• The Minna Ola - a programmable toy that doesn't need a computerIt’s a challenge for sex toy manufacturers to come up with an innovative idea that sets it apart from its competitors in the fierce sex toy market.

    Luxury sex toy manufacturers are challenged with providing bigger, better things than those in the middle range and therefore their toys tend to come under much closer scrutiny, meaning they’ll often either sail or fail.

    It’s always great to be able to report that a sex toy has lived up to the hype and this week's Awesome Sex Toy has certainly proven itself.

    The Minna Ola Programmable Vibe (£119.99) is the first programmable luxury vibrator. It has the now-standard uniform of a waterproof silicone finish and rechargeable battery built in, but it also has functioning tech that differentiates it from other luxury vibrators in the market and allows you to create a totally personalised experience.

    No difficult programming required!

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    Bum fun. Backdoor loving. Anal play. If you’re into it you’ll know just how much fun sticking something in the wrong ‘un can be. If you hadn’t guessed, this week's Awesome Sex Toy of the Week is dedicated to discovering the pleasures of anal sex and foreplay - just the way you want it. It does seem that until recently there was only so much you can do with the humble butt plug...

    Cue the Mystim Flexing Flavio Silicone Butt Plug (£39.99). Unlike flexible (and trimmable) anal beads, Flexing Flavio offers a solid shaft for firmer stimulation. Unlike other silicone butt plugs, Flexing Flavio has a flexible shaft that bends in all manner of ways to assure that you get exactly the right pressure, shape and sensations you want. Check out the video for proof!

    Bedroom Kandi Happiness & Joy Music Activated Rechargeable VibratorIn my time at Lovehoney I’ve seen every type of rabbit vibrator - curvy ones, straight ones, dolphin-shaped ones, spiky ones, huge ones, slimline ones and everything-in-between ones. It’s very rarely that a rabbit vibe pops up that creates a genuine buzz of intrigue at LH HQ, but this week’s Awesome Sex Toy of the Week, the Bedroom Kandi Happiness & Joy Music-Activated Rabbit Vibrator (£60.00), is definitely an exception.

    I'm betting you’ll soon find yourself with a slight sex toy crush as well.

    So why is this rabbit vibrator is so foot-stampingly amazing? It's sleek and smooth, fully rechargeable and (this is the really amazing part) it dances rhythmically in time with your favourite music, playing its good vibrations in time to your tunes...

    Valentine’s day is simple enough in principle. Flowers, chocolates and some expensive wine and you have it all wrapped up. Far from seeing Valentine’s day as a contrived labour one has to follow through with in order to prove their love, I see it as a chance to strengthen the emotional and physical bond you have with a partner. With that in mind, all things pink, red and fluffy are never going to be my idea of the perfect Valentine’s gift, although the thought is always appreciated.

    February 14th is supposed to be the most romantic and intimate day of the year for you and your partner, so think carefully before you proudly march home with your garage bouquet and chocolate box. After all it’s not just your partner you’re depriving of the true meaning of Valentine’s day, its rewards are there to be reaped for both of you.

    Instead of worrying about buying a gift for your partner, why not focus on giving them an experience? Even on a limited budget you can create the ideal Valentine’s Day package that not only shows your love, it demonstrates it in a hands-on way.

    This week's Awesome Sex Toy is being replaced by a romantic experience that’s also fun. I’d like to present to enquiring minds the Shunga Oriental Body Slide Erotic Massage Gels (£10.00).

    Is your love in full bloom or is your heart under the heel of some evil heatbreaker’s shoe? If you have someone to spoil this Valentine’s Day, then why not treat him to a cheeky sex toy that won’t break the bank, leaving plenty of pennies left over for a fancy meal or something else that will make his day.

    If you’re a single man, then spend those Valentine’s reserves on making February 14th that much more fun for you. After all, to truly find love you have to love yourself, and what better way to love yourself than with a sex toy?

    Regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, indulgence cums quick and easy (literally) in the form of this week's Awesome Sex Toy, the TENGA Egg Limited Edition Lovers Heart (£9.99).

    Ran Amano Japanese Sex Doll - Sexy Fun Times Wow!Japanese animation (anime) is playing a bigger part in Western culture and now makes up a reasonable percentage of televisual viewing in the USA and Europe. Colourful, fun and crazy, the wide eyed and small nosed characters of anime have been dubbed in a multitude of languages, making them universally recognisable as culture figures.

    Chasing monsters, going on adventures and generally being pretty awesome, anime characters are aspirational, appealing and great fun to emulate.

    Perhaps we can thank mainstream anime for the increased interest in Hentai, a sexualised form of anime depicting anything from a raunchy romp between two lovers to space-age sex bots capable of changing gender at will and doing unspeakable things with tentacles.

    Animated porn is no longer the reserve of comic book fans, it’s gone mainstream and it’s getting bigger.

    As all Lovehoney customers know, where there’s a kink there’s a product. Taking Hentai fanaticism to one level above non-functional Dakimakura pillows is this week's Awesome Sex Toy...

    Ran Amano Japanese Blow Up Sex Doll

    J&D's Baconlube Bacon Flavoured Lubricant 57mlBaconlube - it's umami for your salami!

    We humans are incredibly varied individuals and contrary to the proverb, what’s good for the goose isn't always good for the gander, not directly anyway. When discussing your turn ons with your partner you won’t be surprised to find that you don’t just like having different buttons pushed, you in fact have different buttons all together.

    But what if their buttons are slightly more... oblong than you’re used to?

    What would you say if your partner paused mid passion to whisper sweetly in your ear; “I want to slather you with bacon and eat it off of you?”

    Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan this request is likely to stop you dead in your tracks. There can’t be that many people who share such a niche erotic desire to be smeared with bacon... can there?

    If that’s so, why in the name of all that is sexy does J&D’s Baconlube exist?

    Pipedream Extreme Deep Throat Masturbation StationRealistic oral sex toys are among the best-selling sex toys for men at Lovehoney but getting it right can be a tricky issue. Sex dolls don’t always cut it as they tend to have heads full of air and lack sufficient pressure. Realistic flesh although weighty can be a little too wobbly to handle smoothly. There needs to be a happy medium between the two. Thanks to my favourite kinksters Pipedream Extreme, you can now experience flawless fellatio without a partner with the eloquently named Masturbation Station (£140.00).

    If you’re looking at the photo thinking it looks familiar, it may be that your little sister had something similar in her toy box. This oral sex simulator has been modelled on the hairdresser dummy and even has heat-styleable hair. In place of the usual hard plastics though is soft and squishy FantaFlesh. This soft and fleshy material extends into her mouth and down into her 6-inch-deep ribbed throat. Push past her lips and you’ll be amazed at how well she stretches to accommodate your length and girth for an incredible deep throat sensation.

    Despite the soft composition of her skin, the whole unit is incredibly solid and the best part of this innovative male sex toy is the sucker base. You can mount this head on any hard surface you like for gratification at any angle complete with obligatory head bobbing - something I’ve not seen on any other sex doll. The finishing touch is a pair of eyes that close shut when you tilt her head back.

    A sucker-mounted deep throat dolly that allows you to practice your hair and make-up skills? Awesome!

    Santa's a Swinger! Festive Sex Toy of the WeekIt’s almost Christmas! Hopefully you’ve done the majority of your Christmas present shopping by now and therefore won’t be braving the cold streets to rifle through the trashed and discounted Xmas tat to find something (anything!) that you can pop a bow on and call a gift.

    If you’ve been following Festive Sex Toy of the Week you’ll have noticed that I’ve covered bondage, sex games, his pleasure and her pleasure in previous weeks. My final Festive Sex Toy is a special sexy gift for couples to enjoy.

    Earlier in the year I chose the Sex Swing Frame as an Awesome Sex Toy of the Week because it’s ideal for couples who are renting a property or want a more inconspicuous way to enjoy the sex swing experience.

    However a frame and separate sex swing make for a pricey investment that is a little too rich for many tastes, especially if you’re not wholly convinced that a sex swing will be a big enough enhancement to your love life to warrant spending that much money on a set-up.

    If you want to get a taster for sex swings without breaking the bank or drilling into ceiling beams then the Sportsheets Sex Swing Door Jam Kit is the gift you should give to your sex life this Christmas...

    Big Colouring Book of VaginasWe’re well into advent now so hopefully your sexy Christmas shopping is going to plan.

    If you’re still stuck for ideas, then you’re going to love this festive blog.

    In an unconventional twisty turn, this festive gift guide is designed to show you how NOT to shop for your partner this Christmas.

    If you've read the Lovehoney Sexy Christmas Gift Guides you'll be sorted, but you’d be surprised at just how wrong some people get it...

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