1. For some of us, the words, ‘role play’ send a shiver of excitement down our spines; for others, it’s more a chill of fear that reminds us of uncomfortable team-building exercises.

    But using role play in the bedroom is about much more than indulging your long-held and unspoken fantasy about that traffic warden who once fined you.

    By adopting a different persona, many people find it easier to open up and explore situations and practises that they would never normally broach, allowing them to experience greater fulfillment and also bringing them closer to their partner.

    But how do you get into it without feeling a little, well, ridiculous? Well, just read on below to see not only how you can choose the scenario (and outfit) that's right for you, but how to fully enjoy your foray into the world of character play.

    Above: Want to know how role play can increase your sexual confidence? Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, explains in this video.

    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 Christmas 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. Think of us as Santa's sexy little helpers.

    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.

    Most strap-on harness kits have either a hole or an O-ring that you slot the dildo into, and usually come with at least one dildo to start you off. Once you discover the joys of strap-on sex though, you'll be hungry to try dildos in new shapes and sizes - or may be be ready to go bigger.

    This guide will give you all the information you need to choose the right dildo to fit your strap-on. And remember, with our generous returns policy you can always check your dildo in your harness at home and if it doesn't fit, just send it back.

    Strap ons are a great sex toy for couples. They allow you to penetrate your partner, while keeping your hands free for other fun… We've come a long way since dildos on a piece of elastic, so now when people speak about a strap-on, they usually mean a strap-on harness.

    A strap-on harness lets the wearer have more comfort and control, ensuring they can give the most pleasure to their partner. Most of the time, you can also switch dildos in and out of a harness so you can experiment with a whole range of toys.

    With a mix of materials making up their body-perfect forms, caring for a sex doll can seem like a tricky task. With a little care and attention, your favourite love doll will last the distance.

    Here are our top tips for looking after your blow-up and realistic sex dolls.

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    Sex dolls are designed to closely match the shape and feel of a real person, making masturbation about as close to sexual intercourse as you can get.

    This guide will show you how to instantly upgrade your experience by transforming your love doll with a few simple hacks.

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    Read about AI sex robots - the newest sex dolls - in the news, and keen to try a more lifelike sex toy experience? The sex dolls we stock provide an experience that's close to the physical experience of real sex.

    Unlike other male sex toys like handheld masturbators, sex dolls allow you to enjoy sex positions virtually identical to those you would enjoy with a partner, as well as penetration.

    We sell two different types of sex dolls: blow-up sex dolls and more advanced lifelike silicone love dolls. Prices vary considerably and, as with any sex toy, it's always best to do your research before you buy. Hopefully this guide will help you choose the right sex doll for your budget.

    Don't forget, we offer discreet shipping on all inflatable sex dolls and silicone love dolls.

    Sex toys are safe for bodily use, but they can be quite reactive when put next to alike or opposing materials. It is vital to be careful when storing your sex toys. If you mix your sex toys (particularly silicone, rubber, latex, realistic feel and jelly sex toys) you may soon discover that they start to look melted or slightly misshapen.

    We can't overstate how important it is that you store your sex toys separately if you don't want a nasty surprise the next time you reach for your favourite toy.

    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.

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    Analingus or rimming is simply using your mouth, tongue, lips and sometimes teeth to stimulate your partner's anus and (in the case of a male recipient) his testicles. As the anus has so many sensitive nerve-endings, it can be incredibly pleasurable for both men and women. Lots of couples enjoy rimming during foreplay, or as a sexy accompaniment to oral sex.

    Rimming is sometimes referred to as 'playing the rusty trombone', which is when the person who is giving the oral attention also reaches around to the penis and makes rapid stroking movements up and down the shaft. The mouth-to-bottom coupled with arm actions resembles someone playing a brass instrument.

    Interested in trying rimming or playing the rusty trombone? We've put together some tips to help you enjoy safe and satisfying play.

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