• With Valentine's Day fast approaching (the kinky sister of Christmas) and couples buying gifts for each other left, right and centre, what better time of year to try something new in the bedroom?

    However, no matter what time of year, broaching the subject of adding something new to bedroom play can be somewhat tricky. Some partner's might feel inadequate for your needs, judged by their interests or not really understand the benefits of sex toys yet.

    A great way to open the discussion is to ask your lover if you can do anything to make sex better for them, or talk to them about activities you find arousing during masturbation to help them to open up.

    We've broken down the four stages of exploring sex toys within your relationhip to make it easy for you. Just work out which level you're at now, and follow our guidelines for what and how to try something new.

    Most importantly, always respect your partner's wishes and never be offended if there's something they really don't want to try.

    Valentine's Love Letter Giveaway

    As you might be able to tell, we're pretty excited for Valentine's Day.

    In just over two weeks, couples across the land will spend the day (or weekend) fussing over each other and, most probably, getting down and dirty. What's not to love?*

    Taking inspiration from Willy Wonka, we'll be popping love letters, which also happen to be gift vouchers, in customer orders at random from now until Valentine's Day.

    There's £1000 worth of gift vouchers to be won and they can even be given as a Valentine's present. We promise not to tell anyone you got it for free.

    If you're lucky enough to find a voucher in your next order, you can Tweet us with the hashtag #HappierValentines.

    It would be great to see where they've all gone (plus, it would be a relief to know they haven't all ended up in the bin by accident).

    Good luck on your next Lovehoney purchase!

    Valentine's Day as a Singleton

    If the thought of spending Valentine's Day on your own fills you with pink, fluffy, heart-shaped dread, have no fear - we have compiled a list of ways to win at Valentine's as a lone wolf.

    For many singles, Valentine's is just another horrible reminder of relationships gone awry. But for those of you who are at peace with your current situation, Valentine's can be the perfect time to celebrate love in general - whether it is love for yourself, love for your friends or love for your family.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine's as a singleton, so it's time to stop wallowing in self-pity and make this the best V Day yet.

    Why should couples have all the fun?

    Above: Watch the Lovehoney ladies in their Kix'ies challenge.

    If you find yourself constantly yanking up your tights, respositioning your stockings, or clinging onto your hold-ups for dear life, then it's (thigh) high time you considered grabbing yourself a pair of Kix'ies.

    Hailing from the USA, Kix'ies Thigh Highs are a fun, retro-inspired brand of hold-up stockings that look amazing, feel sublime - and actually stay put!

    Sized by height, weight, and thigh circumference rather than dress size for the finest fit, they're topped with three slim strips of silicone that keep them holding firm all day long.

    Given their tons of glowing customer reviews, I thought it was about time that we put Kix'ies to the test, and with the help of Jess, Sally, and Tilly, put them through their paces in a gruelling day at the Lovehoney warehouse.

    The results? Well, you'll have to take a look to find out!

    Scroll down to see the top reasons why you should add a pair (or five) of Kix'ies to your hosiery collection, and to see our complete range.

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    Flowers. Milk Tray. A candlelit dinner. For some of us, these core Valentine's traditions are our idea of heaven; for others, they're outdated clichés that should be avoided at all costs.

    So, what should you do if you're struggling for new inspiration this February 14th? Look to the rest of the world for ideas, of course!

    From Japan, to France, to Guatamala, we've (figuratively) scoured the globe to see how our closest (and furthest) neighbours choose to show their love during the springtime celebrations, and come up with 6 fun and exciting new Lovehoney takes on these global traditions.

    Got any exciting Valentine's traditions of your own? Don't forget to share them in the comments below!

    For years, it's been the way of the world that ladies have had a huge range of different bedroom lingerie and clothing to tease and titillate their lovers, whilst the gents have had to make do with a trusty pair of black boxers or designer briefs. Hardly fair, is it?

    But if you (like us) think that it was high time this was changed, why not grab your man some sensual underwear as an extra-special gift? If you don't know where to start, we've come up with our top tips to help you choose the perfect briefs or boxers to keep him feeling sexy, happy, and confident in (and out) of the bedroom.

    Above: Not sure where to begin when it comes to underwear shopping? Watch resident lingerie pro, Sammi Cole, tell you everything you need to know in this video.

    "Six Months Later..." Sex Toy Review of the MonthWe love reading your first impressions of Lovehoney products, but there's something impressive about a sex toy review that has been written after copious amounts of testing. That's why we were delighted to cast our eyes over Chastitysubman's thoughts on the CB-6000S Short Male Chastity Cage Kit, penned after six months of use.

    Review of the Month

    "We realise that chastity isn't for everyone, but this toy has improved our relationship hugely. It is a talking point with our more liberal friends, some say never in a million years, a few have bought one or a similar thing, at one party the key was sealed bid charity auctioned. The winner waited a week to claim her prize!" Read the full review.

    Congratulations to subman for being chosen as our reviewer of the month - a £100 Lovehoney gift voucher is one its way to you! Read on below to see if you were a runner up, and remember to submit your review now to be entered into our next competition.

    Model of the Month

    Sexy lingerie makes the model inside us all come out to play, which is why we love seeing your sexy dress-up snaps. Each month we choose our favourite user-uploaded photo to win a £100 gift card to spend at Lovehoney.

    This month's winner is Dolly Rocks, who is pictured modelling the beautiful Oh La La Cheri Bandage Bra and Skirt Set (£24.99). We love her elegant pose which shows off the figure-hugging lingerie perfectly, while her make-up, tattoos and stilettos add a glam rock feel to the edgy photo.

    Fancy being our next Model of the Month? Read on below to find out how to get involved...

    Sex Appeal 5 Brook Charity Comedy Benefit

    The biggest comedy benefit of the year is back and it's sexier than ever. Sex Appeal, now in its fifth year, is set to open 2016 with a bang (wink wink) and we're very proud to be supporting the event for the fourth year running.

    Hosted by the magnificent Shappi Khorsandi, the star-studded annual comedy event showcases the very best of stand-up to raise money for the young people's sexual health charity Brook.

    Brook is the UK's largest young people's sexual health charity. For 50 years, they have been providing sexual health services, support and advice to young people under the age of 25.

    The Sex Appeal 2016 line-up includes: Abigoliah Schamaun, Ava Vidal, Bec Hill, David Baddiel, David Mills, Gráinne Maguire, Nish Kumar, Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Sara Pascoe and Shazia Mirza.

    Lovehoney Wins UK Lingerie Award

    Back in November, you may remember us asking for your votes in the UK Lingerie Awards. We were nominated as the country's Favourite Lingerie Retailer, but we needed the votes of our loyal Lovehonians to win.

    And, guess what? WE WON!

    Thanks to you guys, we beat off stiff competition (phrasing) from the likes of Debenhams, Agent Provocateur, and Victoria's Secret to come out top as the most popular seller of sexy smalls in the country. Not too shabby.

    You'll also be pleased to hear that, as massive as 2015 was, 2016 is going to be even bigger, with lots of ultra-exciting new products coming up to keep you lovely people looking fabulous in (and out) of the bedroom.

    So a HUGE, 'Thank you' to every one of you who voted - we quite literally couldn't have done it without you.

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