themselves 💗I hardly knew where to begin, I was just beaming from ear to ear looking at these beauties! I love candles, and this sunshine scent is delightful- just the thing to help push through these chilly, snowy days. Words can't express how much I LOVE this Kate Spade tumbler; I love to bake Blueberry lemon pound cake often, and it is a really scrumptious breakfast (but not nutritious whatsoever) and this totally reflects my attitude towards life in general. Olaplex is a true love of mine, but I've been out of a bit and I'm so glad to have a fresh bottle! I'm so interested in the redken treatment, can't wait to try it!!I hardly knew where to begin, I was just beaming from ear to ear looking at these beauties! I love candles, and this sunshine scent is delightful- just the thing to help push through these chilly, snowy days. Words can't express how much I LOVE this Kate Spade tumbler; I love to bake Blueberry lemon pound cake often, and it is a really scrumptious breakfast (but not nutritious whatsoever) and this totally reflects my attitude towards life in general. Olaplex is a true love of mine, but I've been out of a bit and I'm so glad to have a fresh bottle! I'm so interested in the redken treatment, can't wait to try it!!

I audibly gasped "YES!" in a very caveman-like tone when I unwrapped the Sugarfina candies, they're so delicious! You totally spoiled me with everything! I'm so excited for longer/stronger hair this year! So glad to have a new tube of Caution mascara, it worked so well for me =)I audibly gasped "YES!" in a very caveman-like tone when I unwrapped the Sugarfina candies, they're so delicious! You totally spoiled me with everything! I'm so excited for longer/stronger hair this year! So glad to have a new tube of Caution mascara, it worked so well for me 😃

Once I was finished unwrapping, I slipped on a pair of the socks, and hung up the pizza lights 🍕🧡🍕🧡 I've enjoyed spending the day indulging in sweets, colouring (while watching TNBC), and enjoying mushroom coffee 😋 I was really touched when I opened the gift from Anthropologie, this is the most beautiful dishcloth ever! I just love it, and having it in my kitchen brings a smile to my face. Thank you for picking that out for me ❤ 

 

I have enjoyed getting to know you through the BIC, G! Can you believe it's been over a year now? I know we're just baby ducks in this group compared to some of the long-time members, and it's been really nice exploring the pond with you ❤ You have always been a kind and friendly face around here, and even more than these gifts, I appreciate the friendship we've grown and the helpful advice you have shared with me. From  the bottom of my heart, thank you 💗💗

 

Thank you so much for organizing and hosting this exchange, @Mcakes & @ZombieMetroAnt, I'm having so much fun participating, and I'm really grateful that I was able to 💗

 

**sorry! I am having some problems uploading the pictures and writing :S !** 

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It's a heart and muffin bonanza!! What an awesome box @bakeamuffin  and @GG84  🙂 Love the wrapping paper and the stickers and hearts everywhere, it's like galentine's day just exploded out of the box 🙂 And such thoughtful choices and selections, I can't believe you two have only been here less than a year (baby ducks, heehee 🙂 )  That mushroom coffee sounds interesting, does it still taste like coffee just without the caffeine? So many questions! 

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@MissPuff yes!! I felt the same way, she blew me away with the amazing decorations 💗 I realised after that I've been around for almost a year and half, since about the mid-end of 2017 - but still not nearly as long as the HOF crew 💗 so still relatively baby duckish☺ 

It does taste like coffee 😋 it's made with organic coffee beans,  it has Lions mane extract and Chaga. It's smooth and delicious

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@MissPuff  I've been here 2 years 😉 It tastes like regular coffee just a bit more nutty and not as acidic and there is caffeine in it! It works out to be $2/cup (at least in Canada - its not sold at Sephora) so your average price for coffee. 

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@GG84  Haha, my bad, I thought it felt longer than a year but who can remember these days? 🙂 For me in the US, the past 2 years have felt more like a DECADE thanks to he who shall not be named 😉

 

I'm going to have to check out this mushroom coffee now, for some reason I thought it was caffeine free but since it's not... What's the impetus behind mushroom coffee? Is it a sustainability issue? I only recall hearing about it via my green/clean/vegan beauty friends so I sort of wrote it off as expensive hippy stuff (yes, judgement), but now I'm curious! I always appreciate multiple modes of caffeine intake.

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@MissPuff  The adaptogens in mushrooms help to support various immune functions, so I figure I'm drinking coffee anyway, why not? The only downside is it doesnt come in k-cups 😃

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@GG84  It would be great if it came in big containers so we could just refill kcups. 

 

Edit - you can buy standard size packs of ground coffee from their direct site. I’m going to do that so I can use my kcups. Also edible face mask 🤔81C77D44-3CCB-49A9-A3BB-1D62F1ABF739.png

 

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@bakeamuffin  😍😍😍

what a FANTASTIC BOX!!!!!!!! @GG84  you did a truly gorgeous and spectacular job!!!!!!!!🥰💗💓🥰💌📬🦄

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@mermadelove  she really, really did! 💜💗😄 I'm still so touched ❤❤

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@mermadelove  Thank you! I changed my box theme last minute, I was planning a Nightmare Before Christmas Valentine's theme but Amazon 🙄. It all worked out in the end 😊

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@GG84 did it ever! 😘💗🖤

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@GG84  that would have been quite lovely, too!

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Awww, @bakeamuffin, this is such a fun and cute Galentine box! With so many pretties, perfectly picked and decorated for you by @GG84! 💖 The stickers, gift wrapping, candies and goodies are great. Love that Kate Spade tumbler and that dishcloth!!! 💗 The avocado 🥑 sticker is adorbs, GG84!

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@itsfi  The dishcloth was the first thing I picked up for @bakeamuffin ! I wasn't sure if there were Anthropologie stores where she lives and it was so perfect for her! 

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@GG84, it’s absolutely perfect for @bakeamuffin! 💖 An excellent choice! Everything you picked out for her suits her so well. 😍

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@itsfi the dish cloth is even more gorgeous up close, the thread detail and color is just perfect! I love kitchen items like this, it really makes the space feel welcoming 💗 I'll show you when the sun Pops up 😊🌞

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@bakeamuffin  Ooh those are such fun gifts! That dish cloth is so beautiful. Those are some pretty awesome stickers...except the yuckycado thing.

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Lmao the yuckycado @Samtian  

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Hahahaha @Samtian , the Yuckycado 😂 

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This is such a fun Box and I love that @GG84 did a wonderful job of  tailoring this box to your interests! I hope you had fun unboxing and enjoy all of your yummy looking treats. Ps I have had a really hard time doing anything on BIC this week too? 

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