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Don’t Know What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card? 5 Options That’ll Make Your Mom Smile

Mother's Day messages are important, but don't worry about perfecting your card thanks to these ideas


Moms deserve more than one day of recognition a year, but Mother’s Day is that time to especially shower all the moms, grandmas, aunts, and any other mother figure in your life with lots of love. They’re truly the best and deserve the world and more — what better way to show that than writing a Mother’s Day card.

Here, find five options to consider, with ideas ranging from poems to jokes to heartfelt notes.  

Heartfelt notes to write in a Mother’s Day card

Mom doesn’t need anything fancy to know you love her, but writing from the heart is sure to make her feel appreciated. Take the time to say how you feel and be honest. These words of affirmation are sure to be something she cherishes for years to come.

  • Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who taught me the true meaning of love and selflessness. Your kindness has shaped my world.
  • You’re my best friend, my go-to person for advice and my shoulder to cry on. I don’t know what I would do without your love and support.
  • You showed me beauty and you showed me strength. You showed me motherhood in every sense. I love you and thank you so much for all you’ve ever done. All you’re doing and all you’ll do, so I can’t say enough Happy Mother’s Day to you.
  • Mom, you are the glue that holds our family together. I am grateful for all the sacrifices you have made for us. Your unwavering support and guidance have been invaluable, and I cannot thank you enough for everything you do.
  • Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing mom in the world! Your love and devotion have been the driving force behind all my achievements. Thank you for always believing in me and supporting me.

Related: The 50 Best Mother’s Day Instagram Captions to Show Your Love This Year

Jokes and silly messages to write in a Mother’s Day card 

Want to make Mom laugh? Try out short jokes, funny one-liners, or silly statements instead of longer messages. You’ll still show her how much she means to you while keeping things on the lighter side.

  • What kind of flowers are best for Mother’s Day? Mums!
  • Knock Knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you, Mommy!
  • Happy Mother’s Day from your favorite child
  • I just wanted to let you know that you are a simply superb, magnificent, outstanding, exceptional, dazzling human (just like your daughter/son)! Happy Mother’s Day!
  • Only today will I admit that I am, in fact, turning into you.

Write a poem in your Mother’s Day card

Mom and child looking at a Mother's Day card together

If writing longer notes isn’t quite your cup of tea, try writing your mom, grandma, or any of your other motherly figures a poem. This is a creative way to get your feelings across, and it’ll be fun for them to read. With options such as a rhyme, limericks, haikus, or even an acrostic spelling out her name and her best qualities, it’ll be easy to bring a smile to her face. If you want to opt for a poem from the experts, consider the following. 

Include favorite memories in your Mother’s Day card message 

It’s time to get nostalgic with your Mother’s Day card and share some of your favorite memories with Mom. Inside jokes, yearly traditions, important events, or even the occasional embarrassing story will win her over. These memories are unique to you and her and you can fill up a card in no time.

  • Remind Mom of some of your favorite vacations together. If a trip to Hawaii, a memorable camping trip, or a fun cruise marked special times spent with one another, she will love to be reminded of them. 
  • Recall one of your late night conversations with your mom. These heart-to-heart chats are surely some of her favorites. 
  • Everyone has a funny story of when they tried to help Mom cook a holiday meal! Think back on a fun culinary experience that will leave her feeling warm inside. 
  • Life is full of milestones, so think about including moments from a graduation, wedding, baby birth, and more to reshare the good times with Mom. 
  • Bingeing a favorite TV show is a great activity between a mom and her kids. If that applies to you, bring back some of your fondest times spent on the couch with Mom and a bowl of popcorn. 

Related: Away From Your Mom This Mother’s Day? 10 Last Minute Virtual Options to Celebrate Her

Include song lyrics or quotes in your Mother’s Day card 

When it’s difficult to express your feelings for all the motherly figures in your life, why not turn to media? Song lyrics, books, TV or movie quotes can help you articulate your thoughts, and Mom will appreciate the compilation of tidbits, advice, or funny moments. Plus, you can pick the lyrics or words that best fit your mom’s personality or energy. 

  • “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.” – Robert Munsch
  • “Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.” – Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
  • “My mom is so cool.” – Hallie Parker in The Parent Trap remake
  • “I know you were on my side even when I was wrong, and I love you for giving me your eyes, staying back and watching me shine.” – Taylor Swift
  • “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Suess

For more mother’s day content, check out the links below:

What Does It Mean To Be a Mom? Maggie Doyne, Who Helps Care for 70+ Kids, Expanded the Definition

Valerie Bertinelli’s Simple Mother’s Day Advice — ‘Soak up What You Can’ — Is a Reminder to Us All (Exclusive Interview)

Carrie Underwood’s Best Motherhood Quotes: Post-Baby Workouts, Parenting Mistakes and More

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