So, you've decided to treat your lady to a seductive new lingerie set. That is excellent news. However, it can be more than a little daunting to know where to actually begin…
Luckily, we've whipped up these handy hints and tips that'll ensure you get gasps of delight when she tears open the wrapping paper, rather than groans of dismay. With pointers for choosing the perfect size, style and colour, our expert videos and advice will take you through the finer points of picking lingerie that she'll love (and, even better, love to show off to you).
Above: Not sure where to begin when it comes to underwear shopping? Watch resident lingerie pro, Sammi Cole, tell you the three things you need to know in this video.
When you want straight-forward satisfaction, you should reach for a dildo. Available in many different colours, shapes and sizes, dildos are designed to provide penetrative pleasure unlike anything else.
Although they may not rotate, vibrate or pulsate, dildos give you the kind of pleasure that you won’t get from anything electrical, so choosing the right one is key.
When you’re starting out with dildos, all you want to do is type ‘nice dildo’ into Google and be presented with a single result which is the perfect dildo for you! Sadly, the world of dildos doesn’t work quite like that, but we’ve devised a category system which should help.
In a line up of sex toys, a butt plug could be pointed out by most people - they're fairly distinctive with a tapered tip to make insertion easy and a flared base that sits outside the body to stop the plug being drawn in.
But while the 'how' is self explanatory (it goes up your bottom, if you were still unsure), lots of people are left wondering 'WHY?!'
If you want to know why people use butt plugs, we're on hand to explain.
What is urethral sounding? Originally a medical procedure, you may have heard the term but wonder why anyone would do it for pleasure. Many people are exploring their bodies in new ways, and discovering the arousing sensations associated with urethral play.
At Lovehoney, we encourage you to explore your body fully and get to know what you like but, as always, there are safety measures to consider. This guide takes you through everything you need to know about urethral probing, and how to make sure you do it safely.
Above: Still not really sure what urethral sounding is, or why people want to do it? Let Jess Wilde give you the facts in this video guide.
There's nothing more frustrating than a vibrator that doesn't quite get you there, and when it comes to vibrators, for most people it's a case of 'the more power the better'.
However, working out how powerful a sex toy is, without trying it for yourself, is near-enough impossible. Don't worry! Lovehoney has valiantly tested the lot to find the top 10 toys with the strongest vibrations and most intense sensations.
Mains powered sex toys top our chart, because of the large amount of energy they receive from your power supply - there's just no beating them if power is top of your vibrator shopping list. Rechargeable toys come a close second, with their excellent battery life and strong motors, followed up by traditional battery-powered sex toys that still pack an incredible punch.
Anal douches are incredibly useful tools for fans of anal sex toys and anal sex. They work by cleansing the anus before penetration, ensuring that it’s as clean and hygienic as possible. This not only ensures your play won’t be messy, it alleviates any associated fears, helping you to relax into your pleasure. Many people like to douche in particular before enjoy oral stimulation of the anus, known as rimming or analingus.
Anal douching flushes water through the anus and it then expelled, leaving it clean. Douches come in different sizes and shapes to suit all levels of experience and are incredibly simple to use, even the first time.
If the idea of mixing a little pain with your pleasure appeals, make sure you have the right tools to make the most of your fantasy.
If you want to increase the sensitivity of your partner’s skin, a spanking paddle or flogger will help set their senses alight. If you want to accessorise a dominant persona or make their skin sting, try a riding crop or a traditional cane.
This guide has some fabulous advice that will have you whipping your partner into a frenzy in no time.
Above: Discover the proper way to spank for pleasure with Jess Wilde in our how-to video.
Finger vibrators might look weird, but they're a great starting point for someone who has never used sex toys before. They're also great fun for partner play and allow you to enjoy the full 'hands-on' experience that you don't get with larger vibrators.
Ranging widely in price, shape and function, finger vibrators should become a staple of your sex life due to their utter versatility.
Read on to find out how to get the most out of your new finger friend.
Definitions for basques, corsets and bustiers vary between companies. Anything with lacing down the back or an hourglass shape can be referred to as a corset and this can cause a lot of confusion when you're trying to decide what to buy and how to measure yourself.
So what is the difference between these garments and how does that change how you wear them?
Above: Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, talks you through the difference in fitted lingerie styles in this video.