In fact, studies have shown that one of the most common responses men give when quizzed on what a good gift for the women in their life would be is "sleepwear or lingerie".
But hold on just a minute! Is it sleepwear, or is it lingerie? What's that? You thought they were the same thing? Far from it. The difference between sleepwear and lingerie is quite vast, and it's an important one to take note of. After all, even though this is supposed to be a present for her, you'll hopefully be spending a great deal of time getting up close and personal with it yourself ... so it pays to know what you're getting into!
To begin with, what is the difference between sleepwear and lingerie? Simply put, sleepwear is something that you sleep in, and lingerie is something that you (typically) wear to bed. If that does not make the distinction plain enough for you, let's put it this way: most sleepwear is still on the woman the next morning, most lingerie usually makes its way to the bedroom floor at some point!
Sleepwear is often luxurious, well-tailored clothing intended to help a woman get the rest she needs to remain beautiful and vivacious. They're usually made of high quality fabrics such as imported silks, or finely woven satins, and are cool and soft to the touch. They allow a woman to rest easily but still have the support and warmth she needs, and to wake up feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Do not get the impression that "sleepwear" refer to old flannel shirts or muu muus, however. Today's sleepwear is an elegant affair, often containing elaborating designs and stylish cuts. This is probably where much of the confusion comes from - some sleepwear can be just as appealing (and just as revealing!) As lingerie!
Lingerie, on the other hand, is the kind of garment that is typically worn for a romantic evening in with just the two of you together. Think things like garter belts, tender stockings, and elegant, lacy bras, and you'll be starting to get the picture. Many men feel uncomfortable giving lingerie because they feel like it's a gift "for them" rather than for the women in their lives. This, however, could not be further from the truth! Most women feel quite flattered when they receive a gift like lingerie from the men they love, because it makes them feel sexy, desired, and attractive.
You do have to keep in mind the woman you're shopping for, however. Not all women will be comfortable wearing revealing skimpy lingerie, and others will view sleepwear as something "old-fashioned" rather than classy. It all depends. Note that just because the woman in your life does not respond to one or the other does not mean you can not still have fun. It's possible to sleep in lingerie and wake up feeling energized, and given the nice designs in modern sleepwear, it's also perfectly possible for it to become an emotionally charged garment in its own right.
Which direction you go in the sleepwear vs. lingerie debate is up to you and the woman you're buying for. You can not go wrong, however, if you keep her and her unique personality in mind as you shop.