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๐Ÿ’€ Halloween Trick & Treat...your elf ๐Ÿ’€

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Something's brewing, and it 'll be ghoulishly fun! A wicked good time for everyone...

 

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 haunting fun!

 

With ghoulish appreciation,
Mcakes & ZombieMetroAnt

 

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๐ŸŽƒ Tips, Tricks & Other spooktacular ideas!

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๐Ÿ’€ Elfster Tips:

   -> 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! 

๐ŸŽƒ Shipping suggestions 

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๐Ÿ’€ 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 paypal.com/shipnow 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:
US can receive a gift up to 100 USD. If you send from Canada and mark your gift as 100 you are actually saying it cost you 100 CAD. Today Google converts that to 75.87USD so your recipient should be ok and not pay additional fees.

Canada can receive a gift up to 60 CAD. If you send from the US and mark your gift as 60, you are actually saying it cost you 60 USD. Today Google converts that to 79.08 CAD. So your Canadian friend in this case might pay duties/taxes/fees.

I believe customs will check the rate on the day the item is processed. Seems Canada is at somewhat the same range recently but it does go down a bit. Just things to keep in mind.

 ๐ŸŽƒ Participants - exactly 31 muahahahahahah 

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Asche
beadshopgirl
ClassicallyFab
darkiceis
Dyslexia
gonerogue
Ispend2much6
jen143xo
jozkid
kso1225
LCResz
Lipstick4Soul
luvgloss13
Mcakes
mermadelove
MissPuff
myumew
NotCrocker
OhheyitscindyK
PaletteAddict99
prettyinpa
RGBrown
Samtian
shimmerbait
snoflakefaerie
SpaceLlama
Tamara76
txcatx
unfungirl
willa25
ZombieMetroAnt

Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

a pinch of Fear, a dash of Dare...

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!

 

โšฐEDITED TO ADD:

     ๐Ÿ‘ป Shipping: our goal is to have boxes delivered by (or before) 10/31.  Boxes being shipped across the border take a bit longer

 

     ๐Ÿ‘ป Wish lists: if you haven't already, please update your wishlist on elfster ๐Ÿฌ

 

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Awwwwwww I just came home to a surprise note in my mailbox! Thank you so much @ZombieMetroAnt & @Mcakes. The two of you are so thoughtful and I can't even express how grateful I am. ๐Ÿ’œ  Thank you for all your kindness and hard work. 

 

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๐Ÿ–คAs quick as a snap our exchange is a wrap! ๐Ÿ–ค Thank you to all of our Ghoulfriends for making this a memorable experience ๐Ÿ•ท We hope you enjoy your souvenirs...and yes, of course we also sent them to our sisters up North!

 

All gifts have been sent and received ๐Ÿ‘ We are missing some unboxings,but just for the record everyone did their part and left no one behind ๐Ÿ‘

 

Whatโ€™s next you ask? Something magical is in store for you ๐Ÿ”ฎ What will it be? Youโ€™ll just have to wait and see ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•

 

Lots of love, Mcakes and @ZombieMetroAnt

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Thank you for the snail mail! You ladies are the best! @Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt

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I just got my letter in the mail today! Thank you so much, @Mcakes & @ZombieMetroAnt! I love the moon stamp you picked out โค

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@Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt

 

Thank you so much for hosting and this exchange! I love the souvenir, you ladies went above and beyond hosting this exchange.  Love you ghoulies Smiley Happy <3 xoxo

 

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@Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt I just got my souvenir!! Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift Smiley Happy

 

I opened it in front of my mom, who was worried for some reason because it came in a black envelope. Idk if she's seen too many movies or what, but I guess she was expecting cut out magazine letters or something Smiley Very Happy

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LOL @ohheyitscindyk!! @ZombieMetroAnt and I just couldn't help ourselves with the black envelope...had to be done Smiley Wink Smiley Very Happy 

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@Mcakes HAHAHAHA "You don't get it, Mom!!"

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Thanks again for hosting, ladies!  You are both so truly magical!  This exchange was a blast - I loved seeing all the love and creativity that everyone poured into their gifts!   <3 <3 <3   @Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt

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@Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt Thank you for hosting a great exchange! ๐Ÿ’– You guys are so thoughtful with the souvenirs ๐Ÿ˜˜

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@Mcakes @ZombieMetroAnt Thank you so much for hosting, I had the best time!

 

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Ooooh, I love this!  So poetic @Mcakes Heart 

 

Also, I'll take advantage of this opportunity to give my partner-in-crime major props for sending me a gift!  Not only is MCakes a total doll, she is a creative genius and a generous soul!  This was my "thank you for being in cahoots with me on the Halloween Exchange" gift - can you believe her!? I mean, how amazing is this gift?!

 

She painted the inside panels gold!  And adorned it with these golden frame stickersShe painted the inside panels gold! And adorned it with these golden frame stickers

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So many candy treats!  Good thing I took a pic because these all disappeared within 24 hours!!So many candy treats! Good thing I took a pic because these all disappeared within 24 hours!!

And some extra special blind boxes!!
and spooky toys!and spooky toys!

THANK YOU MCAKES!!!  I volunteer to be your partner-in-crime, anytime!!  Heart 
same pic but this time, with a gory 3D reflection!!  BOO!same pic but this time, with a gory 3D reflection!! BOO!

 

 

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@ZombieMetroAnt  That is seriously the PERFECT GIFT BOX for you! @Mcakes your generosity knows no bounds!!!! 

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Oh my goodness!  How fun is this box?!?!  And that "picture frame" box decoration is absolutely amazing!!!!    You gals are the best!  @ZombieMetroAnt @Mcakes

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@ZombieMetroAnt,

This party goes on and on!  And that's a good thing!  Hooray for @Mcakes and her

thoughtful gift!  Smiley Happy

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Oooh so many goodies! I'm happy for you @ZombieMetroAnt Smiley Happy

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Pretty cool there @ZombieMetroAnt @Mcakes!

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Ohhh awesome box of goodies! So creative!

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Speaking of being a total doll- I still can't believe the gorgeous gift you sent me @ZombieMetroAnt!! Smiley Surprised

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All things girlie and so very me Smiley Very Happy If we're starting a gifting war it is so on Smiley Wink Smiley Tongue *rolls up sleeves* 

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Awwwww - I love everything about this box!  It is so totally you!   @Mcakes and @ZombieMetroAnt, you make the perfect team! <3 <3 <3

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