Our favorite way to get into the festive Christmas spirit is by watching cheesy movies, drinking eggnog, and painting on some holiday nail art. Grinch got your imagination? Then let us give you the first gift of the holidays with these Christmas nail ideas that are perfect for the 2022 season.
These creative designs cover everything from sweet confections, lots of greenery, and even polar bears. The options range from easy press-ons to intricate patterns that will make you say, “I didn’t even notice that the five Christmas movies I watched while doing my nails were different because they all have the same plot.”
So take a break from your online shopping and peruse through this list of Christmas nail design ideas. We’re sure that onesie covered with Nicolas Cage’s face will still be there when you come back.
The Best Christmas Nail Ideas For 2022
1. Mistletoe Nails
Meet us under the mistletoe! Which, in this case, is our hands. Our shoulders will never feel stronger after holding our hands up in the air all night.
2. Christmas Ornament Nail Design
Decorate your nails the way you wish you could decorate your tree…if only your cat would allow it.
3. Christmas Lights and Peppermint French Tips
Neon Christmas lights and candy cane French tips don’t really go together except when your hands get too sticky from eating too much peppermint candy. Happy accidents, as Bob Ross would say!
4. Candy Cane Christmas Press On Nails
These have all the fun of delicious candy canes and elaborate nail art without any of the stickiness and hard work. We’re not lazy; we’re efficient.
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5. Christmas Confetti Press On Nails
Save all your Christmas energy by using these press-on nails. Just make sure you wrap our presents first, alright?
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6. Polar Bear Nails
These will have you reaching for a Coca-Cola in no time. That’s how subliminal messaging works, right?
7. Ho Ho Ho Nails
You’ve got the shimmery red. The swirly candy canes. A seasonal catchphrase. And…a mustache? We thought No Shave November was over, but hey. Gotta respect the commitment.
8. Nutcracker Nail Art
Our nutcracker friends really helped round out these almond-shaped nails.
9. Santa Hat French Tips
The classic French manicure gets a twist with this glazed donut base and Santa hat tips. Someone’s been looking at the Krispy Kreme moodboard again. And we’re not mad about it.
10. Christmas Nail Art
These nails have just about everything: mistletoe, candy cane hearts, the bottom half of elves, a Santa hat, and the most Christmasy thing of all – tortoiseshell.
11. Green Christmas Nail Design
Snowflakes, iridescence, and diagonal stripes sound a lot harder than just the “green nails” we were planning. But we can’t wait to try them, get burnt out halfway through, and then show our favorite nail tech this photo to recreate it.
12. Gingerbread Cookie Nail Art
Do you know the muffin man? That’s all we’ll be saying from now until January. Or, whenever this nail design wears off.
13. Glow in the Dark Christmas Lights
We spent ages untangling these lights for you, so just remember: when one goes out, they all go out. And, we’re not untangling another strand for you.
14. Merry Grinchmas Nails
5:30 – Jazzercise.
6:30 – Getting my nails done. I can’t cancel that again!
7:00 – Wrestle with my self-loathing…I’m booked.
15. Christmas Tree Nails
These Christmas tree nails are on fire. Not literally. That fiasco two years ago was enough to last a lifetime.
16. Snow Globe Nail Design
If you’re looking for us, we’ll be in our little winter wonderland. But we may need to come out soon. The snow is really starting to build up in here…
17. Snowman Nails
Just to show Anna who she’s dealing with, we didn’t stop at just one snowman this time. That should get her to finally stop asking us.
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