Time is fast running out for picking up a sexier gift for Valentine's Day (not that your plan to pick up flowers and a chocolate bar at the garage is bad, per se) - though you do have until 4.00 pm TODAY to order and still have it arrive in time. So let me help you out with a fast and furious list of gifts if you haven't been able to choose something.
For a more romantic evening, I adore the look of the above Bijoux Chocolate Lovers Pen Set. Not only does the feather quill have a gorgeous look to it, but I am also seeing potential to use it as a tickler on its own. Inspiration cards means you don't lose steam after writing your name on your lover's back.
Along the same romantic lines is this elegant Kama Sutra Weekend Gift Set. I am a long time lover of the Kama Sutra range and I would be over the moon to be gifted with this. The quality is always high and you don't have to worry about putting your lover off with something kitschy or tacky. And honestly, I would pay this price for the Honey Dust alone. I've had it and I can say it is just as silky smooth on the skin and sweetly tasty as you could ever want. The options for how to spend your Valentine's are nearly limitless with this set.
This one strays a little further into the erotic side of things, but if you're looking for a toy that will work for both of you, you can't do much better than the Synergy Pleasure System Vibrator. It benefits from being non-sex-toy looking, being mains rechargeable, having about a billion different tips and heads, and oscillating rather than vibrating (the sensation is less numbing than a full on vibration for some reason). I've got one of these in my bedside table and I recommend it highly.
I had a fun night out a couple of nights ago - I went with three friends to a specialist hair salon for a serious round of waxing (no, we didn't all go in together - those not being stripped stayed outside guzzling wine for courage). After joshing each other around and giggling over getting a 'special', it got us thinking about the various… hairstyles we've tried out for our men. I won't go into what I chose in the end, or what I've done in the past, but I will say that one thing the waxer said to me stuck out - it is much much harder to get a fun shape with wax than it is with a trimmer.
It is surprisingly rare to find good reviews on traditional styled handcuffs. When you buy them as a sex toy, you often get a poorer quality item - they will fit poorly and frequently feel like you could break them by giving them a good tug. Since most of the people who want to feel as though they can get away if they need to (I have my hand up here) tend to stick to Bondage Tape or scarves, that isn't a plus for metal handcuffs.
So when I see a set getting not one but two 5 star ratings, it is worth noting.
With Valentine's Day, you can go a couple of different ways - if you are part of a couple, you can go romantic with gifts of candy, flowers, and intimate caresses or you can go full-on erotic with fearsome new toys set to test the bounds of your trust in your partner, the strength of your bed frame, and the integrity of your house's wiring system. An interesting idea, though, might be to do… both.
I'm not normally all that excited about gift sets - they are often stuffed with things that you don't really want so that the shops can bulk it up a little and get rid of the tat that doesn't sell on its own. But I have rather fallen in love with this set from Pipedream. I find it appealing both because it covers such a nice spectrum of naughty and nice toys, and because it really is a deal.
In Cosmo's article on the Hottest Sex Trends, right up at Number Two was trying out a top notch toy. Wasting no time on cheapo vibrators that you get from shady shops with dust on the counters and a whole rack of inflatable dolls, the surest way to rev up your sex life is to try out a post toy that you'll love using, and possibly sharing.
"In recent years, sex-toy sites have seen a rapid increase in sales, with chicks being the majority of their clientele. So is it any wonder that adult toys have gone designer? "Style-savvy women weren't satisfied with the cheap, tastelessly packaged vibrators on the market," says Dana B. Myers, the 29-year-old co-founder of bootyparlor.com, an American website that sells posh playthings like the Swarovski crystal-encrusted (they're on the handle) Minx vibrator. "As a result, vibrators have undergone an extreme makeover. There has been a growing trend of 'sexual couture' - fashionable products meant to be played with and admired."
Over on the OrgasmArmy forums, Officer Cadet jezzer is asking for some reviews from any man who has used the VibraExciter - so far, there is only one review from a woman, but he is hoping to hear from the gentlemen before he grabs the companion piece to the original VibraExciter he got for his girlfriend (now that is a guy who plans well for Valentine's Day).
His question in full:
After last week's very high tech gift choice, I thought this week I might showcase something on the other end of the gadgetry spectrum. This porcelain dildo is just classic from end to end--made out of a high quality material and silk printed with a gorgeous floral design. It also comes in a leather pouch which steps this up from Fancy Dildo to Great Gift of a Fancy Dildo.
The Miss Saigon comes in two sizes, the 7.5 inch and the 6.5 inch models - if you want something slightly different, the Miss Pink Classic Dildo has all the luxurious qualities of the Miss Saigon, but comes with a light, feminine pink design. It also comes in both large and smaller sizes.
I actually own the Miss Saigon and I recommend it fully - in fact, I reviewed it and gave it five stars:
Is this not just a wee box of cuteness? The vibrating rubber duckies from the I Rub My Duckie line have always been adorable, but now that you can get a gold one, it has reached all new levels of great gift giving possibilities.
As always, it is completely waterproof, operates with a simple squeeze of his little duckie body, and runs on a triple A battery. But this version comes in the convenient travel size and has a very classy satin-lined box, which makes for a great little gift set.
Following the product link gives you a new video with the Professor and Bonny learning about more uses for the duckies - and honestly, I was completely sold on my new-found need to own two of them, so that I can have them both used on my back at the same time.
But if you're not convinced just with the idea of using it as a body massager or as a fun bath toy, just look at his little face:
Seriously. Look him in his eye and tell him you don't want him. Just you try.
Over on the Orgasm Army forums, a question was posted regarding whether or not a man should experience a feeling of burning in his testicles when using a splitter (the answer, by the way, is no - if you do, you should try a larger fit or a material with more give. Consider oiling leather, or switching from metal rings). After a couple of comments, though, the real question was posed by a newcomer…just what is a cock and ball splitter?
On Sunday I took at look at the new Ballbra that has been talked about with some confusion and interest on the Orgasm Army forums. I stand by what I said - I'm darned interested in it and would kind of love to see a man wearing one.
I am not so sure that I want to see Jeremy Paxman wearing one. In fact, I am sure that I don't. And yet, with his recent argument over whether or not M&S underwear for men has gotten… less supportive… he may be in the market for the ballbra. As he says:
"Like large numbers of men in this country I have always bought my socks and pants at Marks & Sparks.
"I've noticed something very troubling has happened. There's no other way to put this -- their pants no longer provide adequate support.
"When I've discussed this with friends and acquaintances it has revealed widespread gusset anxiety."
So who wants to be the one to email him with the Ballbra link? I would, but I'm too busy picturing it…