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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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This 🥑🥑🥑 is KILLING ME!!!! I thought I was the only one who giggled about lawyers while stuffing my face with the green jewel that is the 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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@SpaceLlamaI learned something new today!  I wonder why they're the same.  What is "avocat" latin for?!  What is the etymology of "avocado"?  So many questions.

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@naturalooks15 If you don't get @Mcakes post yet you got to read through the thread on here.  It's hilarious about avocados.

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@SportyGirly125 yeah, I saw the mention on elfster and in this thread but when I came back, there were too many pages to scour through and I gave up.

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@naturalooks15 If you ever need a good laugh I could always screen shot them for you.

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Awwwe that so incredibly sweet of you @SportyGirly125 you made my day. I will probably scroll through it over the weekend.

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@naturalooks15 Let me know if you can't find them and I'll message them to you.  I keep going back to them because it's just funny.

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I would just like to state for the record that @Samtian started this war Smiley Tongue 

scared d&d GIF by Hyper RPG


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@naturalooks15 - hello fellow herbivore! 👋 I almost forg...

@naturalooks15 - hello fellow herbivore! 👋 I almost forgot about how much I enjoyed chai tea lattes for a minute, they're so cozy!

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Hermione Granger totally counts @naturalooks15 !

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Hmmm... now I have a craving for chai tea latte Smiley Very Happy @naturalooks15

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@naturalooks15 , I can totally relate to your aversion to "powders" Smiley Indifferent  Wine Red and Burgundy are some of my favorite colors too!  Heart  

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I'm so sorry I missed it this year! Oh well, I can't wait to see what you ladies come up with.

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I'm sorry you missed it too @Lazybeautybeast Smiley Sad I was hoping you would join!

Aw. It's okay @Mcakes. Last month was crazy with finals a...

Aw. It's okay @Mcakes. Last month was crazy with finals and then the Holidays so I couldn't spend time on BIC and when I did it was in the app where I can't see new threads which is probably why I didn't see this until now. 🤷 It's probably for the best... I need some recovery time before the new semester. Can't wait to see the unboxings!

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Hopefully you can join the next one @Lazybeautybeast!  Good luck with school! Smiley Happy

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I have had so much fun reading the answers to the questionnaire! It's been a terrible week and even more terrible day so I'm playing catch-up and hearting as fast as my little mouse can click! I promise my elfie that I'll update my list this weekend! But really, i'm an easy shop, just send whatever gives you joy Smiley Happy 


1. What is your most used emoji? Smiley Happy 

2. If you were a food, what would you be?

A burrito or a are what you eat and that seems to be what I eat!

3. Which TV show would you want to be a part of?

Either traveling with the late Anthony Bourdain on Parts Unknown or as a judge on Top Chef. I LIVE for food and its ability to bring people and cultures together.

4. Favorite color?

green and red, though never together

5. What's in your cup? Coffee, Tea, or an Adult Beverage?

yes, yes, yes. I love coffee and practically mainline it, but being chinese, grew up around and also love tea. In all honesty though, if it were socially acceptable, I'd drink wine and whiskey during the day Smiley Happy Irish coffees and Tea Hot Toddies are like my worlds colliding in the most delicious way.

6. If you were a season, what would you be?

I wish I could say spring since I love the first promise of warmth and sunshine, but in reality, I'm a moody and mercurial lady that loves sweatpants and mulled cider so fall it is!

7. What is your favorite beauty category?

Lipsticks, blushes, and skincare

8. What is your least favorite beauty category?

Hair because nothing ever seems to make a difference (though i've got a dry shampoo obsession...) 

9. If you were on a Hoarders: Buried Alive episode , what would it be for?

HEY! It's called COLLECTING, not hoarding Smiley Happy I've got a thing for pigs but i'm sure my partner would insist that it is my skincare and makeup collection taking over our apartment.

10. Any fur babies?

Not currently Smiley Sad I'm a dog person though, my previous fur baby passed away a few years ago and I STILL miss him everyday Smiley Sad

11. If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Something that could fly? A phoenix maybe? I never got into fantasy/sci-fi, probably because I'm not highly imaginative to begin with Smiley Happy 

12. Any allergies or things to avoid sending you in general?

I'm allergic to cats, but I'm assuming no one's sending me a, I love everything except marshmallows and coconut-flavored things. 

13. What’s your favorite personal possession and why?

I am deeply sentimental about items gifted to me by my family so I'd have to say the two jade pendants I wear everyday (one from my mum, one from my dad), and the first chinese new year red envelopes given to me by my little sister after she got married (I'm still unmarried and only married couples give lucky envelopes). I actually hoard (ooh! there it is) all the red envelopes I've ever gotten from my parents and sister and all the random little notes too.

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@MissPuff Oh my gosh I hoard the red envelopes too!!!  I'm sorry about your fur baby.  I know how you feel.  Mine passed away this May and I'm still grieving.

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A fellow pig lover! I love what you put about food and it being able to bring people together too, @MissPuff. Are you watching the current season of Top Chef? I like that they changed up restaurant wars a bit this year- just keeping it interesting! The food they all create always looks so incredible. Getting to judge on that show would be amazing! I hope things are better for you today. Heart

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@quspork PIGGIES!!! I am not watching the current season of Top Chef because I like to wait till all the episodes come out and binge Smiley Happy I have been trying super hard to avoid spoilers but I see them here and there! Now I'm even MORE intrigued knowing they switched up restaurant wars! I binged season 15 a few weeks ago and I'm in serious withdrawal...


You should check out Ugly Delicious on Netflix, such an interesting dive into several awesome foods/cuisines Smiley Happy 

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