As a bonafide lingerie lover, I adore the idea of bras and undies as presents. For my boss’s daughter’s confirmation, I wrapped up two Noelle bras – metallic and velvet – put them in a square black box and tied a white ribbon around. I hope that was okay for a religious event. Whoops if it wasn’t! Because I do what I do, it is understandable that I give lacy, velvet-y underthings as a thank you, welcome back, Santa’s coming, he broke your heart. For others who don’t do this as a living –are there rules for how to give lingerie? Who can give what? What’s appropriate? Are there no-no’s?
There’s nothing more nostalgic that the memory of carton underoos under the Christmas tree. Nostalgic like TBS’s 24-hour rerun of The Christmas Story on Christmas Day. In my opinion, it’s A-okay to give lingerie for Christmas except for one case. If it’s something that is meant for his or her eyes only, spare everyone else the awkwardness and give it in private. This should be common sense, but my dad has given my step mom a La Perla set in front of us children. Come on dad! Yuck!
If there is ever a time when a friend is in need of a boost, literally, it’s after a break up. While I have not given a bra or a panty (or both) to a newly single gal pal post heartbreak, I think it’s a cute idea. Next time a dude ends things with one of my friends, she’s definitely getting a set, from Madalynne or not. It’s a surefire sign that unlike her ex, our relationship is for the long haul.
For friends who haven’t just experience a break up, I still think it’s okay to give lingerie as long as it’s cute and unique, not va-va voom sexy. A soft bra or bralette with comfy cozy socks, nail polish, candle or whatnot is a different gift to give. Not the norm. Sure, it’s girly, but so what? Put some pink and white polka dot tissue paper and make it ultra femme. While you’re at it, Instagram it up #girlpower
I’m referring to boxers, briefs and manthongs. Manthongs are always a no. Gawwwd no! Boxers and briefs are acceptable if he’s your significant, brother, or really good guy friend (that you also have a crush on). If you do give a guy “man lingerie”, do it up nice. Hit up Ralph Lauren, J. Crew or the like.