Stumped On a Laguna Beach Valentine's Day Gift (and Over 18)?

C.J. Zucker, owner of Laguna Beach's X & Oh boutique, provides some helpful hints on what to buy for the holiday.

Stuck on a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, or wanting to do something nice for your single-and-loving-it self? Then let Laguna Beach sexpert C.J. Zucker, owner of the high-end adult boutique X & Oh on Coast Highway, give you some ideas to get your motor hummin’, whether your boudoir behavior is mild or wild. 

For the Fifty Shades fanatic …

The Fifty Shades of Grey series of books has become the gateway drug for millions needing to express their secret desires – the New York Times bestseller list can’t be wrong. X & Oh has a special enclave where all matter of Shades-related accoutrements on display, including a grey necktie ($12) which the books' characters use to enhance … things … and a mask ($12) inspired by a similar version on the cover of Fifty Shades Darker. Real-life Christian Grey not included.

For the debauched daredevil …

The shop carries a wide variety of waterproof, rechargeable, no-batteries-required toys (starting at $105) from the Lelo line, which have merged with high-tech so much that they’re practically like smart phones. One even has a USB port for recharging. “Everyone wants to know if you can store your orgasms!” Zucker says. Several allow you to please your partner via remote control – clearly, these ain’t your mama’s toys. Just make sure you don’t mistakenly use one as a kitchen utensil.

For the virtuous virgin …

Zucker says Kama Sutra massage oil candles ($24) are a big hit, especially with couples who are honeymooning in Laguna Beach and have never had sex before. Yes, really. “We get them all the time,” she says. These candles melt from wax to massage oil, after which you pour on your favorite body, and let your imagination take over. The shop also sells a getaway kit ($32) which includes lickable body powder.

For the closet kinkster …

Hearts and Valentine’s Day go together like … well, hearts and Valentine’s Day. You can tell your partner to giddyap with a special riding crop ($14) that, when applied properly to the fleshy areas of one’s choice, leaves a cute little impression of a heart. You decide on how red you want to make it, natch.

For the chest enthusiast …

Nipple tassles harken back to the days of classic 19th-century European burlesque shows, and the ones Zucker keeps behind a locked glass case would’ve probably been favored by the aristocracy -- a hand-stitched pair (well, just one would look a little silly), covered in red-beaded Swarovski crystal ($195) and imported from London.

X & Oh will be hosting a pre-Valentine's Day party on Wednesday, with a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a product info session at 7 p.m. And hey, prizes for the first 10 guests! X & Oh is at 1143 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. (949) 715-4242; www.xandoh.com.


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