black friday 2021

The Best Nordstrom Black Friday Deals: From Alex Mill to UGG

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Nordstrom may have given holiday shoppers an early jump on Black Friday savings, but the big day itself is finally here. So while plenty of our picks from last week are still on sale and in stock, we’ve updated this post with fresh new deals on things we’ve written about before — from our beauty columnist’s favorite gentle cleanser to an eye-catching interior designer–approved lamp. Whether you’re shopping for your father-in-law, your significant other, or yourself, there’s truly something for everyone. And to save you even more time, we’ve separated everything into categories that you can skip straight to by clicking below.

Women’s Fashion | Men’s Fashion | Kids | Beauty | Home

Women’s Fashion

Strategist-favorite Natori bra that fits boobs big and small — now under $50.

Barbara Corcoran herself told us Hanky Panky’s stretchy, one-size-fits-most underwear is “inexpensive and last forever.”

This bouclé cotton sweater from Eileen Fisher is made from organic cotton, which makes it much (much) easier to care for than something woven from wool or cashmere.

Crocs Classic Beach Dye Clog

To be worn with the flamingo-pink Longchamp bag above.

She can’t speak to their comfort yet, but our deals writer Leah Muncy quickly grabbed these knee-high Sam Edelman platform boots when they first went on sale earlier this week (and plans to wear them with tights and a black miniskirt).

Marc Fisher Padmia Chelsea Boot

If you prefer Chelsea boots, here’s a platform pair that’s now 50 percent ($100) off.

Staud Tate Leather Shoulder Bag

We’re particularly charmed by the slightly misshaped O-ring on this little leather bag from Staud.

Made from thick ribbed cotton with extra-long sleeves, this crewneck sweater from Scandinavian brand Samsøe Samsøe looks a whole lot more expensive than it is.


An easy-to-throw-on sweatshirt in a soothing blue-green wash.

When we asked New York City trainers about their favorite workout gear, these Sweaty Betty leggings were a favorite. According to one dance instructor, “The sweat-wicking keeps you dry, the high-quality material forms to your body and how you work out, and the high waist is really comfortable.”

A favorite of celebrities, stylish women, and Strat writer Tembe Denton-Hurst, who was gifted these two years ago and has been wearing them ever since.

Identical in design to our staff-favorite Comme Des Garçons wallet — only much cheaper.


AllSaints or The Row? We’ll never tell.


Lots of styles from Black-owned streetwear brand Cross Colours are also on sale, including this tie-dye cotton scrunchie.

And this sturdy denim bucket hat featuring the brand’s logo.


Don’t be afraid to pair these chunky Ganni sandals with thick knitted socks.

Can best be described as “Steve Irwin chic.”

Men’s Fashion

Upgrade his (or your) gas-station sunglasses with this under-$100 pair of Ray-Bans.

UGG Ascot Slipper

Featured on our list of best men’s slippers, one five-star reviewer says this suede pair of UGGs “is like an old best friend and a childhood pet rolled into one well-crafted piece of footwear.”

This cargo jacket comes with a quilted lining and adjustable cuffs for extra warmth.

Refresh their (or your own) underwear drawer with a three-pack of everybody’s favorite Calvin Klein boxer briefs.

Nike’s classic sweat-wicking, lightweight running pants are now made with 100 percent recycled materials.

You can’t go wrong with a comfortable cotton quarter-zip.

The North Face’s iconic puffer, this time for your feet.

Madewell Quilted Shirt Jacket

This quilted shirt-jacket (made entirely from lightweight cotton poplin) is perfect for layering and available in every size, as well as in a darker “Coal” colorway.

If they already wear Adidas Sambas, they’re sure to like these retro-inspired sneakers from Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger.

A workwear-style jacket from Levi’s made from sustainable cotton-hemp denim.


This dusky royal-blue tee fits slightly oversized, and is still in stock in most unisex sizes.

For those who find most button-ups too stiff, this one from Alex Mill is made from lightweight rumpled cotton for a relaxed, broken-in fit.


It would pair nicely with these pleated pants from Saturdays NYC, which have a prebelted, hiking-style waistband, stitched-in keyring, and lowered crotch for total comfort.

Fit for both daily commuting and more rugged travel, Herschel Supply Co.’s durable, stylish backpacks have come up again and again in our research.

Here’s a fisherman-style crewneck in a roomy, layering-friendly cut. (“I could live in this thing!!!!” writes its lone yet five-star reviewer.)


This reversible bomber is built with plush textured fleece on one side and a smooth knit on the other.


Parent- (and kid-) approved rain boots from Bogs with ingenious easy-to-grip handles.

Teething certainly isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but this little silicone teether will soothe some of the discomfort.

Nordstrom Baby Print Bunting

As we’ve said before: “It’s actually rude to not put your newborn baby in a onesie with cat ears.”

To quote an internal Slack channel this morning: “God, I wish this came in adult sizes.”

Some cozy cotton pajamas for the apple-pickers or cider-drinkers on your list.

Any new parent would surely be delighted to receive a pair of these cheeky baby bloomers.

Some brushed-flannel pajama pants in a classic camo print.


This cleanser is a perennial favorite of the Strategist’s beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton, who calls it “the most gentle, nourishing, non-stripping cleanser I’ve ever tried.”

This dermatologist-approved skincare device does double duty as both a pore extractor and serum infuser. As celebrity aesthetician Taylor Worden told us, the infuse mode “helps to penetrate products deeper into your skin and is great for dry and dehydrated skin,” while the extract mode “helps to unclog and remove dirt, blackheads, and dead skin cells.”

Here’s a discounted set of balms (and an overnight treatment) for guys with chapped lips.

GiletteLabs’ state-of-the-art heated razor recreates the pampered feeling of a barbershop hot-towel shave.

According to hair stylists, flat irons that incorporate the gemstone tourmaline are best for sealing in moisture and minimizing frizz. This discounted T3 Lucea model is one of them — and also has a smart-touch interface and nine heat settings that automatically adjust based on hair texture, length, and color treatments.

Kiehl’s cult-favorite eye cream uses avocado and shea butter to “lock in moisture and soothe the skin,” in the words of one dermatologist-recommender we spoke to.

Praised by our beauty columnist, celebrities, and dermatologists alike, one of whom says that with consistent use this at-home toning device “tightens and stops that sagging gravity effect. It just keeps everything nice and lifted.”


While it’s not a record-breaking discount, we can’t predict when you’ll find La Mer on sale again. If you’ve been thinking about the best moment to try this best-seller out, now would be the time.

Soho brow wizard Robin Evans told us she likes this particular brow pencil because it “has a bit more natural, slight sheerness to it,” and the spoolie is “really good for buffing this particular product out.”

Our beauty columnist calls these makeup sponges “truly one of the best makeup tools to seamlessly blend foundation, tinted moisturizer, and cream blushes and bronzer.”


A favorite among celebrities, Strategist writers, and cool teens alike, this machine-washable Barefoot Dreams blanket is made from “amazingly soft” and plush microfiber.

This waffled cotton bath towel looks a lot like my favorite Japanese-style one from Onsen — but it’s a fraction of the price. (Note that while the photo shows three towels, this listing is only for one bath-size towel.)

You can use this beautiful Le Creuset cocotte for perfectly portioned pot pies, cobblers, and everything in between.