20 Mother’s Day Cards That Perfectly Sum Up Your Feelings
Sure, a gift is always a nice gesture. But we happen to think (and we’re pretty sure your mom would agree!) no gift is complete without a card. Yes, you could go for any old car in the drugstore on your way over to Mom’s house. But let’s be honest: Are you really going to find just the right thing when the shelves are picked bare and you’re in a rush? Our money is on no. Rather than considering the card an afterthought, put as much time and effort into finding the right one as you would the main gift. We know: That seems like it would take a lot of time, and your schedule is already jam-packed. But think of it as the icing on the cake—your gift just wouldn’t be complete without the finishing touch. And truthfully, finding a great card doesn’t have to be hard. There are hundreds of online retailers with greetings that are far superior to what you’ll find in your local store. And if sappy isn’t your style, you’re in luck. Yes, you can find sweet, sentimental cards online. But you can also find silly and honest cards that will really catch her attention. There are so many to choose from, you’ll never be able to pick just one, which is why our editors have done the hard work for you. We browsed and scrolled until we were confident we’d found the best cards out there. Buy a few now—and save the rest for next year or even her birthday.
Favorite Parent Mother’s Day Card
This cheeky card only pretends to play favorites. At first glance Mom might think you’ve finally decided to come clean—to admit that she’s the winning parent. But upon closer glance, the card really keeps things fair—she’s one of your favorite parents.
To buy: $5.50, papersource.com.
High Five Mom Card
Why not use Mother’s Day as a sly way to compliment yourself too? This silly card gives mom credit for raising such a talented child (that’s you!). The card is blank inside you can write something a little more sentimental for her to read once she’s got the joke.
To buy: $4, francescas.com.
Mom vs. Dad Mother’s Day Card
If your mom seems to have the answer to everything (from the basic—what time is dinner?—to the more existential—how do I handle this delicate etiquette dilemma?), get her a card that really tells it like it is. This greeting makes it clear that your thankful for her… and her wealth of knowledge.
To buy: $4, papersource.com.
Best Mom Ever Card
If mom’s style is more understated, opt for a simple card with a gorgeous design and a straightforward message—she’s the best mom ever. The card is blank inside, so you can pen a more detailed and personalized message there.
To buy: $7, shopterrain.com.
I Got It From My Mama Card
Give her the ultimate compliment by letting mom know that you attribute everything from your good looks to your killer personality to her. This colorful card may be simple, but the message is powerful—you’re glad that you ended up just like her.
To buy: $5, francescas.com.
Sending Love From Greeting Card
If state lines prevent you from seeing mom in person on her special day, it’s even more important to send a heartfelt card. Personalize this card by filling in your own town and city, so that the special woman in your life knows exactly where all the extra love is coming from.
To buy: $6, urbanoutfitters.com.
Mom I Love You Loads Card
There’s no denying how much you love your mom—and you’re pretty sure she knows it. But there’s no harm in telling her over and over again. This comical card plays with language to pairs the sweet sentiment with a motherly request for help with your laundry.
To buy: $4, strangebirdsdesigns.etsy.com.
I Love You More Than Wine Card
Mom knows how much you love her, but she also knows how much you love a glass of wine every once in a while. Adult children can surprise their moms with this card that makes it clear—your vino is important, but not quite as important as she is.
To buy: $5, ticktockpress.etsy.com.
You Were Right Card
It’s not often that you admit when your mother is right… but you know the truth: your mother really is always right. Take Mother’s Day as the perfect opportunity to present the perfect gift—to finally admit what she’s always wanted to hear.
To buy: $4.50, cypresscardco.etsy.com.
Stuck With You
No, you don’t get to choose your parents, but this bold, simple statement will let Mom know that she was—and always will be—the right choice. The handmade, hefty white-linen card (from Row House 14, a small company specializing in bespoke cards and stationery) is blank inside and comes with a cheery yellow envelope.
To buy: $4.50, rowhouse14.etsy.com.
Half the Woman You Are
Give mom the ultimate compliment: You want to be just like her—but probably won’t achieve that lofty goal. On the inside, the card reads “that would mean a whole lot.” And you have the option of adding this quote from Philippians 1:3 on the back: “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Made with recycled paper, the card is printed on heavy stock.
To buy: $4, redletterpaperco.etsy.com.
Not Technically Mom
Perfect for a variety of influential women (a stepmom, mentor, aunt, and more) this card will let that special lady in your life know what a, well, maternal influence she’s had—and that we sometimes find honorary parents even outside the biological family. The colorful card is paired with a tan paper envelope.
To buy: $5, papersource.com.
For a Job Well-Done
Celebrate Mom by complimenting her parenting skills (and give yourself a little pat on the back in the process) with this bold, tongue-in-cheek card. The simple message on the inside reads “Happy Mother’s Day,” and the card is paired with your choice of envelope. (We like the bright blue shown here.)
To buy: $5, catch22cards.etsy.com.
Sure, you remember those painful middle-school years—and probably wish you could have skipped right over them. But poke fun at your past on mom’s behalf with this throwback to the days of braces, big glasses, and frizzy hair. After all, Mom thought you were a swan even in your ugly-duckling days.
To buy: $4.50, debbiedrawsfunny.etsy.com.
Your Favorite Child
When it comes to her children, Mom’s not supposed to play favorites, of course, but you can still pretend you’re Number One (think Marcia, not Jan!) with this whimsically entitled sentiment. Printed on recycled paper, the card is hand-drawn and blank inside, so you can consider using it to apologize to your siblings!
To buy: $4.50, pinwheelprintshop.etsy.com.
The Best Mother-in-Law
Mothers-in-law have been the butt of more punch lines than Rodney Dangerfield or Henny Youngman could count. But let your partner’s mom in on the joke—and show her some love in the process—with this snarky and sweet card. She’ll appreciate you thought of her, too—all kidding aside.
To buy: From $3.50, studiofusco.etsy.com.
I Love You a Thousand Yellow Daisies
Best friends first, mother and daughter second? If the Gilmore Girls’ chatty, companionable mother-and-daughter dynamic reflects your rapid-fire relationship with your own mom, this greeting card is just right. Consider giving it to her at the local diner you both love—and maybe add a few “Gilmoreisms” on the note inside.
To buy: $4, simplyhellocards.etsy.com.
Home Is Wherever Mom Is
Whether you and your mom have a long-distance relationship or are practically neighbors, this card will show her that, zip codes and geography aside, your heart is always with her. Made by Stranger Days, a company that specializes in “greeting cards for emotional people,” the card comes with a matching envelope and is blank inside. It’s also suitable for framing.
To buy: $4.50, strangerdays.etsy.com.
What’s for Dinner?
This card is both hilarious and, well, accurate. Though it may hit a bit too close to home (literally), it’ll make mom feel like she’s both needed and appreciated. If you really can’t cook, consider treating her to dinner on her special day—even if it’s just her favorite takeout. (As long as you clean up!)
To buy: $4.50, carolyndraws.etsy.com.
You Make Spit Up Look Sexy
Give your favorite baby-beleaguered new mom a much-needed laugh (and maybe even a confidence boost) with this irreverent (and, uh, graphic) handmade card. She’ll love knowing that—even sleep-deprived, and covered in infant upchuck—she still looks great. This card comes with a tan paper envelope (but no bib, alas).
To buy: $4.50, julieannart.etsy.com.