16 Cool Nail Ideas You Can Impress Your Family With at the Thanksgiving Table

Updated 08/17/19
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I love Thanksgiving, and not just because it's an excuse to fly home and visit family members that I miss oh so much. It's not even because it's an excuse to eat as many mashed potatoes as I can possibly fit in my stomach. (Although, I will be honest; that's up there.) I love it because it's an opportunity to pause the hustle and bustle of my daily life, reflect on my situation, and express real gratitude. By the way, regularly expressing gratitude is scientifically proven to make you a happier person. But I digress.

As with any holiday, my favorite way to get in the festive spirit is by channeling it onto my nails. Seriously, there's something about a fresh manicure that makes me feel a visceral sense of anticipation and excitement, especially if there's some sort of nail art involved. To clarify, I'm not talking about painting turkeys and cornucopias on my nails. No, I'm talking about sleek and subtle nail designs that channel the colors and the warmth of the season. Keep scrolling to see my 16 favorite nail designs for Thanksgiving. 

Dark florals are a hallmark of fall and winter, which is why I've been ogling over this black rose design from nail artist Naomi Yasuda as of late. 

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means all things glitter are also right around the corner. Why not bring it into your beauty routine early by opting for this subtle gold glitter mani from buzzy L.A. nail salon Olive & June?

If you stray toward pastel shades, even in fall and winter, then take inspiration from this colorful nail design that's fit for a harvest festival. 

This manicure, which was also created at Olive & June, starts off with a base of mocha-colored polish. The salon's namesake Lovely Day Nail Art Sticker ($16) was added to the ring finger for subtle detail. 

For many people, a large part of the Thanksgiving holiday is spent traveling home to see family and friends. If that sounds like your plan this year (or maybe you're staying put and you're experiencing FOMO), paint your city on your nails as a little reminder of home and change and growth. It's a very sweet sentiment, no? 

This mani comes courtesy of the buzzy NY nail salon Chillhouse. It encapsulates the colors of the autumn season by combining various shades of orange. 

Match your solid sweater with a minimalist nail design like this one from Paintbox Nails. Simply start with a base of white polish before adding a matching cube at the base of each nail. It's simple yet chic. 

I have two things to say about this. The first is that this foiled manicure reminds me of fall foliage. The second is that it pairs extremely well with a denim jacket. 

This one's for fans of nude nail polish. The exact shade that was used in creating this cute design was OPI Tiramisu For Two ($9), according to Olive & June's Instagram account.

Ever since Base Coat Nail Salon posted this image to its Instagram page, I've been completely and thoroughly obsessed. Black and gold are, after all, one of my all-time favorite color combinations. 

If you prefer to stick to warmer neutrals, take heed of this kooky yet chic manicure, which was created using all Côte nude nail polishes. Simply choose five colors in varying shades and paint them one on each nail. 

Is there anything more beautiful than a bold autumnal berry color? I don't think so, especially when applied in a graphic diagonal shape. 

This nail art looks like the pattern of an argyle sweater, which is why I plan to replicate this design throughout all of November. 

To me, this manicure all but screams fall. Thanks to a combination of light and dark shades, plus the dainty foliage designs, I'm getting a very harvest-y vibe from it. 

Minimalist nail art is my absolute favorite type of nail art. I love the brown and beige color combination, as well as the puzzle-piece negative space design that's happening here. 

Feast your eyes on yet another foil-infused manicure from Paintbox Nails. It combines shiny gold with burnt orange for a nail design that's unmistakably autumnal. 

Next, check out 15 of our favorite nail designs for fall. 

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