There aren’t tons of circumstances I can think of where a woman would be unhappy to get a gift of lingerie. Unless you’re rich as Rockefeller and could afford to get her a car but keep getting her thongs it’s typically a welcome gift. It says you think she’s sexy and you want to give her something to wear for the part.
There’s only one problem with buying lingerie and it’s a problem with all clothing gift purchases: size. If you’re dating a woman who is self-conscious about her body – in other words, if you’re dating a woman – buying the wrong size either way is a path strewn with banana peels, especially with such an intimate garment (it's a lot more personal than, say, a jacket). If you buy too small she might feel self-conscious about being too big. If you buy too big she might feel self-conscious that she’s too small or she might wonder exactly how goddamn big you see her as being (unless you're vigilant about telling her that you think it's the sexiest thing in the world that her butt sticks out like a bay window, which mine does and I never tire of hearing its praises). If you're very confident go for it, but if you're not I have two words: gift card.
If you get a gift card to a store that’s pretty adult or lingerie- specific then she can’t be mistaken that you’re intentions are deliciously filthy (do NOT get her a Sears gift card if you know she wants something more out of Moulin Rouge). Fairvilla has tons of nice lingerie from bridal white to black PVC and with many companies making terrific teddies, corsets and dress-up costuming in plus sizes the choices are vastly better than they once were. Should you go the gift card route you can a) go shopping with her and make a date out of it or b) tell her what you think she’d look amazing in and be delightfully surprised at what she comes back with.
. The outfits you see her are pa-retty obviously holiday-themed dresses/costumes (this the season) but between the range of items, the holiday sales and the helpfulness of the staff you’re sure to find something fabulous in any genre of lingerie you like.
Men are so much easier. All you have to get them is the t-shirt that says “All I want for Christmas is a blow job.” And that one’s on sale, no less.