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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.




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@missjeanie haha! That's a good thing!

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@Samtian, @missjeanie said she liked gourmand and beachy scents, so I picked a bunch of samples from LuckyScent, and then remembered how much I always loved Monyette Paris, though it’s actually a bit more floral/tropical kind of beachy but was hoping she would like it. Some of the others are more aquatic/beachy and gourmand, I thought they seemed like a good bunch to try. 

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@missjeanie Oh wow. I love all the silver and purple in the photos. Your pictures really showcase what a great box of Galentine goodies you received from her.  

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@SportyGirly125 The wrapping was half the fun, my fav colours and I love glitter!

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Ohh, yayyyy, you are so sweet!  I’m so glad it made it finally and sorry for the delay, it was the extra US to Canada delay!! I couldn’t resist extra glitter and confetti! I had fun perusing your wish list and finding different items for you on your wish list and some new things to try, along with some Colorado treats and snacks. Glad the fragrances are up your alley! Happy Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day! 💗💕💗 @missjeanie 


PS, that’s so cute about your neighbor and the delivery guy! 🤩😉😍

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@sister13 Everything is just perfect!  And I would have waited to open even if it was here earlier so your timing was bang on!

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@missjeanie that was such a thoughtful gift!  You got so many fun things (and I love your gorgeous pics!).

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@CookieGirl1 Thank You, @sister13 outdid herself.  I woke up happy to go stare at it all again this morning!

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Happy Galentine's Day, everyone!! I received my package nearly a week ago, but I have only just been able to unbox & post. Thank you to my Galentine for being patient with me. It took a lot of self-control, but I didn't even peek inside or at the name on the return address!



This is what greeted me when I opened the box. My mouth was already watering, looking at the Hi-Chews. The card was so sweet.




A closer look at the wrapped goodies. Yes, that's heart-shaped styrofoam!



My hands have been so dry, due to work, so I've been desperately trying anything & everything. My Galentine kindly sent me not one, but two hand masks. The Hello Kitty highlighter is adorable.


I've never tried Diptyque, & these were incredibly generous gifts!


Hmm, what's in this cute beaded bag?



A beautiful necklace!


I love funny badge reels & I can't wait to proudly show these off!


You can never have too many cozy socks! The lipstick sticky notes will come in handy. And something from my Galentine's neck of the woods- a little ceramic boot matchstick holder, perfect to use with that Diptyque candle 🙂


And last, but not least, the treats! I'll have to ration them so I don't go overboard lol.


Who's responsible for all this? It's none other than one of our hosts, the lovely @Mcakes! Thank you so much for your thoughtful & generous gifts! I can tell how much time & care you put into everything. You went above & beyond, I'm so grateful 💕 I look forward to this exchange every year & it warms my heart to see all the extra love shared year after year. Now I've got to catch up on the unboxings!

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Your box of gifts @ohheyitscindyk are wonderful 💕.  That matchstick holder is such a great idea!  And your candle is so special.  Happy belated Galentine’s Day!  I hope you had a wonderful day 🌹🌹

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So many goodies, @ohheyitscindyk! And that beaded bag is just so adorable! 

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Oh my goodness, @ohheyitscindyk - I was speechless scrolling down through your post! The candle and that adorable boot matchstick holder 🥰 @Mcakes did an absolutely fabulous job of making your Galentine's Day extra special!!

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Enjoy all your Galentines goodies @ohheyitscindyk!

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I’m so glad that you loved it @ohheyitscindyk ! I wanted to make sure you got some of extra special things on your wishlist, you literally work so hard every day to care for everyone. Hopefully some of these give you a little bit of self care! The boot match stick holder was a must for that Diptyque candle 😆 Enjou ❤️

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I love the fuzzy socks 

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@ohheyitscindyk What a wonderful gift from @Mcakes the hello kitty highlighter is super cute! Enjoy ❤️

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@ohheyitscindyk I love what MCakes got you.  Those badge reels are hilarious.

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Hi everyone! Such a wonderfully fun time of year! I love glancing over the unboxings!


I received my sweet gift from @Kim888 and have hardly had any time to myself at all. I always open the boxes with my daughter, so we finally got a moment and got to dive in!


My daughter took all of the photos other than the last one that I’ll post.


E87C1E97-3732-4B68-93E8-A6BC8325810D.jpegThis box looks so cheery upon opening! We’re excited to find a place for the pretty garland. Love the colors!




I could not be more excited to see this book in the package! It’s so beautiful, and so divinely interesting. I can hardly wait to start reading!!



 I’m in love with these Tower 28 glosses, and this vibrant red will be so perfect for tomorrow. 😍


Those are the two things I picked out and everything else was a nice surprise! 


 There’s some adorable Rilakkuma goodies, our absolute fave! The stickers are adorable!



 I’m psyched to try this gloss! Such a fun and funky flavor combo!


4C286125-1277-4CB5-B163-D36EA2FB8AE0.jpegA lovely, deeply toned amethyst. This will be a great pocket stone to carry around.



A nice little taste of chocolate and some yummy gummies, along with some samples to have fun with and some masks and bath salts will keep us busy for days to come.


Thanks so much @Kim888!! 

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Happy (belated) Galentine’s Day @ClassicallyFab 💕. Oh your box of gifts is wonderful!  It must have been such a fun time to open it with your daughter 😃. Your amethyst is so beautiful 💜💜. I hope you enjoyed the day🥰

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Such a fun set of goodies, @ClassicallyFab! I hope you like the Ciate oil- it's one that I love! 

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Ouhhh! Good to know!! @quspork Thank you!💞💞💞

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