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What to write in a Mother's Day card to show your love and appreciation

Let the special woman in your life know just how much she matters with one of these thoughtful messages.

Letting your mom, stepmom, grandmother, wife or any other special lady in your life know how much she means to you is important every day of the year.

But it’s especially meaningful to show your appreciation on Mother’s Day, the annual day set aside in May to commemorate moms and all they do to make our lives better.

Celebrated on Sunday, May 12 this year, be sure and remember her with a bouquet of flowers, thoughtful gift or greeting card.

Not sure what to write in a Mother’s Day card? No worries, we’ve collected a list of Mother’s Day sentiments that range from short and sweet wishes to heartfelt sayings that are sure to bring a smile to her face.

We’ve even got some funny ones if sentimental Mother’s Day quotes aren’t your speed.

Some of these Mother’s Day sayings are touching like, “They say no one is perfect. That’s because they haven’t met you,” while others are amusing like, “You can’t judge a book by its mother.”

After all, there’s nothing like a little humor to make her laugh, even if dads do have the joke market cornered with all their bad-but-good one-liners.

Regardless, your mom, grandmother, aunt, friend, wife, daughter, stepmom or any other special lady in your life is sure to appreciate the extra mile you’ve gone to write something special in her card.

When it comes to Mother’s Day, it’s all about showing your love, and thanks to these inspirational messages, she’s surely going to feel it.

Heartfelt 'Happy Mother's Day' messages

  • Some call it “Mother’s Day,” but to me it’s “You’re-Totally-Amazing Day”
  • I want to say “thank you” for your love, patience and always being there for me. Most of all, thank you for being you.
  • Even when it wasn’t easy, you made it look like it was. Thanks, Mom.
  • Mothers are sweet and salty, strong but soft. They are tough but easy, brave and kind. And that's just in one day.
  • Words can't express how much you mean to me and how deeply I appreciate you and all that you do each and every day. But since words are all I've got, thank you and I love you.
What to Write in a Mother's Day Card
  • Everyone celebrates Mother’s Day. But in this family, we celebrate you 365 days a year.
  • You’re so much more than a mom. You’re the sun, the moon and the stars.
  • Loved. Cherished. Honored. That’s what you are, Mom.
  • You fill my heart, Mom. Today and every day.
  • Everything I am is because of you. Thank you.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Home is where your mom is.
  • You weren't the perfect mom. That's because you were too busy being the best one.
  • If you could see inside my heart, you'd know that no one loves you more than I do. Happy Mother's Day.
  • Life is better because you're my mom.
  • Angels walk among us and we call them “mothers.”

'Happy Mother's Day' messages for all moms

  • On Mother’s Day, I hope you know how appreciated and loved you are.
  • They say no one is perfect. That's because they haven't met you.
  • There's nothing that warms my heart more than seeing your beautiful face.
  • Even if you weren’t my mom, you’d still be my friend.
  • Good things take time. Thank you for being so generous with yours, Mom.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • The older I get, the more I recognize your sacrifices and want to let you know how grateful I am.
  • Mom, your handprint will forever be engraved on my heart.
  • Thanks for encouraging me and believing in the possibility that I could be anything.
  • You gave me wings, then taught me how to fly. Thanks, Mom.
  • From the small steps to the big ones, you were always there to guide me.
  • Mothers are a precious treasure and the object of our deepest love.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Mom, you're the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow and the silver lining to all my cloudy days.
  • Life is a beautiful flower and you, Mom, are the sunshine.
  • A mother's children are the stars and to them she is the sky.
  • If I had to do it all over again, I would because you've been the best mom anyone could ask for.

Short Mother’s Day messages

  • I heart you.
  • Best mom ever. The end.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention and mothers are necessary for invention.
  • When it comes to mothers, you outshine them all.
  • Mom + best friend = You.
  • Together forever, that’s how we’ll always be.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mom-ual.
  • Out of all the moms, I got the best one.
  • Sweet apron strings a mother’s love do bring.
  • No matter how old I get, I’ll always need you.
  • You’re my angel on earth. Happy Mother’s Day.
  • A million unforgettable moments. One amazing mom.

Funny Mother's Day messages

  • Guess what? You were right. About everything.
  • I'm perfect. Good job.
  • Sending you a latte of love this Mother's Day.
  • I love you very brunch.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Wishing you pugs and kisses this Mother's Day.
  • Dear mom, I love you a waffle lot.
  • You're not a normal mom. Thank God.
  • Good moms let you eat raw cookie dough. Great moms sit with you when you throw it up.
  • May your laundry basket always be empty and wine glass never full.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • It could be worse. I could've been like you as a kid.
  • Cheer up, at least I wasn't boring.
  • Life doesn't come with instructions. Even if it did, we both know Dad wouldn't use them.
  • Happy Mother's Day to the cool mom. You'll always be fetch to me.
  • Into every a life, a mother must call.
  • You can't judge a book by its mother.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • You've been like a mother to me. Oh, wait, you are my mother. It all makes sense now.
  • Sorry about stepping on all those cracks. Feel better soon!
  • If stupid is as stupid does, do I get it from you or dad?
  • Hey, this is crazy, but I'm your mother. Call me, maybe?

Mother's Day messages from a daughter

  • There's no love like the one shared between a mother and daughter.
  • Even if I weren't your only daughter, I'd still be your favorite.
  • A good mother is what her daughter hopes to one day become.
  • I'm fierce. I'm strong. I can climb mountains. All because of you, Mom.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Moms are a daughter's built-in best friend. Thanks for being mine.
  • Safe in your arms, I learned how to face my fears, then conquer them.
  • I am my mother's daughter and she is my everything.
  • Happiness is having a mom like you.

Mother's Day messages from a son

  • Being your son is a privilege and I’m grateful for all you’ve done for me, Mom.
  • A mom like you is the greatest gift a son can receive.
  • Happy Mother's Day to a one-of-a-kind mom, from your even more one-of-a-kind son.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Thanks for always being there when I needed you most.
  • Happy Mother's Day to my biggest influence and inspiration.
  • I'm the luckiest son in the world.
  • I'm so proud to be your son.
  • If I wrote down all the reasons why I love you, I'd have a whole book's worth!
  • To the woman who made me the man I am today: Thank you.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day messages for friends

  • We started off as friends and now we're moms. I wouldn't want it any other way.
  • You've always been the most amazing friend. How wonderful to see that you're an even better mom.
  • To my friend on Mother's Day: I hope they realize just how lucky they are. I know I do.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Best friends. Best moms. Best everything.
  • Keep calm and parent on.
  • Near or far, you're in my heart this Mother's Day.
  • A friend to the end, a mother like no other.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day messages for grandma

  • Home sweet Grandma's house.
  • Even if you weren't mine, you'd still be the best grandma in the world.
  • Happy Mother's Day to a glam-ma that totally rocks it.
  • To my Nana on Mother's Day: Close by or far apart, you'll always be in my heart.
What To Write In A Mother's Day Card
  • Grandma, you're quite simply the loveliest person I've ever known. Happy Mother's Day.
  • I know I'm your favorite. If you agree, just add an extra $5 to my next birthday card and I promise to keep it just between us.
  • Sweet, kind, thoughtful, loving and simply wonderful. All the things that come to mind when I think of you.
  • Grandma, no matter what happens in life, just remember how lucky you are to have such flawless grandkids.