The entire world can’t seem to get enough of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, so today we’re bringing you the five best sex toys inspired by the series. Written by British author E.L. Forster, taking place mostly in Seattle and depicting the relationship between a young academic and a young man destined for business success, the book has sold over 40 million copies in the entire world thus far. While sales numbers are on a constant rise, the merchandising industry isn’t too far back either, as it explores various new ways to capitalize on the book’s success. The erotic novel is mostly famous for its depiction of BDSM (bondage/dominance/sadism/masochism), which explains why the sex toys it inspired and spawned are so varied in purpose, scope, and shape. Check out our best-five pick below.
1. The Ben Wa Balls
Ben Wa balls are destined for vaginal stimulation and have been around for much longer than the novel series that made them popular once more. They are also known under several other names, such as Burmese bells, Benoit balls, Orgasm balls, Venus balls, and Geisha balls. They’re usually the size of marbles and what makes them roll around is the fact that they contain small weights, which stimulate the vagina once inserted. A pair of gold, ¾” balls made of metal costs around $20. The added bonus is that they can also be used for Kegel exercises, which, as every woman who’s ever gone through labor knows, are extremely useful. They produce natural vibrations by clinking together and require no batteries to be operated.
2. Bondage Kits
The best bondage kits will work with any size of bed and will include a set of items to ensure the maximum amount of pleasure is attained. A premium kit has to include cuff slips, restraints and ankle cuffs, as well as being adjustable, in order to fit any size of play partner, from bulky guys to petite gals. Also, when purchasing such a BDSM kit, make sure the material is soft enough as not to produce burns or bruises that will show up from underneath your clothes after a nighttime of fun, producing unnecessary embarrassment and triggering questions you will not want to answer.
3. Satin Whips
This toy makes the scariest sensual sound, as the silk threads splice the air and produce a ‘whoosh!’ that will send shivers down the spine of your ‘target.’ However, since silk has a soft, sleek texture, it will not burn as badly as you expect it and will definitely be appropriate for teasing, more than punishment. Additionally, we recommend springing for a whip with a sturdy wooden handle, which fits the way it should in your hand, plus at least eleven inches in whip length. If spanking is your thing, this purchase, which you can make for under $17, will definitely keep you both entertained and satisfied for quite a long while.
4. The Nipple Clamp & Vibrator Combo
Nipple clamps have definitely been popularized by the novel series, and there is a wide array of options available out there for you to choose from. Spring for feathered accessories, clamps with tassels, or even the more edgy vibrating clamps. They’re suitable for both genders, and work wonderfully with a set of Adam & Eve vibrators—after stimulating your partner with an entrancing and titillating dance, during which the feathers or tassels on the clamps make their entire body vibrate with yours, vaginal stimulation with a vibrator will complete the ritual. It will also further the bondage-dominance theme of the scenario. In terms of vibrators, anything that floats your boat will work, but we recommend purchasing a full kit, so as to have the right selection prepared at the scene. Kits usually include cylindrical vibrators, anal stimulators, beads, and, of course, the (in)famous rabbit vibrator, popularized by yet another media product—the Sex and the City TV series.
5. Anal Plugs
They are a mainstay with the BDSM crowd, and the huge popularity of 50 Shades of Gray has brought anal play back into focus. This, in turn, has determined a lot of newbies to this type of sexual activity to want to give it a second (or third) shot. There are plenty of soft, elastic, small anal plugs out there for you to choose from, in case you’ve never tried this type of activity before. It’s all about texture and depth for newbies—while more seasoned partners also have a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials to choose from (check out spiked plugs, oversized plugs, and metal plugs for an unforgettable adrenaline rush).