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.
Cocoa Negative Space
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 red plaid pattern.
Fall colors are all about the coffee hues. From milky latte to deep espresso to rich caramel, these nails are meant to beheld a plate full of pecan pie. Play with negative space by leave exaggerated half-moons bare just above the cuticle.
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.
Can't decide what you want to wear on your nails? Why not rock a few patterns layered together in the name of abstract art? This metallic, dotted masterpiece is sure to turn heads.
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?
These tortoiseshell nails play into the always-in-style pattern while offsetting it with bold pops of black. And, hi, we're obsessed (chances are your family will be too).
Gilded and Abstract
Metallic Gold Half Moons
To keep your nails simple yet eye-catching, try a gold shimmer tip with a negative-space half-moon. For added allure, paint on a solid drop of slightly-brighter gold at the arc of each moon.
Sometimes it's as simple as pairing two complementary colors with a diagonal slant. Just look at these beauties.
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 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.
These teeny, champagne shimmer-lined, pumpkin-colored accents bring one thing to mind: Thanksgiving's most popular pie topped off with a hefty heap of whipped cream.
Graphic Fall Florals
These graphic fall floral nails have a unifying theme of black pistils, while each nail features a unique petal shade (or a combination of a few).
Negative space nails are a great way to make a bold statement without using tons of polish—take these dotted cuties, for example.
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, paint your city on your nails as a little reminder of home. 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.
Not ready to commit to a full bold nail? Try going halfsies with this negative-space tortoiseshell print.
We have two things to say about this. The first is that this foiled manicure reminds us of fall foliage. The second is that it pairs extremely well with a denim jacket.
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.
Apple Cider Gradient
Is there anything more beautiful than a bold autumnal berry color? We don't think so, especially when applied in a graphic diagonal shape.
This nail art looks like the pattern of a 1970s painting, and is especially fall-friendly thanks to the warm palette.
This moody fall yellow is the perfect color for the season. We love a super-saturated, minimalist nail like this one.
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.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you don't want to stop at Thanksgiving color palettes, you can feature cute little pumpkins. These seasonal nails might be very themed, but given the light backdrop and on-trend shimmer, they don't look over the top. Plus, the combination of glitter, milky swirls on the ring finger, and pumpkin sketches makes it impossible not to crave a pumpkin spice latte stat.
Rich and Warm Chocolate
You can't help but think of Thanksgiving when seeing these colors all together. Along with your classic fall hues like pumpkin pie and falling leaves, you've also go the green of harvest stems and green bean casserole. To mimic this holiday palette, finish each nail with a matte top coat.