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~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2021♥~

*Sign-ups are CLOSED! - Exchange is in progress 


It's back! The gift exchange celebrating "the best day of the year" is here 💖


Our previous rounds have been wonderful platforms for bringing us all together though our appreciation for beauty, treats and camaraderie. Come and join in on the fun!


Positive Energy and Unicorn Love Always,
Mcakes & ZombieMetroAnt


Tips & 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 


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.

Links to previous Galentine's Day Exchanges:



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: 12/31/20

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 1/1/21

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 2/1/21 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 2/13/21 (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! 💖 

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!


ZombieMetroAnt - gift received
Mcakes - gift received 
Nickelliebear1 - gift received 
Kim888 - gift received 
naturalooks15 - gift received 
LCResz - gift received
SportyGirly125 - gift received
gonerogue - gift received 
heartsmyface - gift received 
faeriegirl - gift received 
prettyinpa - gift received
quspork - gift received
Anastasiya13 - gift received
Lazybeautybeast - gift received 
Serenely - gift received 
CC3616 - gift received
fatimamummy - gift received
snoflakefaerie - gift received 
NotCrocker - gift received 
ohheyitscindyk - gift received 
Tamara76 - gift received 
SpaceLlama - gift received
missjeanie - gift received 
tjffc - gift received 
snglbug - gift received
sister13 - gift received
itscarin - gift received 
ElleElleG - gift received 


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@fatimamummy It was such a sweet surprise for her to include Heart 

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@Mcakes Omg what a cutie! I LOVE big bow headbands on lil bebes 😍

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@sabrinas Me too! The bigger the bow, the better 😄

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@Mcakes Can baby cake be any cuter? 😍🌹💕🥰❤️

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@blackkitty2014 Thank you Heart She is pretty cute, I think I'll keep her 😉 😄

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@McakesI saw a baby picture in the feed and had to stop by.  She's so adorable- and looks like you. 🙂  I think she likes snow. 🙂

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@Ispend2much6 She loved it!! I didn't let her stay out for too long, but I brought a bowl of snow back in the house and she had so much fun playing with it Heart

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@Mcakes   You're a good mama to think of that. 🙂

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@Mcakes Cuteness overload

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Thank you @SportyGirly125 Heart She was all smiles that day!

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😍😍😍  OH, @Mcakes she is the absolute cutest!! 

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Thank you @quspork Heart Heart

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@Mcakes  Aww she is such a cutie, love her Galentine look

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Thank you @Anastasiya13 Heart I'm excited for her to meet everyone! 

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Her Galentines outfit is adorable @Mcakes! She looks so cute!❤️

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Thank you @faeriegirl Heart As much as Daddycakes complains, Posh Peanut makes the cuutest prints 😄

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My wonderful Galentine's gift arrived today! And what great timing it was! I got Lasik done on Friday so I was kind of a lump over the weekend, not wanting to strain too hard, to give my eyes a break. So good thing I didn't get this until now as my eyes would've popped right out! Dramatic, yes. Deserved, YES!


Thank you to my wonderful Galentine, @missjeanie !!!


First off, she sent me beer. WHICH I LOVE. I seriously have a hearty collection of beer in my fridge at all times, as I love interesting and new craft brews! Sadly only one can survived the journey, pics below. But that said, it's going right in my fridge to cool down in time for dinner!


Second, so many delicious treats! Butter fudge! Maple syrup! Spicy chocolate! Coffee! Oh my! I already felt so spoiled as I opened and discovered all these amazing picks! It was also shaping up to be an incredibly Canadian gift! 


THEN THENNNNN I opened the makeup and makeup bag (which I will circle back to). First, the Denona palette! I am so excited for my eyes to be makeup friendly again! Now that I wont have glasses covering them up, this palette is going to ease me into big colour adventures!


Then inside the bag! Wow, just awesome pick after awesome pick. I couldn't believe as I just kept pulling stuff out! She cleaned out my wishlist! I am so excited to make use of it all!


BUT THEN, I said I'd circle back to the makeup bag! LOOK AT IT. Handmade by her dad! Bespoke leather bag, with my INITIALS. You totally had me thinking I was going to get some sort of custom slippers (no clue why that's where my mind went), this is so so incredible! I want to display it, damn COVID for me not having enough people parading through my apartment to truly appreciate this gift. So now you all get a few pictures from a few angles to truly understand how wonderful and beautiful this is. I love it.


I love it all, I am so grateful to you, my Galentine for making this strange and distant time so much warmer! 


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Woah @NotCrocker !  @missjeanie sent some amazing gifts, love the personalized bag and that shade of purple.  NC, can't wait to hear your thoughts on the palettes and the looks you create.

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@NotCrocker ,

Congratulations on having your Lasix surgery done!  I hope that your recovery is smooth!  @missjeanie  gave you a wonderful bespoke leather bag!  I'm so glad that it and the other great gift items survived the beer leakage!  Enjoy your exquisite Natasha Denona Tropic Palette!

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@NotCrocker- What a wonderful box your dear Galentine, @missjeanie sent you. I adore the makeup bag, I'd love to have one like it. Enjoy!

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@NotCrocker Such thoughtful gifts you received from your Galentine @missjeanie. There were so many lovely gifts in the bag.  I love the ND palette, chocolates and all the local treats and I love the bag as well.  

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