Good sex is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re a couple hoping to get naughty in 2020 or you’re flying solo and want to treat yourself to something nice, the holidays are the perfect time to slip something sexy under the tree.
(FYI: some of the least sexiest gifts I’ve received include a bottle of men’s cologne, a battery recharger and a broom. These were all given to me by the same man. Don’t be this man.)
If you need some inspiration for the perfect gift to kick your sex life up notch, here’s a few gift suggestions inspired by my favourite products and experiences.
- Sutil Love Potions ($29.95)
My mind has always been a busy place. There’s rarely a moment when I’m not thinking about new story ideas or my to-do list. Sometimes it can be hard for me to unwind and get in the mood for sex. These “Love Potion” sensual massage oils have been a godsend. Made with a blend of essential oils, the scents work by travelling through your olfactory system to the portion of your brain that controls your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and sexual impulses.
Not only do these potions smell fantastic, but I do feel a little more relaxed and sensual when I use them. Apply the oils while giving or receiving a massage as part of foreplay, or rub them on your skin after the shower to add a little pep in your step.
- Pillo by Dame ($95)
Whether you struggle to find the right position during sex or simply want to get creative, this minimalist sex “pillo” from Dame can help you find exactly the right spot while supporting your body. Even better, it looks like a regular pillow so your nosy relatives won’t be scandalized if they spot it in your bedroom or under the tree. They’ll probably even believe you when you tell them it’s for using your laptop in bed. (And yes, it works great for that too.)
- The Sona 2 Cruise by Lelo ($144)
At Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio there’s this ride called the Top Thrill Dragster, where you go from zero to 200 km/h in 3.8 seconds. I like to think of The Sona 2 Cruise as the sex toy equivalent. As I’ve mentioned before, a large number of women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm. Instead of vibrations, the Sona uses SenSonic technology to stimulate the clitoris. The result is a unique sucking sensation that results in quick, powerful, knee-shaking orgasms.
- A “Nakation” ($$$)
After spending the past two years visiting as many clothing optional resorts as possible, there’s something incredibly liberating about being in a sex-positive environment abroad. If you haven’t worked up the nerve to go somewhere like Temptation in Cancun (where bikini tops are optional and tan-lines are close to non-existent), consider a getaway or even a staycation. When it comes to having great sex (either with yourself or a partner), there’s something to be said about being in a new environment, away from the responsibilities of home.
Lastly, while this isn’t the sexiest suggestion, consider doing that annoying task that you or your partner have been putting off. You know exactly what I’m talking about.
I don’t know about you guys, but it’s way easier for me to get in the mood for sex when I don’t have a million different things on my mind or cluttering up my space (dirty dishes! A couch covered in cat hair and unfolded laundry! A tower of empty Amazon boxes in the garage!) Note: I once told a partner that my biggest turn on was when he took the initiative to clean the bathroom without me asking first. I wasn’t lying.
Luxury sex toys and frolicking naked in paradise is great, but so is looking after yourself. Adulting is a form of self-care (that benefits everyone!), so do that thing that needs doing. Bonus points if it’s a chore that your partner hates to do. Cleaning up the garage and folding laundry isn’t naughty, but it’s a nice way to clear the deck for sexier things to come.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)