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.
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.
When you're picking out the perfect sex toy, what it looks like often plays a huge part in your selection process.
Sure, we may all long for a bulgingly-veined, intricately-detailed flesh-tone dildo with bulbous balls, or a velvety-soft vulva in a tube, but should you accidentally forget to close a drawer or have one of those snoopy roommates, they're not the most… discreet of items.
While we believe no one should be ashamed of masturbating or using sex toys (after all, as Jim's dad would say in American Pie, "It's a perfectly natural, normal thing"), we also appreciate that letting your freak flag quite so blatantly isn't always appropriate.
So, in the name of incognito intimate explorers everywhere, we've gathered this collection of sensational sex toys and accessories that look nothing like you (or anyone else) would expect them to.
Let's just say, if discretion is the better part of valour, then these sex toys are your erotic Knights of the Round Table.
Chances, are, by now, you think you know your bra size. But when did you last get measured, or measure yourself?
We've all heard that up to 90% of women are wearing the incorrect size, which, given the implied health risks, is a little concerning.
Even a little weight loss or gain can affect which size you are, and with very, very few people remaining the same size and shape for their entire adult lives, chances are you could have changed and not even noticed. We recommend checking your bra size at least once a year.
Luckily, you don’t need a professional lingerista to burst into your house, waving a tape measure: we’ve got some expert top tips right here to allow you to do it yourself, simply and easily.
Above: Find out how to find your bra size at home in this video from lingerie expert, Sammi Cole.
The original penis casting kit, Clone-A-Willy has been around for over a decade now, bringing silicone penis replicas to bedrooms everywhere. Featuring all the ingredients and (almost) everything you need to reproduce your pint-size pal in vibrator form, this kit is a popular make-and-do project with couples all over the world. Just add water (and your penis!) to create a shaking take on your very own member.
While your first impression might be to dismiss it as a giggle-at-first-sight gimmick, there are actually several unique benefits the Clone-A-Willy offers in addition to its side-splitting novelty value. This guide takes you through the process of using a Clone-A-Willy kit and explains why you and your partner might want to try one.
Lots of men decide to try using a penis pump to achieve a larger manhood in minutes. Bathmate penis pumps use the power of water to help you achieve a bigger length and girth. Frequent use of a Bathmate pump in the bath or shower leads to bigger penis, and many men report enhanced erections and increased stamina to boot.
This guide explains how Bathmate penis enlargers work and help you choose the best pump for your needs.
What is a ball gag? A gag is a type of bondage equipment designed to muffle the submissive partner during BDSM play. Although there are many different types of gags, ball gags are by far the most popular. While many couples are intimidated by gags at first, after trying it out they often find it adds an exciting edge to Dominance and submission play.
Ball gags come in several different styles and offer varying levels of restraint. It's important you choose the right gag for you as some are great for beginners, while others are best suited to advanced S&M explorers.
Above: Learn more about ball gags, but gags and more with Jess Wilde's video guide.
Lots of couples want to explore new ways to excite their partner and stimulate each other's senses to their full potential during foreplay, but when you've already exhausted the tools Mother Nature gave you, it can be difficult to know what to move on to next.
Experimenting with sensory play such as erotic massage, temperature play and light spanking is a great way to instantly turn up the heat on your pleasure. If you're brand new to this kind of play, you might like to start with something a little less intimidating, like a feather tickler.
Unlike other types of sensory exploration which can require a certain level of skill or confidence, feather ticklers are the perfect balance between invitingly soft and excitingly new, whilst still being wonderfully easy to use.
Above: Not sure why you should try a feather tickler? Our resident bondage-expert, Jess Wilde, runs through her top 5 reasons to tickle as you tease in this video.
Flowers, chocolates and cards are all very well and good, but if you're looking for a sexy Valentine's gift to really impress your wife or girlfriend, you've come to the right place.
Whether she’s a confident sex-toy user or you’re looking to treat her to her first pleasure product, we’ve got a whole host of toys in every size, shape and colour she could possibly desire.
If you're looking for something small to start off with, a bullet vibrator could be perfect. They fit neatly into purses, handbags and travel cases, and are ideal for solo play whilst being incredibly easy to slip between you in moments of passion for some extra thrills.