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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!




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@GG84 Ahahaha! I had just seen a photo yesterday of an avalanche in Utah that put 30 feet of snow on the road, I was trying to picture 45 feet and was like mind blown.

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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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don't worry @Nickelliebear1, i'm still shopping too! i think most of us aren't expecting anything until closed to v-day. i'm impressed with how early some people are shipping!

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Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! I can’t believe how generous and thoughtful and wonderful this Galentine’s Day package was! 📦❤️🎁❤️📦❤️


I’m now sitting here drinking this really wonderful Patchamama natural green tea with purple corn and ginger that came in the box, it’s so unique and delicious and from my lovely Galentine’s town! 


Anyway, I was finally feeling better after a nap and some sinus medicine, so I got to open this beautiful box!  I opened the card first and saw for the first time who my Galentine was! 

                     💕💕💕💕💕💕 @CC3616 💕💕💕💕💕💕




Then, I started with this heart pouch (so cute!) and saw the lovely snacks and teas. I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar, so I really appreciate how you went out of your way to find some great snacks that I know I will love!! 



 As soon as I opened it, I smelled and glimpsed this beautiful LUSH twilight bath bomb! DIVINE! (How did you know I just cleared all kinds of empty boxes and holiday bags out of my bathtub “storage” and need a relaxing bath, lol! 😂😂😂)


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Then I couldn’t believe how many items were in this box under the pink and protective wrapping! Wow! I put them all together for a family pic first before opening everything.❤️💜♥️❤️💜♥️❤️💜♥️



My nosiest busybody checking out the scene:


I really didn’t expect to get so many lovely things from my wishlist, I really just thought they were to give an idea of things I like! Thank you, thank you, thank you @CC3616!


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I love salty snacks and can’t wait to try everything. I got some of these Lupicia teas when I was in Japan last year and I just finished it all recently and so excited to get more! It’s so good and so pretty, the tea itself and the tins, I’ll have to take a pic when I open the tin and show y’all. The Inca green tea was so fragrant and flavorful and the full tea leaves unfolded, I can tell a little goes a long way!! The oils are a chili infused and peppercorn herb oil, so I can’t wait to try those for cooking and to drizzle over goat cheese! Yum!


I love the little heart trinket dish and heart hand towel and some great travel items for all my hair from Oaui and Drybar in a super cute pouch! Finally, the NARS ignited palette, what can I say, it has been on my list because (a) I love NARS anyway; and (b) the NARS Wanted palette is truly one of my all time favorites, (c) I love sparkle!!! 


It’s really too generous and I wasn’t even expecting anything until February, so I was so surprised and just honored at so much thought and care to put such a wonderful parcel of gifts together! 


I have been having such a rough winter with work stress and I keep getting sick, so I haven’t been able to be as present here on BIC as I’d like but I just feel so full of love and happiness and sending thanks with all my heart @CC3616! ❤️💜♥️❤️💜♥️❤️💜♥️❤️💜♥️


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Oh my goodness!  What a sweet gift from a total sweetheart!   @CC3616 is the perfect Galentine for you, @sister13!  Everything in this package is sooo cute and I love the wrapping!  And the pic of your kitty is just too cute! Enjoy your treats! <3

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Thanks Tam! I know, it’s really awesome! I’ve been snacking on Turkey Jerky and pistachios this weekend, so delicious! Loving everything! @Tamara76

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@sister13  I hope you get better soon, for good!  @CC3616  What a beautiful box- you sure knew how to spoil your Galentine!

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Thanks! @Ispend2much6! 💕💕💕

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I hope you feel better @sister13 ! I feel like everyone I know has been sick this season, me included! That tea looks fabulous, does that sachet say caramel and RUM? What an incredibly thoughtful and generous box @CC3616 has put together Smiley Happy That heart pouch is so cute, and I'm glad your fur baby made sure everything was up to snuff Smiley Happy Enjoy enjoy enjoy, I am loving the unboxings!

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Thanks @MissPuff! I was not remotely expecting to get anything so soon! I’m so grateful some of us like @CC3616 are on top of things enough to ship early, lol. 👏💕👏

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@sister13 I was not anticipating being able to ship so soon, it all happened to arrive and come together on a day that I could get it back out the door Smiley Wink  I'm glad because we got snow up to our knees this weekend! I was hoping to get it out before winter storms started coming in, it was bound to happen sooner or later. 

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Awww, I’m so glad! And Wow! That’s a lot of snow! We have barely gotten a few inches here and there so far this year, but I’m not complaining! @CC3616 💗💗💗

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@sister13 You received a super sweet box! Love Lush and Nars 💖 Great yummy goodies❣️

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I know, so sweet, and I feel very lucky! Thanks! @imlostagain 💜💜💜

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This is such a beautiful and carefully thought through gift Heart Looks like you got some yummy snacks that you will be able to enjoy, and you finally got the NARS palette you've been wanting! Yay!! Amazing gift @CC3616 , enjoy @sister13 Heart !!

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Haha I know, I was really wanting it! Smiling ear to ear! 😁😁😁 @Mcakes

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@sister13 Ooh so much to look at! What incredible gifts! how is the passionfruit snack? I love passionfruit.

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I haven’t had it yet but will report back! I love fruit. Leather so I’m sure it’s delicious! 😋😋😋

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@sister13 I'm so glad you love everything! And yay for the Inca tea! It can be hard to find here but I was determined to make sure some got into the box, it's so unique. I loved the challenge of less sweet local treats, I'm much more acclimated to the local chocolate scene Smiley Wink The fruit bars are made in a very small town nestled in the valley of our local national park, it's such a cool place.


I love that your adorable kitty made an appearance and am SO relieved that the palette and glass oil bottles survived the shipping trip! Sorry you haven't been feeling well this winter and glad I could brighten your day! 

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