2014 Secret Holiday Gift Exchange


Aug 12, 2012
75$ Minimum

Already sent some invites, so you may have an invite sitting in your email box now if you participated in the Halloween round.

Please read all of the following, since all participants will be held accountable by the rules below.

In order to participate in this RAOK you must fulfill the following requirements:

*have successfully participated in a previous BB RAOK*

OR have 2 of these

*have at least 500 posts*
*be an active member of tPF & the Beauty Bar*
*be a tPF member for at least six months*

To sign up please send me the following information via PM:

For new participants: The New Participant Application is to be sent to tgirl25. Once this has been approved, I will ask for your email address, full name & where you are willing to ship to, sending an elfster request. You must have set up an elfster account PRIOR to my sending you the invite.

For previous RAOK participants: Send me your email address, full name & where you are willing to ship to so I can send you your invite.I am asking that all questionnaires be sent via message in elfster to whoever has drawn you to simplify things.


**Important dates**

Sign ups begin NOW!

October 29th: New participant survey must be in by this date for approval so I have time to send, & for you to accept your elfster invite.

October 31st: Sign ups end on this date. Elfster requests must be accepted by this date, sorry no exceptions!

November 1st: The draw will happen by 12p noon Eastern on this day, it is a Sunday & should allow those of you who work to get a jump on your shopping. Get excited, this is the day you will get your GhoulFriend to send to!

November 4th: surveys to the person who is sending to you must be completed and sent via Elfster. Tip for participants, Copy the survey below and put it into your notepad and fill it out as soon as you are sure you will be participating. Save it in an area you will know where to look for it go over it quickly again and then send to your gifter. Makes it easy and less last minute struggling to get it in

December 4th: All packages being shipped internationally(to another country other then your own) must be shipped by this date to ensure they arrive before Christmas, or if you do not celebrate Christmas then by Dec 25th.

December 18th: All domestic packages (within your own country) must be shipped by this date.


**Important Information**

* One package is required: The package must contain new, unused (tested) and unopened beauty items.Do NOT send anything that may be old or expired! The total package should be worth at least $75US or the equivalent in your currency. The price point does not include any shipping fees.

* TRACKING/Customs # or if you are international a picture of the shipping receipt is required for all gifts: Once you have your package all wrapped up and ready to go, please make sure that you purchase some form of tracking. This serves as a proof of shipment and also will help you and your buddy in case the package gets lost. Tracking information must be PM’d to me by the shipping deadline. Proof of shipment by sending a receipt scan is okay in international countries where tracking is not feasible. If shipping internationally a customs # will be asked for if your country issues one as well as a copy of the receipt.

* You MUST post pictures of your package: Once you receive your package from your buddy, you must post clear pictures and full description of what you got. All of us are excited and want to share the excitement of what goodies you got!

* Elfster.com: Elfster is the website that we will be using for this Raok. Once I get your sign up information and email address, you will receive an invitation to join the RAOK on Elfster.com. This website helps us organize things and also will be the one who ultimately “picks” your buddy! Elfster is also where buddies can ask questions and/or chit chat without revealing their identities.

* Wishlist Requirement: When building your wishlist in Elfster ensure that you have added both items you want as well as items you don't want (please list brands, types of products). Please review the list to ensure that items you have received in previous RAOK's are no longer listed, and be considerate to your buddy who is buying for you and try to add items of all price ranges so they can appropriately select a variety of items to gift you in return.

* Vacationers: you will be asked to include any and all trips both to me and to your gifter so that they can try to avoid those time frames. I will ask that if you are away please put your mail on hold so your package if received during that time frame is safe till your return.

* The Angel System is in place for MISSING gifts: The angel system that was used in the previous RAOK will also be used in this round. I hope that we won’t have the need to use it though! If someone does end up flaking on their buddy, all members will be required to contribute to an angel package with a value of approximately $75. At 10 members, this would be $7.50ea. If you are unwilling to do this please refrain from joining. We all need to look out for each other.

**Replacement packages for lost gifts must be mailed out by 2 weeks from first shipping date for domestic and 4 weeks for international gifts.

*Participate in the chat/reveal thread. Participation in the chat/reveal thread is REQUIRED. We all know what it's like to get gifts, it's a wonderful feeling, but this RAOK is here for more than just the experience of getting a gift but giving and watching others receive as well!

* One of the benefits of this RAOK is that we get members from all across the world. The reality of international buddies is that we are at the mercy of two separate postal systems. Please note that delays may (and CAN) occur if you have an international buddy who you are gifting to or receiving from. This means that we encourage these participants to be extra patient in giving and receiving their gifts because of the distance and time involved. If this is something you do not wish to have and prefer to mail only domestically or to only receive domestically, please state so with your sign up email so I can include it on your preferences in elfster prior to the draw. Keep in mind many times countries other then ours sometimes have wonderful goodies we could never obtain ourselves so it can make the extra wait time worth it.

**The Questionnaires **

The New Participant Questionnaire(this should be completed if you have never joined a RAOK on the Beauty Board):

1. How long have you been a member of tPF?
2. How many posts do you have?
3. Which sections of tPF do you frequent (list please)?
4. Have you successfully participated in another RAOK on tPF? If so, which one (link to it please)?
5. Are there any Beauty Bar RAOK participants who can vouch for you?
6. Do you plan to participate in the RAOK Reveal and Chit Chat thread?
7. Are there any upcoming events that may prohibit you from sending your gift or posting a reveal of the gift you receive?
8. Have you read ALL the RAOK guidelines and understand them?
9. You must include a picture (of anything) with the application or link to a thread where you have posted a picture on tPF.

Once you have been approved you will receive a Pm requesting your email, full name & where you are willing to ship to.

(The below info is your questionnaire that should be sent through elfster to assist your gifter in purchasing items that will be exactly you)

The Questionnaire:*

TPF Username:
Mailing address:

***About you:
***Age (or age range):
***Favorite colors:
***Least favorite colors:
***Any allergies?
***Are you ok with products not purchased directly from the manufacturer (via eBay, 3rd party beauty sites)?
I currently use/would like to try(include both seperated by / so your gifter has more idea's):
***Hair product:
***Your hair color & length:
***Type (dry, oily, colored, etc):
***Your face skin tone:
***cool or warm?
***Skin type (oily, dry, combination):
***Acne prone?
***Your eye color:
***Favorite eyeshadow colors:
***Least favorite eyeshadow colors:
***Do you wear lipgloss/lipstick?
***Favorite colors to wear on lips:
***Type of nails (natural, acrylic, gel):
***Length of nails (short, long):
***Favorite colors to wear on nails:
***Do you require brands that are Big3 Free or Big5 Free?
General questions:
***What holiday do you celebrate? What is the date of this holiday?
***Do you have children? If so, what ages?
***Do you have any pets?
***Would you want your buddy getting a small gift for your child?
***Would you want your buddy getting a small gift for your pet?
***will you be away at any point in which your buddy should avoid mailing your gift?