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WiGWAG gets ready for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday

Instant undies

OffTheWagonShop.com specializes in the unique and, well, the unwanted gift — like the gift exchange goodie for the office guy who still gets a kick out of tricking people into saying “underwear.” OffTheWagon’s “funny underwear gifts” selection includes Instant Underpants, which retails for $3.99. Compressed into a compact pellet, the underpants expand in water. Uh, oh. Emergency Underpants are packed in a little tin that fits easily in a front pocket. Allegedly great for on-the-go emergencies — or overnighters.

Stocking stuffer?

This time of year, WiG gets inundated with pitches from PR reps promoting potential gifts. This is one of the more unique appeals, made on behalf of the Fun Factory, an “innovator” in the adult toy industry: An adult toy is “the ideal self-pleasure gift that releases feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins — you know, the clear-mood, confidence-building and stress-busting feeling you get after a great workout.” Plus, it’s a tool to boost brain productivity and help with weight loss. So, a little something for those making new year’s resolutions?

Red cup collection

For that cousin or brother-in-law who religiously reads the newsletter from the anti-gay Traditional Values Coalition or the magazine from ultra-right Focus on the Family, WiGWag suggests a complete collection of Starbucks’ red “holiday” cups — preferably used. And, while you’re enjoying your pumpkin spice lattes, we suggest tweeting a selfie and “Feliz Navidad” to Donald Trump. The GOP presidential candidate with the ugly hair and uglier platform has suggested a boycott of Starbucks over the minimalist cup design and vowed, “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you.” Let’s tell him.

Don’t wear and drink

What On Earth offers dozens of T-shirt designs for the “me, me, me” character on your holiday gift list. The catalog specializes in “Your Name” gear. This year, with the craft brew revolution bubbling, the company expects to print a lot of T-shirts with customized personal beer labels and logos. Just be a pal and make sure that your beer-loving bud’s acting responsibly when advertising his or her brew.

For the 1 percent that has almost everything

The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out and the 89th edition does not disappoint. You probably can’t afford any of the featured oddities, but it’s worth a look just to see what the handful of people who’ve made billions off your labor and tax dollars are buying this year. For instance, there’s a journey for him and seven of his closest friends aboard a luxurious capsule attached to a balloon that rises more than 100,000 feet above Earth for 360-degree views ($90,000 per person). And the KRGT-1, the first bike produced by Arch Motorcycle Company, owned by Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger. Framed of steel and aircraft-grade billet aluminum with carbon fiber fenders and front cowling, the KRGT-1 has a 124-cubic-inch v-twin engine that produces 121 horsepower and matching 120 pound-feet of torque. The limited edition vehicle comes with a two-day ride experience for two along the California coast with Reeves and Hollinger. Hotel and airfare to California are included, along with a donation of $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. The Arch Motorcycle and Ride Experience can be gifted for $150,000.

REI’s Reddit adventure

Jerry Stritzke, CEO of the outdoor gear company REI, tried to capitalize on the Internet buzz about his decision to close all stores on Black Friday by appearing on reddit to participate in an “Ask Me Anything” thread. The session might have been intended to generate positive comments but it backfired when former and current employees hijacked the forum to complain about the company’s allegedly toxic employment practices — particularly the emphasis on selling REI co-op memberships above all other performance metrics, including customer service and product knowledge. After reading over the lively — and long — thread, we’re guessing Stritzke lost more customers than he gained.

ILLICIT FOAM

Smugglers hoping to give the gift of illicit Heinkens were foiled in Saudi Arabia, when customs officials intercepted 48,000 cans of beer with a wrapping that disguised them as cans of Pepsi. Drinking or possessing alcohol is a criminal offense in Saudi Arabia, ruled by an ultra-conservative Sunni government.

If you ask us, the smugglers should have stuck with Diet Pepsi wrappers — any confusion over the taste could just be chalked up to the lack of aspartame in the company’s new formula.

Stocking stuffers for book lovers

It’s almost impossible to go wrong when it comes to giving books as gifts. Even diehard Kindle and Nook users can find something to like among the following mainly print titles.

• For kitchen wizards. Colorful photos of food, stories of family and country history, as well as delicious Polish recipes are shared throughout “Rose Petal Jam: Recipes & Stories from a Summer in Poland” (Tabula Books, 2011).

• For the kids. Lilly has two mommies and a brother named Jonah in “Pigeons Don’t Float” by Jennifer C. Manion with illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic. This is a story about the unexpected, for LGBT-headed families and others (Rainbow Rumpus, 2011, downloadable without charge at www.rainbowrumpus.org).

• For the bloodsuckers. The updated and expanded fourth edition of “The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood” by Alain Silver and James Ursini has almost everything but “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” between its nearly 500 pages (Limelight Editions/Hal Leonard, 2011).

• For the Dollyheads. “The Quotable Dolly,” subtitled “a Collection of Rich Sayings to Live, Love and Laugh by from the Country Music Legend,” contains a variety of photos and almost 50 classic Dolly quips, including one for her LGBT fans  (Rock & Read Books, 2011).

• For burgeoning writers. “Shut Up & Write!” by Milwaukee writing mentor and writer Judy Bridges promises to demystify the writing process via practical and entertaining means (Redbird Studio Press, 2011).

• For Hanukkah celebrants. Featuring pieces previously published in Christopher Street, James White Review, Amethyst and “M2M: New Literary Fiction,” Daniel M. Jaffe’s short fiction collection “Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living” will have readers kvelling (White Crane Books, 2011). 

• For the Divine ones. In memory of Harris Glenn Milstead (a.k.a. Divine), “Postcards From Divine” by Noah Brodie, Dan Marshall, Frances Milstead and Michael O’Quinn collects more than 50 postcards Divine sent to his parents over a 10-year period. In addition, there are terrific photos, filmography and discography, and quotes from costars such as Deborah Harry, Ricki Lake, Lainie Kazan, Tab Hunter, Ruth Brown, Mink Stole, and of course, John Waters (Everything Divine, Inc., 2011).