15 Christmas Nail Designs I Simply Can't Stop Staring At

Whether you're a regular at your nail salon or have your at-home manicure setup on lock, doing your nails has become synonymous with a little self-care. There's something about have a fresh mani that just makes us feel so put-together—which is why we're making a point to polish up our paws ahead of the holiday season. Figuring out what to do with your nails, though, isn't always the easiest, and when you're standing in front of a wall of hundreds of different polishes (or getting inspired by a slew of nail ideas on Instagram), it's easy to get overwhelmed.

Here's what we'd do: With Christmas just around the corner (we can't believe it either!), why not stay on-theme by trying out a Christmas nail art idea that's equal parts festive and cute? We found 15 different manis—from a candy cane-inspired set to a speckled snowflake design—that are sure to step up your holiday look this year. Pick your favorite, take a screenshot of it, and then practice your DIY skills (or if you're like me, simply stare in awe at how pretty they are).

Tartan is an essential Christmas print.

This gold and emerald combination captures the holiday color scheme in a non-cliché way.

Ombré nails are so much more festive when glitter is involved.

This abstract design is a pure work of art.

Go for a snowflake nail art design for Christmas Eve.


Go bold with some statement-making jewels.

Try pearl embellishments, also a fashion-girl favorite, for the holidays.

This one hits on a Christmas classic—holly.

For a simple but chic nail look, go for burgundy and add a touch of gold.

Here's one way to rock candy-cane nails this holiday season.


This design works all year-round, but the deep green feels especially right for Christmastime.

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