Six men share both their traumatizing and tantalizing experiences buying a sex toy for their partners.
1. "My partner and I were long distance for two years, so to make sure she stayed happy, I bought her a really nice rabbit. My biggest issue was that I wanted it to be a bit smaller than me so I was still the most satisfying option." —Cam, 22
2. "I bought my girlfriend a strap-on because I wanted her to peg me. She didn't know that I was into that, so it was a surprise for her. I went to this really crusty sex shop and the cashier kept asking me if I wanted to 'sample' the toys with her. I told her to go away and she didn't listen. I bought a medium sized purple strap on and wrapped it up and gave it to my girlfriend. When she opened it, she was really confused and looked at me like 'What the f**k is this?' I told her it was for us and I wanted her to use it on me! She told me that she wouldn't ever do that and then she gave it back. We aren't together anymore." —Steven, 26
3. "One year, my girlfriend (now wife) and I wanted to spice up our sex life. I didn't know what to do so I asked her. She sent me a huge, detailed list of all the possible sex toys for men and women, we had hours-long discussions and tried to think about what would work best for us. At the end of it, I began to think of it more as a job interview rather than buying sex toys. I gave her the money, and she bought herself presents 'from me.'" —Jamie, 24
4. "It was a dildo/vibrator—the realistic type. The anticipation was driving me wild, and I gave it to her on New Year's Eve. The cute smile on her face was unforgettable; an anxious-type look like she had just seen a long lost friend. What a night it was." —B. D., 39
5. "It was a sexy experience, I bought her a bondage kit that we picked out when we were living long distance, and ordered it to her house. Knowing that I sent her toys was an amazing thrill and helped with the long distance. When the package got there, she got great pleasure out of showing and teasing me over FaceTime, and I had no complaints. Made the long distance thing fun!" —Paul, 21
6. "My girlfriend loves anything having to do with anal so for her birthday, I got her anal beads as a surprise. I went to go buy them at a local Spencer's because we did not have a sex store. When I was checking out, my little sister came up from behind me in line and was buying a dildo. She had no idea it was me in front of her. Long story short, I do not buy the sex toys anymore, nor did I mention it to my little sister. Anyways, the anal beads were awesome and I highly recommend them if anyone wants to try it out, but remember to use lube!" —Bradley, 28
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.