18 Beer Mugs for the Kooky Connoisseur
If you’re planning on filling the beer fridge with craft brews for St. Patrick’s Day, then make sure you’ve also got something equally artisanal for you and your guests to sip from. Trust us, you’ll be happy you left those red party cups behind once you see these 18 cool and kooky beer mugs that ensure you drink your stout in style.
1. Wish You Were Beer Pint Glass ($8): Raise this glass to your buddies who couldn’t make it to the party for the obligatory FB pic.
2. Hopped Up Beer Glass ($12): Throw one back in style with this topsy turvy beer glass. The removable silicone cap pulls double duty—adding flair while protecting your precious home bar from water rings.
3. Chalkboard Beer Mug ($20): Besides being killer DIY inspiration, these chalkboard beer mugs make excellent icebreakers. We’ll take a case of these for Brit HQ!
5. The Very Many Varieties of Beer Pint Glass ($12): Get schooled on where you favorite brews fall into place in the beer world while you sip. This infographic-adorned pint glass is great for any budding connoisseur.
6. Beer Shot Glass Two Pack ($19): Practical, convenient, and designed to get you hella tipsy. We endorse this product :)
7. Oversized Freezer Stein ($12): Plastic pitchers are such a drag: pop this gynormous mug into the freezer a few hours before the party starts to ensure your bevvies are ice cold and pour to the delight of your guests.
8. Get Awesome Pint Glass ($8): Sure, that’s what we ALL say ;)
9. Sliced Cold Beer Glasses ($70): Staring at this sliced beer glass is like having beer goggles on 24/7. It’s a modern design that’s sure to turn heads.
10. Homebrew Beer Can Glasses Personalized Set of 4 ($40): These personalized mugs are sure to enamor home brewers and drinking buddies alike. Their cool can shape makes these customizable mugs easy to drink and clean—they’re totally dishwasher safe.
11. Moustaches Glass Beer Mugs ($45): By now, these mustachioed beer mugs have to be considered a classic. Shovel out for a four-pack for your most mischievous hostess.
12. To-Go Beer Tumbler ($16): Forget flasks—this is your new fave house party companion. It’s hilarious and awesome that this beer bottle-shaped travel tumbler comes with a lid. Whoever thought up that add on deserves a raise.
13. Periodic BeEr Glass ($8): Science doesn’t lie. We can just sense chemistry nerds and Breaking Bad fans everywhere geeking out right now.
14. Das Boot Beer Glass ($15): The one. The only. The beer boot. Standing a foot high (ha, no for reals), we recommend using two hands to drink from this monster shoe.
15. Portuguese Beer Glass ($9): The sleek design of this authentic Portuguese beer glass has us swooning. It’s also great incentive to start exploring European brews.
16. Handblown Beer Glasses ($44): Missing your fraternity bros? Channel their collegiate charm with these easy goin’ etched beer glasses.
17. Dual Beer Glass Set of 4 ($125): Can’t decide between a pint of stout or lager? Why not have both in the same glass? What a clever (and impeccably finished) dual design!
18. Finished Already? Pint Glass ($8): LOL. This joke will never not be funny.
Do your must have beer mugs channel a party vibe or take a sleek turn? Which from this roundup are your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.
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