Nobody loves snail mail more than mom. Mother’s Day cards are a fun way to say “I love you” with the lick of a stamp. Most conventional greeting cards are sappy and tacky; here, we’ve curated options that avoid those pitfalls: These are wittily written and beautifully designed. We also suggest you accompany the best Mother’s Day cards (all available online!) with a trip to a day spa, a cocktail at a rooftop bar or a meal at one of the best Japanese restaurants in America.
Best Mother’s Day cards
Hand-pressed with real gold foil on luxe vellum paper, this beautiful card designed by artist Kristy Kapturowski features an image of lush tropical plants that any mama will appreciate.
Minted tropical foliage card, $6.99 at target.com
While sending an actual physical card to mom is best, sometimes you almost-forget Mother’s Day… so you send an e-card just in time. This cheeky offering recalls all those afternoons spent baking with mama, then indulging in all the “extra” batter together.
Good Moms Vs. Great Moms e-card, prices vary hallmarkecards.com
Another great e-card option for you procrastinators is this yummy-looking picture of a boozy tropical drink that might inspire mom to treat herself at the local tiki bar.
Classy, Sassy Mother's Day e-card, prices vary at hallmarkecards.com
We love it when mom shows up to the party, but we love it even more when she brings wine with her—hint, hint, Mom! (The inside reads, “I wish you'd sometimes bring a big box of wine instead. We can't drink warmth and love!”).
Wine Mother's Day card, $4.25 at americangreetings.com
Moms with a healthy sense of humor will get a kick out of this tongue-in-cheek card from justWink. Inside, the text reads, “Because sure, one day seems like more than enough for forcing a human out of your body and then raising it not to be a psycho.”
Psycho Mother's Day card, $5.25 at americangreetings.com
Go in with a sib on this colorful “from us” card, packed with a plethora of flattering pop-up messages—like “You’re mom-tastic” and “#1 Mom”—inside.
Hallmark Mother's Day funny greeting card from all, $4.80 at amazon.com
This beautiful gouache illustration by artist Keiki Brodeur gets at the heart of what it is to be a mom: The ultimate feat of multi-tasking, making all the juggling look effortless.
Multi-taskin' mama card, $4.50 at smalladventureshop.com
It’s hella hard to keep orchids alive, so don’t burden mom with the gift of a real one. Instead, opt for this gorgeous printed card from artist Becca Stadtlander, reverberating with warm hues.
Orchid for mom, $5 for redcapcards.com