Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Sexually Frustrated Friends

From toys to robes and candles, all the tricks your frisky pals need

For that friend who needs a little help in the boudoir, or even the one who you can speak freely with about all things sex, our provocative gift guide might contain the perfect present this holiday season. Whether your buddy is more suited to a demure kimono or softcore zine, or if they’re brave enough to accept a sex toy as a gift—there’s plenty of saucy products here. For people of all genders and sexualities, these items can be gifted to a partner, a pal or to yourself. Check out our complete Gift Guide for Sexually Frustrated Friends.

Fringe Eye Mask

Handmade to order in Berlin, Fräulein Kink’s subtle but sexy Justine blindfold ($53) comes with gold or silver accents and works with more than just your sight—the soft fringing also awakens your sense of touch. With black velvet trim, a satin ribbon tie closure and the brand’s engraved heart logo, it can also be styled as a hair accessory if you’re feeling bashful.


Created by Jonathan Leder and Amy Hood, DAYTONA ($20) harkens back to a time of unadulterated fun and frolicking on the beaches of ‘70s Florida. The full-color photobook features 48 pages of very NSFW images—found mostly at thrift shops and flea markets—documenting sultry, sun-tanned spring-breakers as they play naked basketball, lounge in the sand and smile for the camera. DAYTONA is limited to 500 copies.

Exotic Sandalwood Vanilla Massage Candle

Sometimes a little bit of fire goes a long way. This much can be said of the “Don’t Stop” sandalwood vanilla massage candle ($36), which, when lit pours off rich, scented oil. The warm liquid has been infused with Shea butter, vitamins and rich botanicals that moisturize, stimulate and soften the skin. The package comes complete with a porcelain coaster for resting the candle on for safety.

Pulse Stimulator

Meant to stimulate the frenulum, on the underside of the shaft, Pulse by Hot Octopuss ($99) offers up high-amplitude oscillations that cause an expansive tingle. The silicon wings expand for all sizes and keep things comfortable throughout. And while it works for solo play, the positioning of the pulse makes for a nice couple’s vibrator for shared experiences—all while hands-free.

Eva Vibrator

With three different settings, the Eva vibrator ($105) from women-led company Dame is powerfully buzzy considering its size. But what makes it stand out from other offerings are its two flexible wings, which tuck under the labia majora for hands-free clitoral stimulation. The Eva was designed (by women) to be used during intercourse, but can definitely be used for solo sessions, too.

Iris Illusion Bra Top

The kind of lingerie you really want people to see, For Love and Lemons’ Iris Illusion bra top ($131)—available in black or orchid pink—offers full coverage and thick shoulder straps; the exposed underwire and modern cut-out is a super-sexy, structural look—making lacier alternatives just feel outdated in comparison. Made from soft Lycra with contrasting velvet trim, it’s comfortable and functional—not just seductive.

Yin Yang Set

Made from crystals that are shaped and polished by hand without chemicals or dyes at select lapidaries, Chakrubs’ all-natural sex toys promote wellness as well as pleasure. The Yin Yang set ($150)—made from black onyx and white jade—supposedly help filter unwanted distractions, increase emotional stability, encourage self-realization and more. And you’ll never have to throw them in a drawer hurriedly when guests come over: for those not in the know, Chakrubs double as beautiful art objects.

Chocolate Love Tonic

Bottlers of everyday wellness, Urban Moonshine makes organic digestive bitters and herbal tonics using ingredients from local, small farms. One of their more interesting offerings is a Chocolate Love Tonic ($45), for those who might want a healthy libido boost. Raw honey, organic fair-trade cacao, damiana leaf, maca root and more work together to improve blood flow and circulatory stimulation. Take a teaspoon before a scheduled Netflix and chill session or just guzzle the delicious drink and enjoy the health benefits (and yourself).

Haori Kimono

Inspired by the unique genre of Japanese “pink films,” Floor du Mal has updated one of Japan’s most traditional outfits for super-comfy lounging. Their 100% silk Haori Kimono ($595) bears peachy chrysanthemum flowers amidst a rich teal background, and features a waist sash, wide sleeves and a mid-thigh length.

Janice Handcuffs

For a safe and pleasurable way to toy with control in the bedroom, these leather handcuffs ($174) make for something beautiful and comfortable. Fastened with a side buckle but bound by a double snap hook to D-rings, the cuffs are more about play than power—and all of it is handmade in Italy.

For more thoughtful, curious and design-forward gifts this season, check out all our 2015 Holiday Gift Guides.

Images courtesy of respective brand, hero image also courtesy of Imperial Publishing