How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy Sex Toys?

Even though some may have justified reservations about this, getting interested in sex at a young age is quite normal.

On the other hand, going out and buying a sex toy (while still a young teenager) can be both awkward and embarrassing (and might even get you a few stares).

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a young adult looking to buy your first sex toy, so with that in mind, here’s how old you have to be to buy sex toys:

There does not seem to be a “legal age” for buying sex toys. It’s more of a cultural issue than it is legal.

In fact, a recent petition was submitted to the UK parliament asking them to “make sex toys legal for 16-year-olds to buy” was rejected because there are no legal age restrictions on sex toys in the first place.

While that should be great news to you, you may still not be as comfortable as you’d like to simply walk to a sex store and buy yourself your first sex toy.

With that in mind, I want to share with you a few tips and ideas on how to get around this.

How To Buy Your First Sex Toy (A Guide For Young Teens)

how old do you have to be to buy sex toys

Ask A Parent, Guardian Or Friend To Buy It For You

Yes, that may be one of the most awkward conversations you’ll ever have but believe me, this is probably the best way forward and the best option you have.

The reason why I say this might be the best option for you is that an adult can assist you in many ways, for example:

– He/She Can Help You Understand Certain Things

Buying your very first sex toys may not be as straightforward as you may think. You’re going to need to understand a few things first, and an experienced adult can help answer some of the questions you may have.

SN: I have a great guide covering sex toys for virgins and beginners here if you’d like to see what some of those things are.

– He/She Can Buy It For You

Once you’ve made up your mind and have satisfied any questions you may have, the adult friend you will approach will be able to go and buy the sex toy for you.

Of course, you can accompany him/her if you’d like, but either way, you will eventually have your sex toy without having to go and buy it yourself.

– He/She Can Buy It For You (Online)

Instead of going to a local store, you can also shop for your new sex toy online and have your adult friend/parent help you pay it with their credit/debit card.

Don’t worry; the item will be shipped discreetly with no indication of what’s inside, so there will be no awkward situations with the delivery. You can ship the toy to your own home, or ship it to your friend’s house, which you can then collect once it has arrived.

Just Use Something Else (Don’t Buy One Yet)

things you can use as a dildo

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of explaining to an adult why you want a sex toy and have them help you with it, another way you can get your hands on one – without having to go and buy it – is to simply use something else.

I have a list of 10 safe things you can use instead of a dildo here, but you can also check out this chart from

DIY Sex Toys for men and woman

If you’re not too far off (or you’re not that desperate), you can also wait till you are a confirmed adult (18+) and buy your first sex toy yourself without needing anyone to help you out.

You can see the legal age of consent around the world here.

Final Words (A Quick Recap)

While there are no legal restrictions on buying sex toys at a young age, a slight stigma still exists around it, but at least now you know you’re not breaking the law and you also have a few ways to get around all the awkwardness and confusion.

I hope this article was informative and I wish you well in your adventures. Good luck.

Related Questions:

Can You Go Into A Sex Shop If You Are Under 18?
Some brick-and-mortar sex shops may not allow minors in without being accompanied by an adult.

This is to help protect the integrity of the establishment. It may also be the case that some customers would not be comfortable having minors around while purchasing their items.

What Is A Great First Sex Toy To Buy?
There are many great toys you can choose from if you’re just getting started.

Again I remind you to check out my list of the 10 best sex toys for virgins and beginners here.