Valentine’s Day For Him & For Her

It’s that time of year again folks (no, not Pancake Tuesday, get your mind off your belly for once!)

The official day of romance approaches and what kind of designer underwear and lingerie folk would we be if we didn’t give you a heads up on the best buys for your special someone?

So as usual, we’ve had a good rummage around the bear cave and picked our favourite pieces – for him and for her – and brought them together in one easy place for you…

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide For Her

We’ll start with the ladies because, let’s be honest, this is one national holiday that is definitely more about making the girly bears smile!

But guaranteed every year, Valentine’s Day will get men-folk in a tail spin.

What do you buy her?

Does it depend how long you’ve been dating?

What bra size is she?

What if I get it wrong?!

Push your worries aside and check out these Bear Necessities for a love-filled holiday that will put a smile on everyone’s face:

If you’re looking to bring some spice to a long-term romance, or you just feel that your favourite female deserves a pick-me-up treat, then a matching designer lingerie set will always hit the spot. Fantasie’s latest styles – like this Penelope Underwired Bra – ooze sophistication and quality, with their attention to detail and stunning prints.

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If this is your first Valentine’s Day together, or you’re unsure about choosing something out of her comfort zone/style, we recommend something like Fantasie’s Alexa Brief. Steering clear of cliche red and opting for something timeless, with a designer edge (such as the fanned embroidery design here) will ensure you hit the mark for Brownie Points.

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But the holiday of love doesn’t have to mean lingerie for a sexy night in! There are plenty of other ways to show we appreciate the lady bears in our lives. Whether it’s pyjamas for a new mum, a new weekend bag for a best friend or some everyday essentials she really needs but won’t buy for herself; brands like Tommy Hilfiger and their iconic bralettes, lounge pants and T-shirts will make her feel comfortable AND loved!

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Find even more Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her in the dedicated are of our website here!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

While this particular holiday is heavily aimed at women and giving them all their favourite treats (chocolate, flowers, designer lingerie) there’s no doubt been a tide change in recent times.

Grizzlies have decided that they, too, deserve to be spoiled. And we agree!

If the latest underwear and swimwear ranges on offer for men is anything to go by, then most of our favourite designers think so, too!

Fear not if you’re not sure what constitutes a great male Valentine’s Day Gift, though – we’ve got you covered:

We know, we know, it’s the obvious choice. Red! But plenty of men folk don’t want frills and gimmicks, they want to stick to what they know. Like firm favourite designer brand Calvin Klein. Their new Intense Power Trunk range brings a striking new logo-emblazoned waistband with the same reliable comfort and superior fit. All wrapped up in a trendy new hue – Dylan Red.

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all love hearts and teddy bears, though. If you want to treat your grizzly to some quality designer underwear that he can don everyday with pride, then HOM’s latest range offers just the mix. These Sport Boxer Briefs bring all the technical fabric benefits of a product designed for sport, while also looking cool with the very festive red seam accents.

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And we don’t just show love to one part of the body here at Utility Bear, oh no. We fully recommend looking further down for some great gift ideas too. Tommy Hilfiger’s Sock Gift Sets are hugely popular and it’s easy to see why. They’re a practical present with all the quality and comfort you’d expect from such a renowned brand. Plus, when it comes in it’s very own snazzy gift box, you won’t even need to wrap!

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Check out these and many more grizzly gifts at UtilityBear.com’s dedicated gift guide website here.

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

And now it’s the lady bears’ turn!

Christmas 2016 is fast-approaching and we want to help you find the best gifts for all the special folk in your life.

That could be a hard job considering the vast amount of impressive new designer underwear and accessories brands we welcomed to UtilityBear.comthis year!

So to help (because we’re a helpful bunch) we’ve compiled our favourite pieces in one handy place for you: last week we gave you the Gift Guide For Him and now we finish with our 2016 Gift Guide For Her.

Below we’ve got the best Christmas gifts for the women in your life; be it lingerie for the Better Half, socks for your sister, pyjamas for your friend, or something special for yourself!

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Calvin Klein Star Pyjama Gift Set in sizes XS – L (£65.00)

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette (Grey) in sizes S – L (£30.00)

Pringle “Louise” 3-Pack Socks (Grey) in size UK 4-8 (£10.99)

Jockey Watermelon Capri Pants (Navy) in sizes S – L (£29.99)

Sloggi “Light Lace 2.0” Non-Wired Bra (Aubergine) in sizes 32A – 38C (£20.00)

Tommy Hilfiger Fitness Cropped Legging in sizes XS – XL (£40.00)

Tommy Hilfiger 3-Pack “Lara” Bikini Briefs (Navy, White, Red) in sizes XS – XL (£32.00)

Freya “Wildfire” Underwired Plunge Balcony Bra (Lava) in sizes 32D – 38FF (£34.99)

And for the girl who had everything… Gift Vouchers from £5.00 – £100.00

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Christmas 2016 is fast-approaching and we want to help you find the best gifts for all the Grizzlies and Ladybears in your life.

That could be a hard job considering the vast amount of impressive new designer underwear and accessories brands we welcomed to UtilityBear.com this year!

So to help (because we’re a helpful bunch) we’ve compiled our favourite pieces in one handy place for you: starting with our 2016 Gift Guide For Him.

Below we’ve got the best Christmas gifts for the men in your life; be it socks for Daddy Bear, boxers for your Other Half, or something special for yourself!

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Calvin Klein Long Pyjama Set With Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top – Red/Grey £61.00 (sizes S-XL)
Lacoste Colours Collection 3 Pack Cotton Stretch Boxer Trunks – Green/White £36.00 (sizes S-XL)
Tommy Hilfiger Heritage Check Woven Boxer Short – Red/Blue £32.00 (sizes S-XL)
Jockey Striped/Plain 2 Pack Long Pant Thermals – Blue £54.99 (sizes S-XL)
Bjorn Borg Short Shorts Mirage 2 Pack – Lake Blue £24.00 (sizes S-L)
Tommy Hilfiger 4-Pack Navy/Blue Sock Gift Set Tin – Blues £24.99 (sizes 6-11)
Utility Bear Don’t Conform Tee Silver Marl – £19.99 (sizes S-XXL)
Sophos Superman Navy Wallet – £19.99
British Bag Company Tartan Harris Tweed Holdall Black/Grey – £84.99

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Daddy Bears rejoice! Your annual day off is approaching…

But it can be tough to choose the right gift for the grizzly in your life. What do you buy the man you call on to have the things you don’t? From power tools to spare tyres and everything in between, if you don’t have one, Dad will!

That’s probably why the simplest gifts have remained staples of Father’s Day giving.

Designer boxers he would never buy himself, classic socks to replace the ones with the hole at the toe, a swish new tie or a dapper bag for work…

Father’s Day is the day to say thanks with a special something for a truly dapper dad.

At Utility Bear we specialise in dapper, and designer, and we’ve listed our favourites from underwear and socks to loungewear and accessories, fit for any super dad:

 

Calvin Klein Boxers

A certain singer you’ve maybe heard of – goes by the name of Bieber – recently joined the Calvin Klein crew and made their latest take on the classic brief an instant sellout. The Calvin Klein Intense Power Trunk is crafted from a stretchy cotton with the same high-quality design and structure that will keep its shape and function over time.

The “Blue Shadow” is particularly striking and the waistband comes emblazoned with the traditional stamped Calvin Klein logo bringing style and cool kudos to any underwear drawer.

Buy the Calvin Klein Intense Power Trunk here from just £20.83

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Tommy Hilfiger Socks

Socks are still the most popular gift of choice for dad’s at Christmas, birthdays and on Father’s Day. And that’s good because Dads are often so busy running around helping the rest of the family that they don’t look after the basics themselves – just check how many pairs he has with holes in them!

But it can still be hard to strike the balance between good socks and grizzly socks. Funny motifs and days of the week probably fall into the grizzly category. Good socks, for us bears, would be classic styled, high-quality, designer socks that will last. Socks Dad can wear under a suit or jeans and be proud of!

Like our range of Tommy Hilfiger designer socks.

Presented in an impressive gift tin, these cotton rich socks from Tommy Hilfiger are the perfect gift. They feature two plain and two striped pairs in four different colours. Available in UK 6-8(EU 39-42) or UK 9-11(EU 43-46) at just £20.89

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Jockey Printed Swim Shorts

Maybe Dad’s going on holiday and you’re worried about him embarrassing you at the beach with his favourite pair of budgie smugglers from the 1980s that make him look like an extra in a George Michael video?

Or perhaps you just want to help him keep up to date with the latest swimwear style so he can look the part poolside, with a helpful nudge in the right direction.

Well that nudge comes in the form of the latest range of Jockey printed swim shorts for Spring/Summer 2016 (£29.16)

These black and white beauties are from the Jockey® USA Originals collection and come with the type of practical product perks Dads love – elasticated waistband, internal drawcord, mesh lining, two front pockets (and hip pocket with velcro fastening!)

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Men’s Long Pyjama Set

If Father’s Day is a Sunday for Dad to lounge around, not cutting grass, not building furniture and definitely not fixing anything, then he will most likely appreciate some superior comfort to make the lounging feel even lovelier.

For designer fit and comfort, look no further than the Jockey cotton long pyjama sets, like these “Down the Gym” check pyjamas for £25.00.

100% Cotton with a long sleeved round neck top and long pyjama pants with elasticated waistband, button fly and side pockets; Dad will be living it up in front of the telly in this cool kit.

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British Bag Company Tweed Holdall Bag

If your Daddy Bear is far too dapper for pyjamas, then the Harris Tweed Holdall from the British Bag Company is the touch of class he needs to add to his wardrobe collection.

At £70.82, the Harris Tweed is popular worldwide for good reason. Genuine Harris Tweed facing is 100% wool, hand woven in the Outer Hebrides!

The internal zipped pocket an external document pouch make it perfect for working dads, professional dads, travelling dads and dads who appreciate a little style in among the chaos of family life.

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Treat your dad to some designer underwear or accessories that he wouldn’t normally buy himself this Father’s Day and climb your way to the top of his favourite child list with UtilityBear.com! 

 

 

 

6 Ways To Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day at Utility Bear

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Oprah calls it the toughest job in the world.

Have you ever watched a Mama bear try to control a group of cubs?

So we agree with Oprah.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home-keep-the-machine-running kind of Mom or a career-woman-juggling-everything kinda Mum, gone are the days when you had to wait for someone to buy you something nice to say thanks for all that you do.

Sure you might get to sleep a little longer, perhaps be treated to a (possibly burnt/cold/questionable ingredients) breakfast in bed and you may even receive some flowers or a cute crayon-covered card…

But you’ve worked hard all year and you deserve something special. These days we recommend treating yourself!

Gifts For Mum At Utility Bear

Loungewear…

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Tommy Hilfiger Grey Long Pant

Sunday is “the day of rest.” Mother’s Day falls on a Sunday.

Coincidence? We think not!

There’s nothing better on a day of relaxation at home than the best fitting, most comfortable loungewear you can find.

And the Iconic Tommy Hilfiger Long Pant (RRP £32.00) remains one of the best out there.

Made from high quality stretch cotton for superior fit and comfort, the branded elastic waistband and Tommy Hilfiger flag logo at the hip will remind you that you are, in fact, worth it.

 

 

Lingerie…

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Fantasie Penelope Underwired Bra

So Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the special lingerie should be resigned to the back of the drawer until next February! Whether you’re in the mood for romance or not, sometimes donning a specially crafted piece of luxury can just give you that extra spring in your step for the day.

Fantasie’s “Penelope” underwired bra in purple haze (RRP £34.00) has a modern Geo floral print in sophisticated dewy shades, complimented with delicate embroidery trims.

You’ll feel pretty special underneath even if you get covered in baby milk!

Bags…

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British Bag Company Waxed Canvas Holdall

Often motherhood doesn’t allow time for special lady bears to be whisked away on romantic breaks or jet-set sunshine travels, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the next big adventure by investing in a beautiful bag.

The British Bag Company is a brand booming worldwide, with a reputation for high quality craftsmanship, design and traditional materials.

Own something worth travelling in with a Waxed Canvas Holdall (RRP £64.99) and drop some hints to the grizzly other half!

 

Socks…

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You’re on your feet all day.

But today, you just might be lucky enough to be told to “put your feet up!”

Encase them in comfort and style with Pringle’s traditional “Tiffany” socks (RRP £10.99).

Made with cotton-rich material and Lycra they’ll provide all day comfort and support while ensuring your feet stay fresh all day.

And they’re pink. What’s not to like?

 

 

 

Live Like a Celebrity for the Day!

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Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Iconic Bralette – Grey

OK, we can’t provide the private jet, yacht trip and personal chef.

BUT we do have one of the celeb and blogger’s favourite items: the Tommy Hilfiger cotton iconic bralette (RRP £25.00).

Non-padded and made from a soft cotton blend with stretch gives you superior support.

And the iconic logo elastic trim will keep you looking good and feeling comfy all day.

 

 

Brighten Up Your Basics

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Sloggi Touch It Microfibre 2 pack Hipster

Tomorrow it’ll be “back to porridge”, school runs, and bath times…

So why not inject a little Spring sunshine into your morning routine with the latest colourful basics from Sloggi?

Their Touch It Microfibre Hipster 2-packs (RRP £12.00) provide ultimate comfort and a seamless look while providing great movement and stretch abilities.

And no VPL (visible panty line) – result!

 

Utility Bear Valentines Gift Guide

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Whether you’re planning a romantic day out or a sexy night in, Valentine’s is the ultimate holiday of love and as it fast approaches, we’ve got the perfect guide to making your other half feel special!

Lingerie For Her

At Utility Bear we know that women like choice (and it’s a lady bear’s prerogative to change her mind). So it can be overwhelming to choose the right lingerie as a gift when she owns such a vast selection. Bras, basques, suspender belts… is it worth the stress?

But lingerie has been the perfect present for decades for good reason – it’s luxurious, something she might not splash out on herself, and it will make her feel as good as you think she looks!

Do

  • DO choose lace, embroidery and matching sets – all the finer details men folk don’t usually notice – these are the elements that will impress her underneath the gift wrapping.
  • DO think about what she likes, check through her drawers taking note of the underwear brands and then see what new lingerie sets those brands are currently selling – the fit and feel will then be similar to what she’s comfortable in.
  • DO stick to colours she likes to wear in her general clothing. If she wouldn’t wear a red dress she probably won’t appreciate a racy red bra!
  • DO research size – the hardest underwear element to get right, but the most important. Again it’s drawer-hunting time! Find the most recent size or the most common size among the labels (because women can wear different sizes in different brands).

Don’t

  • DON’T choose complicated pieces with too many ties/straps (you don’t want to get tangled up taking it off) Go too wild and risk ruining the evening – if you haven’t discussed anything crotchless – avoid experimenting with underwear on Valentine’s Day! Forget hosiery (that’s tights and holdups to the rest of us!) A fine silk pair of stockings for suspenders can instantly dress up any plain lingerie set.
  • DON’T give up hope. So maybe you have a bunch of cubs in the cave and it’s not so easy to don some lacy undies and light the candles. But fear not! Even if your romantic night-in involves a movie and some cosy pyjamas, a new set of lounge wear is a female favourite and its not just for Christmas. From cotton long pants to fluffy robes, pampering your significant other with comfort and luxurious time to herself might mean more to her than a fancy dinner in high heels.
  • And if you’ve been together a long time, why not prove how much you know about her with a few key pieces from her favourite underwear brands (correct size investigated of course!) and show that she doesn’t need frills and bows to impress her man-bear.
  • If all else fails and you’ve got yourself into a shopping stress mess, just go for the gift voucher inside a handwritten card (to show you gave it some time and thought) while giving her the freedom to buy her favourite underwear essentials or choose a new luxury piece herself.

Underwear For Him

Valentine’s Day has been described as a holiday that’s ultimately for women, but here at Utility Bear we don’t believe it should be. Lingerie is a key gift choice for the ladies because its sexy, intimate and romantic, and it can be just as romantic for the boys too!

Whether you have a hardworking Daddy Bear who could use a comfy new bathrobe and pyjama set to unwind in, or you’re planning a night of romance with a sexy significant other, underwear is a great gift.

It shows that you’ve taken time and effort to research and choose, while also boosting your partner’s confidence that you do, in fact, want to see what he looks like under his clothes!

Do

  • DO think about his favourite underwear brands, like the designer boxers or patterned socks he wears to death. It’s the perfect time to splash out on a new multi-pack that he might not want to spend on himself when he thinks he should be treating you.
  • DO remember that as with women’s underwear, size is important for the men folk too. A quick trawl of the labels in his drawer should steer you in the right direction (remember that he could be different sizes with different brands) and check for the newest-looking pair!
  • DON’T look for gift sets like boxed socks and trunk multipacks which offer more variety and often come in fancy packaging and gift boxes for special occasions.

Don’t

  • DON’T buy underwear with hearts and teddy bears all over them unless you know your fella will appreciate it. Could be cute, or it could be creepy, it’s about knowing what your man likes.
  • DON’T apply the same rules to male bears as lady bears when it comes to lace, embroidery, or anything too revealing in the undergarment department.
  • DON’T use Valentine’s as an excuse to “broaden his horizons”. Grizzly bears like the comfort of their caves and if he is a boxers man, now is not the time to invest in a G-string!
  • DON’T forget about accessories, they’re not just for girls. Your man could just as easily appreciate a new designer bag or belt as much as you would.

Again, if after all this you’re still torn as to what to choose, a gift voucher inside a handwritten card will give him the freedom to choose his special gift himself.

But we’re pretty confident you’ll find the newest products from all your favourite global designers at the best prices, right here at UtilityBear.com

And we wish you all an adventurous Valentine’s Day!