There comes a time in every couple’s life where the question, “Wanna get a sex toy?” becomes a serious query. When it does, and when you and your significant other scream out the obvious “Hell yes!” then you both are suddenly faced with a new question: where are you going to get it?
Now, before you stampede toward the comfortable anonymity of the internet, let me remind you of that adult toy store a few streets over from you.
Unlike purchasing online, going to a brick-and-mortar store to purchase your naughty novelties means that you will be able to actually feel the texture of the toys. You will be able to try samples of the latest edible treats. Most importantly, you’ll be able to see the true size of the toys in person. That last one is critical if you are new to the sex toy scene, and you don’t want to bite off (or put in) more than you can chew.
When you finally decide to give your friendly neighborhood dildo purveyor a try, keep these three tips in mind to get the most out of your first experience.
1. Don’t Freak Out
I know what you’re thinking. “What do you take us for! We’ve been intimate enough to know our way around a good fuck!” But hold on. This tip is less about any naiveté about sex, and more a bit of sage counsel for those who have never been literally surrounded by naked tits and ass. It can be jarring at first.
If you have never been inundated by hundreds of images of breasts, manufactured pussies, and all the anal toys you could ever ask for, stepping into a sex toy store for the first time can be a bit of a shock. Whether you are a seasoned femdom enthusiast, or you have just lost your precious virginity, take a deep breath before (and maybe after) you step inside. It may not get rid of the shock, but it can at least turn the experience into one even electroshock fetishists will swear by.
2. Do Ask Questions
In my own experience, the folks working the counter at any given adult toy store are polite, relaxed, and well-informed. It might be tempting to shy away from every human being you see at first, but don’t let yourself do it.
The people working at the store will have the knowledge you need, whether you are trying to find the perfect cock-ring or you want to know just how edible the flavored lube really is.
So ask all those perverted and spine-tingling questions you were too nervous to put into your browser history. It’ll be worth it when you find that latex catsuit that you were actually after.
3. Touch Everything That Says You Can
I wasn’t joking when I said you should feel up all those penis-shaped penis substitutes. Now is not the time to be squeamish, my friends! Upon entering an adult toy store, your senses will be enthralled by all kinds of genitals-themed goodies, racy lingerie, bondage supplies, and more. Let your own interests and fascinations guide you through the store.
Look for the toys whose packaging exposes part of the material. Touch it. Like, really give it a squeeze and see how well you like the feel of the material. You’re going to see glass toys and metal toys, plastic toys and latex toys. There are even toys with a synthetic, “realistic” material meant to mimic the feel of human skin.
The toys have different levels of stiffness, temperatures, vibration patterns… you get the idea. There’s a lot to explore and you might get to everything that caught your eye in one visit. That’s okay too! The best thing about a brick-and-mortar store is you can always come back.
It is only natural to want to get a feel for the things you purchase before bringing them anywhere near your sensitive sexy bits. So go ahead. Touch it. Stroke it. Imagine yourself slowly sliding it in – and then before you get too carried away, treat yourself to a well-deserved sex toy. You’ve earned it.