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~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~


***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 & @eshoe 


Links to Previous Galentine's Day Exchanges:


How to Join and, Key Dates and Housekeeping Info:

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 eshoe or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that eshoe 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 eshoe or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, eshoe 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 eshoe 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 eshoe or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging eshoe 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 gift or to know it was received (it is stressful waiting to know if a package made the journey ok!) and for eshoe 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 eshoe 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 eshoe 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: 12/31/22

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 1/1/23

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 2/1/23 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 2/13/23 (Galentine's Day)

To sign up, please comment on this thread! eshoe 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 & eshoe


P.S. We will make every effort to accommodate all shipping restrictions, please state those restrictions at sign up via PM. Thank you!


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! 



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!)


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.




Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

@Kim888  They're a Lauren McIntosh find!  She normally does cute cups and dishes but I couldn’t resist the candles! 

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@Kim888 They smell like chocolate too!

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Hello all you gorgeous Galentines!


I am beyond grateful and impressed with this AMAZING gift that my secret Galentine, @quspork put together for me! From the second I laid eyes on the box to the last gift unwrapped…I was in complete awe!


@quspork spoiled me with a few items off my wish list with the Morphe Power Multi-Effects Palette in Floralisse palette, Natasha Denona My Dream Lip Gloss - Soft & Hydrating Lip Shine Natasha that is the missing piece of my set, fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL to keep my skin silky smooth, and the super awesome Kitsch Towel Scrunchies that I have been dying to try out (I’m even considering washing my hair and breaking my every other Sunday rule)!! But that’s just what was on list - @quspork didn’t not stop there! My amazingly generous Galentine surprised me with theLANEIGE Berries n' Choco Kisses Set which I cannot wait to try out tonight before bed, L’Occitane hand cream, a candle that even without being lit, is casting the most beautiful smell, a sachet of delicious sounding teas, a love bomb bath bomb, the adorable valentines gnome and cute lil’ light up Dream Big sign! 

And the candy! Oh my word. THE CANDY! This was the last gift I unwrapped and I am not even kidding when I stopped mid-unwrap and got the biggest smile on my face! I lovvvvvve sour candy! In Canada, my favourite is Sour Patch Kids.  But you know what we don’t have here? DOTS!!!!!!! Whenever I go road trip to the States, I never come home without packages and packages of Dots (I will quite literally empty the shelf at Target!) It was something so simple, but made my heart (and taste buds) so happy! 

I truly, truly thank you for everything you did and the insurmountable thought you must have put into this gift, @quspork. I’m still in shock! 







Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

Yay! So glad everything made it safe and sound, @Snglbug! I hope you enjoy everything! 

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Beautiful wrapping!☺️😍

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@Snglbugthis is so cute!@ @quspork did such a great job! the card and light up sign are such special little touches!

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Oh my heart, @Snglbug! That light up heart is adorable! It was no surprise to learn your Galentine was none other than @quspork. She takes care to add such fun surprises to her gifts. Those bath bombs are so fun with their little surprises, too! Enjoy everything !!

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I can  feel the love and joy reading through this unboxing! Enjoy all of your amazing goodies from @quspork @Snglbug , the Laneige set is dreamy!!

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@Snglbug That was a beautiful gift ‌😍‌ The wrapping is so pretty and just showcased all your new treats so well! ‌💗‌ Fabulous!


Enjoy all your Galentines Goodies! 🪻

Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

@Snglbug  What a wonderful Galentine.  @quspork put so many great gifts in your box.  Gosh, even they type of candy you love!  I hope you have fun with everything 🎉❤️🎉

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What an awesome box of goodies @Snglbug!

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@Snglbug What a generous and fun gift from @quspork ! I really like the shades on the Morphe palette. The scrunchies are really fun. I use them after showering and the scrunchie soaks up quite a bit of water. This Galentine's exchange is making my heart warm 💓

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@Snglbug Wow, it looks like @quspork sure spoiled you! 

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@Snglbug Awwww what an amazing assortment of goodies from

@quspork I love that she got you Dots. The Dream Big sign is so cute. 

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@Snglbug awww, @quspork put together such a fun package!  Enjoy your new goodies 🙂

Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I got my box yesterday during the middle of the workday and I had step away to open it and get my swatches in since I couldn't resist 😂 My secret Galentine was @Snglbug ❤️ I received lots of goodies from my wishlist including an item I have been wanting for years now but could never justify getting for myself. In my box I received sweets (the gummies served as a great snack for my Zoom meetings yesterday), Lemonhead LA Space Paste, Sephora x Wet Brush, Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick  in the shade Lady Balls and a custom made BIC keychain that I will proudly put on my keyring today. @Snglbug  you may not know me but you did an AMAZING job with your selections and I am VERY excited to use everything and post photos for y'all. I told my ex that the space paste is an excuse for me to go to a rave soon so I can bust out a glamorous glitter look 🕺

Thank you again Galentine! Can't wait to do this again next year 💜


So pink and so cute!So pink and so cute!The wrapped goodsThe wrapped goodsUnwrapped goodsUnwrapped goodsLemonhead LA Space PasteLemonhead LA Space PasteLeft: Too Faced Lady Balls (hehe); Right top- Night Moves, Right bottom- Dark AngelLeft: Too Faced Lady Balls (hehe); Right top- Night Moves, Right bottom- Dark Angel

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@goneroguewhat a wonderfully curated box! Those glitters, oh my! I bet the lipstick will look great one you. @Snglbug is a pro at this! 

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Stop, that glitter is to die for!! Gorgeous goodies, I am now going to stalk your wishlist you incredible tastemaker you @gonerogue lol. Amazing job @Snglbug 💖 You put together such a thoughtful gift!

Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

@Mcakes You already know great minds think alike 😉 I'll bring my Space Paste to Sephoria next time 🙂

Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

Happy Galentines! 💕 @gonerogue Oooh holy beautiful sparkles ️ Those glitters are fantastic 🤩 eeeep thier pure beauty!

A custom made BIC Keychain is so thoughtful, your Galentine did an amazing job on your gift! 🎁 

Re: ~♥Galentine's Day Exchange 2023♥~

@gonerogue so much pink!  So much sparkle! I have the mini wet brush and it’s great!

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