Festive holiday dresses and decor to buy before the rush — starting at $12

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Shop now before you're scrambling. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Shop now before you're scrambling. (Photo: Nordstrom)

The holidays might seem far off, but before you know it you'll be unpacking the ornaments, shopping for presents and of course, trying to figure out what in the world to wear to all those cocktail parties.

With shipping delays and early Black Friday deals on the horizon, now is the time to get your look together before all the good stuff sells out. Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack are packed with festive finds galore, from velvet dresses to adorable advent calendars. Grab what you need now — it'll feel great to check things off your list.  

Lucky you: Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack has a ton of certified looks for gussied-up gatherings, as well as sparkling decor to get your space in the spirit, too. Take a sneak peek below:

Japonica Set of 4 Mini Pedestal Candles

Not only do they smell good, but they're beautiful, too. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Gorgeous to look at, incredible to smell. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Candles are a surefire way to get you in the holiday spirit — and these minis are the ones you'll grab for illuminated casual dinners, holiday parties, even chilly weekend mornings. The set of four Voluspa candles, made with rich coconut wax, are hand-poured in the USA. With unique fragrance blends that include musky, ripened fig, French cade wood and goji berry, they make great stocking stuffers for candle-obsessed friends and family too.

$50 at Nordstrom

Ethan + Ashe Vagnbys Light Carafe

It makes a beautiful gift, too. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Part carafe, part art installation. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Just think of all the compliments (and questions!) you'll get at dinner parties. A soft LED light gives this gorgeous frosted glass carafe a glow from within. It's the showpiece you'll reach for on all those special occasions, but it's also great for dressing up pizza night. Comes with two lithium batteries.

$60 at Nordstrom

Tag Frosted Artificial Christmas Tree - set of 24

Dollhouse-sized, yet so cute. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Dollhouse-sized, and couldn't be cuter. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Sprinkle these 2" trees around your home to add a holiday vibe without the mess or stress. They're adorable clustered as a centerpiece, as well. Made with PVC, wood and wire, the cuties come in a set of 24 for just $12 — that's only 50 cents a pop!

$12 at Nordstrom Rack

Maggy London Stretch Velvet Halter Neck Dress

The fuschia shade is an unexpected choice for the season. (Photo: Nordstrom)
The fuschia shade is an unexpected choice for the season. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Velvet, baby! With a bow at the neck, this fabulous fit-and-flare frock will make you the gift of whatever party you're attending. The halter shows off those shoulders too.

$128 at Nordstrom

Chi Chi London V-Neck Sequin Long Sleeve Midi Dress

Who can say no to glitter? (Photo: Nordstrom)
Who can say no to glitter? (Photo: Nordstrom)

If there's ever a time for sequins, it's during the holidays. And this midi dress, covered in sparkly silver paillettes, is a knockout. It's got it all: a tie at the waist for cinching, a slit at the hem for sexiness and voluminous blouson sleeves for drama. The frock so flattering, you'll look for excuses to wear it again and again.

$180 at Nordstrom

Julie Jordan Drawstring Waist Long Sleeve Midi Dress

Perfect for just about every occasion — not just the holidays. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Perfect for just about every occasion — not just the holidays. (Photo: Nordstrom)

If you want a dress you can wear year-round to parties or on date nights, this is it. The gauzy stunner skims your body with ease, while the tiered skirt and self-tie collar lend a playful touch. Gold polka dots bring subtle shimmer.

$129 at Nordstrom

Ferm Living Star Christmas Advent Calendar Wall Decor

Treat the loved ones in your life (or treat yourself!) (Photo: Nordstrom)
Treat the loved ones in your life (or better yet, yourself). (Photo: Nordstrom)

Stretch out the season...with treats every day of December. Load this advent calendar with goodies and watch spirits soar. Made of cotton canvas, it's built to last and hangs neatly on the wall. Tiny embellished with stars lend a truly festive touch. In dark green, shown, or sand.

$85 at Nordstrom

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