We don’t have to tell you that mothers deserve all the appreciation in the world—they’re simply the best! You can shower your mother with gifts, give her a call to check in, and thank her for being your mom. But honestly, nothing really compares to a well-written and thoughtful card. (You’ve seen all those kindergarten drawings she’s kept!)
Your Mother’s Day card should capture all of the appreciation you have for your mother, wife, girlfriend, or grandma. (And if you do it right, you might even get favorite-child status!) Here are some great ideas for writing and designing your card, as well as some Mother’s Day gift suggestions. We even threw in some fun quotes about mothers you can share with your mom—or share with your social media world.
Mother’s Day Card Ideas
Purchasing Pre-Made Cards
Pre-made cards are perfect for a quick way to say “I love and appreciate you.” These cards come with a variety of messages that range from heart-warming to downright corny. But don’t stop there—include your own personal note, too. Keep it short and sweet. Or look for a store-bought that’s blank on the inside. You’ll get a beautifully designed card and your own beautifully written message: the best of both worlds!
Want a handcrafted card? Something extra funny? A unique card to one-up your sibling? You’ll find many options available on Etsy, with a huge array of one-of-a-kind cards your mom would love.
Creating Your Own Cards
Few things are more meaningful than something made with your own hands—and few people who will appreciate them more than Mom! Don’t be afraid to break out construction paper and make something yourself. If coming up with an original crafty idea isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of templates online where you can download a card you like and customize it into something your mom would appreciate.
How To Decorate Cards
Less is more. Don’t give in to the temptation of filling your mom’s card with glitter (unless of course, you’re volunteering to vacuum along behind her).
Let your creativity loose! Good Housekeeping has all kinds of incredibly fun and inventive ways to jazz up your card.
You know how your mom always asks when you’re coming to visit? Yeah, Mother’s Day is a pretty good reason to deliver your card in person. Take the chance to sit down, catch up, and reminisce. And if you live far away—plan ahead to send your Mother’s Day card through the mail. For a timely delivery, send it around May 3, a week before Mother’s Day this year. And call your mom on Mother’s Day. Whether you’ve sent a card or not.
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What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card
What you write in your Mother’s Day card is a reflection of what your mother means to you, so make your words count. Here are some ideas of what to write in your card for the beginning, middle, and end.
Beginning Your Card
Starting your card may seem like the hardest part about writing it. Don’t overcomplicate it. You don’t have to grab your mom’s attention with the opening line; just getting a card should be enough to hold her attention. The opening should be something that’s meaningful, comes from the heart, and sounds like you. Here are a few different tones you can use to start your card, with some examples of what that may sound like.
For moms who believe laughter is the best medicine.
- Happy Mother’s Day from your favorite child (it’s ok, I know).
- Mom, you’re one of my favorite parents.
- I’m forever grateful that you didn’t take too many embarrassing pictures of me as a child.
- Thanks for sticking with me through those teenage years.
Compliments & Praise
Congratulate her for all the hard work she put into your life.
- I wouldn’t have chosen any other mother.
- You’re still my best friend.
- I still think about your cookies every day.
- You made our house a safe haven from all the hard parts of life. Thank you.
Mothers have a lot of wisdom. Maybe it’s time to recognize the lessons they taught you along the way.
- So you were right. Like, every time.
- You taught me it’s ok to ask for help.
- It all started with “don’t touch the stovetop.”
- Mom, it all makes sense now.
Sometimes saying “thank you” is the best way to show someone you love them.
- Everything good about me, I learned from you.
- I can only hope to be as good of a mother as you one day.
- Thank you for raising me to be a functional human being.
- I’m so lucky that I get to call you “Mom.”
What to Say In the Middle
Here’s where you can get a little more personal. This is a chance to really explain why you love and appreciate your mother.
One way you can show your love is by sharing a memory, or a story about when you remembered something she said. Share the fondest memory of your mother and what made that moment so special. You could also share an experience from your own parenting.
Expanding on what you said in the beginning is a great way to write out something heartfelt. For example, suppose you went with “everything good about me, I learned from you” as your first line. You could then go on to list all the different qualities you gained from her, which could look something like this:
“Everything good about me, I learned from you. I can laugh when life gets hard because you always laughed when the casserole burned in the oven. I know how to comfort others because you were there to listen to all of my problems. You taught me how to cook, fix a tire, and even showed me the secrets of lime Coke.”
How to Finish
A good ending leaves people satisfied, and that’s no different when writing a card to your mother. (Okay, your mom will probably be thrilled with anything you write to her.) But let’s make sure this card is as good as it can possibly be!
Throw out any “cheers” or “warmly” before signing your name. This isn’t a business email; you’re writing to someone you genuinely care about! Instead, you could sign off with one more declaration of love and appreciation:
- Thanks again for all you’ve done for me.
- You’re the best mom in the world.
- I’ll always appreciate what you’ve done for me.
- Hopefully my kids will be as lucky as I was.
Finishing your card can also be as simple as writing “I love you!” Just make the ending a nice cherry to top off an already well-written letter. It’s a pretty good way to ensure your mom will happy-cry.
Mother’s Day Card Sayings & Messages
If you’re looking for a special quote to use as a simple Mother’s Day greeting, here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill
- “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning
- “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.”– Susan Gale
- “The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”― Karl Lagerfeld
- “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”― Abraham Lincoln
- “I ask you, what good is a big picture window and the lavish appointments and a priceless decor in a home if there is no mother there?”― Spencer W. Kimball
- “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” —George Eliot
- “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” —Booker T. Washington
- “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O’Rourke
- “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” —Milton Berle
- “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman
- “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” —J.K. Rowling
- “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” —Dorothy on The Golden Girls
- “Never gonna go a day without you / Fills me up just thinking about you / I’ll never go a day without my mama” —Boyz II Men
- “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible —oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” —Tina Fey
Unique & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts
Don’t settle for just a card! Send a present to your mom to double down on how much you appreciate her being there for you all those years. Some gift ideas include:
- Her favorite flowers
- A box of chocolates
- Homemade baked goods (like the chocolate chip cookies you learned from her)
- A picture of you and/or your family
- New kitchenware
- Her favorite food
And to say thanks for all the meals she fixed for you, let Mom relax on Mother’s Day with the kind of tasty comfort food she’s known to make herself. Spoonful of Comfort offers a Mother’s Day special gift package that includes 64 oz. of your mom’s favorite soup, along with delicious bread rolls and cookies! Every gift basket comes with a cheerful, colorful note card (for which, by the way, you just learned how to compose the perfect message).
Let Spoonful of Comfort’s gift package complement your sweet note, making it a Mother’s Day card worth saving!