As the holiday period creeps closer and our calendars slowly become filled with events, it is time for us to book our next salon appointment for our Christmas mani-pedi.
We’re being serious here – make an appointment at your favourite nail salon before they’re all booked! (Psst, need a good deal? Check out Salon Finder.)
We’ve hired only the very best of our magical social media browsing elves to gather the best Christmas nail designs for the occasion.
Whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice this year, we’re here to share with you 15 Christmas nail inspo we love.
1. Black and Gold
Celebrate the festive season in these fabulous black matte and gold glitter nails. With classic images like mittens, deer, and ornaments, these are neutral enough to wear through to the new year. Note: show this to your manicurist only if you’re sure she’s good at freehand drawing, otherwise it may fall flat.
2. Festive Red Reindeer
What’s Christmas without a splash of red? These cheerful designs of reindeer and Santa are so cute and merry, your friends are sure to go ‘aww’ at your next gathering.
3. Forest Deer Print
Want something on the dark and mysterious side? These breath-taking dark green nails feature a Christmas tree and an elegant snow-white deer; these nails are on another level of gorgeous!
4. Frosty Blue Christmas
These frosty fingertips are beautiful enough to be worn by the Ice Queen herself. Inspired by ice and snow, these designs are so magical you might be tempted to twirl your fingers to try and cast some winter magic.
5. Gingerbread Cookie
This toasty brown gingerbread cookie design makes us feel all warm inside just by looking at them. With creamy colours of brown and white, they remind us of a warm winter’s night snuggled up with some gingerbread and a hot steaming mug of cocoa.
6. Grey Snow
We’ve been dreaming of a White Christmas manicure and here they are. Inspired by dripping ice and snow, this design combines both solid and glittery colours to make this manicure something special.
7. Holy Night
Looking for something more minimalist and not the usual red and green? With their bare minimum designs in black and white, this stunning nail design might be right up your alley. Best part? They don’t really look outdated even after Christmas is over.
8. Jolly Matte Green
Those who love green can put a new spin on their manicure by going matte. These jolly matte green nails are both glamorous and festive with its bejewelled trees and ornaments.
9. Minimalist Black
Kind of a goth but still want to celebrate the holidays? Trying out an edgy look this year? Maybe these are the nails for you; its dark and deep look is accentuated with a gold star design that makes that single digit stand out.
10. Minimalist Christmas
Think out of the box with these negative-space Christmas nails over the holidays. Draw images of snowflakes, bells, stars, and gingerbread men on your nails. It’s all the festive fun without all the fuss.
Tip: if you find the right nail stickers, this is a look you can potentially do yourself without the help of professionals!
11. Minimalist Red
Save a trip to the nail salon with this simple design you could easily D-I-Y at home. Just add a single gold star to each brightly coloured nail and make a bold statement at your next gathering.
12. Minimalist Santa Hat
If you love having fresh French mani but still kind of want to get something done, try this fun idea out. Draw a fun little Santa hat on one of your nails, giving a little merry cheer to your clean-cut fingertips. This is yet another look you could easily try and replicate at home.
13. Red Plaid
Red plaid is always a classic design to go with for the holidays. How about mixing things up by incorporating other red and black designs into your manicure? We especially like the single black nail with the gold star design.
14. Green Forest
If you’re keen on trying out something a little fancier by yourself, try combining green or red (or any colour you want, really) glittery nail polish and white line art together. Draw squiggly Christmas trees or other designs like stars and wreaths and there you have it, a Christmas nail art.
15. Starry Night
Those of you who are celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday can consider drawing the Christmas Star on your nails this coming holiday. Even if you aren’t religious, these nails are still beautiful and reminiscent of a Christmas painting.