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11 Geeky Engagement Ring Boxes

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While the most important part of an engagement proposal is the love shared between the couple, the ring is also pretty important, and if you’re going to give someone something that special, you might as well put it in a great box. These engagement ring boxes are perfect for anyone ready to settle down with the geeky person of his or her dreams.

1. TARDIS

Practically all Whovians fantasize about either being the Doctor or getting to be one of his companions. When Offbeat Bride reader Anthropolywog’s boyfriend hid an engagement ring in a TARDIS box and then asked her, “Will you be my companion?” the only way she could possibly answer was by saying, "With all my heart through all of time!"

2. Wall-E

Most geek girls would be touched just to receive such an incredible-looking replica of the world’s most romantic robot, Wall-E, but when they discovered that his center console opens up to reveal an engagement ring, that’s when the sparks would really fly. This was The Model Maker’s first attempt at making an engagement ring box, and I would say he pretty much nailed it.

3. Toy Story

What better way to tell your future fiancé, “You’ve got a friend in me,” than proposing to her with a Toy Story engagement ring box? Once again, The Model Maker presumably made a geek girl very happy.

4. The Mad Hatter

It’s hard to decide on a favorite engagement ring box by The Model Maker when he has so many amazing custom creations. In this one, for example, the Mad Hatter is bent down, seemingly offering a cup of tea, but when you remove his big green hat, there’s a smaller green hat underneath with an engagement ring in it.

5. Up!

The Model Maker also made an engagement ring box based on the house from Up! and while it is indeed impressive, it lacks the balloons and the whole "up" aspect. Paul Pape was later commissioned to make a ring box based on The Model Maker’s and his decision to take things one step further by showing the house floating through the air made the entire thing really pop—though fortunately, not the balloons holding the house up.

6. The Muppets

Paul Pape didn’t stop with the Up! house, though. He also created an amazing engagement box designed to look like The Muppet Show theater. While everything about the design is pretty impressive, perhaps the most amazing feature of the box is the fact that the tiny stage’s footlights actually light up.

7. Gearing Up

If you’re ready to be with someone for the rest of your life, then it seems appropriate to give them the key to your heart—or to a lovely jewelry box that hides a mechanical device that can only be opened with said key. Of course, when the key does open the box, an engagement ring is revealed. Reddit user Curtisabrina spent more than 200 hours to prepare this for his girlfriend.

8. Iron Man

Eddie Zarick’s girlfriend is a huge comic book fan and is particularly big on Iron Man. So Eddie made her a special light-up arc reactor knowing she’d be thrilled with the gift—especially when she discovered the engagement ring inside.

9. Portal

Everyone loves a good companion cube, particularly this one by DeviantArt user risusan with an engagement ring inside, offering a lifetime of companionship.

10. Mario Question Block

In the Mario universe, you never know what you’ll get when you hit a question block (until you’ve already played the level that is), but it’s almost always something good. That’s why this is such a great engagement ring box. If your girl is a gamer, then she’ll automatically know something good is going to happen when you give her this Question Block box by Etsy seller emmadreamstar.

11. Death Star

When Rock N’ Roll Bride featured Jane and Neil’s wedding, the photos of Jane’s purple dress, the Mario-themed wedding cake, and the arcade cabinet used to hold the seating chart all went viral fast. One thing most people overlooked, though, was the adorable Death Star ring box the couple used to hold their wedding bands before the ceremony. Technically this was a wedding ring box, not an engagement ring box, but it’s certainly close enough to count.

Have any of you Flossers ever had a particularly cool ring box (whether or not it was for an engagement ring)?

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Target Expands Its Clothing Options to Fit Kids With Special Needs
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For kids with disabilities and their parents, shopping for clothing isn’t always as easy as picking out cute outfits. Comfort and adaptability often take precedence over style, but with new inclusive clothing options, Target wants to make it so families don’t have to choose one over the other.

As PopSugar reports, the adaptive apparel is part of Target’s existing Cat & Jack clothing line. The collection already includes items made without uncomfortable tags and seams for kids prone to sensory overload. The latest additions to the lineup will be geared toward wearers whose disabilities affect them physically.

Among the 40 new pieces are leggings, hoodies, t-shirts, bodysuits, and winter jackets. To make them easier to wear, Target added features like diaper openings for bigger children, zip-off sleeves, and hidden snap and zip seams near the back, front, and sides. With more ways to put the clothes on and take them off, the hope is that kids and parents will have a less stressful time getting ready in the morning than they would with conventionally tailored apparel.

The new clothing will retail for $5 to $40 when it debuts exclusively online on October 22. You can get a sneak peek at some of the items below.

Adaptive jacket from Target.
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Adaptive apparel from Target.

Adaptive apparel from Target.

Adaptive apparel from Target.

[h/t PopSugar]

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Why Do Shorts Cost as Much as Pants?
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Shorts may feel nice and breezy on your legs on a warm summer’s day, but they’re not so gentle on your wallet. In general, a pair of shorts isn’t any cheaper than a pair of pants, despite one obviously using less fabric than the other. So what gives?

It turns out clothing retailers aren’t trying to rip you off; they’re just pricing shorts according to what it costs to produce them. Extra material does go into a full pair of pants but not as much as you may think. As Esquire explains, shorts that don’t fall past your knees may contain just a fifth less fabric than ankle-length trousers. This is because most of the cloth in these items is sewn into the top half.

Those same details that end up accounting for most of the material—flies, pockets, belt loops, waist bands—also require the most human labor to make. This is where the true cost of a garment is determined. The physical cotton in blue jeans accounts for just a small fraction of its price tag. Most of that money goes to pay the people stitching it together, and they put in roughly the same amount of time whether they’re working on a pair of boot cut jeans or some Daisy Dukes.

This price trend crops up across the fashion spectrum, but it’s most apparent in pants and shorts. For example, short-sleeved shirts cost roughly the same as long-sleeved shirts, but complicated stitching in shirt cuffs that you don’t see in pant legs can throw this dynamic off. There are also numerous invisible factors that make some shorts more expensive than nearly identical pairs, like where they were made, marketing costs, and the brand on the label. If that doesn’t make spending $40 on something that covers just a sliver of leg any easier to swallow, maybe check to see what you have in your closet before going on your next shopping spree.

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