The Holiday Season is the busiest time of the year for gift-giving and we want to help you make it extra joyful! It often takes effort and perseverance to find the perfect gift, and while some of you guys have it all figured out, partners new to the world of lingerie can be intimidated by the multitude of style options and the variety of delicate fabrics on offer. Luckily, at Freudian Slip, our fit specialists are prepared and excited to help you choose just the right gifts for the lucky ladies in your life. A little preparation, a few guidelines, and a bit of professional assistance can turn you into a champion gift-giver!
First off, you’ll want to start with some research. If the gift recipient is a regular shopper with us, we may have her sizes on file. You are welcome to call ahead and find out (and ladies, if you’re reading this: we could even add hints! Santa?) If not, you may have to do some detective work. If you have access to her lingerie drawer, that is the best way to check her sizes. The bra size is on the tag near the clasp, usually in the back of the bra. It has a number AND a letter (and make sure the bra you are checking is one you have seen her wear, since many women own multiple sizes of bras). Underwear usually come in small through extra large, but if you can’t find a tag on her panties, a jean size will do. Now, stop and think: what are her colors? Does she like natural tones? Black? Pink? Does she like lace? Thongs, bikinis, or boyshorts? Does she have a thing for good quality fabrics, or natural materials? Does she sleep in a nightie? Pajamas? Shorts and a cami? Don’t worry, you don’t need the answers to all of these questions to find the right gift, but the more you know, the more personal your gift can be.
Perhaps you have just started dating, or maybe you’ve finally decided to up your game and try walking into a lingerie shop – go, you! We have thoughtful gifts for every level of lingerie expertise! Consider these options:
Robes: Who doesn’t love a cozy robe? We have soft and comfortable robes for lounging in style, as well as pretty, lacy versions that are flattering for every body type.
Pajamas: While you may want to research her particular slumber style, we have easy-to-fit pajamas in a variety of colors, shapes, and fabrics. From pant sets to gowns and shorts, we have something for everyone.
Candles and Gift Cards: If you are looking for one-size-fits-all, it doesn’t get any easier than a gift card or a nice candle. Our Voluspa candles come in beautiful containers and a variety of scents. They make an excellent gift alone, or accompanied by a gift card or pretty pair of panties. Gift cards let you make a date and shop together, or give her the opportunity to surprise you with something special.
You’ve been together a while and really want to buy her something special… or maybe your last gift was a little lackluster… no problem! Impress her with your good taste and gallantry!
Chemises: Choosing the right chemise can be its own reward! Chemises are pretty, feminine, and sexy. We have a variety of colors and styles, from simple to risqué. While chemises usually come in small through extra large, some knowledge of her bra and panty size may be needed to choose the right style and fit.
Camisole/Panty Set: Another sexy, fun option is a cami/panty set. With a stretch-to-fit tank and cheeky panty, our seasonal cami sets by Hanky Panky and Eberjey are beautiful, soft, and comfortable, also in easy sizes.
Bralette/Panty Set: Bralettes are stretchy, often lacy tops, similar to a bra, but without any wires, and usually without specific cup sizing. While her approximate bra size is needed to make the right choice, the extra small through extra large sizing means that getting close usually ensures a good fit, as the stretchy cups are more forgiving than a structured bra. They usually come with matching panties, and are available in a variety of colors. Bralettes are generally best for women whose cup size is a D or smaller, although we do have options for extended sizes.
Even if you know one another as well as any two people can, there is always room for a surprise! The expert lingerie shopper has as many choices as we have items, but here are our favorite suggestions:
Bra/Panty Set: We have so many beautiful choices, but bra fitting can be a challenge, so in addition to her size, we will ask you about her preference for underwires, and whether she prefers lace or smooth silhouettes. If you have an idea of her favorite brands, (or can sneak us her favorite bra), that would be very helpful. Most of our bras have matching panties, and many have multiple panty choices, so you can choose between a thong or a fuller coverage style.
Corsets: If she has ever expressed an interest in corsets, garter belts, or stockings, then this might be a great time to try something new! We will need to know her bra size, and a jean size would be helpful as well, since corsets usually extend down to the hip. With adjustable lacing, corsets can be made to fit most people, but if you don’t have previous experience, be sure to ask out how to fit it (she may need help), and how to take it off. 😉
Garter Belts/Stockings: Garter belts can be a really fun way to spice things up! Added to a bra(lette)/panty set or a corset, they really make a complete sexy package! Most garter belts are pretty easy to size. If you know her jean size, we can help you make the right choice. Stockings are sold separately, and we have quite a few choices. Your salesperson can help you sort through the options and find a good fit that will coordinate with the ensemble for the perfect finishing touch!
Speaking of finishing touches, we Gift Wrap! Give us a few minutes and leave with a package that is sure to impress! Now you are one sentimental card and a few whispered promises from the Best Holiday Ever! Want to score a few more points? A cozy robe or silk pajama set might just be perfect for your Mother-in-Law… and we’ll throw in a gift receipt, just in case it’s not.
Happy Holiday Shopping!