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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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 ahhh what a gorgeous box!! The decorations alone are so perfectly you, and everything inside is just as lovely! @sister13 always knocks it out of the park!! All

of those natural beauty products are catching my eye particularly😍

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Oh my goodness @veronika23 @sister13 ...this is SO beautiful!! Everything from the packaging to all of the items inside is simply mesmerizing Heart That mermaid is just the cutest thing ever. How do you like the scent? I have my eye on that! 


I know this was so stressful for both of you, thank you so much for hanging in there! We are so happy that you both participated, it wouldn't have been the same without y'all Heart 


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@sister13   @veronika23   That is a drop-dead gorgeous box!  She really chose well for gifts that you would love. 

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@veronika23 I love the wrapping and decorations @sister13 did for your box.  I loved that she shared her Sephoria goodies with you as well as got you so many variety of products.  Enjoy all your goodies and sweets. 

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Yes @veronika23, that tin IS everything😄! @sister13 packed so much goodness into that beautiful box (the bottom looks like it could be the bottom of the 🌊, so beautiful). The whiskey bomb caramels look delicious and all of the Sephoria souvenirs seem like they would be perfect for you. Nice work sister13, you are a wonderful Galentine🥰!

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Oh yay! I’m so sorry it was so late - I felt so bad and was texting @Mcakes like every day with updates because I was so upset about being so late! The Mermaid perfume was on back order and still should have been on time but still took even longer than expected. Is it nice?  Haha, it took all my will not to break in and check it out myself!



I hope you enjoy everything,  I had a great time shopping for you and checking out some new places in Boulder and Denver on the hunt for some good items for you!  I had the SEPHORiA stuff that I kept thinking I would try to get to because I know she was sending stuff, but I never had a chance and was so excited when I got you as Galentine! Anyway, so glad you finally got it! Enjoy! @veronika23  💕💕💕💕

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@veronika23 Love the cute decorations on the box! Thanks for sharing Smiley Happy



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Love this box, @veronika23! There are so many great products for you to try out! And the packaging is just lovely. I adore that heart wrapping paper!

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What a fantastic box of goodies @veronika23

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yay what a fab box @veronika23  - enjoy all your new goodies!

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What a fabulous box @veronika23 . @sister13 did an amazing job! I love the magical wrapping job and Sephoria swag! Enjoy!!!

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Thank you again for hosting this amazing exchange, @Mcakes  and @ZombieMetroAnt !  It was so uplifting to read through the thread and see all the love and generosity!!!  And I love the cute little card and charm you sent out! <3 


Thank you, too, to @ClassicallyFab for this adorable Valentine's card! You're so sweet! xoxoxoxo


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@Tamara76 That card is so cute! Love it! 



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Thank you, @RebeccaBT !💗

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Thank YOU for being a part of it @Tamara76 Heart 


Also, thank you to you @ClassicallyFab for the super sweet card you sent, always brightens up my day to see some BIC mail Heart

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I received a few packages today (who, me?)  One of them was shaped differently than most of the ones I receive, and it was from none other than @Samtian.  

I opened the package and saw this gorgeous box, and thought, "Can it be what I think it is?"


Yes, it was!  A print from @Samtian 's own photography collection!  It was from one of her blog posts that I loved- how thoughtful!  This is a picture of the Great Basin National Park in Nevada.


And, because my photography skills are not on par with hers, and I don't want to misrepresent her artistic ability, here's her image from her blog: Black Honey Photography- Photography Travels.  @Samtian  I want to let you know that it was a little difficult finding your blog because there are two other photographers who use the name Black Honey for their business name!  What are the chances?

Great Basin Pano 1


Thank you so much, @Samtian- I really do treasure this gift.  It's especially fun because my husband loves the mountains, and loves the trips he made to the western part of the country because of the unique (to him) natural beauty.  

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Wow @Samtian that photo is beautiful 

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@ElleElleG  Thank you!!

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Beautiful!!! 💖 Such an amazing surprise @Ispend2much6@Samtian is very talented and thoughtful! 

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@Ispend2much6  WOW!!! Amazing photos!! @Samtian  has skill!! Such gorgeous shots!!

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@GodivaMoon  @itsfi  Thank you both so so much!

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