The 40 Strangest Valentine’s Gifts Ever
As much as we love finding those super special somethings for our super special someones, how could we resist turning this gift-giving holiday into an excuse to curate the weird, the strange, and the bacon-flavored? This Valentine’s Day, give your best friend, your coworker, or your partner a totally weird gift that they’ll instantly Instagram, guffaw about, and love you for. It’s like a White Elephant Gift Guide for February 14th!
1. Oversized Faux Paws, Set of Two ($38): Love getting cozy with furry friends? So much that you want to become one…?
2. Money Bean Bag ($98): For your favorite old moneybags.
3. Bacon Jelly Beans ($6): We cannot possibly imagine these tasting good, but we’ll give them the old college try.
5. Panda Party Bean Bag Chair ($160): Sitting on a spherical panda is too weird to be cute.
6. Painless Piercings ($2): The ’90s called, they want their ear cuffs back.
7. Ask Me About My Zombie Disguise ($33): The perfect excuse for the exhibitionist in your life to take their top off, over and over again.
8. Mullet On-the-Go Wig ($5): Available in medium length wavy or long sort of stringy varieties.
9. Heart of Gold Metallic Plush ($39): Okay okay, we’ll admit that this stuffed heart is pretty darn cute.
10. Morphsuit ($30): Get a couple of these and get really, really weird on Valentine’s Day.
11. Tattoo Notebook ($13): Thinking about getting some matching ink? Sketch it out in this body part-filled notebook before you go under the needle.
12. 2 Carat Cup ($13): If you’re not ready to put a ring on it, you can at least put a ring cup on it?
13. Bacon Sticky Tie ($5): If a Post-It Note, bacon, and a necktie had a crazy night out together, this stick-on tie might be the result.
14. Rubber Chicken Purse ($42): Don’t be such a chicken about it.
15. Pug Face Shirt ($19): Giant animal faces that you can wear are always a hit.
16. Creepy Horse Man Hand Puppet ($17): As if Horse Head costumes weren’t creepy enough… we recently discovered a Horse Man Hand Puppet. Wow.
17. Oversized Inflatable Tiger ($300): Always dreamed of being Jasmine and Aladdin? Or perhaps Mike Tyson? Then you obviously need this tiger.
18. Duff Beer 24-Pack ($50): Throw a Simpsons-themed rager and impress everyone you know.
19. Coq Au Vin Bottle Stopper ($3): We kind of love this quirky colorful stopper.
20. Cat Doorstop ($33): Cat got your… door?
21. Hot Dog Leash ($12): O.M.G. This is the best leash ever.
22. Purr Your Heart Into It Cat Pajamas ($24): But why? Why does your cat need pajamas? Is it just so you can say the old-timey “he really is the cat’s pajamas” expression over and over again?
23. Blushing Bridle Wedding Cake Toppers ($15): These extremely creepy horse toppers would actually make a pretty hilarious anniversary present.
24. EMT Lunch Bag ($24): Ahhh! Imagine seeing this in your office fridge.
25. Wilson Cast Away Volleyball ($22): For the lonely hearts, Wilson is always here to keep you company.
26. Hello Kitty Roller Skates ($199): Go for a nostalgia double whammy in the form of these hot rollers.
27. Dog Butt Magnets ($12): Magnets, in dog butt form. Why not?
28. Finger Candle, Pack of Five ($14): No. Just… no. But wait, can I get your digits? ;)
29. Heart Gelatin Mold ($7): Imagine the finger candles IN a heart-shaped mound of Jello? It’s so weird that it’s perfect.
30. Batstache ($6): It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s batstache!
31. T-Rex Wall Sculpture ($89): We need this in our office, like, yesterday.
32. First Aid Coffee Cup ($15): To go with your EMT lunch bag, a first aid mug.
33. Beer Belt ($16): It’s not the most romantic accessory you can give, but it certainly is practical.
34. Das Horn Drinking Vessel ($30): It’s a horn-shaped drinking vessel that you can hang around your neck. Done and done.
35. Pac-Man Color Changing Ghost Lamp ($70): Okay this is seriously awesome! You can change the colors with an itty bitty remote.
36. Giant Googly Eyes ($10): Turn anything in your home into a googly-eyed monster.
37. Cupcake Floss ($3): This is taking your love of cupcakes way too far.
38. Devil Inside Sriracha Chocolate Bar ($8): Cue INXS and spice up your sweet tooth.
39. Sea-Nic Adventures ($250): We have one of these in the office just waiting for a totally ridiculous photo shoot.
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