The year may be coming to end, but the time to get closer to your partner is just beginning. The holidays are an opportunity for couples to introduce the traditions that have been passed from one generation to the next—but also to create new traditions that enhance a relationship for years to come. Here we've collected ten holiday traditions (some a little spicier than others) that you and your boyfriend or husband can make your own. Happy holidays! – Maureen Dempsey and Elizabeth Narins
You think you've gotten a bad gift? You'll think twice about exchanging your present—or your partner!—after seeing some of the awful gifts women have actually received from the men in their lives. We polled women in New York City's Union Square to see how clueless guys can really be; here are the ten worst.
Picking a present for the man in your life is a challenge. Save yourself time and a dizzying trip to the shopping mall and instead check out our list of gifts to buy online. The experts from shopping and fashion site SheFinds recommend 11 great gifts for every type of guy. Whether artsy, sporty, eco-friendly or still living out his frat days, we guarantee you'll find something for him here or you can have your hard-earned reading time back (ok, not actually possible, but the list is that good!). So click ahead, buy online and get on with your holiday cheer.
If your guy is like the rest of us, he is not easy to shop for. There's a weird guy habit of going out and buying something as soon as we need it. So the the key to a great guy gift is finding something he didn't realize he needed but that will imporve his life, or surprising him with something totally unnecessary that he'll absolutely love. In this gift guide we've provided you with 10 gifts that'll make him a better guy, as well as 10 gifts that'll blow his mind with their awesomeness. We've hit stuff across all budget ranges and have included items for all LoveStages so whether you've been dating a few months or married 15 years, we've got a gift for your guy.
We'll be damned if date night means venturing out in this cold. Factor in the crazy, package-laden shoppers, and our desire to depart drops to zero. The toastiest alternative to going out? Staying in. Bunker down with a cozy throw and a holiday flick that warms the soul (if not the toes!). Hot cocoa and a snuggly date are highly recommended. After all, he'll love being under the covers with you, and you'll love staying under cover! Check out YourTango's top holiday movies.
It's easy to write Tila Tequila off as nothing more than a shameless attention whore. She'll admit it. She did, afterall, become a household name due to her alleged bisexuality on MTV's "A Shot With Tila Tequila." She was also Playboy's first Asian cyber girl of the month and managed to accumulate over a million MySpace friends thanks to being synonomous with sex-drenched pictures and raunchy music with singles like "Stripper Friends." Bikinis and all, Tila Tequila was careful never to peddle herself as a brainy, self-marketing genius—but she's easily the most clever bimbo this side of Paris Hilton. Learn more about her inner world with a few choice excerpts from her book, Hooking Up With Tila Tequila.
Nothing can strike fear into the most confident of women like a mother-in-law. A close second? A future mother-in-law (FMIL), or even more terrifying, meeting his mom for the first time (contain your shrieks of terror!) as she hosts you for the holidays. Sure, most FMILs are warm-hearted, apron-donning rays of sunshine. But just in case you need to win her over, here are the perfect hostess (with a twist) gifts. With these in hand, you'll prove you're the one for her son.
Bringing a third party to bed can be daunting, but vibrators, whips, bonding tape and dildos aren't called sex toys for nothing! They're meant to make partnered play time even more fun. Here, we've collected six expert-recommended options sure to spice up the sex lives of couples. Whether experimenting for the first time or shopping for a new stand-by, these couple-friendly sex toys will drive you and your partner wild. More Juicy Content From YourTango:
YourTango caught up with Project Runway Season 5 contestant, Suede—known for his hot runway dresses as much as his tendency to refer to himself in the third person—to get his picks for the season's hottest looks that men will love. Jewel colors in fitted styles with flashes of flair seem to be just what the lady needs to catch a guy's eye. With a New York Fashion Week show under his belt and a new website, www.suedesays.com, in the works, Suede says, "Look HOT this Fall. Here are some great tips how to be in style and look smoldering for Fall '08."
You're not in high school anymore: Sex education doesn't mean learning how to roll a condom onto a cucumber, and experimentation shouldn't be an apology-filled romp in your parents' basement. Hot, helpful instruction exists that can assist you with everything from tantric lovemaking to anal sex. Whether you want live Q&A or a private lesson with your DVD player, our sexperts have picks that will get you hot for teacher.
Five quick and easy dinner recipes that you can make together. Baked ziti, cheesy pork chops with spicy apples, slow cooker chicken taco soup, southwestern grilled chicken with lime butter, and chicken alfredo pizza. Each recipe has notes, tips and tricks for making each dinner delicious and foolproof.
Dildos and rabbits and handcuffs... oh my. We're always happy to see more products that enhance sexual pleasure, but walking into a sex shop and facing a wall of candy-colored vibrators that seem to do everything but answer your email can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, you don't need to fly blind. The best sex experts in the country have picked out their favorite sex toys so can easily get the goods that get you off.
Time was, honeymoons—or any romantic getaway, really—were about hitting the brakes after a hearty dose of sun, sand, and fruity cocktails. No longer. Blame it on our high octane, multitasking lives, but be it a Costa Rican canopy tour or a post-Olympic taste of Beijing, couples have been finding some pretty exciting ways to charge their shared battery. "My office is overrun with newlyweds in need of malaria pills and Tetnaeus shoots," says Marvin Cooper, MD, a Manhattan travel doctor whose clientele until recently mostly consisted of journalists and human rights workers.
Date night — whether it's the hundredth or the first — has a penchant for getting stuck in the dinner-and-a-movie rut. We hunted down 5 fun, out-of-the-box dates ideas that don't include sitting silently in a darkened theater. Plus, they'll surely get your heart pumping or at least your toes tapping to keep the "Tell me about your day…" conversation at bay.