Oh, Mi

Disclaimer for the younguns: some of the sites I link to below contain adult content. Which is excellent if you are an adult, but maybe not so great if you are under 18. If you are interested in exploring your sexuality, I highly recommend Scarleteen, and you should totally pick up a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves. The rest of you can read on at your own risk.

I know I often struggle at Christmas with the gift giving ritual. I’m always on a quest to find excellent and perfect gifts for the people I love. Especially those whom I, er, love. What to get for those special people in your life for whom a gift certificate to Cody’s just won’t work?

Luckily for us, Violet Blue has a great Sexy Holiday Shopping Guide in the Chronicle. It’s a great overview of sexy items locally sourced to the Bay Area along with an assortment of other things people might enjoy, such as the OhMiBod, about which let me say this: Oh. Mi. Bod. This may be the most brilliant next generation sex toy I have ever seen.

If you live in the Bay Area and want to shop locally for sex related presents, I highly recommend Good Vibrations, a Bay Area based woman owned group of stores. There are two locations in San Francisco (603 Valencia and 1620 Polk) as well as a Berkeley branch at 2504 San Pablo Avenue. For my East Coast readers, 308-A Harvard Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, can hook you up. For those of you without ready access, you should still browse their website. Good Vibrations sells a wide range of high quality products for sexual health and pleasure ranging from an impressive condom assortment to an under the bed restraint system. Goody!

Local kinksters should certainly examine Mr. S Leather, which has an awesome assortment of goods for ladies and gents. Whether you are looking for a singletail flogger or a full out dungeon bed, Mr. S has got you covered. They also have a great assortment of high quality fetish wear including some yummy corsets and awesome boots.

Of course, sometimes local suppliers just…don’t have what you need. But you can still support small businesses which care about their customers and staff.

For those of you wanting to update the traditional holiday creche, check out Divine Interventions, retailers of God’s Immaculate Rod and the Jackhammer Jesus among other fresh interpretations on religious figures. Divine Interventions makes silicone products, which can be sterilized in boiling water or gently washed with antibacterial soap. Intrepid users can wash silicone toys on the top rack of the dishwasher. Silicone products are velvety soft, retain body heat, and can be made in a wide variety of, er, fun shapes. Be sure not to use silicone based lubricants with silicone dildos, kiddos!

I would also highly recommend Twisted Monk’s hemp bondage rope. I am extremely pleased with my recent shipment, and found it soft, sturdy, and highly flexible. The Monk’s rope is conditioned for softness against naked skin with a hint of a bite, and comes in a wide range of awesome colors. For people just experimenting with rope, the Monk offers a curiosity kit with a great assortment of starter lengths and a set of safety scissors.

Hey man, it’s winter. No reason to be cold now.

[sexy Christmas presents]

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