This Christmas, we wished for more fingers. Just think of the possibilities! It’d be easier to open presents, hold more cookies, and you’d have way more opportunities to try out these cute Christmas nail ideas.
But for better or worse, Santa asked us to stop asking for body parts. So for now we’ll just have to make due with our regular 10-fingered manicure.
Some of these Christmas nail ideas are subtle, and some are “punch you in the face with holiday cheer.” So whether your level of enthusiasm is more Buddy the Elf or end-of-the-movie Scrooge, there’s something for you here!
20 Creative Christmas Nail Ideas
1. Santa and Rudolph Nails
One of the few things we love as much as holidays? Googly eyes. This nail design has the energy of both, and we are here for it. Even though the eyes aren’t technically googly. Googly? Googly. What a weird word.
2. Mismatched Christmas Nail Designs
These small, intricate designs are refreshingly devoid of the more overt Christmas icons. It’s a nice reminder that Christmas isn’t all about presents and Santa. It’s only mostly about presents and Santa!
3. Ho Ho Ho Candy Cane Nails
With “ho ho ho,” you can use these nails to laugh, throw shade, or remind yourself of what to get for the gardening enthusiast in your life. Multi-purpose and gorgeous? Well done.
4. Subtle Santa Hat Nail Design
The sparkle of this deep red would have us feeling festive even without the nod to the Santa hat. That being said, we love the nod to the Santa hat. We really just love his hat. Think we can borrow it for a night?
5. Dolled-Up Gingerbread Nails
This gingerbread person is more put-together than we are. But then we remember that the bar is set pretty high, because it’s literally put together with sugar, spice, and everything nice. Well, and nail polish.
6. Red Gift Nail Art
If you don’t want to spend a ton of time on your Christmas nails, this subtle ribbon accent is the perfect solution. And the best part about this glitter wrapping paper-inspired look is that the glitter won’t get everywhere.
We appreciate the aesthetic, but our vacuum cleaner doesn’t like to work that hard after opening presents.
7. Neutral Ornament Nails
Just because you love Christmas, it doesn’t mean you have to love the bright reds and greens. You can still share your holiday cheer while sticking to a clean neutral palette. If anyone questions it, just tell them the color ran out on your ink printer. And then walk away before they think about it too hard.
8. Deep Green and Candy Cane Nail Art
It takes true talent to be able to do this design and color scheme. That is, without having it come out looking like a barber shop in a forest.
9. Green and Gold Christmas Nails
All that glitters is not gold. But in this case, it is! Add a few pops of green for Christmastime, or a lot of pops of green for St. Patrick’s Day. Versatility at its finest.
10. Matte Christmas Nail Design
Show us a cute combination of Christmas characters. We’ll wait! As long as we have some cookies.
11. Simple Tree Nail Art
Simple and perfectly executed, these trees get the point across without being extravagant. These trees are like if Hemingway’s six word stories were nail designs. And not incredibly depressing.
12. Short and Sweet Christmas Nail Design
We love to see short nails represented! Mainly because we keep breaking our acrylics. It’s probably a bigger issue because they’re all on other people, but still.
13. Christmas Stiletto Nails
Whoever did these is seriously talon-ted. We wouldn’t blame you if you put these babies on at Thanksgiving and used them to take out the Black Friday competition. Although Target might have some concerns…
14. Christmas Wrapping Paper Nail Design
Speaking of Target, this nail design idea looks like the wrapping paper assortment you’d find there. We mean this as the highest compliment! Can you wrap our presents with the ring finger design?
15. Chubby Reindeer Nail Art
Reindeer are already cute. But with chubby cheeks? No one has ever been more adorable rocking that, “I just had my wisdom teeth removed” chic look.
16. Red and White Christmas Nail Art
Red and white nails? Basic. Red and white nails featuring confetting trees and artistic candy canes? Put it in the Louvre already!
17. Subtle Christmas Stripes
If you look at this simple Christmas nail idea and think of bar graphs, it’s a sign you are way overdue for a vacation.
18. 3D Holly Nails
Shout out to the holiday plants that aren’t Christmas trees, or somehow socially acceptable excuses to pressure people into physical affection based on proximity. Lookin at you, mistletoe.
19. Plaid Christmas Nails
Because lumberjacks celebrate Christmas, too! Some of them. And some of them don’t and that’s okay. They’re all individuals, so let’s stop lumping people together, okay?
20. A Christmas Roller Coaster
Separately, these nails make us think of creme savers, Mickey Mouse, and Stranger Things. Together, they sing “Christmas.” Watch out, Mariah!
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