Mothering Sunday is a beautiful time of year. There’s nothing better than grasping at the opportunity to celebrate the special bond between a mother and child.

As lovely as it is, it always comes around sooner than you think and can catch us unprepared.

With that in mind, it’s never too early to start thinking about the sort of card you’ll get your Mom.

Annually, the nation spends $671 million on mother’s day cards! It’s no wonder the selection is getting wider which inevitably makes the decision-making process harder.

Here’s our advice on how to buy the perfect mother’s day card.

Fun Fact

Did you know, hundreds of years ago it was a tradition to go back to your ‘mother’ church in the middle of Lent?

Those participating in this custom were said to have gone ‘a-mothering.’

This day became an annual family reunion and a chance for children working away from home to spend quality time with their mothers. Hence, the birth of mother’s day.

Children would often pick wildflowers to give their Moms while making the journey home. That’s why we traditionally give mothers flowers on Mothering Sunday – who knew?!

Back to the Matter in Hand.

Sorry for the slight detour there, let’s get back to the matter in hand- picking your Mom the perfect card for mother’s day.

There are loads of entirely free card designs you can download and print at home.

These are a Godsend, especially if you have limited time and funds.

If you decide to take this route, consider the following;

  • ‘Best Mom Ever’- anything with this kind of wording is sure to put a smile on your mother’s face.
  • Personalized designs- these are perfect for showing you’ve spent time and effort on your choice of card.

You probably know your Mom better than anyone else on the planet. However, sometimes our creatives juices run a little dry when it comes to mother’s day.

If this sounds like you, never fear – we have more advice that’ll help get the ball rolling.

Would Your Mom like a Traditional-Style Card?

There are hundreds of ‘traditional’ mother’s day cards available out there. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get something that’s both beautiful and meaningful.

Traditional mother’s day cards often include pictures of any of the following;

  • Flowers
  • Cats
  • Owls – this is probably something to do with mother’s being wise. Let’s face it; they usually know best!
  • Pink or purple color schemes
  • Beautiful fonts

You’ll find these kinds of cards anywhere, including most grocery stores. Decide on the type of card you want and pick it up while doing your weekly shop!

Modern and Bright

Bright and cute cards are just like traditionally designed cards, but they’ve got a modern twist to them.

They usually feature the pictures and colors previously spoken about. However, the following embellishments accompany these traditional designs;

  • Gems
  • Diamontes
  • Glitter
  • Foiled paper
  • Debossed or embossed designs.

Similarly, there’s no shortage of these designs.

Try browsing online to get an idea of what’s out there. Prices for these cards vary – so you’re sure to find something that suits your budget.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Unique

Your mother’s day card is the perfect opportunity to show your Mom how much she means to you.

Pick a card that reminds you of her. Perhaps she has a favorite flower or animal? Or, maybe you have a running inside joke – if so, you could find a card that communicates that?

This alongside a heartfelt note inside is sure to be a home run.

Have a Laugh

Humor always goes down a treat.

If she has a cracking sense of humor, play on that. Get your Mom a card that’ll literally make her ‘LOL.’

Be sure not to take any ‘banter’ too far though. Needless to say, mother’s day is a time for appreciating mothers not tearing them to shreds.

Eat Humble Pie

Nothing makes a parent smile more than admitting they’re always right. So, go ahead and find a card that tells them that.

We’re sure she’ll never let you forget it either, so approach this advice with caution!

Get Creative

Have you considered creating a card that doubles as a collage?

Perhaps you could put a card together with family photos or other keepsakes.

For example, train tickets from a day out you had, a sample menu of your favorite restaurant, or any other memorabilia you’ve kept safe.

Not only does this make a for a lovely card, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to both re-live some of your most treasured memories spent together.

Feeling Crafty?

Handmade cards are all the rage. There’s nothing more special!

Have you considered making your own mother’s day card? If so, there are hundreds of tutorials online that are sure to send you in the right direction.

At the time of writing, embellishing cards with glass beads or diamonds and embossing pastel colored cards are particularly fashionable.

However, if you don’t feel you’re up to the task of creating your own card, you can source fabulously homemade mother’s day cards online – after all, it’s the thought that counts.

Take a Trip down Memory Lane

Our mothers are one of the only people that have been, and will always be, by our sides through life’s journey. They’ve seen it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

As we mature, the role of our mother changes – so let them know you’re thankful for every part she’s played.

You could write in your card something you’re especially thankful for from your childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It’ll mean the world that you’ve appreciated her support your entire life.

Sometimes a Card Isn’t Enough

Mother’s day is the perfect time to get sentimental.

Not only is finding the perfect card important, what you put inside needs some care and attention.

If your mother’s been there for you over the last year, why not insert a handwritten letter?

Let your Mom know everything you appreciate about your special relationship and a few things you’re especially thankful for.

This is the perfect way to recognize all the thoughtful and kind things she does for you, let her know she’s appreciated even if you don’t say it as much as you should.

What Do I Write On the Card?

Here are a few ideas for what to put inside your mother’s day card.

In the words of Honore de Balza; “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” No one says it better than Abraham Lincoln “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

Here are a couple of phrases you might want to include;

  • To the best mother in the universe.
  • Happy Mother’s Day!
  • You deserve all the love, kindness, and consideration you’ve continually given me every day for as long as I’ve lived.
  • I love you!
  • You’re the most special woman I’ve ever known.
  • Love you always
  • If I turn out to be half the parent you are to me, I’ll consider myself having done a good job!
  • You’ve been there for me every step of the way, and for that, I’ll always be thankful.
  • I don’t even know where I’d be, or the person I would have become without your love, help, and support – thank you.
  • You taught me to [insert what she taught you] Thank you for all your time and patience.
  • I will always be grateful for the time you did [XYZ]
  • Have a beautiful day; you deserve it.
  • Moms like you are few and far between. You’ve been such an amazing role model from the very first day I was born. Thank you for all your guidance and advice over the years, it always has been and always will be appreciated.
  • You’re a blessing to everyone you meet, and I’m so thankful to be able to call you my Mom – thank you for everything.
  • One of the things I’m most thankful for is you teaching me it’s okay just to be me, thank you for the confidence you’ve given me.

Hopefully, the above advice has sparked a few ideas of your own. We’re sure you’ll pick and write the perfect mother’s day card that she’ll treasure forever.

Best of luck!

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Hey, I’m Theresa! My motto? Try everything once! Traveling, taking pictures, working on DIY projects - I’m always up to something. In between I write down my tips and tricks on this blog - and capture all my crazy adventures on postcards of course!

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