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What to Write in a Mother's Day Card: Expert Tips + Examples

Putting words to paper isn’t always an easy feat—especially when they mean so much to the receiver. Are you feeling stuck and unsure about what to write in a Mother’s Day card? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you out. 

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We’re sharing their wise words along with the advice of expert and mom of two, Marissa Cedarleaf, from the company that puts all other holiday cards and wedding invites to shame, Minted. With her help we’re bringing you three easy tips on what to write in a Mother’s Day card.

Tip #1: Express Appreciation

Tip #2: Make it Personal

Tip #3: Share Your Memories

Bonus Tips

30 Examples of What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

Find the Perfect Gift to Go with Your Card

Tip #1: Express Appreciation

Wondering how you can convey all the love and thanks to your mama? Marissa emphasizes that “messages of praise are incredibly important! Being a mother can feel like a thankless job at times, so letting her know that you see and appreciate her is a reinforcement that she’s doing a good job.”

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Here are 5 creative ways to say thank you:

  • Mom, your love is the compass that guides my heart. On this Mother’s Day, I want to thank you for always pointing me in the right direction.

  • Thank you for being a real hero in my life. Your love and strength have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine.

  • On this special day, I want to express my deepest gratitude, not just for being my mom but for being my confidante, my cheerleader, and my best friend. Thank you for being everything to me.

  • I am endlessly grateful for all the sacrifices you’ve made, the tears you’ve wiped away, and the laughter you’ve shared. Thanks for always being there for me.

  • Mom, you’ve not only taught me how to love but also shown me what it means to be loved unconditionally. Thank you for being an example of kindness, compassion, and love. 

Tip #2: Make it Personal

When writing Mother’s Day messages, it’s all about the details. Marissa says, “although just a simple ‘Thank you’ goes a long way, mentioning specific details shows that you notice and appreciate all the ways your mother cares for you. Even the most mundane-seeming things can bring your gratitude to life. 

For example, ‘thank you for reminding me to schedule my annual physical’ or ‘I appreciate how you always answer my calls.’”

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Tip #3: Share Your Memories

Take a trip down memory lane to make your Mother’s Day messages more meaningful. According to Marissa, “referencing memories and inside jokes are great ways to make a card more personal. 

For example, mention specific places your mother used to take you, or favorite meals she would make, or phrases that make you think of her. It helps her know you remember your time together and that you think of her even when you’re not together.”

Bonus Tips

What to write in a Mother's Day card to make her laugh?

Experiencing writer’s block? When in doubt—get her to giggle. Marissa says “inside jokes or referencing funny memories are a sure fire way to make your mom laugh.” 

Unsure about what to write in a Mother’s Day card to make her laugh? She recommends getting a little punny: “Personally, I also love puns. One of my favorite Minted cards says ‘A toast to you for raisin me’ with a picture of cinnamon raisin toast on it!”

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Mother’s Day Messages for Mother-in-Law, Step Mom, and Other Motherly Figures

When asked how to write Mother’s Day messages for a Mother-in-Law and other mother figures—or when it’s not so easy to get your words on paper—keep it simple and from the heart. 

Here’s what Marissa had to say: “There are many ways to be a mom, and I would focus on what those figures have meant to you instead of their title. Saying ‘thank you for being there for me’ is a universal way to express gratitude for the role they have played in your life.”

30 Examples of What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

Finding the perfect words to express your appreciation on Mother’s Day can be a heartfelt gesture that resonates deeply with the recipient. Here are some ideas for writing meaningful Mother’s Day messages:

Mother’s Day Card Messages for Your Mom

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  1. Thank you for being my guiding light and always showing me the way.

  2. Mom, your strength and resilience inspire me every day. I’m grateful for your unwavering support and endless love. 

  3. Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing mom! You are as sweet as your homemade chocolate chip cookies.

  4. Mom, thanks for being by my side through every first. From spelling bees to prom, you’ve been there for me. 

  5. Thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made and the love you’ve given. You are my rock, Mom. 

Mother’s Day Card Messages for Your Wife or Partner

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  1. My love, you are an incredible partner. Thank you for filling my life with laughter, love, and endless joy. 

  2. Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who makes our family complete. Your unwavering love inspires me every day. 

  3. From changing diapers to late-night cuddles, you truly are the best mom. Thank you for your boundless love, patience, and devotion to our children.

  4. My love grows deeper with each passing day. Thanks for being an amazing wife, mother, and best friend. 

  5. From our first date all the way to our first child’s graduation, we’ve been through it all. You are truly one of a kind, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. 

Mother’s Day Card Messages for Your Grandma

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  1. Grandma, thank you for your wisdom, kindness, and unconditional support.

  2. Happy Mother’s Day to the best grandma in the world. Your hugs, stories, and homemade pies make life sweeter. 

  3. You are everything I want to be one day. Thank you for being the greatest role model of strength, resilience, and grace. 

  4. You are more than just a grandma; you’re a cherished friend and my closest confidante. Thank you for all you do!

  5. Grandma, thank you for filling my childhood with warmth, joy, and unforgettable memories. 

Mother’s Day Card Messages for Your Sister

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  1. Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing sister! Your support and friendship mean the world to me. 

  2. Hey, sis, thank you for being my lifelong friend. We’ve been through it all together, and it’s wonderful to see the mother you’ve become.

  3. To the best sister and mom, Happy Mother’s Day. Your love for your children shines brightly and inspires us all. 

  4. You are an incredible mother and role model. I hope you feel special on this day!

  5. My dear sister, thank you for being like a mom to me. Your love, support, and mentorship mean everything to me. 

Mother’s Day Card Messages for Your Daughter

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  1. Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful daughter! Watching you become a mother has been the greatest joy of my life. 

  2. Daughter, your strength, love, and dedication as a mother make me so proud.

  3. To my precious daughter, thank you for bringing so much love and happiness into our lives. You are an amazing mother, and your children are so lucky to have you.

  4. You have always been so gentle and kind. It’s beautiful to see the mother you’ve become.

  5. Thank you for giving me the gift of becoming a grandmother. I am so thankful for this wonderful family of ours. 

Mother’s Day Card Messages for a Mother-to-Be

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  1. Happy Mother’s Day to the beautiful mom-to-be! Your journey into motherhood is just beginning, and I’m so excited to watch you bloom.

  2. Motherhood is the greatest adventure, and I’m thrilled to see you embark on this journey.

  3. Happy Mother’s Day soon-to-be-mama. Your love and strength will make you an incredible mother. 

  4. Watching you prepare to become a mother has been so fun. Relax and enjoy this time before you welcome your little bundle of joy.

  5. As you prepare to welcome your little one into the world, I want to wish you a happy Mother’s Day. Your love and deviation will make you an extraordinary mom. 

Find the Perfect Gift to Go with Your Card

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Finding the perfect gift to accompany your Mother’s Day card can add an extra layer of thoughtfulness to your gesture. Explore our Mother’s Day gift guide along with the gift inspiration below to help you show your appreciation for the special women in your life: 

Useful Gifts

When shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, think about items that can enhance her daily life. Practical gifts show that you’ve taken the time to consider her needs and preferences. From kitchen gadgets to luxurious sleepwear, useful gifts blend thoughtfulness and functionality. 

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Pampering Gifts

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to pamper the woman who does so much for others. Need ideas for how to pamper your mom? Consider treating her to a spa day or finding the best flowers for Mother’s Day to show how much you care.

Pampering gifts allow her to indulge in experiences or items that she wouldn’t normally buy for herself.

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Personalized Gifts

Adding a personal touch to your Mother’s Day gift can make it truly special and meaningful. If your mom loves springtime, shop the Spring Break edit to find the perfect gift for her upcoming travels.

You might also consider personalized gifts like jewelry, custom photo albums, or engraved keepsakes to commemorate your relationship and cherished memories. 

Now that you have the tools to write a meaningful Mother's Day Card, don't forget to check out our Soma® Mother's Day Gift Guide to find the perfect gift to go along with it.

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