A Tropical Affair

Gentleman’s Guide to Gifts

Looking to buy your someone special a little something special? Confused or overwhelmed by your options? Even if you’re cool as a cucumber (we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt), a little advice from an inside source couldn’t hurt. Here are four simple tips that will help you shop for your ladyfriend.

Go for it!

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already completed the first, most important — and sometimes most intimidating — step: deciding to purchase lingerie.

At our Santa Barbara boutique, our male customers often fall into one of two categories: the comfortable and the not–so–comfortable. If you’re one of those men that stand around a lingerie store with your hands in your pockets, envying the fellow chatting amicably with the girls behind the counter about thongs and whatnot, don’t fret — we can help you! Follow this link to our lingerie style guides and you, too, will be well on your way toward lingerie fluency.

Keep in mind, you needn’t worry if your gift isn’t exactly right. Almost anything you purchase through our website is completely exchangeable and refundable.

Sneak a Peek!

Two very important things you need to find out before you shop are her size and style. There are a few ways to go about finding her sizes, depending on the nature of your relationship. The first, easiest, and most unexciting method is to simply ask her. It’s not subtle. She’ll know you’re shopping for her, but that’s certainly not bad news.

If you want to surprise her, the best and most fun thing to do is to secretly raid her lingerie drawers. Write down the average size of her bras and panties somewhere handy, like on a card in your wallet. And remember, it’s best to check the labels of things she actually wears (and not the vinyl thong stashed at the very back).

Don’t have access to her bureau? Don’t worry. If you know her approximate height and weight, or other clothing sizes, you will still be able to select a gift; the best choice would be something less size–specific than a bra, like a nightie. It shouldn’t be too difficult for you to determine if she is a small, medium, or large but if you are truly stumped, feel free to contact us.

Cop her style

Once you know her sizes, try to buy somewhat in line with her tastes. Does she like ruffles and bows or smooth and sheer? Does she sleep in traditional pajamas, short shorts, or nothing at all? Does she love her chest but not necessarily her tummy? (A low cut babydoll might be the perfect thing.) Since practicality often reigns when women shop for themselves, now’s your chance to treat your sweetie to something you know she’ll love in a luxurious fabric, like silky satin or lace.

One important note, if you’re really hot and heavy for a racy little cut–out number unlike anything she’s ever worn before, we recommend you buy two gifts: one for you and one for her. Most women will gladly wear any tiny thing once if it makes you happy, but we’ll be especially grateful if you’ve also bought a thoughtful present that reflects our desires.

Spoil Her Silly

Lingerie is the perfect gift for many occasions including, but certainly not limited to, Valentine’s day, Christmas, birthdays (and half–birthdays!), and New Year’s. And you musn’t forget our personal favorite: just because. Let her know how special she is while you’re apart, whether across the country or just down the street.

All gifts from A Tropical Affair will be delivered with the prices removed. An optional return and exchange form will be included for her convenience.

Still hesitant? Don’t take our word for it. Check out what the Military Officers Association of America has to say on the subject.

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