What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day card messages may seem daunting especially if you’re not used to composing short heartfelt snippets – Twitter isn’t exactly the best source for expressing love. With that said, there’s nothing to worry about because we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to write the most delightful, loving, and dare-we-say whimsical Mother’s Day card messages of all time. To be honest, there’s a real simple ingredient to making this happen and so long as you have that one thing you’ll be good to go… Sincerity. Yup. Just be sincere when writing your Mother’s Day card messages and your card will be everything it needs to be and more. If that doesn’t exactly pave the way for you to get the job done, don’t worry because we’ve outlined in great detail what being sincere in your Mother’s Day card message looks like in practical terms.

Things you can include in your Mother’s Day card messages:

There are no set in stone rules when it comes to writing your mom her Mother’s Day card, but if you’re at a loss for words and are unsure where to begin or what to include here are some topics you can touch on in your message. 

  • Highlight one or two qualities that you really appreciate about mom. And tell her why! 
  • Reminisce on a special Mother’s Day of the past (briefly). 
  • Reminisce on a specific memory with mom (briefly). 
  • Tell mom you love her. 
  • Wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!

*Don’t feel obligated to touch on every single one of these items. Instead, use these as inspiration.

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Mother’s day card messages for your mother: 

Want to see some of these topics in action? Here are a few ways someone could incorporate the above suggestions into their Mother’s Day card message.

From you


I don’t know how you’ve managed to do it, but you have never failed to be my number one fan (despite my track record). You have motivated and believed in me when I had zero belief in myself. It’s because of your tireless support and unconditional love that I’ve achieved my dreams and for that (and oh so much more) I am forever grateful to you. I love you to the moon and back! Happy Mother’s Day!


From the siblings or the whole family

To the best mom in the universe, 

You are the glue that holds this goofy family together. We want you to know just how much we appreciate you for everything you do and for everything you are. Thank you for instilling all your best values into every part of our lives and continuously showing us what it means to be a good human. We love you. Happy Mother’s Day (today and every day)!

With Love,
The whole Santiago Clan

Mother’s day card messages for your grandmother:

“If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.” — Italian Proverb

From you


You are the coolest, most incredible grandma a gal could ever ask for. Thank you for always making me my favorite cupcakes when I visit and for sharing the most interesting stories (the one with the pilot and the monkey is still my favorite). I hope to one day be just like you! And even though we can’t be together this Mother’s Day I hope you know how much you mean to me. We’ll make up for the absence next month when we’ll spend the entire day celebrating! Until then, Happy Mother’s Day!


From the siblings or the whole family

Dear Mimi,

We are all so grateful to have you in our lives and cannot wait to see you next week. John and Moe are always asking about you and can’t wait to play with you in the garden. You are a joyous light and we all love you very much! Happy Mother’s Day!

Chris, Megan, John, and Moe 

Mother’s day card messages for the one that’s like a mother to you: 

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey


Words cannot express how grateful I am for everything that you’ve done for me and everything that you’ve been to me. Thank you for being the mom I never had and for being the role model I hope to one day be for my kid. You are one in a million. Happy Mother’s Day!


Mother’s day card messages for your wife or partner:


I am constantly in awe of you and your capacity for love. You are truly the most precious thing in our family’s life and I will forever be grateful for the way you have taken care of us all. Your partnership in parenthood and in life is something I cherish and I hope you know how much I appreciate you each and every day. Happy Mother’s Day!


Mother’s day card messages for your sister or friend:


Although it’s really weird for me to think of you as anything other than my childhood friend with whom I shared everything, it’s been extremely easy for me to see you as a mom. Your mom-skills are totally out of this world and it’s so cool to see you raise such incredible little humans. I hope you have an awesome Mother’s Day! 


Mother’s day card messages for your mother-in-law:


Thank you so much for being such a loving mom and raising Kristin to be a loving human (and a stellar wife). I am so grateful to call you my mother-in-law and couldn’t be more excited to spend next week showing you around while Kristin is off working. Until then, I hope you have a spectacular day celebrating Mother’s Day! 

With Love,

Mother’s day card messages for the mom-to-be or a new mom:

For mom-to-be:


Happy almost-Mother’s Day! I know you are going to make the world’s greatest mom. All the work and effort you’ve already put into preparing yourself is only a fraction of the effort I know you’ll put into being a mother. I’m so excited to see how you grow into this new role and I know that your little one will be the luckiest kid in the world.

Happy Mother’s Day!


For a new mom:


Well, you did it. You became the one thing you’ve wanted most since I’ve known you… And you’re absolutely killing it! It makes me so happy to see you with your new little one even if you haven’t slept in a week. Please take some time to care for yourself on your first (and every other) Mother’s Day (I hear that’s kind of a must).

Love You!

Mother’s Day card quotes to use in your message:

At a loss for words on what else to say in your Mother’s Day card? That’s ok because lots of other smart folks have already said plenty. Use any one of these Mother’s Day quotes in your message to spruce it up!

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. – Marion C. Garretty

Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.

– Susan Gale

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

– Jewish proverb

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

– Mark Twain

If you are a mom, you are a superhero, period.

– Rosie Pope

All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother.

– Abraham Lincoln

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” – Maya Angelou

“If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder

An example of how to use a quote in your card:

Marion C. Garretty once said “mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” And boy was he right… You have never once faltered to encourage me to do what I thought impossible. It’s because of you that I’m now living my dream as a doctor and I couldn’t be more grateful. I love you for all that you’ve done for me and also just because you’re you. Happy Mother’s Day!


Mother’s day card messages for when it’s complicated:

A Mother’s Day card is not the place to spill your guts or try to have those tough conversations. That’s an in-person kind of thing or at least something you should consider doing in a letter where there is space to go into detail. If the situation is complicated for any reason, you can still send mom a Mother’s Day card and make it sincere. Just keep it short and simple and don’t write anything you don’t mean. 


I hope you have a lovely day celebrating Mother’s Day. We all look forward to seeing you soon, but until then I hope you like the flowers I sent to brighten your day. 


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Mother’s Day card messages for when you’re apart:


I know it’s been way too long since I’ve been able to visit and I cannot wait to give you the biggest hug just as soon as I can. Until then, I’m sending you all my love this Mother’s Day. Thank you for always knowing exactly what to say when I need to hear it most. 

Love you,

How to end your Mother’s Day card message:

Signing off on your Mother’s Day card message is similar to signing off on any other type of message. And we’ve written pretty extensively on ways to end a card, but below are a few closings you can use when ending your Mother’s Day card message. Just remember, the way you end your message should depend on your own situation and relationship.

  • Love,
  • With Love, 
  • Yours,
  • Love You,
  • Happy Mother’s Day!
  • Your Favorite Child,
  • Always your littlest pumpkin, (or whatever your mom’s nickname for you is)
  • All my love,

Helpful tips for writing your Mother’s Day card message.

And before we leave you, here are the last few tips for writing your best Mother’s Day card messages:

  • Write from the heart and stick to sincerity. 
  • Keep it short.
  • Give mom some props and encouragement!
  • Use unique details within your message to personalize your card.
  • Mother’s Day is for every kind of mom.

Be sincere.

We’ve said it before (way up at the beginning, if you remember) and we’ll say it again: be sincere. This goes for any card you decide to write, including your Mother’s Day card. If you think your message feels unnatural, then chances are you’re not being sincere. Write from the heart.

Keep your message short.

Mother’s Day cards have limited space. Just get to the point, give mom some love, and move on. There’s not enough space for you to go off on any tangents (however well meaning they may be). 

Give mom some major props.

An easy topic to stick to with your Mother’s Day card is to tell mom all the awesome ways that she’s… awesome. If you’re writing for a new mom then this is definitely a good way to keep her spirits up when she’s extremely sleep deprived.

Make your message personal.

Remember that note on sincerity? So long as you stick to that then you should have no problem being personal. Adding little details that are unique to the mom that you’re writing to will make your message feel far more unique than if you just used a string of cliches. 

Wish every mom a happy Mother’s Day. 

Biology isn’t the only factor in motherhood. If you have mom-like figures in your life then consider sending them a Mother’s Day card as well.