I’ll be blunt: Sex toys are fun. And if you’ve never used one, either in solo or partner play, you’re in for an exciting time. While it can feel intimidating to purchase or play with your first toy, I assure you it’s not, as this in-depth beginner’s guide to all things sex toy will make clear. All you have to do is enjoy the ride.

Vibrators

Vibrators are perhaps the least daunting of all the sex toys. They’re not difficult to use and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many of which can be fun for all genders.

For folks with a vagina, classic, realistic or bullet vibrators are all great options, mainly because they’re straightforward and easy to conceal if needed. People who enjoy anal play can invest in vibrating butt plugs.

Vibrators are also readily available, and you can head to all kinds of online spots—from mainstream websites to specialist retailers—to purchase one.

Once you choose a vibrator, experiment with it and see what feels good to you. While they are typically used for penetration and clitoral stimulation, you can