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Nordstrom is the latest in a string of retailers offering steep discounts online prior to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales with its Holiday Deals Event. And unlike some other stores, Nordstrom usually has actually-nice and in-season items on sale during these kinds of events (not just out-of-style stock they’re hoping to get rid of or swimwear you won’t get to wear until next season). We’ve extensively covered Nordstrom’s biggest sales in the past and are bringing that expertise to sniff out our favorite finds — from apparel to beauty to home décor — among the over 15,000 discounted products.
Nordstrom’s Holiday Deals Event runs through November 29, so you still have plenty of time to shop — but we still recommend that you don’t dillydally if you see something you like. Sizes and colors do sometimes sell out. Scroll down to see all of our picks, so far, or use the links below to jump to the category that you’re most interested in.
These elegant boots come in a range of colors, but we like this suede black best.
Here’s a gift they’ll use forever: A water-resistant Longchamp tote that’s on sale in four punchy colors.
And if they’re more of a backpack person — or an avid traveler — this packable blush-toned Tumi bag is 30 percent off.
This purse would make a very nice gift for your mother-in-law — this time from Staud’s collaboration with Birkenstock.
Here’s another cheeky purse from Staud that you can bring to your next holiday party.
And a bubble-sleeve sweater to pair with the purse.
We’re huge fans of the chunky bubble clog trend, and these ones from Vince are 40 percent off in four different colors.
A rare find: Several Céline sunglasses can be found in Nordstrom’s clearance bin. (Just note that the discounted price will only show once you add to your shopping bag.)
This layerable scoop-neck sweater has some elegant rib detailing.
An easy-to-layer, long-sleeve tee for just $17.
Our all-time favorite bra is 40 percent off (in select colors). It’s consistently a top seller with Strategist readers; writer Molly Lamoureux even calls it “the unicorn of undergarments” for its comfort and support.
Some extra-wide flares to flaunt at yoga class.
You can always find a pair of Zella leggings in Nordstrom’s sales bins, and they’re always a good deal since they last for years.
Barbara Corcoran’s favorite lace thong is 30 percent off. “The stretch material never gives up on you, and they don’t feel like you have underwear on,” she says.
Here’s a scarf that’s like wearing your favorite blanket in public.
These extremely fuzzy slippers will make wintertime more fun.
A cute matching pajama set would make a nice gift for a sister since there are 11 fun patterns to choose from.
It’s rare to find on-sale Eileen Fisher items in all sizes, so if you like this superfine-merino-wool sweater, don’t dillydally.
A few pairs of shoes from Dr. Martens are on sale in white if you’re over basic black.
Open Edit’s wide-leg pants are perfect for yoga class or just lounging around the house.
A pair of rust-colored flats from Eileen Fisher that we’re sure no one will guess are from Eileen Fisher.
If you love a chunky heel, these made-for-stomping Chelsea boots are half off.
You can’t go wrong with a good pair of Wedgies in a light wash.
And here’s another denim staple: A slightly distressed jacket that would look nice layered over a hoodie.
Small sterling-silver hoops with a twist — literally.
These very tall platform sneakers from Keds will ramp up any outfit.
These are sort of over-the-top, but we love them — especially in the lime green.
And a three-pack of no-show socks for a cute and practical stocking stuffer.
Here are some puffy slides that are sturdy enough for trekking through rain puddles.
If you prefer some breathability, our favorite men’s slides are just $40. Canoe Club co-founder Timothy Grindle is a fan, saying that they “feel substantial enough to run errands in and they are truly like walking on clouds.”
This Theory polo is a nice gift for your recently retired dad, who can’t quite quit the button-ups.
These go-with-everything joggers are just $18.
This versatile hoodie will keep you warm while running errands or as a layer on a hike.
This striped button-down from Alex Mill feels put together but not stuffy.
Some rugged-looking (and actually waterproof) UGGs in either chestnut or classic black (though we like the contrasting laces, too).
A pair of fleecy lounge shorts that are nice enough to wear while running errands.
These cushy running shoes are from Brooks, a brand loved by Strategist staffers and pro runners alike. (They’re also available in women’s sizes.)
Hoka trail runners make a great gift for outdoorsy types; one expert we spoke to lauded their grippy soles in particular, which have “tons of cushion and great toe protection.”
This three-piece Olaplex set includes everything you need for a serious repairing routine — including shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask.
Some Estée Lauder products are up to 40 percent off — like this cream lipstick that comes in three moody shades.
Whether they’re looking to hydrate, brighten, or unclog pores, this mask set is the perfect stocking stuffer for the self-care obsessee.
‘Tis the season for a classic red lip. This one dries to a soft-matte finish.
If you’re adverse to gel hand sanitizer, this lightweight spray-on formula will do the trick.
A few kitchen items from Marimekko are on sale — like this apron with the brand’s signature floral print.
Here’s a luxe Advent calendar that has 12 nice-smelling candles from Voluspa’s Japonica collection. Bonus: The jars can be reused to store everything from cotton swabs to pocket change.
Los Angeles–based Compartés makes chocolate bars with bright, graphic, near-psychedelic packaging — and its Advent calendar is no different.
Some half-off sateen sheets in a sweet peony pink shade.
Stemless is in right now. These are trendy but practical. They’re dishwasher-safe and break-resistant — in case a guest has butterfingers.
By now, you may have Great Jones’s Dutch oven perched on cool people’s stovetops across your social-media feeds. It’s 40 percent off in a punchy red hue, which is even cheaper than the sale happening on the brand’s own site right now.
Nordstrom is price-matching Our Place’s early Black Friday sale. For someone you really like — and hey, that can be yourself — the do-everything Always Pan is just $95.
For a heritage piece that will definitely become an heirloom, Le Creuset’s iconic deep Dutch ovens are 34 percent off in 11 colors.
These tiny cocottes are only five-and-a-half inches wide but can hold a big variety of dishes, from mini-potpies to individual berry crumbles.
A fuzzy throw pillow to add a touch of desert modern style to your sofa.
Suzanne Somers is a fan of Boll & Branch sheets because you don’t have to iron them and “the more you wash them, the softer they get.”
This throw blanket would look sweet in a kid’s bedroom or make a nice baby shower gift.
A high-tech wine preserver is perfect if you prefer to have just one glass with dinner.
A coffee-bean grinder so sleek you’ll actually want to display it on your countertop.
As we wrote in our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale roundup last year, “It’s actually rude to not put your newborn baby in a onesie with cat ears.”
Here are faux-fur-lined Sorel boots to keep out rain and snow. They’re available in sizes 1 through 7.
This lightweight city stroller is stylish and up to 60 percent off — depending on what color you buy. It has an extendable sun canopy, is easy to maneuver with its single wheels, and can support children weighing up to 48 pounds.
A puffy jacket in a cheerful teal that’s machine-washable and just $25.
A faux-fur jacket that will make a new baby even more cuddly, complete with little bear ears attached to the hood.
Here’s a hoodie they’ll actually wear. Our investigation into elementary-school students’ favorite things found that many of them are into space-themed clothing.
Here’s a trio of organic skin-care essentials that will be gentle on baby’s skin.
Make bath time a bit more fun with these sweet whale toys — but be warned that they actually squirt water.
These fun tie-dye printed Dr. Martens have a zipper on the side so you won’t have to worry about tying laces.
Clean up dribbles in a snap with a three-pack of washcloths. These are made from machine-washable muslin.
Available in sizes 7 through 12, this baseball-style tee and pajama pants set are a good gift for a sporty kid.
Some shearling-lined (read: incredibly warm) boots that are like fleece jackets for their feet.
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