Whether you’re shopping for your partner, your best friend or your sister, birthday lingerie makes the perfect gift. You might be looking for a seductive lingerie set, a cheeky birthday lift for a loved one or luxury underwear that they’ll love. Whatever you’re searching for, we’re here to guide you through the process.
We know how overwhelming it can feel when you’re shopping for lingerie gifts for a loved one. That’s why we’ve put together this handy lingerie gift guide, sharing our top tips for buying birthday lingerie for that special someone in your life. We’re with you every step of the way.
How To Gift Lingerie
It can be difficult to know where to start when you’re thinking about gifting lingerie. There’s so many different styles, colours and fabrics, and that’s without even considering sizes!
Luckily, you aren’t alone in your quest of buying the perfect birthday lingerie for your loved one. We’re here for you. That’s why we’ve put together all of our top tips in one place, so you can shop for birthday lingerie stress-free, from the comfort of your sofa.
If you have any questions, we’re always happy to help. Whether you’re stuck between two styles or are confused about sizing, we will work with you to find the perfect lingerie to surprise your loved one on their birthday.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about buying lingerie as a birthday gift.
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What Do You Need To Know Before Buying Lingerie As A Gift?
Before you buy birthday lingerie, there are a few things you’ll need to know about your recipient. This will help to ensure that you choose a piece they’ll be eager to slip into and which will boost their self confidence immediately.
The four key things you’ll need to consider before buying lingerie are:
1. Style – What style of lingerie will make the recipient look and feel great?
2. Colour – What colour lingerie makes them feel most confident?
3. Fabric – Which fabrics do they love and which do they avoid?
4. Size – What size do they need?
Once you’ve established these four things, you’ll be ready to make your purchase. But is it really as complicated as it sounds?
Here are the four steps to choosing the perfect lingerie gift for your loved one.
1. Choosing The Perfect Style
Style is everything when it comes to lingerie, and unfortunately there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to choosing the perfect style. Every body is different, which means that different styles suit different body shapes, whilst personal preferences and comfort also come into play.
The safest option when you’re shopping for birthday lingerie is to choose something that will slot straight into their existing lingerie collection. After all, you want the lucky recipient to feel their best self when they slips into their new lingerie.
Whilst some people adore classic styles like the timeless balcony bra or comfortable full cup bra, others prefer the flattering look of a low cut plunge bra or the luxury of a basque. It’s all about finding the style that makes them feel amazing on their special day.
For example, if they loves a sexy plunge bra, the Fantasie Marianna could be ideal. With a low neckline and amazing uplift, they’ll love the self-confidence boost that they’ll get from this bra. Alternatively, if comfort is their priority, you might find their head is turned by the Freya Daisy Lace bralette which combines impressive comfort with gorgeous style.
There are a few different ways that you can find the perfect style. Firstly, think about the styles of lingerie that you’ve seen them wearing. Obviously, this is likely to be an easier task if you’re buying for a romantic partner rather than a friend.
Next, think about whether the recipient has ever mentioned anything to you about styles of lingerie. Is there a particular style that makes them feel amazing, or certain styles that they steer clear of? For example, some people prefer to avoid thongs and opt for briefs that provide a bit extra coverage.
Finally, if you’re still struggling to decide on a style, you may be able to sneak a peek at what they already own. If you’re living with the recipient, why not offer to put away the laundry and try to catch a glimpse of their collection. You’ll be catching up with household chores whilst also getting inspiration for the perfect gift.
2. Picking The Perfect Shade
Next, let’s think about colour. Lingerie comes in a vast assortment of different colours, from the classic black, white and nude to brighter shades such as peach, lime and yellow. It can be hard to know what colour to choose if you don’t have access to their lingerie drawer to see their favourite shades.
If you’re unsure of the best colour to choose, black and ivory are usually safe choices. Even the most vibrant of people will usually have a few discreet white bras to wear conspicuously beneath white shirts or dresses. Black and white may seem like simple and even boring choices, but sometimes the classic colours are the real winners, giving a real timeless edge to the piece.
However, if you know that the lucky recipient is a fan of bright colours and vibrant tones, don’t hold back. You can show how well you really know them by choosing a stand-out colour you know they’ll love, allowing their personality to shine through.
Most people look great in black, white and red lingerie. However, hair colour is also a great way to choose a colour for lingerie that will make them feel their best. Here are a few ideas of lingerie colours based on hair colour, to give you a head start in choosing the perfect tone for your birthday lingerie.
· Blonde hair – Opt for pastel shades such as pale pinks, blues and greens.
· Brunette hair – Look for strong, bright colours such as red, emerald and sapphire.
· Red hair – Consider blues, greens and earthy tones.
3. Choosing The Right Fabric
Lingerie is an extremely sensual item of clothing, so it’s important that the fabric is right. Whilst some people love the feel of lace, others may prefer soft and silky fabrics. If you want to find the perfect gift, choosing the right fabric is key.
The easiest way to discover the favourite fabric type of your recipient is once again to take a peek at the type of fabrics that their existing collection consists of. However, if you don’t have access to their lingerie drawer, you can observe the types of clothes that they wear on a daily basis. Think about whether it’s loose fitting or tight, silky or lacey and stretchy or rigid. This will give you an idea of the types of fabrics that they might like for their lingerie.
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4. Getting The Size Right
Last but definitely not least, you’ll need to know what size to buy. Unfortunately, most lingerie sizing is not as simple as choosing from small, medium or large. If you plan to buy a bra, you’ll need to know what cup and band size you’re looking for.
The easiest way to make sure that you get the right fit it by taking a peek into their lingerie drawer at the sizes of their current favourites. Most bras tend to have a label sewn in near the fastenings on the back of the bra which should state the size. It’s worth checking a few different bras, as sometimes they may be different sizes in different styles or brands of bra.
What If You Can’t Find Their Size?
If you struggle to find their bra size, it’s worth considering other options such as a bralette. Instead of using the usual cup and band measurements, bralettes are sized in small, medium, large and extra large, and we have a handy conversion chart to help you to choose the right option. Opting for a bralette can help to take away some of the confusion around buying a bra, as there is less to think about when it comes to sizing.
You’ll be pleased to know that we also offer free returns and exchanges. So, if the size isn’t quite right, you can always exchange the gift for a new size to ensure that you get a perfect fit.
Find out more: How bra sizes work
Our Top Tips For Gifting Lingerie
Buying lingerie as a birthday gift can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be that way. We’ve put together our top tips to help you along the way.
· Look for quality – We all love a bargain, but when you’re buying lingerie as a gift, it needs to be perfect. Choosing a high quality brand such as Freya, Panache or Curvy Kate will show how much you care and ensure that the lingerie lasts for years to come.
· Focus on confidence – Everyone wants to feel confident, but it isn’t always easy when you’re under the stress of everyday life. A new set of lingerie can do wonders when it comes to boosting your self-confidence, so look for styles that will make your lucky recipient feel great.
· Don’t forget comfort – It’s all well and good choosing a sexy style that enhances the wearer’s assets and makes them look great, but it needs to feel great too. There’s no point in having gorgeous lingerie if you can’t wear it for more than an hour, so be sure to prioritise comfort.
· Timing is everything – If you need your gift for a specific date, be sure to order it in plenty of time. Our orders take 2-3 working days to be delivered, and no one wants to be left waiting for their birthday gift!
How To Wrap Lingerie
So, you’ve chosen the perfect birthday lingerie for your lucky recipient, but what next? Gorgeous lingerie deserves beautiful wrapping, and only the best will do here. After all, the gift wrap is the first thing your recipient will see when you hand them their birthday gift.
The first thing to do is to wrap the lingerie in tissue paper. For extra brownie points here, you can coordinate the tissue paper to the colour of the lingerie. Alternatively, you can choose silver or gold metallic paper for an extra touch of luxury.
Next, you’ll need something to put your gift in. If you want to go for ultimate elegance, opt for a gift box. This should be flat and wide, the perfect size for containing your lingerie gift. If a box feels too extravagant, a gift bag is also perfect for this.
Before you seal your box or gift bag, sprinkle a handful of rose petals over the wrapped lingerie. You can also add a few chocolate truffles or a romantic card, for a gift that they’ll always remember.
Finally, if you’ve chosen to place your lingerie in a gift box, tie a ribbon around the box, into a decadent bow. Again, you can choose to coordinate the colour of the ribbon to the colour of the lingerie you’ve chosen, or you might want to opt for the recipient’s favourite colours.
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What Is The Difference Between Balcony And Plunge Bras?
Bras come in many different shapes and styles, from balcony bras to plunge bras. The main difference between a balcony and a plunge bra is the neckline. A balcony bra has a straight neckline and gives great uplift, whilst a plunge bra has a V-shaped neckline which provides a more revealing look. Balcony bras are ideal for wearing under straight-cut dresses and vest tops, whereas plunge bras are perfect for wearing with low-cut outfits.
What Is The Comfiest Type Of Bra?
The comfiest type of bra will depend on your personal preferences and shape. Whilst some people love t-shirt bras, others may feel most comfortable in a plunge bra. Whilst physical comfort is essential, you’ll also need to look for a bra that makes you feel great, as confidence is everything. Ultimately, the comfiest bra will be one that fits perfectly and moulds to your individual shape. This can take some trial and error, which is why it’s so important to look for a retailer that offers free returns and exchanges.
Choosing The Perfect Lingerie As A Birthday Gift
When you’re looking for the perfect birthday lingerie, you might feel overwhelmed by the various options available. You’ll need to know the size of the recipient, as well as their favourite styles, colours and fabrics, which makes the decision feel even more challenging.
However, it doesn’t need to be that way. By following our guide, you will be able to find the perfect lingerie to gift to your loved one. When they unwrap their new lingerie, you’re certain to be in their good books!
If you need help choosing the right birthday lingerie for your loved one, we’re always happy to help. Get in touch with us today for expert advice.