2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks for Students (and Parents, Too!)

It’s officially here: the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! It’s one of the biggest sale events of the year and with many fall items deeply discounted, not one that you want to miss especially if you have a teen or college student in your family.

Below are some of our favorite items from the sale this year. Remember: they sell out quickly so be sure to order items as you find them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Dorm Necessities and Accessories:

Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw

Upgrade your student’s dorm room with a wonderfully plush blanket throw available in a wide array of classic and fresh colors.

throw blanket

Hydrocotton Towels
Ultrasoft, ultra-absorbent hydrocotton towels and washcloths that are specially woven for maximum absorbency, great for students headed off to college!

plush towels

Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser

A beautifully designed electric aromatherapy diffuser offers a new and sophisticated way to fill your teen’s space with the scents they love—simply add water and the essential oil of choice, then turn it on. (If your student is living in a dorm next year, check to make sure this would be allowed by the school.)


UGG Whistler Throw Blanket

Dial up the coziness factor of any space with a deliciously cozy throw blanket in supersoft plush. This one by UGG is perfect for adding a bit of style and comfort to dorm rooms.

throw blanket

400 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sateen Sheet Set

Sink into dreamland with a luxe sheet set in smooth, lustrous organic-cotton sateen that includes flat and fitted sheets, along with two pillowcases. And yes, they come in Twin XL sizes.

Cooling Down Alternative Pillow

Stay comfortable through the night with this plush down-alternative pillow complete with cooling technology.
pillow that cools

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: More Dorm and First Apartment Items Here

Back to School Clothing & Shoes For Her:

Live In High Waist Leggings

Built from moisture-wicking fabric and fitted with a no-slip waistband, these stretchy, leggings keep you cool all day long.


V-Neck Tee

Update your everyday classics with this soft, cotton-blend tee.

tee shirt

Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket

Be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way with a hooded waterproof rain jacket that’s the perfect blend of practical and chic. A hood makes all the difference in a sudden down pour if you’ve forgotten to carry an umbrella.

hooded rain jacket

Knit Stitch Fleece Hoodie

Perfect for the student who is headed off to a colder climate. This North Face Hoodie is chic, comfortable, cozy and also practical.

fleece hoodie

Skinny Jeans

With exclusive mold-and-hold technology and a touch of stretch, these jeans really and truly are cute as well as comfortable.

skinny jeans

Flecked Crewneck Sweater

Something to make you glad sweater season is coming: a relaxed pullover is shaped from a cozy ribbed knit of cotton-blend yarns enriched with tweedy flecks.

crewneck sweater

Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

Great for long runs and dashing off to class, this lightweight, ultra-comfortable Nike running shoe sports a breathable sock upper that laces tight for a stay-put fit.

NIke runnng shoes

Caslon Allie Wedge Sneaker

A snowy bumper sole lends sporty contrast to a street-chic sneaker crafted in rich perforated suede and lifted by a hidden wedge.

wedge sneaker

Hunter Packable Rain Boots

Stow and go with a lightweight rain boot built from natural, flexible rubber for rollaway packability. Hunter is our favorite brand of rainboots and they will last all four years of college, and then some.

Hunter rianboots

Qori Rib Knit Boot

Chunky rib and a cuffed shaft bring the cozy appeal of your favorite sweater to a cold-weather boot featuring a snuggly soft wool-blend lining.

knit boot

Suede Stripe Transport Leather Tote

In keeping with Madewell’s focus on clean, modern essentials, this spacious leather signature tote is set off with a single suede stripe. It’s large enough to store a small laptop along with daily essentials.
Madewell tote

Back to School Clothing & Shoes For Him:

ThermoBall Zip Hoodie

A highly compressible North Face puffer coat with bottleneck quilting is outfitted with high-tech PrimaLoft® insulation that offers the warmth equivalent of down while maintaining performance in wet conditions. Elastic binding at the cuffs and an internal cinch cord at the hem keep out the elements.

jacket hoodie

Better Sweater® Performance Slim Fit Zip Jacket

A performance-driven update to Patagonia’s tried-and-true Better Sweater features a noticeably lighter version of the warm fleece knit in a layering-friendly, full-zip jacket. Side panels of supple Polartec® Power Stretch® jersey give it unfettered mobility and comfort.

Patagonia zipped fleece

Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

A soft Flyknit construction provides a snug, lightweight feel for these high-performance running shoes designed with a foot-stabilizing sole featuring cushy Nike React technology for ultimate comfort over long distances. Perfect for the student on a large campus that will do a lot of walking this year.

Nike running shoe

28 Liter Refugio Nylon Backpack

This ultra-dependable Patagonia backpack helps you tackle the day with plenty of room for books, a laptop, small tech devices and more inside the two main compartments.

nylon backpack

Slub Stripe Long Sleeve Henley

A slubbed triblend brings mottled color and texture to a long-sleeve henley ringed in slim pinstripes with a look that’s great layered or on its own.

Henley shirt

NSW Tech Jersey Sweatpants

A special wash and dye process makes every pair of classic tapered-fit sweatpants one of a kind, crafted from crinkled jersey that’s soft underneath.


A waterproof, breathable and comfortable boot is built to withstand the elements and keep feet dry and protected.

waterproof boots

About Allison Lancaster

Allison Lancaster is a blogger and work at home mom. She has always had a passion for writing and after becoming a mom in 2015, decided to turn her passion into her career. Her writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and more. She resides in Tennessee with her husband, Josh and son, Levi. You can visit her blog at www.lovinglivinglancaster.com where she shares her thoughts on parenting and more.

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