Sex Advice: Tracey Cox's presents for the heart
If you buy something sexy, you should always combine it with a ‘love gift’. Here are some of my top romantic suggestions.
Pink bubbly and chocolate dipped strawberries are a sweet and romantic treat. Italian Prosecco costs under a tenner and you can make your own chocolate strawberries by melting some chocolate and dipping them yourself. Adorn a cake with a message spelt out in raspberries or chocolate smarties, or lots of little cupcakes with a letter on each spelling out ‘I love you’.
Tickets to a show or event a month or so off is nice if you’ve only been going out a little while. It shows you’ve got faith in the future. Ditto a cookery course or even a cookery book and the ingredients to cook a special dinner together.
If you’re a guy, cook dinner - three courses and go all out with candles, flowers and a nice bottle of wine. It’s a cliché but women love it (and so do men!). If you’re an inexperienced chef, nip down to M&S or your nearest deli and buy pre-cooked treats and arrange it on plates.
Presents are about thought not money. Think: what is my partner’s dream? If she wants to open her own restaurant, something like a supercool kitchen appliance might be the most romantic present she’s ever received. If he wants to be a writer, a beautiful leather bound notebook with something encouraging written inside - like ‘I want to read what you’re going to write’ - is perfect.
Plan a surprise day. Tell them what they need to bring or wear and that’s it - they just turn up. It might be as simple as a drive into the countryside and a picnic or being whisked away on a fabulous mini-break to Venice. Or as sexy as booking a room in a hotel, leading them in blindfolded and then tying them to the four poster bed. Just knowing your partner has taken charge and put thought into something makes us feel special.
Have a bed picnic. Skip the parties on Christmas Eve and spend it in bed with a load of good sex books, champagne, gorgeous goodies to nibble on (apart from each other) and a stack of Post-it notes. Go through the books and mark anything you’d like to try before handing it over to your partner. It’s a lot less embarrassing to simply mark a page which appeals than say out loud “Honey, I’d actually like you to dress like a monk, and then go down on your knees”.