Gifts inspired by Judy Garland

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Ruby red flip-flops. - PHOTO: Courtesy

If you find yourself (or someone on your holiday gift list) asking WWJD (What would Judy do?), consider the following.

If she were still here among us, Judy might want to pour herself a drink to wash down one of her pills. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine comes in eight authentic East Tennessee recipes — Original, White Lightnin’, Moonshine Cherries, Peach, Apple Pie, Blackberry, Strawberry and Lemon Drop. All are shipped from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery, known as The Holler. Ole Smoky Moonshine is made “from the hand-crafted recipes of the Tennessee families who have been filling moonshine jars and jugs in the Smoky Mountains for more than a century.” Learn more online at

How would Judy (or her friends) keep that drink cold? Stainless steel n’ICE Cubes chill drinks without watering them down. They’re made of food-grade stainless steel and available in sets of six liquid-filled cubes. After being stored in the freezer for about four hours, the cubes function as a “non-diluting alternative” to melting ice. The right accompaniment to just about any chilled beverages. n’ICE Cubes can be purchased at and other retailers.

Once a few drinks are downed, everyone will want to step out of her/his pumps and slip into a pair of Red Ruby Slipper Flip Flops. You read that right. They’re black-rubber soled and blue-strapped flip-flops with a silk-screened “sparkly” red image on which to rest your tootsies. Available at

After the slippers, you’ve probably reached the hour when drunk-dialing begins. Grab your mobile in its Ruby Slippers iPhone case — they come in a variety of patterns — and start calling. Available at

Of course, after your Judy Garland evening, there’s the possibility of waking up with one heck of a hangover. The solution? Wrap your head in an Ostrich Pillow. Described as the “perfect companion to nap anywhere,” the Ostrich Pillow slips over your head with an oval opening for your face, and a pair of holes to rest your hands (if you so choose). An invitation to dream and recharge, the Ostrich Pillow is a great conversation starter — after you wake up, naturally. Visit

Last, but certainly not least, Judy (and friends of Judy) must experience Milwaukee Rep’s production of the Tony-nominated musical End of the Rainbow, playing Jan. 7-March 9 in the Quadracci Powerhouse main stage theater. Starring Hollis Resnick (currently playing the Mother Superior in the national tour of Sister Act), End of the Rainbow is set during the late 1960s near the end of Garland’s, short, tragic, but most importantly, celebrated life. Tickets, which would make a smashing gift, are available by calling 414-224-4140 or online at

No doubt, Judy would approve.