So, you ask your special someone what they want for Christmas, and they give you this sweet-but-useless reply:
"Oh, anything honey. As long as I get to spend time with you..." (All together now... Aaaaawww.)
Sound familiar? Never fear - Lovehoney is here!
With over a decade of experience selling sex toys at Christmas, we know a thing or two about the toys will have you both Rocking Around the Chistmas Tree, but which one is best for your relationship?
To help you decide, and to take the stress out of your Christmas shopping, we've compiled a 7-question gift finder. Simply answer each question to tell us a bit about your partner and we'll figure out (with utmost scientific accuracy) which of our best-selling couples toys is the perfect match for your perfect match.
Forget Silent Nights. Add a different kind of spice to your Christmas celebrations and get ready to have your bells well and truly jingled!
With the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey showing no signs of abating, and pioneering kinksters like Bettie Page soaring back into the limelight, couples all over the globe are opening their minds (and bedrooms) to bondage.
Couples often ask us how they can inject some kinky fun into their bedroom adventures while maintaining intimacy and romance. Understandably, for some couples, the hard leather and steel look just doesn't do it for them.
Realising that there's still quite a big jump in the product market from 'no bondage experience' to 'beginner's bondage', as well as a tendency for fetish styling to be a bit intimidating (even if the products themselves aren't) we decided to do something about it.
We're very happy to announce our new bondage brand, 'Tease by Lovehoney'; a range of sensual bondage products made from inviting materials and designed for absolutely anyone to use.
So whether you're new to bondage, or know your stuff but want to bring the romance back, read on to discover why Tease by Lovehoney is a perfect addition to your toy box.
As you can probably imagine, working for an online sex toy retailer (and the biggest in the UK, I might add) comes with some pretty interesting job responsibilities.
Between practicing orgasm faces with colleagues, deciding whether something is actually NSFW for other workplaces and writing 'To Do' lists that would make even Masters & Johnson blush, we still have a little time left for other fun (totally work related) things.
You may have noticed that Bondage Boutique has recently undergone a makeover and is now speckled with lots of lovely new images and a pair of brand spanking new models - literally!
Most of the the time, when you see photos of bondage gear it's a shot of the product on its own, which can make it hard to visualise the kit actually being used.
Alternatively, when bondage product images involve a model, they very often end up super pornographic. *Sigh*
So we were given the challenge to re-shoot our top-selling Bondage Boutique products on models without making it look like Lovehoney were branching out into 'adult DVDs', and with nothing to go on except our own (brilliant!) ideas.
The shoot lasted 3 days and, as Lovehoney's resident bondage expert, I was on hand to make sure each product was photographed in its best light, accurately, and that the models felt comfortable and safe.
To give you a little insight into my job and the general goings on at LHHQ, I've compiled some of my favourite behind the scenes outtakes for you to enjoy...
First and foremost, thank you for the fabulous response to our first edition of 'Fetish FAQs With Jess' which launched in July.
It's been a roaring success and I'm so so pleased that I've managed to help a few people out there in the real world - Kink-Wizard Level unlocked!
With the UK summer being as brilliant as ever (groan) it seems most of you have been keeping yourselves busy in the bedroom to pass the time (and get some privacy from the kids!) during the holidays.
In this week's instalment, I'm answering questions on how to find beginner's bondage gear, how to dominate your boyfriend, and how to balance romance and kink in the bedroom.
Not to mention I make some pretty sweet analogies about sex and food - and who doesn't love both of those things?
So if you're baffled by bondage, stumped by S&M or flustered by fetishes, read on to be enlightened.
Don't forget to add a comment with your kink query and your question could be answered next month.
A lot of you lovely readers will already know who I am, but for those of you who don't, let me introduce myself.
I'm Jess; Lovehoney's in-house Bondage Expert. With a background in burlesque, pin up modelling, fetish event promotion and being a bit of a pirate-goth hybrid, my transition to Bondage Expert has been pretty easy!
As you can probaby imagine, I see a fair share of niche products, and every day have something new and fantastic on my desk. It's through personal research, experience and a keen interest in all things unusual that have led me to learn a tonne about a wide range of fetishes.
Every week I get asked questions about bondage and kink, but there are some questions which crop up (grooaan!) more often than others. That's the inspiration for this blog.
Every month I'll be taking the most common (or most interesting!) questions and answering them here.
Got a burning question about bondage, S&M or another fetish? Comment below and your question could be answered in next month's blog.
Well, not quite, but crotchless knickers are close enough!
We received 150+ new user photos during March alone, and lots of you took this opportunity to get in the mood for spring and flaunt your floral favourites. Picking just one winner has been tricky, but we did it!
Model of the Month
Stealing the show this month is Keksit who is wearing the Ann Devine Lace Crotchless French Knickers (£5.00) and a sexy basque in her photo. Combining bright reds with contrasting black lace, this photo really pops and totally deserves the top prize of a £100 Lovehoney gift voucher. Congratulations!
Keksit's use of colour frames the image (and her bottom!) beautifully, while her angled pin-up pose manages to show off the crotchless gusset and protect her modesty at the same time - great work!
Keep reading to find out who we picked to win a sexy runner up prize this month...
The clocks have changed, the weather is (slowly) improving, and the scent of spring is in the air. With the Easter season just passed, it seems that fate has conspired to treat us to a fab bunny-based review for this month's top product review prize.
This month's winner of the £100 gift voucher this month is PleasantDisarray who road tested the Happy Rabbit 2 G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator. Move over March Hare, it's Happy Rabbit's time to shine!
PleasantDisarray explains what she loved about this vibrator, as well as offering tips on how to make the most of it (even when you live with housemates):
"To be honest, prior to trying this toy (and after about four years and a dozen toys I've owned before) I wasn't even sure I had a G-spot. This proved me wrong! The shape of the head and its position relative to the ears was absolutely perfect for hitting everything at once."
"I've discovered that its possible to have orgasms that don't have an end and just become the next level up of pleasure."
Check out PleasantDisarray's full review, and read on to find out who was selected as a runner up this month:
According to customer feedback, one of your favourite things about Lovehoney is our huge (122,000 and counting!) collection of impartial sex toy reviews, and we literally couldn't do it without you!
To say thank you for your diligent sex toy testing, we select our favourites every month to win an amazing prize.
This month's winner is JJohnson who has won a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher for their fantastic review of the Aneros Helix Syn Silicone Prostate Massager (£49.99).
"It slips in with remarkable ease and, due to it's scientifically designed shape, seems to dive into position like a well trained marine ready for action."
"For me, my first experience was fantastic. Did I experience a mega-O? I didn't. Did I experience multiple dry orgasms? No. But what I did experience was something I've never felt before that has changed my sexual self awareness forever..."
Read the rest of JJohnson's review to learn more about his life-changing sexual experience.
But it doesn't stop there. We've also selected our favourite runners up to win another exclusive Lovehoney prize...
New customers are always telling us how useful they find our product reviews, so to say thank you for all your hard work, every month we choose our favourite sex toy review to win a sexy prize!
This month's winner is slinkykinky who submitted this awesome review of the brand new Happy Rabbit 2 Natural USB Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator (£49.99).
"Although I have the 'natural' version and not the G-spot version, I found that it hit my G-spot with ease, bringing me to a mind-blowing, multiple orgasm within minutes - my husband is amazed at how fast I can climax with this toy and it has become something that we use together, as well as a little treat for me when I'm on my own."
"Without gushing too much (excuse the pun!), I absolutely love this toy. It looks amazing, it feels great, and it will give you the most amazing orgasms within minutes."
Thank you so much for your brilliant feedback slinkykinky. You've won a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher. Enjoy! Read slinkykinky's review in full.
Still looking for inspiration for that special Christmas gift? Continue reading to find out who won a runner up prize for this month, and which toy they rated (or hated!)
It's official... The countdown to Christmas is upon us and we're busy, busy, busy!
Thankfully, you lovely lot have still found time to submit your best photos modelling Lovehoney purchases, providing us with a much-needed break from seasonal preparation.
We've gone through all of the user-uploaded photos for November, and picked out our favourite ones featuring a Lovehoney purchase for this month's Model of the Month competition.
Our winner for November is margaret.t with this stunning photo of her wearing the Seven Til Midnight Fishnet Lace Top Thigh High Stockings (£5.99).
We love everything about this photo, from the pose, to the lighting, and the perfect crop which focuses attention on the lace top stockings and flogger.
For her 'cracking' work, margaret.t has won a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher to to treat herself this Christmas!
The submissions for November were so good, we couldn't pick just one winner. Read on to find out who was awarded a runner up prize this month...