Say Yes to These 15 Non-Traditional Proposal Ring Boxes
Looking to take your proposal up a notch? A creative ring box that speaks to you as a couple is such a sweet and sentimental way to make the moment true to you. Take a cue from these unique proposal boxes and you’ll have a keepsake to commemorate the day for years to come. You can even use these boxes to store sentimental jewels long after the engagement ring has found its forever home on your love’s hand, or bring them out again to store your wedding bands for the big day.
1. Clouds and Currents Personalised Proposal Ring Box ($21): Searching for the sweetest way to ask for his or her hand? Keep it straightforward with a little round box that simply asks, “Marry me?”
2. Little Wood Cottage Proposal Box ($22): Ideal for the vintage-loving romantic, this little wooden box is wrapped with lace and adorned with a brass heart on top for an heirloom-worthy appeal.
3. Oh Dier Living Pixie Box ($55): For the fiancé-to-be who adores color, this well-crafted wood box, with its artisanal angles and eye-catching color options, teases the beauty that’s inside. Opt for engraving with your beloved’s name, and bonus points if you match the exterior to the ring’s stone color.
4. Woodstorming Faceted Wood Box ($94) and 5. Chalk Concrete Geometric Ring Dish ($50): Become an early adopter of the minimalist wedding trend and conceal the prized bauble in a geometric faceted box with a smooth exterior.
6. The Mrs. Box The Fairfax ($75): For a luxurious proposal, these French velvet ring boxes are a must-have. With a rainbow of hues and the option to customize with a gilded initial, this proposal box is its own little treasure.
7. BHLDN Ring Display Box ($18) and 8. Waen Geometric Terrarium Ring Box ($40): If you’re looking for a more organic way to pop the question, a terrarium ring box lets you customize down to the material the ring rests on. Display the prized possession amongst tiny succulents, soft flower petals or heart-shaped confetti.
9. Chambre de Sucre Macaron Limoge Trinket Boxes ($10): Talk about the *sweetest* way to propose. You can choose from six scrumptious “flavors” of this French macaron box with a gold rim.
10. Roar + Rabbit Marble Jewelry Box ($34+): For a whimsical mid-century modern approach, pop the question with this marble and wood box. The geometric brass inlay design mimics the shape of the ring’s stone and would make a great storage box for years to come.
11. Morgann Hill Designs Personalized Wood Ring Box ($23): How adorable is this nod to the romantic gesture of carving your initials into a tree? It also makes an eco-friendly option for the perfect rustic-influenced symbol of your everlasting love.
12. Dazzling Expressions Art Deco Ring Box ($23): For a Gatsby-approved proposal, look no further than this elegant wooden box painted with your initials and finished with a vintage-inspired golden clasp.
13. My Wed Style Woodland Personalized Wedding Ring Box ($35): A clear engagement ring box with personalized engraving provides endless options for further customizing your proposal. Fill it with petals from your beloved’s favorite flower or dried lavender for a sweetly scented moment.
14. Vault of Wonder Rupee Engagement Ring Box ($60): For the couple that loves to play games, this Legend of Zelda-inspired 3D-printed rupee box will make you the biggest winner of all.
15. Bespoke Laser UK Engraved Engagement Ring Box ($19): Commemorate your engagement date with an engraved ring box offset by organic laurel branches. Include your engagement date in the design, and add the wedding date after your fiancé says yes.
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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