Jo Malone’s scented candles are exactly what you need to set the mood. Picture: Instagram

Christmas is all about giving. So how about stepping out of your comfort zone this festive season and give a gift that says “I want you, now!”. 

Keep things tasteful, but naughty. Here's how.

Slay queen

Yes, real women have back fat and love handles, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t want to dress up in sexy lingerie.

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie line (R490 - R1800) is a celebration of body diversity, and unlike Victoria’s Secret’s narrow definition of what we find alluring, the collection embodies every stage of a woman’s life. Developed in partnership with TechStyle, Savage x Fenty features 90 pieces of lingerie, sleepwear, and accessories in multiple shades and sizes.

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Fela in Versace

Hey, if it’s good enough for AKA, it’s good enough for your fella. Sporting the iconic Versace logo, Barocco or Greek Key motifs, the Italian fashion house’s men’s underwear line includes briefs and boxer briefs.

The good news: Comfortable and stylish, they’ll make your man look like the Adonis he was meant to be. The bad news? He won’t have them on for long if you have your way. Priced from R570 - R2500.

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Play between the sheets

Everything you heard about Egyptian cotton is absolutely true. Why? Because when it comes to making quality sheets, it’s all about the fibre. Egyptian cotton fibres are considered to be the best due to their length, strength, and softness.

Imagine falling into the most luxurious cotton sheets once desire takes over. Picture: Instagram

Luxury bedding brand Falucca has a specially curated Signature collection crafted from luxurious 800 thread count Egyptian Cotton fabric. On par with European quality bedding, the range is proudly South African. Prices start from R1900.

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Come on baby, light my fire

Out of all our five senses, smell is the most powerful. It is the only sense that has a direct connection to the brain. No wonder a particular scent can conjure a memory or a thought.

It could also explain why scented candles are the prefered aphrodisiac of choice when it comes to setting the mood for love.

Jo Malone’s scented candles are exactly what you need to set the mood. Picture: Instagram

Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir Luxury Candle (R2400) has the air and sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods.

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Touch it better

Sensual massage is one way for couples to reconnect and enhance their relationship. It’s also a great foreplay tool. Lelo, purveyors of sensual play, have created a massage oil that contains all natural ingredients, without chemical additives. The Flickering Touch Massage Oil (R650) is naturally rich in vitamin E, while the addition of 24K gold flakes adds a luminescent glow.

Lelo’s Flickering Touch Massage Oil retails for about R650. Picture:

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