We love Thanksgiving, and not just because it's an excuse to fly home and visit family members that we miss oh-so-much. It's not even because it's an excuse to eat as many mashed potatoes as we can possibly fit in our stomachs. (Although, we will be honest; that's up there). We love it because it's an opportunity to pause the hustle and bustle of daily life, reflect on our current situations, and express real gratitude. By the way, regularly expressing gratitude is scientifically proven to make you a happier person. But we digress.
As with any holiday, our favorite way to get in the festive spirit is by channeling it onto our nails. Seriously, there's something about a fresh manicure that makes us feel a visceral sense of anticipation and excitement, especially if there's some sort of nail art involved. To clarify, we're not talking about painting turkeys and cornucopias on our nails. No, we're talking about sleek and subtle nail designs that channel the colors and the warmth of the season. Keep scrolling to see our 30 favorite nail designs for Thanksgiving.
Sweet Potato Fade
One way to grab your family's attention at the Thanksgiving table is to match what's on it with your manicure. And let's be real, this pumpkin-inspired fade is nothing short of sweet.
One of the prettiest parts about fall (apart from the gorgeous chunky sweaters and knee-high boots, of course) is how the leaves change from lush green to brilliant shades of burgundy, orange, and yellow. To show off your love of the color palette transition, pay homage to it on your nails this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a time to eat, drink, and be cozy as can be. To project those good vibes, try painting your tips with this festive buffalo check pattern.
Dark florals are a hallmark of fall and winter, which is why we've been ogling over this black rose design from nail artist Naomi Yasuda as of late.
Skip the floral centerpiece and paint a bouquet on each nail instead.
The holiday season is right around the corner, which means all things glitter. 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?
This manicure, which was also created at Olive & June, starts with a base of mocha-colored polish. The dainty daisy detail is thanks to the salon's namesake Loveliest Day Nail Art Stickers ($8), which, FYI, are super popular and often sold out.
Negative space nails are a great way to make a bold statement without using tons of polish—take these burgundy cuties, for example.
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.
Dots and Lines
Neutral lovers, rejoice! This three-toned nail look is bold in print and minimalist in shade, making it a great option for your Thanksgiving mani.
Ever since Base Coat Nail Salon posted this image to its Instagram page, we've been completely and thoroughly obsessed. Black and gold are, after all, one of our all-time favorite color combinations.
Is there anything more beautiful than a bold autumnal berry color? We don't think so, especially when applied in a graphic diagonal shape.
Burnt Orange Beauties
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.