Lizard sally, I don't know what size box I used. I happened to have some flat rate boxes behind a chair in my living room so that's what I used. I think it's up to the giver.
As for the discussion thread vs the gallery thread, this one is more for talking about what's going on, the gallery is more for talking about what has already happened.
This board = progress. Gallery board = pictures. It really is necessary, at least to me it is. It keeps things cleaner. I hate going through past discussion threads but the galleries are fun. Breaking it up keeps things cleaner.