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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)-



ZombieMetroAnt - gift received, thank you faeriegirl!

Mcakes - gift received, thank you godivamoon!

notcrocker - gift received, thank you melissapurple22!


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!
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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Enjoy all your wonderful goodies @jen143xo! I love all the drawings! Awesome job @naturalooks15!

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@jen143xo I love the variety of products you received from @naturalooks15 and her decorations are amazing. 


The Pat McGrath lippies and Natasha Denona palette are gorgeous. Enjoy your goodies and sweets.   

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What an amazing box, @jen143xo! There are so many wonderful treats in there. I have no doubt you will love the ND and PMG! @naturalooks15 did a really beautiful job with the wrapping and the notes! 

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@jen143xo  that sure is some lovely wrapping. Sometimes they are wrapped so lovely you don't want to open it and just enjoy the beauty of the gift.

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Oh I just love all of the extra touches @naturalooks15 added @jen143xo -the drawings makes everything extra-special! It’s so much fun to see how each Galentine makes their package unique. Enjoy your first PMG and ND!!!

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Wow!!! What a wonderful gift! Pat McGrath and ND!!! Yay!!! Ok that caramel popcorn looks so good! Smiley Very Happy. Enjoy @jen143xo 

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@jen143xo  What a beautiful box and the wrapping/red tube!!!! I love the little drawings too, such a nice touch! And Werther's makes caramel popcorn!?!? All these Galentine's Day boxes are introducing me to a whole new world of tasty temptations...


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yay what a fun box @jen143xo ! that packaging is so well done and lots of fun goodies!

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I know boxes are already being shipped out since the deadline is approaching. I saw this on Urban Outfitters online today and couldn’t handle the cuteness overload. I want all of them.



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@SportyGirly125 These are so cute! 




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So so cute @SportyGirly125 

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Those are adorable @SportyGirly125!

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These are adorable, @SportyGirly125!

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OMG super cute!!! I love the dolphin and killer whale of course Smiley Very Happy @SportyGirly125 

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Oh my goodness... Yesterday, I got home late to find quite a large box outside my house. It really threw me off because I thought I had forgotten about some random online order I may have placed this week, lol. But no. It's just ever from the incredibly generous @lipstick4soul!


First, @lipstick4soul  I want to say a huge Thank You for the super sweet birthday surprise you sent me last month in addition to all of the Galentine's goodies. You really are such a sweetheart. I hope you saw the post for those lovely gifts in the Unicorn Mail thread! 


But also THANK YOU for such an amazing Galentine's box! Heart As with so many others, 2019 is off to a rocky start with some health issues for me but your thoughtfulness and generosity has brought a smile to my face and it really means so much. I cannot wait to try all of the incredible gifts you sent, especially knowing you dipped into your own collection to pass along something I've been wanting to try for quite a long time! Happiest of Galentine's to you, @lipstick4soul




Excitement!!! What's in the box??? Turns out- some awesome things, including the absolute perfect card! So sparkly and festive. 




There are so many treats packed with the card under the tissue paper. How did you know that Cadbury mini-eggs are one of my favorites candies this time of year?! Also lots of yummy gummies and some delicious looking cookies that I can't wait to try. The elderflower tea just sounds  amazing! I'm sure it will be delicious. And is that unicorn wrapping paper?!




How adorable is that?! I couldn't wait to see what was inside, and seriously, @lipstick4soul - your generosity took my breath away. Not only did you send the PMG lipstick from my wishlist, but you included the Jouer lip topper set, Oribe shampoo, and a Guerlain meteorites - a little something from your own collection. I'm just stunned that you included so much and I cannot wait to play with all of it. 




Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! You're a wonderful galentine, @lipstick4soul! Heart

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OMG!  So much shimmery, sparkly gorgeousness inside!!!!  What a fun gift, @quspork !!!  Enjoy!!!   @lipstick4soul did such a fabulous job! <3

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Wow @quspork@lipstick4soul sent you so many beautiful gifts! The PMG, Guerlain, Jouer, are so pretty. I love that unicorn wrapping paper! And I need to try those Haribo & Cadbury treats Smiley Happy And that Elderflower tea sounds delicious!

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@quspork  Yay magical balls!!! Man that lipstick packaging is stunning!!!

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The packaging on the lipstick really is something else, @Samtian - so pretty!

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Oh wow!!! What a beautiful Galentine @quspork! That was so thoughtful of @lipstick4soul to send you the beautiful Meteorites from her own collection. The gift wrapping and those candy heart stickers are adorable. 

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It was very sweet of her, @itsfi!

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