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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Enthusiast

Anne’s Picks: for the Homemaker

Most homemakers love serving their creations in a creative way which is why  my top pick is a versatile soup and sandwich tray.  Can not only be used for soup and sandwiches but also for morning oatmeal and fruit, ice cream and apple pie or salad and croissant…the possibilities are endless!  You also can’t go wring with the Capri Blue Candle from Anthropologie.  It is the perfect scent for any home.


1. Soup & Sandwich Tray Duo ($30)  2. Flavor-infused Mayonnaise ($7)  3. Capri Blue candle ($25)  4. Waffle Dipper Pan ($13)  5. Storybook Romance Dishtowels ($42) 

Katie’s Picks: for the Workaholic

My job has required demanding hours this year so any gift that makes my day a little more manageable – whether it’s time, travel or stress friendly – is high on my list. For your workaholic friends or family, I’d give a double de-stresser and pair Aveda’s heavenly Stress-fix rollerball concentrate with a subscription to Yogaglo’s online yoga classes.  Both will help them relax at home after a hectic day and are completely travel-friendly for business trips.

1. Fix, Freeze, Feast Cookbook ($10)  2. Travel Thermos ($31)  3. Yogaglo subscription (from $18) 4. Bose headphones ($135)  5. Stress-fix concentrate ($22)  6. iPad case ($19.50)  7. Paula custom duffel ($225)

Stef’s Picks: For the Do-It-Yourselfer

For all of those people out there that love to craft, paint, knit, cook crazy things from scratch and marvel at their own masterpieces, I bring you the gift guide for the DIYers. Surprise the independent in your life with a gift certificate to Arte Paint and Wine Bar. If you don’t live in the Milwaukee area, search for paint and wine bars in your area, they are popping up everywhere. They will get a blank canvas, some painting instructions and wine galore. If the piece doesn’t turn out like Van Gogh’s, you can blame it on the wine.

1. Arte Wine Bar & Art Studio class (prices vary)  2. Cricut Create machine ($129)  3. Created with Love stamp ($20)  4. Wilton decorating set ($48)  5. DIY Butter Making Kit ($30)  6. Keep Calm and Craft On Sign ($8) 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids & Pets

Anne’s Picks

For the little girl in your life, you can’t go wrong with a pair of fringe boots.  Warning: if your little girl is anything like mine, putting these cute boots on will also add a touch of sass to her attitude.  You also can’t go wrong with any of the Olivia books which documents the adventures of a smart and creative little girl.


1. Olivia book ($18)  2. Fill and Spill Picnic Basket ($25)  3. Wee Wonderfuls Fern doll ($39)  4. Fleece Mouse Robe ($40)  5. Tall Boot ($30)  

Stef’s Picks

For the budding chef in your life, the MiMi the Sardine organic cooking aprons are the perfect gift. They are super easy to wipe off and have adjustable ties, so the apron grows with your little one. I’m also a big fan of the kid-tough Fisher Price digital cameras. Now your mini Ansel Adams can keep his paws off your camera and create his own masterpiece.

1. Curious George Matching Game ($8)  2. Train Sound Puzzle ($11)  3. Veggie Tales Christmas Collection ($15)  4. Organic Cotton Child’s Apron ($20)  5. Kid’s Digital Camera ($38)  6. Battatt Bristle Block Set ($24) 

Katie’s Picks

I’ll always have a soft spot for sparkly pet collars but this year I’m also intrigued by the Bolt laser toy.  Whether you’ve got a dog or a cat, your furry companion will be very entertained by this laser pointer.  The best part?  You’ll be equally entertained by their antics as they chase the beam around your home.


1. Chevron Pet Bed Cover ($59) 2. Sparkle Dog Collar ($23)  3. Interactive Laser Pet Toy ($16)  4. Cat Scratcher Lounge ($49.95)  5. Soggy Doggy Slopmat ($24.95)

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Holiday Gift Guide: Kids & Pets

Anne’s Picks

My top pick for the little girl in your life is a pair of raspberry rose Converse.  My daughter has a pair and they have proven to be the most versatile shoes in her wardrobe.  They look great with everyday jeans and leggings but she also wears them with a skirt and tights to make her outfit a little more colorful.  If only I could pull off a pair.


1. Tulle skirt ($29.50), 2. Apple pie set ($19.99), 3. That’s Not My Princess ($9.99), 4. Converse ($25),  5. Say Please tea set ($18.99)

Katie’s Picks

I’m obsessed with sequins this holiday (who isn’t?!) so I love this sequin pet collar from Rogue Collars. I’ve already decked out my pooch, Lena, in the red one for Christmas.  Much to the dismay of the hubs, I’ll be buying different colors for later in the year!


1. Vintage Pet ID tag ($14.50), 2. Biscuit Jar ($28), 3. Nordic dog sweater ($10), 4. Sequin Pet Collar ($13), 5. Knit Catnip Mouse ($5.50)

Stef’s Picks

From babies to toddlers, any little man will look adorable in this Christmas tie onesie sold by WeChooseJoy on Etsy. I dressed Lincoln in a non-holiday version for his six month pictures and the cuteness never stopped. Pair it with some plaid pants or put a flannel over it and your little guy will have the ladies swooning.

**DISCOUNT SPECIAL FOR HAP READERS!** Our friends at WeChooseJoy are offering 10% off their products for Haute Apple Pie readers until the end of the week! Enter in discount code “STEF10” to receive 10% off!


1. Christmas tie onesie ($15), 2. Rhapsody play bed, 3. Rescue team outfit ($5-29), 4. Lil Zoomers Spinnin Sounds Speedway ($30), 5. Uno Flash ($30)

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys

Anne’s Picks

My top pick for the man in your life this year is a cotton cashmere full zip hoodie from JCrew.  This hoodie is perfect for your dad, your husband or your little brother.  It is casual enough for the weekends and nice enough to wear over a button down shirt for a Saturday night dinner.


1. Reversible scarf ($49.50), 2. Cotton Cashmere hoodie ($98), 3. Personalized grill tools ($79.95), 4. Twill Travel Bag ($168), 5. Watch ($115)

Katie’s Picks

If you’re looking to splurge, the ever-popular iPad is perfect for business travelers, foodies and avid readers.  But for a more budget-friendly gift, the All Clad Instant Thermometer should be in every dude’s stocking.  It may not seem too sexy but once he starts getting praise for his perfectly grilled meats, he’ll think it’s the best gift ever.

1. iPad ($499), 2. Corduroy Blazer ($198), 3. Funny Face Magnets ($8.99), 4. Leather Catch All ($29), 5. All Clad Instant Read Thermometer ($39.95), 6. The Pacific DVD set ($51)

Stef’s Picks

It is quite hard for me to pick my favorite of these gifts for men. Luckily, my husband already purchased himself his Christmas gift from me in September. While I do not condone cheering for the Cardinals, my hubby is a die hard fan and I love the vintage rugby hooded sweatshirt. Much more stylish than that free t-shirt he got at the game ten years ago. If you are not a Cardinals fan, like myself, they do make similar items for your man’s team.

If you are looking for just a little something, three words. Bacon Flavored Soda.


1. Plaid poplin shirt ($49.50), 2. UPro GPS ($199), 3. Sports rugby hoodie ($75), 4. Jones bacon soda ($9.99), 5. Golf ball wine stopper ($25), 6. Coal Frena beanie ($19.95), 7. Monogram branding iron ($56.95)

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Ladies

It’s baaaaack! From dads to dogs to domestic divas, our annual holiday gift guide has our fave picks for everyone on your list plus plenty of haute ideas for yourself (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone).  Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Anne’s Picks

My top pic for the lady in your life this year is this versatile sequin tank from J Crew.  A staple for any girl’s wardrobe, this functional piece can be worn under a sweater to the office or with jeans and heals for a night out on the town.

1. Earth to Table cookbook ($34.99), 2. Feather necklace ($39.50), 3. Sequin tank ($69.50), 4. Fur trimmed booties ($29.95), 5. Spooled candles ($16-34)

Katie’s Picks

If there were ever a time to glam it up, it’s the holidays!  My fave item is this megawatt sparkle bracelet from Ann Taylor which is a go-to piece for any holiday party.  I’d even wear it to work partially tucked under a sweater sleeve because, well, why not!


1. Wristlet ($40.50), 2. Honeycomb Necklace ($65), 3. Faux Fur Trim Gloves ($42), 4. Snowcap Stretch Bracelet ($88), 5. Anthology Magazine Subscription ($38), 6. City Camo Scarf ($29.99)

Stef’s Picks

Anyone that knows me, and maybe a few that don’t, knows about my  obsession with shoes. Shoes aren’t your typical gift but giving a good pair of shoes says, “I know your shoe size and I care.” This year I’m drooling over the array of over-the-knee riding boots. Great for cold Wisconsin days, perfect over a pair of jeggings, comfortable enough to wear all day and stylish enough to wear all night. Treat your lady right and buy her some boots. You can thank me later.


1. The Help ($12), 2. Alpaca cardigan ($110), 3. Aspiring Atoms necklace ($29.95), 4. Bow slippers ($24.50), 5. Smashbox Eye Wish palette ($45), 6. Over the knee boot ($198)

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Sisters, Moms & Girlfriends

‘Tis the season to go shopping! Today kicks off HAP’s Haute Holiday Gift Guide Week. Today’s blog focuses on the lady in your life. Whether its your mom, sister, girlfriend or wife, we have a list of top picks to make her smile. Feel free to share your haute holiday picks with us!

And shhhhh, we won’t tell if you want to snag a few of these items for yourself.

Anne’s Picks:

Every woman needs a show-stopping and versatile piece of jewelry in her collection.  That’s why my top pick for the ladies this year is a gorgeous multi-strand crystal necklace.  Perfect for an dressy evening out but  still sweet enough to wear with a t-shirt and jeans.

Christmas gift ideas for women
From left: flannel sleep set ($39), Crystal Malibu Necklace ($68), In Vogue Coffee Table Book ($59), Ruffle-Trim Cardigan ($48)

Katie’s Picks:

I’m loving ultra-feminine details mixed with little bits of glam for the holidays. My top pick for the ladies is the Tarte Treasure Chest all-natural makeup set, which holds hundreds of options for day-to-night looks for a steal of a price.

Christmas gift ideas for girl friends
From left: J.Crew Dream Shawl Cardigan ($118), Tarte Treasure Chest ($52), Grey Ruffled Tunic ($58), Vintage Typewriter Key Pendant ($30), Mary Headband ($28),  J.Crew Crushed Glitter Belt ($24.50)

Stef’s Picks:

Every woman deserves a little pampering. That is why I am all about rest and relaxation this holiday. My top pick for the ladies is the Teavana Tea Gift Set, complete with the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker. Great for loose leaf tea, simply pour the loose leaf tea into the cup, fill with hot water, steep and place the teamaker over your teacup and let it drain. I received one of these as a gift and think every tea enthusiast should have one!

Holiday Gift Guide for Her
From left: Teavana Perfect Gift Set (59.99), Bijli Sequined Infinity Scarf ($58), Kobo White Birch Rosemary Candle ($34), UGG Sweater Knit Scuffette Striped Slippers ($80), The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow ($15)

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