Wrap it Up: 30 Cute Cookie Wrappers to Buy or DIY
What’s the secret to gifting a batch of baked goods? It’s simple really: pretty presentation. Food gifts are always a favorite, and beautiful packaging makes them so fun! You don’t have to be a master baker to invent a thoughtful food gift. (If the packaging is creative, who will even notice if the cookies aren’t homemade!?) We’ve made it easy for you to amp up your cookie-gifting game with these 30 cute cookie-wrapping ideas.
1. White Gable Boxes ($16 for 8): A simple white bakery box transforms into a glamorous gift with the addition of a ribbon and a personalized gift tag. So cute!
2. Paper Plate Baskets: Food-safe dye transforms ordinary paper plates into stylish storage. (We don’t know about you, but we’re conjuring up a billion uses for these brilliant baskets!) (via Design Mom)
3. Striped Bakery Boxes: Show up with this bakery box in hand and everyone will definitely be intrigued. Delivering the box is almost as fun as eating the cookies inside!
4. Glass Mason Jars: Display your unmistakably delicious goods proudly — in a shiny glass jar. We recommend stacking the cookies between layers of wax paper to ensure that they don’t stick together. (via Made From Scratch)
5. Chevron Mini Gable Box ($2): Gift your goods in style! Gable boxes are all the rage at the moment.
7. Free DIY Cookie Bag Printable: We’re excited about these cookie wrappers that aren’t only cute, but are also free printables! Wrap your cookie in cling wrap first to keep it extra fresh. (via Love from Ginger)
8. Birch Log Pringles Canister: Don’t toss that Pringles can just yet! Printable birch log paper can transform a canister into a cozy container for your edibles. Totally cute! (via Sense and Simplicity)
10. Paper Bag Cookie Packaging: Brown paper packages tied up with string — add this to our list of favorite things! While this DIY is actually in German, the photo tutorial is easy to follow. (via Tabula Rosi)
13. DIY Folded Paper Cookie Gift Box: Emerge from your kitchen with something totally stellar. And shareable. Because you want to share… at least, you’ll want to share when the cookie box looks this impressive. (via It’s Always Autumn)
14. Cellophane and Fabric Bow Cookie Packaging: Your cookies have baked up beautifully. They deserve an equally stunning presentation. May we suggest a bit of cellophane with fabric bows? It’s simple, but totally sweet. (via Heather Bullard)
15. One Smart Cookie Packaging: Use a free printable to make a smart cookie wrap and prove your cleverness to teacher — er, make your teacher feel smarter. Wait… what? This giftable makes everyone look smart ;) (via One Charming Party)
16. DIY Paper Bow Cookie Wrap: Just in time for spring, a colorful bow blooms to adorn your cookie wrap. This bundle can also make a beautiful edible place card for a spring table. (via The Elli Blog)
18. Recycled Egg Carton Cookie Packaging: It doesn’t get much more inexpensive than an egg carton! It makes the perfect cookie cradle for small bites. Jazz it up a bit with some cellophane — and ribbon. Just genius! (Note: If you’re worried about reusing egg cartons, you can purchase new ones quite inexpensively online.) (via My Recipes)
19. Muffin Pan Cookie Gifting: A muffin tin loaded up with cookies will outdo any other hostess gift. Because everyone enjoys a good cookie and no one can have too many muffin tins. (via Texas Cottage)
20. Sweet Heart Lace Favor Boxes ($14 for 25): Imagine one of these stunning little boxes, loaded with baked goods and dropped discreetly on your doorstep or desk. Sweet! With the help of these bakery boxes, you have the power to make someone’s day awesome.
22. Waxed Paper Bag With Handwritten Note: Here’s what we’re doing: folding wax paper, slapping on some tape, adding cookies, writing a personal note and BOOM! We’re a food gift expert. (You can be too!) (via BHG)
23. Ribbon Wrapped Baking Pan: Arrange your tasty treats inside a basic foil pan and let a bit of tissue paper and some ribbon work magic. The lucky recipient can reuse the pan after they’ve enjoyed the treats! (via BHG)
24. Cookie Dough for Gifting: No cookie crumbles here! Less work for you and less mess all around when you gift cookie dough to your friends. (Baking cookies are basically edible air fresheners, so your friends will enjoy them twice!) (via No. 2 Pencil)
25. Color Dot Handle Box ($6 for 5 boxes): The only thing that can top your best cookie recipe is the cutest-ever cookie box. This one is pretty adorable (and so perfect for spring!).
26. Envelope Enclosed Platter: A few folds and a piece of corrugated paper are all it takes to create a handy dandy envelope for your cookie platter. Add ribbon to spiffy the packaging up a bit. (via BHG)
29. Twine-Wrapped Treat Bags: Don’t hide your pretty confections under a box or paper bag! Cellophane-wrapped cookies are delightfully shareable… and irresistible. Help yourself to a cookie (or a handful)! (via Bakerella)
30. Milk Truck Cookie Box ($5): Special Delivery! Who wouldn’t want to receive a package from this whimsical little milk truck box?
We’re curious! Which is more important to you: A cute wrapper or the cookie inside? Dish about your love for baked goods and bakery boxes in the comments!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com