Around the World in 6 Sexy Valentines
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 For some of us, these core Valentine's traditions are our idea of heaven; for others, they're outdated clichés that should be avoided at all costs.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!
In Japan, February 14th is all about the boys! Japanese women present the important men in their life with special chocolates that they've made themselves as a token of their esteem, with the gents reciprocating the gesture on the 14th March.
Rather than losing your temper with tempering, why not treat your chosen one to a sensual and tasty massage courtesy of the Luxuria Chocolate Edible Warming Massage and Stimulating Gel (£12.99)?
During the era of the Australian gold rush, newly affluent miners looked for elaborate and expensive valentines to send to their significant others. Many of these took the form of perfumed cushions covered in shells, flowers, embroidery - and even the occasional stuffed bird.
Instead of an ex-parrot on a pillow, why not amp up your Valentine's fun with the Liberator Wedge (£89.99)? This padded position-enhancing cushion lifts your partner's hips for more precise clitoral contact and deeper penetration.
Rather than professing their love on the 14th February, the Welsh opt to celebrate St Dwynwen's Day on the 25th January. On this day, couples give each other a traditional love spoon to mark the occasion, with designs ranging from simple wood carvings to intricate precious metals.
If you've got enough cherished cutlery, however, then sex up your gift-giving with the luxurious spoon-shaped curves of the Jimmyjane FORM 3 Luxury USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator (£89.99).
4. South Korea
Similar to the Japanese, Korean women choose to honour their men with gifts on the 14th February, with men returning the favour on March 14th (or 'White Day', as it's known). However, the celebrations don't stop there, with the 14th of almost every month marking a different kind of love.
An old Valentine's tradition in France was une loterie d'amour, or "drawing for love", in which men and women would enter the house opposite them, and take turns calling out for one another until they were paired off.
If you and your partner are looking for a different kind of gamble to get what you want in the bedroom, take it in turns to discover the steamy instructions hidden in the Behind Closed Doors His & Hers Scratch Cards Game (£6.99) for fiery bedroom fun.
Known in Guatemala as El Día del Cariño, Valentine's Day is a celebration of love between friends and family as well as couples, and many people in Guatemala City choose to dress up in feathered masks and costumes to take part in the Old Love Parade.If you'd like to add a touch of pageantry and mystique to your bedroom antics, why not make like the Guatemalans and slip into the Fifty Shades of Grey Masks On Masquerade Masks (£19.99) for enigmatic 'stranger' role play?
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