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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:




♥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:




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 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:



Housekeeping :




*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!




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


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!


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.




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-



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)-









darkiceis - gift received, thank you Kim888!



prettyinpa - gift received, thank you Ispend2much6!

CC3616 - gift received, thank you SportyGirly125!

faeriegirl - gift received, thank you skcfan!
naturalooks15 - gift received, thank you itscarin!




~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2019♥~

Here's hoping my Galentine doesn't feel forgotten! My last box is due to arrive on Tuesday, so I'll be able to ship out on Wednesday or Thursday! 😘💖 Box is all decorated, goodies are (mostly) wrapped.

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I was planning on shipping closer to the date 😊 but love having unboxings already!

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I am still shopping too 😍 

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I’m still shopping too! And a late-shipper, too! But it’ll get there and hopefully everyone has patience, lol. @Nickelliebear1🛍 🛒 💕

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@Nickelliebear1 I'm certain they don't! I still have to wait until the 25th to order the last of my gifts. But I'm always like last to ship haha.

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@Nickelliebear1 I'm sure your Galentine doesn't feel the least bit forgotten! Lots of us havent shipped 💕

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You are going to be ahead of me @Nickelliebear1, I'm still shopping. Though I hope to get the last of my orders placed today if I ever recover from snow shovelling. BTW, if any of you ladies got a lot of snow with it ending with rain, if you spray your shovel with non-stick pan coating (PAM or the like) it makes it a lot easier. The rain made the snow really heavy and sticky, great for snowmen, crummy for shovelling.

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Interesting, @prettyinpa - PAM has so many uses! We use it on the hummingbird feeders, keeps the bees away Smiley Very Happy

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Thanks for the hummingbird feeder tip, @eshoe.  We visit some friends in the summer who have lots of HB feeders and they are plagued by bees, I'll be sure and tell them. I love to see the little hummers, we sometimes see them in the desert around the cacti there, they are so cute. We only have a couple of kinds in PA, the desert has a lot of them.

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Happy to share, @prettyinpa! We see quite a few doffeeenr kinds here, they are pretty fun to watch. And so territorial. But yes the Pam works wonders for keeping the bees awaySmiley Happy

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@eshoe-  Forgot to ask, where do you spray it?  All over the feeder, or on the perches?

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On the bottom part with the perches, @prettyinpa-as long as the little areas where the nectar comes out is sprayed, that’s what works for us. Unfortunately it doesn’t keep the finches and lone woodpecker that visits away😂

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Omg that’s a really really good idea!!! And sorry you go so much, shoveling is a pain 😫! We didn’t here, just lots of rain so far!  @prettyinpa

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@prettyinpa I got 45 Inches of snow this weekend 😢 I'm doomed. 

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OMG @GG84 that is one craptastic pile of snow. Makes my 9 inches look puny. I think the most we ever got in one storm was around 31. Though we were lucky as the last few hours of the storm were rain and not snow.

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@GG84 FORTY FIVE? Wow.  I think the most I got at once (not where I live now) was 20-22 inches. That took some time to dig out.  

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@Indy701@prettyinpa So by inches I meant centimeters lol Silly Canadian I am. So that's 18 inches I think? 

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@GG84  Haha. I forgot the rest of the world uses a different measurement system and you kindly try to convert for us.  That’s a lot still.  Good luck shoveling out 

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@Nickelliebear1  You have a while 😁. Between winter storms and traveling for work, if I didn’t ship early it would have been late. Having been lucky enough to get a gift from you, worth the wait. 

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You're definitely not the only one, @Nickelliebear1. I finally received all the shipments I was waiting for, so hopefully I can get everything looking pretty (or as pretty as I can LOL) this week!

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