One of the most fun things about Thanksgiving dinner with your friends and family (besides the delicious feast, of course!) is the opportunity to show off your fall style. Whether you’re rocking a cute fall dress, a cozy fall sweater, or trying one of Ree Drummond’s favorite fall fashion ideas, we highly recommend accessorizing with some festive Thanksgiving nails!
We’ve rounded up the best fall manicures for you to choose from, with ideas for every taste, including neutral or solid color nails as well as some more dramatic options with cute nail art that nods to the holiday season.
1. Harvest Checkered Pumpkin
Create a unique mix-matched manicure with a checkered scarecrow French tip, brown base color, checkered pumpkin accent, flannel-inspired design, and a touch of sparkly copper for added flair. Begin with a brown base coat, then paint checkerboard patterns for the scarecrow and pumpkin designs. Add white and another color for the flannel design, and apply a sparkly copper polish to one nail. This eclectic mix captures the spirit of fall and Thanksgiving with a playful twist.
2. Cozy Gnomes
If you’re looking for something edgy and cozy, think about these sweater gnome nails. With a stiletto acrylic and deep purple hues your fall gnome accent is right at home.
3. Turkey Trot
For a vibrant and festive nail design, opt for a bright multi-color manicure with a standout accent nail featuring a turkey. Start by applying a white base coat for a clean canvas. Then, on your accent nail, create a colorful turkey with feathers in red, yellow, orange, and blue, each feather displaying a different hue. On the remaining nails, paint them in a rainbow of lively shades, incorporating reds, yellows, oranges, and blues in various patterns or even a tie-dye effect for an eye-catching and cheerful look that embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving.
4. The Great Mani
For a charming and whimsical nail design, try an orange speckled French manicure as the base. This speckled effect mimics the look of fall leaves on the ground. On your accent nails, pay homage to the beloved Peanuts characters. On one nail, create Lucy from Charlie Brown with her signature blue dress and black hair. On another, depict Linus with the Great Pumpkin in the moonlit pumpkin patch. Finally, bring Snoopy to life on the third accent nail, capturing him in his classic pose, sleeping on top of his iconic red doghouse. This delightful nail art design will bring a touch of nostalgia and playfulness to your manicure, perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving with a nod to a beloved classic. This one will probably warrant a salon visit – unless you’re feeling adventurous.
5. Falling for Glitter
Achieve a glamorous yet festive nail design with a striking combination of red and gold glitter. Apply a luscious red and gold glitter combo to most of your nails for a dazzling and bold look. On one accent nail, create a standout feature with a rich brown glitter background. On this accent nail, paint an adorable turkey face, complete with a beak, wattle, and expressive eyes. The sparkling red and gold elements give your manicure a touch of elegance, while the turkey accent nail adds a fun and playful twist, making it a perfect choice for Thanksgiving festivities.
6. Sweater Weather
Take inspo from your fall closet with these cozy nails. In this set Talisha pairs cheeta print, plaid, half black and orange cable knit patterns for a fun mix & match design. The best part? You can change it to fit any color scheme.
7. The Great Hall-idays
We know when the temperature drops, a Harry Potter marathon is just around the corner. These nails are to us holiday sweaters inspired by every Hogwarts house & the perfect colors for Fall.
8. Chic French Tips
If you’re looking for something a little more elevated than your average french tip, look no further. These use a sleek chocolate brown, accented with a thin white line to finish the look.
9. Different Shades of Fall
Can’t pick a color? You don’t have to! These neutral nails take on different shades of matte brown adorned with a sparkly accent nail.
11. Gold Flake
These remind us of 2010….but in a good way. Gold accent flakes will never go out of style. Simply choose a basic neutral and add a gold sparkle on top.
12. Cherry Coke
The perfect deep red shade for fall. If you want to exactly match this style use some gel-x extensions.
13. Check Mate
Combine a modern print with the soft neutrals of fall! This one is also easy enough to recreate from home (if you have any patience).
14. Falling for You
We love the cute simplicity of these nails. Use a soft pink base and simply accent with some fall leaves nail stickers.
15. Its a Turkey Charlie Brown
Cute, nostalgic, colorful, what more can you ask for? These cute Charlie Brown nails showcase your favorite cartoon characters in a soft blue sky.
16. Caramel Copper
Iz calls these cowgirl copper nails 🤠🍂✨. Replicate this look by using @the_gelbottle_inc BIAB 19, Caramel, Copper chrome & Extreme shine top coat. We think the accent nails really make this look.
17. Green Leaves
Indulge in some nail art whimsy with two-tone green French tip nails, a playful twist on a classic style that effortlessly blends a tranquil sage base with vibrant emerald tips. These chic nails offer a fresh and lively take on sophistication, ideal for a trendy, nature-inspired look.
18. Groovy Nail Art
If you’ve been scrolling through looking for a maximalist style stop here! This monochromatic brown nail set is anything but boring. With groovy flowers and checkerboard accents, you’ll definitely be getting compliments.
19. Neutral Half Moon
Explore the epitome of autumnal chic with a monochromatic brown nail style, where rich cocoa and warm caramel hues meld seamlessly to create a sophisticated and earthy palette. Elevating the design are elegant half-moon accents, delicately showcasing an alternate shade, adding a touch of intrigue and depth to your nails. This style effortlessly captures the cozy and elegant essence of fall.
20. Minimalistic Shades
Can you tell we love the monochromatic style yet? This one is achieved with some neutral tone browns and whites – with a simple accent nail of alternating color dots.
We love Thanksgiving, and not just because it’s an excuse to fly home and visit family members that we miss so much. It’s not even because we enjoy eating 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.
Still haven’t found your go-to thanksgiving nail look? Check out our inspo board for over 50 other options 🤩 –