Deck the halls with… bras and panties, of course. The mistletoe is hung, the tree is adorned, the lights are up, and all that’s left to do is craft your wish list. What’s on it? Lingerie, naturally! It makes sense, too. The holiday season serves as the perfect time to refresh your collection.

The only question is, how can you ask for lingerie? In fact, lingerie makes a stellar gift, whether from your spouse, or a new flame. And we’re firm believers in treating yourself to some new underthings, so there’s no reason why you have to wait for a special someone to do the shopping.

Regardless of who you hope will be giving you underthings this year, here are a few tips that might help you ask for the lingerie you’re lusting after:

Start a wishlist

First thing’s first: Start keeping track of the pieces you want online.

First, you may want to take stock of what you have in your collection. That way, you can add things to your list that you actually need, whether that means a sexy new push-up bra, or a couple pairs of comfy high-waist panties. Be sure to have some variety on your lingerie wish list! It’s a good idea to have a few different bras as well as panties, and one or two specialty lingerie pieces, too, like a teddy or babydoll. If you offer a handful of items to choose from, they can pick their favourite (the one they’d like to see you in most, of course).

Know your size

This is an imperative step to crafting the perfect holiday lingerie wish list. If you don’t know your size, how can you expect someone else to? Take the guessing games out of the shopping experience, and get fitted by a professional at Inner Secrets Lingerie. You can walk in without an appointment, but it’s advisable to book a time slot ahead of time during the holiday season since stores tend to be particularly busy.

Once you know your proper size, be sure to include that information in your wish list! The recipient will undoubtedly be grateful for this helpful detail.

Drop hints

OK, now that you have your wish list, it’s time to send it. If you’d rather take a subtle approach to this, you can drop hints. For example, tell your partner that the one thing you really need right now is a couple new bras or pairs of panties, but you’re too busy shopping for everyone else on your list. Or, next time you’re shopping together, point to some lingerie in a store window and ask, “Do you think that would look nice on me?” Plant the idea in their head that you’ve got lingerie on the brain, and they’ll likely connect the dots that this could make the perfect gift.

If your SO isn’t getting the hints, though, you may simply want to be more direct. Let them know that you’d love to have some exciting new pieces to show off on date nights, and if they ask what you have your eye on, you can send along your carefully crafted wish list.

Suggest gift cards

If you don’t have time to put together a wish list, you can always ask for a gift card. Some people consider gift cards to be impersonal, and your special someone may want to help you pick out the lingerie. So you might ask for a gift card, and then invite them along on your shopping trip so they can be a part of it. It’ll give you both something to look forward to after the holidays wind down. Plus, this way, you can actually try the pieces on to make sure they work for your specific figure as well as your wardrobe.

With so many luxe, eye-catching styles this time of year, it’s hard to resist adding a few new pieces to your arsenal. Plus, those lacy underthings are bound to come in handy under all your party dresses (and don’t forget — Valentine’s Day is approaching right after New Years!). These tips should help you compile the perfect wish list — here’s hoping you find a few fabulous unmentionables under your tree this year.