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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?

 

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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!

 

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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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Love those PMG glosses @melissapurple22, and I gotta say that @Nickelliebear1 did a fantastic job of wrapping with that stellar wrapping paper and matching Lush wash Smiley Very Happy 

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The Avocado 🥑  Theme was so much fun! It got me excited before I even opened my box @eshoe 

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I love it @melissapurple22, your Galentine cracked me up😄

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ARGHGHHGHG, BIC does not want me to post my unboxing Smiley Sad 

 

3rd time's a charm?

 

Unboxing alert! Thank you, thank you, thank you @scott1201 ! Slight delay in posting, UPS valiantly tried to deliver on Tuesday but our shop was closed for the Lunar New Year then Wednesday was complete chaos as we tried to catch up from the days off Smiley Happy

 

First of all, a giant thank you and hug for @scott1201 , she sent a lovely and super fun box filled with awesome goodies Smiley Happy This year so far has been, in a word, poo, and her unicorn covered box really lifted my spirits. 

 

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On to the inside!!!

 

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SLOTHS! Essentially, my inner most feelings, animalized Smiley Happy There's a ridiculous youtube video of kristen bell meeting a baby sloth and just LOSING IT, and that's me Smiley Happy 

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Then...woot! The felt pouches! My sleep-deprived brain cannot remember which other box had one, but I remembered admiring it and NOW I HAVE ONE Smiley Happy
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Here's the whole gang! All my favorite things! Sheet masks, chocolate truffles, HOT SAUCE, Natasha Denona (has anyone been able to resist this beautiful little palette?!), and two more lippies to add to my collection Smiley Happy Scott1201 also included a fun little Galentine's Day icebreaker/conversation cards game! Smiley Happy

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Creme shop! Gudetama being salted is hysterical, can't wait to use these masks! Those Lindt truffles are no longer around...

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I am a hot sauce fiend so this was perfect, the creamy hatch sauce is really interesting, it has a coconut cream base and is DELICIOUS. The gummies are also out of this world, great little chili coating kick, I've already eaten half Smiley Happy
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And the beauty! The Kaja is a glossy balm that clicks up, glossy and hydrating, the color makes me super happy Smiley Happy And the Fenty! I love the mattemoiselle formula and I'm so excited to try the newly released colors Smiley Happy And of course the ND mini palette Smiley Happy
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Thank you again @scott1201  , I feel so lucky to have you as my galentine, I'm touched by your care and thoughtfulness in this box, sending you a great big hug!!!



 

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@MissPuff ,

In case you eventually need to buy refills for the Yellowbird Agave Siracha Sauce and the Frankie V Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce, I searched last night and found a cute Berkeley couple's site online, Heat Hot Sauce Shop.  I'm planning to surprise my husband with these!  Thanks to @scott1201 for the ideas!

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Thanks for the heads up @tsavorite  ! That could be dangerous...time to go investigate Smiley Happy

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Great Goodies 🤗 Such an awesome gifts! @MissPuff @scott1201 

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@imlostagain  It is a fabulous box and suffice to say, I've already eaten all the chocolate and half of the gummies Smiley Happy 

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Oh my!  What a cute and delicious looking Galentine's surprise, @MissPuff !!! @scott1201 did a fabulous job putting this together for you! The Gudetama mask is "cracking" me up, too (Get it?  Because he is an egg?  It's a yolk! Sorry it's like 1a.m.  I need sleep Smiley Happy )

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@Tamara76  Hahaha, that's me all the time, queen of just the worst puns Smiley Happy 

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Happy Galentines Day, @MissPuff ! 🤗❤️🤗

I was so excited to be your Galentine and I’m so happy you enjoyed your package! I 100% understand being super busy and having a crazy 2019 so far - I’m the same way. So glad we can all log onto BIC and lift each others spirits ☺️😍

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Thank you thank you @scott1201  Smiley Happy Happy Galentine's Day to YOU! All the hearts for sending such an amazing box, you're seriously the bomb dot com. I loved the card too Smiley Happy I am super grateful for your generosity and sharing a bit of Dallas with me! Fun fact, I was actually born just outside of Dallas in Grand Prairie, but moved up north when I was but a wee puff Smiley Happy

 

Hope you're able to slow down this week and take a breather, your galentine's day gift has certainly improved my 2019 by far Smiley Happy 

 

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@MissPuff ,

It's raining Galentine Goodies from @scott1201 !  This box really is a spirit-lifter. Especially since you are a hot-sauce fan.  Perfect gifts.  I understand the Lindt Truffles being eaten quickly.  This is such a charming Galentines Package!

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hahaha @tsavorite , GALETINE'S EVERYWHERE!!!!

 

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Oooh, so much great stuff! @MissPuff  I love everything! Yay for hot sauce and Natasha Denona! I got a felt heart pouch from @CC3616 too, it’s so cute!  Beautiful box @scott1201 ! 💕💕💕

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@sister13  It was you!!!!! @scott1201 sent me such a perfect box, literally filled with my favorite things! 

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@MissPuff  does that sauce say agave siracha??

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@darkiceis It DOES! It's Blue Agave Sriracha by Yellowbird and it's soooooooo good. It's kinda also the perfect size to carry around with me...come to think of it, this box looks sort of like the contents of my purse... Smiley Happy

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@MissPuff   omg girl you got the goods! i am so excited to hear your thoughts on the kaja lippie, i have a few on my wish list too! and that little ND palette is adorable too, love her shadows. the savory treats sound really good too! i love spicy things. @scott1201 really chose lovely things for you!

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@unfungirl  I certainly did!! The kaja lippie is great, very hydrating and quite pigmented, I sort of want to pick up more colors now Smiley Happy 

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@MissPuff  What great looking gifts!!!