Lipstick Slickers and Frilly Knickers

Myla Freida Bra

Only 45 days after Christmas, and City Boys have to trudge back out to the shops to purchase something which says 'I love you' in a very intimate way. No Henry the Hoovers this time, or you will find all your shirts in a muddy puddle on the street rather than crisply ironed and folded nicely in a scented linen basket.

So to avoid any gifting faux pas this year, we have lined up some tasty ideas that will tickle her (and your) fancy this year.

Now despite what you boys may think, an Ann Summers model is not really what we girls aspire to, and when picking out smalls, may we point you in the direction of where we really want you to go - Myla. This is a shop made for women. A few specialties include the beautiful silk Angelica underwear set, the Cassandra in red for the more daring, and for those who like a little bit of lace (and not much else), the Freida or Nicole in black.

If you are feeling more playful, Myla also stocks silk blindfolds and tie-ups, depending on where you going for the weekend...

For the more evocative, Agent Provocateur is always a good choice. The Damsella Kimono is the perfect gown to wrap around her when you whisk her off, perhaps with the Maitre d' slip in black (when you get to unwrap your gift).

To complement this we suggest Timothy Han’s Wild Rose Set. Here you have a beautifully organic collection of products which nurture her body and skin, leaving it feeling soft and smelling gorgeous, containing all natural pure rose essential oil extracts, cocoa butters, Ylang Ylang and Egyptian Geranium.

Space NK also has some exquisite alternatives, and with brands such as Laura Mercier, Terry and Mac, you will have trouble choosing exactly what to pick up once you enter this Mecca. Take a look in her makeup bag to see what colours she likes before heading out. For decadent bathing products, and to bring a little of Paris to her, select the Laura Mercier Crème Brule Honey Bath and soufflé Body Crème. To keep her glow long after a weekend away, the Purete de Rose moisturiser and the Laque de Rose Lip gloss by Terry is pure luxury for her skin and lips, whilst the Laura Mercier lip plumper in a variety of colours is sure to bring you a playful smile.

The rest is up to you. Shopping shouldn’t be a chore if you bear in mind the rewards you may reap if you get it right this year for her, boys!