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What to Write in a Mother's Day Card

greetings card inspiration Published Mar 06, 2024

So you've got her some flowers and a beautiful card, but now comes the age old issue, what to write inside a Mother's Day card...

Don't worry, we've got your back. Here are some of our favourite messages and top tips for what to write in Mother's Day cards, from heartfelt and sentimental to funny and cheeky.

Do plan what you're going to write in the mothers day card before you start writing. It's much easier if you have an idea so you don't write yourself into a corner.

Don't scatter kisses randomly in your message. Save them for underneath your name.

Do say nice things. Flattery is everything. If she's an excellent mother, say so. 

Don't worry if you make a mistake! Mum will probably think it's cute- after all, she's genetically programmed to think you're the best thing since sliced bread. But if you really want to cover it up, you can always stick a photograph in and write around it, or write your message on another piece of paper and stick it over the top of the mistake. No stress! 

How to structure your Mother's Day message

1- Start with a greeting. "Dear Mum" is absolutely fine.

Alternatively try one of these-

To the best mum in the whole world,

To one of my favourite parents,

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2- Add your main Mothers Day message. Quotes and funny stories work well here. We like to add a photograph for extra cute-points (yes, that is a baby Emma you spy). See below for some unique and brilliant examples of Mothering Sunday message ideas for cards. Wish her a Happy Mother's Day, thank her and say nice things. 

3- Close your message and add your name. For example:

Lots of love from (name/s)

I/We love you so much, from (name/s)

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Heartfelt Mother's Day Messages

Thank you for being my rock, my inspiration and my best friend. 

You showed me how to be a mum. I'm so proud to be your daughter, and grateful that my child is your grandchild. 

Thank you for everything you do for me. 

Mum, your endless support, encouragement and love have made the the person I am today. Thank you for everything. 

Meaningful Quotes 

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“Everything I am you helped me to be” – Unknown

"A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." – Princess Diana

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

"My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind." —Michael Jordan

Funny Messages to Write in a Mothers Day Card

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Well done mum, I'm awesome!

Thanks for always putting up with my crap.

Happy Mother's Day from your favourite child (don't worry, I won't tell the others)

I'll only say this once, and only because it's Mother's Day, but you were right. 

Don't tell dad, but you're my favourite parent. 

Happy Mother's Day to the finance department, with love from IT support. 

Thanks for wiping my bum.

Happy you day. Enjoy being the centre of attention, putting your feet up and being looked after. Don't get too used to it!

Cheeky Quotes for Mother's Day Cards

"It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think he or she is wonderful." – Roald Dahl

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them." – Phyllis Diller

“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O'Rourke

Just Like a Mum to Me Messages and Quotes

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

“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” —Robert A. Heinlein

Thanks for stepping in and being mum.

I may not say it very often, but I really appreciate everything you've done for me. 

Messages from Across the Miles

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"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." —Dorothy Canfield Fisher

We may not be together this Mother's Day, but know that you are always in my thoughts. I love and appreciate you. 

 "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

Keeping It Simple Mother's Day Message Ideas

Love you mum!

Happy Mother's Day to the best mum in the world!

Thanks for everything you do. 

You're my hero. 

 A laser cut mother's day card that says "Love you mum"


Little Extra Gifts to Take Your Card Up a Level

You could also add a little extra gift to your Mother's Day card. How about some pressed flowers, or a sachet of hot chocolate? Check out this blog post for more small, flat gift ideas for greetings cards.

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And if you still haven't sourced that perfect Mother's Day card, check out our collection here

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