In what we hereby declare to be a Nordstrom Men’s Blog Christmas tradition, we are pleased to present a new collection of photos from our annual December Lingerie Catalog. At the risk of repeating our advice from last year’s installment, we stand behind such items 100% as a valid and in fact thoughtful gift for your significant other—however ONLY as the icing on the cookie, once your G-rated gifts like sweaters, watches, knives and dogs are already under wraps and under the tree.

Keep reading for dozens of unreleased lingerie shots that you won’t see anywhere else—plus insights on the topic of gifting intimates from a female perspective.

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We’ll avoid any cliché jokes about naughty, nice, and that classic, slightly creepy ‘Santa Baby’ number, and get straight to the point: Lingerie and loungewear make for a personal—and perfectly appropriate—last-minute addition to your wife’s or girlfriend’s holiday haul. A few points to consider:

Finishing Touch—Given that such items fall under the category of ‘win-win situation,’ make sure you’ve already done your homework and compiled a few gifts that are unadulteratedly all about her (think boots, bags, jewelry…see our Top 10 Gifts for Her post if you need ideas). Lingerie should be icing on the cake, not the only gift you give.

No Pressure—You still have a couple days to order gifts online and have them shipped (for free!) in time for Christmas. And even as late as this weekend, you can buy online and pick up in-store.

Use Discretion—Depending on what you choose (and whether you’re hosting children or grandmothers Xmas morning), you might nestle these presents under her nightstand, rather than under the tree.

That said, scroll down to browse favorites from our Holiday 2012 Lingerie Catalog, conveniently organized into 3 categories to help you choose:

1. Something to Lounge In. Does she love curling up on the couch for all-day movie marathons? Is the robe she wears during her morning ritual of coffee and the NY Times crossword starting to unravel? Does she love wrapping up in your favorite shirt Saturday morning (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, this is the category for her.

From top:
In Bloom by Jonquil Satin Nightshirt
Kensie Thermal Knit Romper
Oscar de la Renta Velvet Robe


2. Something for the Boudoir. If she’s ever complained that all she has are frumpy sweats—or occasionally ambles into the bedroom with a glass of champagne in-hand—try something slinky that’s meant for your eyes only. Tip: If she has a tomboy side, boyshorts will make her feel right at home catching up on DVR’d Dexter with you from the comfort of your pillow-top.

From top:
In Bloom by Jonquil Pleated Chemise
Honeydew Intimates Babydoll & G-String Set
Hanky Panky Boyshorts


3. Something “Functional.” We don’t have to tell you that a high-quality brassiere does more than just look nice. Invest in a beyond-basic bra on her behalf, and she’ll think of you all day every time she wears it. Be sure to check the size on her current favorite for reference—it’s not snooping, it’s research—and keep the receipt handy in case she’d like to switch.

From top:
Natori Plunge Bra & Thong
Simone Perele Demi Bra & Tanga—Made in France
Josie Retro Bra & Garter Thong (with Wolford Thigh-Highs)



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Ladies: Don’t let your husband or boyfriend continue settling for sub-par, supermarket-bought boxer briefs. They pill, they fade, they sag. You both deserve better—so if he’s been nice this year, drop a couple pairs of Naked Underwear in his stocking (along with a flask and a knife, for good measure).

Gents: Abs lesser than the guy’s above are not a deal breaker, but ratty drawers are. If you know what’s good for you—and have any interest in recreating a similar scene this Yuletide—realize that your 12-year-old self was wrong: Underwear is, in fact, a killer Christmas present.

Naked leads the underwear pack for two reasons: Fit and Fabric. Here are a few notes on Naked’s high-end fabrics, all of which are ethically made in Europe:

Micromodal—spun on a 44-gauge machine; softer than silk; Oekotech certified (a mark of companies that stand for new ideas in environmental protection, waste disposal and recycling).

Microfiber—spun with distilled water from the Italian alps; has a smooth, clean finish; bluesign® certified (one of the highest environmental standards in the textile industry).

Cotton—luxuriously soft, and crafted using green-friendly processes in Europe.

For further insights on Naked’s revolutionary fit, fabrics, and general philosophy, check out the video below, featuring company founder Joel Primus.



And guys, in case you want to return the favor:

[Photos and video courtesy of Naked Underwear.]