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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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That Kate Spade box is beautiful @scott1201  and the goodies @gonerogue packaged inside are all so cute! How adorable are those sock?!!! Enjoy all your new treasures! Safe travels!

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Ahh how CUTE is that little llama for George?! Everything is just so aesthetically pleasing, so very @gonerogue Smiley Very Happy Enjoy all your new goodies @scott1201 !

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Such a lovely gift @scott1201 . And love your kitty! Smiley Happy

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@scott1201  I’m glad you and George enjoyed your gifts! ❤️❤️

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@scott1201 ,

Wow!  The Kate Spade Box is so lovely!  I love the photo including George the cat!

@gonerogue is a very sweet Galentine!  Enjoy all your treats and gifts!

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@scott1201   Everything looks so pretty together!  Have fun!

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@scott1201 love it all and especially George's gift! Traveling frequently can be draining, safe travels for all of the upcoming travels. Smiley Happy

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@scott1201 such a wonderful gift!  Fenty is becoming one of my favs. 🐈❤️And all of the chocolate E7D82FAF-9DDD-4E28-8E94-485F397761D3.gif

 

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@Indy701 Love that gif. I Love Lucy is such a classic especially that episode. 

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That KS box is so pretty, @scott1201! And everything inside is such a treat! I adore the Monsieur Big mascara and of the valentine goodies look amazing. Enjoy your special treats!

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@scott1201 What a lovely box from @gonerogue! I love the llama goodies and the Fenty gloss bomb and Natasha Denona Diamond and Glow. What a great set of gifts that came in time. 

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I absolutely love that Kate Spade box @scott1201  there are so many super cute Galentines gifts like that 🥑 Keychain and  llama socks and  stuffy! @gonerogue did a wonderful job putting this box together! Enjoy all of your goodies 💜

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Sorry to hear you are dealing with a hectic schedule... I hope the next few weeks will go by fast for you. What an adorable gift!!! Your first ND! Nice!!! I hope you like it!!!  Enjoy everything @scott1201!!!

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Galentines galore!! I’m going to have to try the Diamond & Glow! Enjoy your great gifts 🎁 @scott1201  @gonerogue You did an amazing job!

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I’m so excited to try it out, @imlostagain ! The highlight side looks pretty blinding 😎🤩

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Ha ha ha @scott1201 George looks so skeptical of the llama😂 Great Galentine you had, @gonerogue was the perfect match💗!!! Hope you both enjoy all of your new treatsSmiley Happy

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George is like, “who ARE you?” Haha 😂 @eshoe 

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What a beautiful box of goodies @scott1201! Enjoy all your wonderful gifts! Fantastic job @gonerogue!

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Thank you, @faeriegirl ! So many favorites (mr big mascara) and fun new things to try ❤️

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I think I'm caught up on the unboxings, y'all - I keep getting heart-flooded trying to give you all love on this thread - the happiness and joy and on here are astounding and so uplifting! <3 <3 <3 

 

I am seeing a pattern here that many of us are having pretty rotten starts to the year and mine is no exception - this past week was particularly rough and exhausting (TMI, but Grandma had major surgery, parents are out of the country, bestie is not coping well with her upcoming double masectomy, MIL had massive heart attack, kid's schedule is insane, hostile situation at work, almost zero sleep running from home to work to hospital to kid stuff and back to hospital - I feel kind of like I'm holding the universe together single handedly right now and the only thing holding me together is Starbucks, lip gloss and Sour Patch Kids.  And apparently hibernation is not an option), so my heart got the extra boost of love and support I needed most in the form of a magical box from my Galentine Fairy Godmother yesterday!!!

 

I know my beautiful Galentine has had a rough year, too, so it means even more to me that she took the time to put together such a special gift for me just when I needed it the most!  Thank you so much, @pixiedust2 !!!  You truly are an angel, my dear!  (P.S. You have a message waiting for you on FB - I managed to type out some words through my tears of happiness and love right after I unboxed my gift).

 

How pretty is all of the wrapping, y'all???

 

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The first thing I honed in on was the Wonder Woman Chocolate - OMG - I have never seen something like this - it is incredible!!!!  And the llama napkins are sooooo cute!!!! <3 <3 <3 

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Everything inside is so perfect for me!!! Wonder Woman and Maleficent are two of my all time favorites and I am soooo excited about the Juvia's Place palette - it is beautiful!!!!   I am already in love with the Besame powder (I've wanted to try this for so long!) and the bracelets are stunning - I love the bling!!!  And I am so happy to have another lovely Voluspa Macaron candle in my collection!!!  And the Purlisse x Kandee Johnson body set looks amazing! Plus, I'm always excited to try new face masks!

 

I am seriously in love with my new buddy Grappy (short for Graptopetalum Superbum) - I love, love, love succulents  - How adorable is this little guy?!?!

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And the words she wrote in the card were exactly what I needed for that extra boost to keep me going - You don't know how much this means to me, girl!<3 <3 <3 

 

Thank you oh so very much, Pixie!  I truly love each and every thing you sent in this box, but your encouragement and love mean the most to me!  I am so thankful to have you as my friend!  Love you, girl!!! <3 <3 <3 

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Aww @Tamara76 I'm sorry to hear that, I hope it gets better soon & you are taking care of yourself. What is with this year? It's been a struggle Smiley Sad Thank goodness for this community! @pixiedust2 picked out some perfect gifts! I love the unicorn wrapping paper. Ahh the Wonder Woman chocolate & mask (along with the other masks)! I need to try that Besame powder, too. And then the bracelets, palette, & Grappy! Great work @pixiedust2!