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๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2020)

                                        *SIGN UPS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR ALL SPOOKY SOULS*

                                              Stick around for the spooktacular unboxings

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

 

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!  

 

We are looking forward to some haunting good fun!  

 

Bugs & hisses,
@prettyinpa & ZombieMetroAnt 

 

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๐ŸŽƒimportant information for all potential Ghoulfriends...

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๐Ÿ‘ปELIGIBILITY 

Have you participated in a gift exchange on BT/BIC previously?

 

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Previous participants in exchanges that either @Mcakes  @prettyinpa  or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that MCakes, PrettyinPA 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!

 

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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 Ghoulfriend has given us confirmation of delivery.
2.Must be vouched for by 2 members of the community who PrettyinPA or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, PrettyinPA 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.


๐Ÿ‘ปRULES

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 October 21st. If you miss this deadline and do not communicate with PrettyinPA 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 Ghoulfriend will be left behind!

-Provide tracking number(s) to PrettyinPA or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging PrettyinPA 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 PrettyinPA 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 PrettyinPA 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 PrettyinPA or I to post on your behalf if you are having issues posting, but please know that the pictures are a firm requirement.


๐Ÿ‘ปKEY DATES

Sign Up Deadline: 10/09/20

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 10/10/20

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 10/25/20 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received or Shipped by: On or before 10/31/20 (Halloween Day)



๐Ÿ‘ปTo sign up, please comment on this thread! PrettyinPA and I will be messaging approved participants with more details and will be updating the Participant List as we go. 

 

๐ŸŽƒTips, 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. It is important to note of any dietary restrictions 


->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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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 (thanks @veronika23  Heart๐Ÿ˜ž

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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Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

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

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!

 

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Well it's the weekend so I finally have a break to post my unboxing from my lovely ghoulfriend @Anastasiya13!

 

So like I mentioned, the mail carrier left it in a puddle, so this is the only picture I got of the box because it was dripping wet & I wanted to get the contents out ASAP. If you look closely, you can see the dark areas where the water started seeping through ๐Ÿ˜ž But the foam that she used to cushion everything (fabulous idea, by the way) kept everything inside dry ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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After I took everything out of the box, with a closer look at some of the decorations:

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I carefully untangled everything from the web (haha) & discovered these treat bags:

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I'm one of those people who always seems to have cold feet, so I can never have too many socks. They also came at the perfect time because our heat broke & it's been freezing. The other pair is black with candy corns. I love The Office, so I totally got distracted & had so much fun just flipping through the pocket-sized quote book.

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No joke, this was the first page I opened the book up to, ahhh!!

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The treats! I am really excited about these coffee spoons (I will have to look for these in the future) because I have been wanting to try a different way of sweetening coffee than just adding sugar.

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And last, but not least, skincare & beauty! She generously gifted me the ND palette & Fenty set! I feel like my eyes are constantly tired with all the time I spend at the computer, so the eye masks will come in handy. I haven't tried anything from Hanalei, so I'm looking forward to using the lip treatment, especially since I can never have enough lip products ๐Ÿ™‚ I also haven't tried anything from Byredo. I'm looking forward to trying the dry shampoo foam as well, as I haven't tried a formula like this before. And I'm so excited for the FAB oil because I have been wanting to try it, I even got my hands on a sample & just my luck, I somehow lost it! So it's like she read my mind!

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Thank you @Anastasiya13 for all of the generous & thoughtful goodies! I can't wait to try everything you picked out for me, thank you so much! โค๏ธ

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@ohheyitscindyk omg....that box is decorated with the cutest stickers and bags.  I mean The Office book is so perfect for you past Ghoulfriend and the page you landed on..... what are the chances ๐Ÿ˜จ? I love reading how you break everything down. @Anastasiya13 did a great job picking stuff out for you...the Fenty lipgloss set and ND palette too!!! Enjoy your goodies.

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Oh @ZombieMetroAnt how I adore that you do this thread every year! I just realized it's my third Halloween seeing your fabulous spooky spirit! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ•ท ๐Ÿฌ

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We take Halloween very serious around here @CarolBT hee hee hee ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

 

The best part is all our beautiful ghoulfriends who all work so hard to pamper their ghostly pals ๐Ÿ–ค 

but we couldn't do it without my partner in spookiness @prettyinpa who does most of the work ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Aw, shucks, @ZombieMetroAnt - you do all the heavy lifting with the new members, I just send out the invites and record keep so no one gets left out. It's always such a pleasure to do the exchange with you and all the lovlies here!

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@ZombieMetroAnt ghoulfriends like this are a treasure indeed! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Hey! I got a fabulous box from my ghoulfriend @Serenely today. Unfortunately I haven't had power since this morning due to hurricane Zeta and no internet. Phone internet is super slow as it's probably flooded with people. I hope this post goes through. My dog and I are safe and sound. I cannot wait to share what she sent. I was so happy and very surprised.

ETA: this post went through so trying to add pictures. Thankfully I had light from my sunroom.

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I saw these cute pups peeking out at me under the wrapped items and I quickly pulled them all out.

The cutest Halloween blanket with dogs in costume!

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โ€ƒLovely autumn wine glasses.

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The beauty items.

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โ€ƒI was really excited about the niacinamide I have been wanting to try. The multi-use powders are gorgeous. And I have wanted to try Rare Beauty.

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The spooky bat now hanging on my front door.

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Cute card and festive pencils.

 

My ghoulfriend knocked it out of the park! Thank you so much. The arrival brightened up a rough day and the surprises were great.

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@sprocketta @Serenely The blanket is so cute & looks so cozy, I love it! Ooh thank you for including swatches of the Rare Beauty & please let me know what you think of the Niacinamide because I've been eyeing that ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your goodies & stay safe!

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@sprocketta  Aww the dog costumes look so cute on the blanket! And what lovely wine glasses! @Serenely added such a great variety of items in this gift!

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@sprocketta I am so glad you enjoyed everything and that it brightened up your day. This was my first exchange so I am glad that you got everything (after an extra 2 days. USPS definitely had me a little worried). 

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@sprocketta What lovely and creative gifts from your Ghoulfriend!  So glad they brightened your day.

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That blanket is so cute! Enjoy all your goodies @sprocketta!

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@sprocketta The blanket is so cute and glad she got you stuff you wanted to try. 

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Oh no to the power situation, @sprocketta - I hope you get it back on soon! 

 

The gift though! How adorable is that blanket?! Those glasses are super cute for this time of year too. So many goodies! Enjoy your treats, sprocketta! 

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@sprocketta Yay your box came.  Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

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@sprocketta @Hope you are staying safe and looks like a lovely start to your unboxing !!!

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Oh @sprocketta ๐Ÿ˜ฎ so sorry to hear that!  Glad to hear everyone in your home is safe...sending you lots of warm hugs to keep you company ๐Ÿ–ค

 
 

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@ZombieMetroAnt Thanks! I actually have sent 2 little stones with the ghost hugs that look exactly like that to a couple friends at rough times. There's a British shop on Etsy that sells them along with other pick me ups.

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@sprocketta  TIL...thanks for letting me know!  I'll definetly check them out.  Glad some pictures upload - will eagerly await tomorrow's upload *crossing my fingers* ๐Ÿ–ค

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