85 Sweet Mother’s Day Messages That Will Make Her Feel Like the Best Mom Ever

Whether you're trying to make your mom laugh or cry (or laugh-cry), these sentiments will add the perfect finishing touch to your message.

Why buy a Mother’s Day card and just sign your name underneath the pre-printed message when you can create your own note for Mother’s Day? Sure, you probably selected the card you did because you liked the message, but it may feel impersonal if you leave it at that. Doesn’t your mom deserve the most on her special day? In addition to presenting her with one of these Mother’s Day gifts, you can make her day by writing something special in her card—and maybe even include a Mother’s Day poem or a  Mother’s Day quote.

But knowing you should write something *special* can feel like a lot of pressure. To figure out what Mother’s Day message to include in the card you pair with her gift, get your creative juices flowing with these Mother’s Day ideas.

  • A funny memory of her

  • An experience you shared with her

  • The qualities you love most about her

  • A happy memory with her from your childhood

  • Her favorite hobby, activity, or movie franchise

  • Your relationship with her: birth mother, stepmother, daughter, aunt, sister, friend

Then build on these thoughts and fill out your message with one of these specially crafted Mother’s Day messages or even a sweet mom quote.

Mother’s Day messages for your mom

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1. Your face was the first one I ever saw, and I fell in love immediately. I’ve been loving you ever since.

2. To the world you are a mother, but to me, you are the world.

3. Your kisses still heal all wounds.

4. I love you fiercely, deeply, and forever.

5. You were my first true love and the love I measure all others by.

6. I love you more, plus infinity.

7. Your love has been a light to me in my darkest moments.

8. Thank you for being the person I can call at 2 p.m. or 2 a.m.

9. Thank you for raising me and for continuing to lift me up.

10. Thank you for being you, so I can be me.

11. I’m so blessed to have you as my mom.

12. Happy Mother’s Day! Love, your favorite child

13. Thanks for giving me your best genes (and your best jeans)!

14. Being your kid was fun and all, but how do I sign up to be your grandkid?

15. Happy Mother’s Day to one of my favorite parents!

16. Happy Mother’s Day to you on this Mother’s Day—and congratulations to me for remembering it!

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17. You must be a perfect mom, because I’m the perfect child.

18. If you’re Supermom, then that makes me Superman!

19. You’re my mum and I’m y’orchid! (And here’s a bouquet of flowers.)

20. Hey mom, thanks for the womb and board.

21. You’re my no-drama-rama mama llama.

22. Alpaca picnic and we can celebrate you in style.

23. It’s amazing how many sentences I start with “My mom always says…”

24. My friends call to ask me for advice…from you!

25. Someday I hope to be as good a mother to my kids as you are to me.

26. You are the mother of invention—you’re creative, and I definitely need you.

27. You are my hero.

28. Raising me took a ton of patience. Thank you

For more inspiration for your Mother’s Day messages, read these sweet Mother’s Day short stories that will make you want to call yours.

Mother’s Day messages for your mother-in-law

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29. Some moms are born of circumstance, not blood, and those ties can be even stronger.

30. Thanks for being there for me when no one else was.

31. You’re like a mom to me, and I’m so grateful you’re in my life.

32. Even though I’m not your own, thanks for loving me like I am.

33. Thanks for making me feel like a part of the family right from the start.

34. Thank you for the kindness and love you’ve shown me over the years.

35. I am so proud to be a part of your family.

36. Your child is living proof of the amazing mother you are.

37. You’re more than an in-law to me.

38. You’re everything that a daughter/son-in-law could ask for.

Mother’s Day messages for your stepmom

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39. Your hugs are the gift that just keeps giving.

40. Happy Mother’s Day to my bonus mom!

41. You fill our home with love, peace, and happiness.

42. Thank you for showing me how to be the best kind of mother.

43. Parenthood requires love, not DNA.

44. You da mom!

45. The best moments in my life have been mom-ents.

46. Olive you berry much.

47. Wisdom isn’t genetic, but it can be inherited. I certainly got mine from you.

48. I am a strong woman because I was raised by a strong woman.

49. Thanks for stepping up as my stepmom.

50. I’ll always be grateful I found you, mom.

51. You wrote the true definition of a mother in my heart.

52. I am so lucky to have you.

Pair these Mother’s Day messages with one of these last-minute Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother’s Day messages for your grandmother

53. Thank you for your example of kindness, compassion, love, and how to make the best brownies.

54. Quick, what’s my name? If you say it before saying the dog’s name, you get your gift.

55. You taught me to love learning, and I’m still learning from you.

56. I hold every moment we spend together so close to my heart.

57. You are smart and tough and brave and beautiful—everything I want to be when I grow up.

58. Thank you for spoiling me.

59. Happy Mother’s Day from your favorite grandkid!

Mother’s Day messages for your sister

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60. Happy Mother-to-Be Day!

61. I knew you would be a great mom because you’re already the best sister.

62. Being sisters is amazing, but being mothers together is even better.

63. Who would’ve thought my evil sister would turn into such an amazing mom?

64. I hope you enjoy some treats today. You deserve them.

65. May your Mother’s Day be sweeter than chocolate.

66. You’re doing the best job raising the coolest niece/nephew I could ask for.

67. You’re the best mom because I clearly trained you well.

68. Our family has some amazing moms in it!

Check out these beautiful mother-daughter quotes that will stay with you.

Mother’s Day messages for your daughter

69. Don’t have a cow, I’d mooove heaven and earth to be with you today.

70. I loved watching you grow as a woman, and I am so excited to watch you grow as a mother.

71. Thank you for making me such a happy grandparent!

72. I am so proud of you.

73. You have no idea how much joy you have given me as I watch you be a mom.

74. You have amazed me since you were born.

If you want something a little more humorous for your card, try one of these mom jokes.

Mother’s Day messages for your friends

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75. Thanks to one of the funniest, smartest, kindest, beautiful-est women I know!

76. You’ve always been there when I needed you the most.

77. Your baby is the luckiest ever because he/she gets to have you as a mom.

78. I’ve loved watching you become an incredible mom.

79. I will always be inspired by you.

80. You deserve all the praise and the flowers in the world.

81. You make the Mom thing look like a breeze!

82. You are the most wonderful friend and an even more wonderful mother.

83. If anyone deserves to be pampered by their family today, it’s you!

84. Happy Mother’s Day to a true Super-mom!

85. You are so great to your children that sometimes I wish I was also one of your kids!

Now that you know what Mother’s Day message to write in your card, check out these Mother’s Day movies to watch with your mom.

Additional research by Emma Taubenfeld

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Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen, BS, MS, has been covering health, fitness, parenting and culture for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 15 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast and also does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She has appeared in television news segments for CBS, FOX and NBC.