For many of us, D.I.Y. is a term more often associated with tedious weekend trips to B&Q than something a lot more pleasurable.
However, 'doing it yourself' shouldn't just be reserved for trying to whip up a shelf with the ease of Nick Knowles on DIY SOS.
During the middle of any stressful period, I can't be the only who could do with a bit of help trying to relax after those long days, and unfortunately, giving up some of our precious time to have some fun with somebody else just isn't a priority.
However, that doesn't mean that we can't find some of that sexual happiness by ourselves.
If, like me, you'd benefit from a low-maintenance helping hand to put a smile on your face, have a look at four fabulous toys that are fit for the job.
A clit clamp is a simple sex toy designed to gently squeeze the clitoris and provide thrilling arousal without vibrations.
They can be worn during masturbation, foreplay and even sex, making them super-versatile. During wear they offer direct stimulation where you need it most, and when removed they leave the clitoris super-sensitive to subsequent touches.
You'll sometimes see clit clamps referred to by different names, such as clitoral clamps, clit jewellery, clit clips, pleasure clips, Cleopatra's clip, genital clamps or any variation of these, but don't worry. They're all the same thing.
One of the most popular, and best value, sex toys is the bullet vibrator. A great first choice vibe, a fantastic couple’s toy and an essential part of every girl’s toy collection, the bullet vibrator offers an intense pleasure for him or her.
A bullet vibrator is a small, external use, bullet shaped vibrator - typically used for clitoral stimulation. All bullet vibrators share the same three key features that make them the perfect choice for people looking start their bedroom explorations: they’re discreet, powerful and versatile.
If you’re new to bullet vibrators, or just thinking of adding a new one to your toy collection, this handy guide will help you explore the options available - so you can get back to doing a little exploring of your own.
Upgrade your pleasure with THRUST, a new generation of realistic male sex toys designed to propel your orgasms to the next level. Use this guide to explore the variety of styles and textures in the collection and find your perfect partner.
Decipher the key assets of each THRUST toy with these quick-reference symbols.
Shows the entrance style(s) of your THRUST masturbator.
Masturbator can hold a bullet vibrator for extra stimulation options.
Indicates the length of the internal sleeve.
Illustrates the mould of the internal sleeve style.
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.