If you’ve been feeling more “bah humbug” than “ho ho ho” for the holidays, a Christmas manicure is a great way to get yourself in the mood to celebrate. If it doesn’t work, at least your nails look good and your manicurist probably gave you a free glass of Pinot.
The possibilities for holiday nails are endless, and it’s a lot easier to sit back and get a mani to decorate your hands than it is to haul out boxes of decor. Take a look at these Christmas nail designs and don’t forget to tip well when you get them done! The manicurist. Not over.
Christmas Nail Designs for the Holidays
1. Burberry-Inspired Christmas Nails
Ask your manicurist for an accent nail (or two) that features this iconic designer Burberry print. We think this is a great way to subliminally let everyone in your life know what you actually want for Christmas. An iTunes gift card!
2. Reindeer Nails
Rudolph’s red nose makes the perfect centerpiece. If that’s too grim, think of it this way: at least it’s not the whole herd?
3. Red French Manicure
This simple homage to the color of the season is cute enough to leave on until New Years. Starbucks red is popular all year long.
4. Firework Nails
This manicure says “I’m ready to skip ahead to New Years.” We hear that’s how time works.
5. Krampus Nails
Make sure the flashlight under your face highlights this festive monster when you tell your nieces and nephews the story of Krampus and possibly ruin their holiday.
6. Christmas Present Nails
This Christmas nail art idea reminds everyone that gifts are the reason for the season. How else are you going to get clean socks to wear again?
7. Santa Nails
Put on a mini puppet show with this reindeer and Santa nail collage. The fight scene for the cookie plate is going to be epic.
8. Snowflake Nails
Add a few snowflakes to your fingertips so you can enjoy the beauty of wintertime without ever actually having to set foot outside in the cold. Because you live in Florida.
9. Candy Cane Stripes
Stripes, glitter, and an accent nail? The only thing this Christmas nail manicure is missing is scratch and sniff. Roasted ham sounds nice!
10. Holly Garland Nails
Skip the trip to wherever it is that you buy wreaths and ask your manicurist to line your classic French manicure with some wintry plant life. Perhaps in the “beyond” section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
11. Nativity Nails
We’re not sure what myrrh looks like, but we couldn’t be myrrh obsessed with this mini nativity nail scene. And yes, we would have brought baby Jesus our excellent use of puns.
12. Black Sparkle Holiday Nails
Spice up your usual black nails with some a swipe of gold glitter for a festive flair. Cinnamon works well, too.
13. Gingerbread Christmas Nail Designs
This gingerbread man-icure is the sweetest nail art you can get for the holidays. It looks good enough to eat, but there are probably better ways to get your calcium.
14. Grinch Nails
You don’t need to steal all of Christmas. Or leave the water running in the next house, Marv.
15. Tropical Christmas Nails
Adding a little charmingly tacky tropical touch to your Christmas nails. We know you’d rather be on a cruise in the Caribbean, but another glass of eggnog next to the YouTube Yule log is pretty much the same, right?
16. Red and Gold Sparkle Nails
Looking for an easy way to do your own Christmas nails? Start with a base of red paint and then rummage around in a box of glittery bows. And then leave before someone starts wondering why it looks like a murder scene.
17. Poinsettia Nails
You don’t have to remember to water these plants to keep them looking good. But you should probably shower at least once this month.
18. Mistletoe Nails
If you see your office crush at the work Christmas party, you can “subtly” tuck your hair behind your ears. If they don’t get the hint, that’s what skywriters are for.
19. Santa Hat Christmas Nails
Skip the polyester Santa hat and throw his iconic red velvet cap on your nails instead. He has extras, right?
20. Green Negative Space
This subtle holiday nail design the perfect way to use up that last little bit of green nail polish you’ve had since Y2K.
21. Christmas Light Nails
Hang Christmas lights on your nails and you won’t have to worry about the bulbs going out. Or buying a ladder. Or falling off it.
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