Gwyneth Paltrow has a $28k sex chair in her goop Christmas gift guide - 5 affordable options to spice up your sex life

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Gwyneth Paltrow, who included one of the best sex chairs in her goop Christmas gift guide
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Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger when it comes to, ahem, unique wellness hacks. The Oscar-winning actress and founder of goop has raved about the benefits of oil pulling, vaginal steaming, and jade eggs over the years, even once selling a candle titled “This Smells Like My Vagina” on her site. 

She hosted a show last year titled Sex, Love and goop, where couples were guided through counseling and therapy sessions, and encouraged to try using some of the best sex toys in the bedroom to boost overall wellbeing.

This year, the goop Holiday Gift Guide has hit headlines after including a $28k sex chair (or, as the GG calls it, a "tufted boudoir chaise"). Under the "ridiculous but awesome" section, the chaise is described as “a foundation for fantasy” with “curves that mimic the contours of the body”. Decked out with stirrups and restraints, goop suggests displaying “it in your bedroom, living room, dungeon, what have you”.

Sure, sex chairs might sound a little out there, but here at Marie Claire UK, we're all about promoting sexual wellness, positivity, and working out what works for you. "Designed specifically for pleasure, sex chairs can make an incredible addition to your sexual repertoire," explains sex expert and creative director at Tapdat, Alice Leach. 

"Sex - and specifically satisfying, pleasure-based sex - is so important," adds Leach. "It's well documented that great sex and orgasms can improve our physical health, mental wellbeing, and alleviate stress, too." 

Keen to learn more about said chairs? Keep scrolling, and shop Leach's edit of the more affordable options currently available, while you're here (we are in a cost-of-living crisis, after all).  

How do sex chairs work?

Well, in short, they work by providing a better position to explore your favourite sex positions in, creating space for both partners to explore their sexual fantasies or common sex dreams.

N.B.: Some are designed for more support, to allow for more flexibility or easier access to all the good bits, shares the expert. "Some also include additional toys, restraints, textures, and a range of motions to allow you to play with a new range of movement," shares the expert.

What are the benefits of using a sex chair?

 “Sex chairs are great for exploring new positions, but the biggest benefit of having such great support is being able to comfortably hold positions, enabling you to explore your partner's body, rhythms, and sensations for longer,” explains Leach. 

 “They can open up our range of movement or provide a hands-free experience allowing for more time for touch. It’s also good to remember that you can use any chair, cushion, bean bag, or sofa to try a more supportive upright position. But, if you’re looking for some sexy new furniture, these are my favourite (much more affordable) alternatives to Gwyneth’s pricey pick.”

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Ally Head
Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor

Ally Head is Marie Claire UK's Health, Sustainability, and Relationships Editor, eight-time marathoner, and Boston Qualifying runner. Day-to-day, she works across site strategy, features, and e-commerce, reporting on the latest health updates, writing the must-read health and wellness content, and rounding up the genuinely sustainable and squat-proof gym leggings worth *adding to basket*. She regularly hosts panels and presents for things like the MC Sustainability Awards, has an Optimum Nutrition qualification, and saw nine million total impressions on the January 2023 Wellness Issue she oversaw, with health page views up 98% year on year, too. Follow Ally on Instagram for more or get in touch.