What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card for Grandma

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They spend years changing diapers, stepping on LEGOs, helping us with long division, and teaching us the life lessons that make us who we are today. If there’s anyone who deserves the honor of a national holiday, it’s our moms and grandmas.

So you want to show love for grandma on this special day? Awesome! She’ll love it. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to get all those feelings out on paper, which is why we created this guide on what to write in a Mother’s Day card for grandma. 

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What to Write

You’re here because you already know this: The best Mother’s Day gift for any grandmother is going to include a heartfelt card. If you’re not sure what to say, check out these tips for the opening, body, and closing lines of your letter.

Opening Ideas

The opening line of your card is your first chance to show how much you care. You want to make it comforting, genuine, and unique. So where do you start? Here’s some advice on grandma’s Mother’s Day card ideas:

  • Use her special name: Lots of people have their own special name for their grandma. If you call your grandma something like Nonna or Mami, call her that in the card too. She’ll find comfort in the familiarity. If your store-bought card says “grandma” on the front, maybe cross it out and write her name the “right way.”
  • Greet her how you usually would: Do you have a unique phrase for greeting your grandma or other family members? Maybe you start out every conversation playfully with, “What’s cookin’, good lookin’?” or something simple like, “What’s new, grandma?” If so, use that line to open your card. Bring your warmth right to that page!
  • Write how you talk: If you find yourself freezing up when you sit down to write a card to grandma, just take a moment to step back and relax. Write how you talk, instead of trying to sound flowery or professional. Your grandma wants to hear from you, not a novelist. Besides, knowing how to put down words in a conversational way is the art of any great writer. For example, instead of opening with, “My dearest grandmother,” start out by saying something fun and casual, like, “Hi, grandma!”
  • Be playful: Maybe you speak another language, or share the love of a certain movie. If so, start out by saying hello in another language, or in the manner of your favorite movie character. Just make sure she’ll understand what you’re talking about!
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Body Paragraph Ideas

Now it’s time to get to the heart of your card, to really express your gratitude and love to your grandma. Before you put pen to paper, think more specifically about why you’re writing the card. Sure, it’s Mother’s Day—but do you have a more specific goal? Maybe your grandma is lonely and you want to show that you’re thinking of her. Maybe you have a particular memory you want to share. If you know where you’re going, it’s much easier to get there.

Before You Start Writing

Okay, so you’ve clarified your purpose. It’s time to start brainstorming! Let’s make a list.Seem like overkill? We disagree! This will help you get it perfect the first time, so you’re not crumpling up your letter and starting over (and over.)

Brainstorming should be simple: Think about all of the qualities you love in your grandma and why you appreciate her. Then list them out in the order you want to talk about them.

Examples

Okay, now it’s time to start writing. In addition to those traits you brainstormed, recall a favorite memory. Or talk about something you’ve learned from your grandma. Here are some examples of what to write in your Mother’s Day card to your grandma:

  • You’ve been an amazing role model to me, and I hope to follow your example with my own children someday.
  • Remember when we snuck off for a walk on the beach during our last family reunion? I’ll always cherish that time we had together.
  • I’ll never forget sitting in your backyard eating popsicles every summer. You made every trip to your house so special!
  • Thank you for teaching me how to sew—it’s an incredible talent that you are so kind to pass on to your grandkids.
  • You make the best cookies of anyone I know!
  • I am so grateful that you taught my mom about the importance of patience and kindness. Your example shaped my mom, me, and now my children!
  • I love coming to your house because you always have fresh flowers on the table and a new puzzle for us to do together.
  • I miss going to antique stores with you! You have a knack for finding the best jewelry.

Closing Ideas

After putting so much thought into the introduction and body of your card, you want to finish off strong. Now’s the time to wrap everything up with a neat little bow. But maybe you feel like you’ve used up all your best ideas and don’t want to just rehash the same thoughts?

Luckily, grandmas don’t believe there can ever be too much goodness. Repeating your love and appreciation is a perfect way to end your Mother’s Day card. If you’re really stuck on how to finish things off, just cut to the most important message: “I love you, Grandma!” Then sign it off with your name (the nickname she call you, of course!).

Wondering what the best sign-off word or phrase is for a Mother’s Day card? Here are some options:

  • Love
  • Yours
  • Love always
  • With love
  • XOXO
  • Your granddaughter/grandson
  • Thinking of you
  • With gratitude
  • Forever yours
  • Miss you
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Lots of love
  • Loving you with all my heart
  • Love you so much
  • I love you the most

And if you end your card and remember something else you wanted to say? Don’t be afraid to add a P.S., or even a P.P.S. Grandma will definitely love the bonus content.

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Mother’s Day Card Ideas for Grandma

Your card is all written, but you’re not ready to send a Mother’s Day card to your grandma quite yet. Now you get to decide how to present the card in a way that shows you really care. After all, the best cards always include a thoughtful, handmade touch to set them apart. Check out the ideas below for how to decorate and package your card, whether you buy it from the store or make it yourself.

Decorating a Premade Card

These days, there’s a greeting card for anyone and everyone. If you’re writing to a step-grandma or an adoptive grandma, there’s probably a card out there that describes your relationship. There are cards to match any personality, whether you want to be funny, serious, quirky, or traditional. So even if you don’t have time to make the card completely from scratch, you’re sure to find something to fit your relationship with your grandma.

Once you find the perfect choice, you can add your own decorations to the card or envelope before you send it off in the mail. Here are some ideas on how to decorate a premade Mother’s Day Card:

  • Doodle on the envelope: Sometimes a simple doodle is all it takes to make a purchased card look unique. Use your best cursive handwriting to pen her address, then add flowers, hearts, stars, or a border to the front and back of the envelope. She’ll love seeing your personal flair in her pile of mail; it’ll make her smile before she even opens the card!
  • Include a photo: These days you probably keep most of your photos on your smartphone camera roll, but your grandma will appreciate it if you take the time to print a few and include them in the card. (Cue the refrigerator magnets!) You can even get really crafty and cut the faces out to customize the drawing on the card.
  • Put stickers on the card: Stickers are an easy way to brighten and liven up a basic card. Pick up some heart or floral stickers to add a special touch to the card you buy at the store. If you’re a parent, you can enlist the help of your kids for this part.
  • Draw a picture: One of the easiest ways to make a card special is by drawing your own illustration on the inside of the card. If you don’t have room for a picture, you can draw it on another piece of paper and include it with the card. Your grandma will love the surprise, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!
  • Add ribbons and bows: Do you have fabric scraps or ribbons on hand? If so, you can use them to totally customize the look of your card. Use a hole punch and tie a ribbon through the top of the card, or use string or bows to make a border around the card. You can even tie up the envelope with a ribbon or use it to attach a small gift, if you’ll be delivering the card in person.
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Making Your Own Card

There’s nothing quite like a homemade card. So if you have the time and resources, think about making your own Mother’s Day card for your grandma. Even if you’re not a pro artist, she’ll appreciate the time you took to make something just for her.

A homemade card can be made with just a piece of paper and pen. But if you really want to make it stand out, think about making the card using watercolor paints, stickers, ribbons, and other craft supplies. Here are some ideas on making your own card from scratch:

  • Create paper art: If you don’t feel confident using paint and a paint brush to make your card, try using scissors, paper, and glue to create totally unique paper-cutting art for your grandma. By cutting and gluing paper together, you can create intricate flowers, hearts, or anything else you can dream up.
  • Make a pop-up card: Pop-up cards are a fun way to show your love. She won’t be expecting this kind of twist when she opens the card, so you’re adding a fun surprise to delight her when she opens it for the first time. Check out pop-up card tutorials or get creative with making your own.
  • Illustrate a memory: Make your card even more memorable by illustrating one of your favorite memories with your grandma. Sketch a simple picture of you and your grandma cooking together or try painting a picture of your favorite family trip. Either way, your grandma is going to love it. Your drawing can be used as the front of your card, or you can add a small insert to the inside of the card. 
  • Draw a portrait: Whether you’re a confident artist or a total amateur, surprise your grandma with a portrait of her (or a self-portrait!). If it’s a genuinely good picture, she might just want to frame it. And if it’s bad—well, then you’ll give her a great laugh. And it might still make the refrigerator.

Gifts to Include with a Mother’s Day Card for Grandma

A card alone will certainly show your grandma that you love her, but you can really wow her by adding a gift to include with the card. Even if you don’t live close to your grandma, you can send her something small to show you’re thinking of her. The internet makes it easier than ever to shop and send a gift anywhere in the world.

Gift Ideas

Flowers and chocolates are go-to Mother’s Day gifts that any woman will probably appreciate (but take it into account if grandma’s a diabetic). If you’re looking for something outside the box, consider these gift ideas:

  • Gourmet pint of ice cream
  • Custom portrait by a professional artist
  • Gardening kit
  • Grandma/granddaughter necklaces
  • Cute spring pajamas
  • A unique tea blend and mug
  • A framed family photo
  • Your favorite candle
  • A cozy blanket
  • A new cookbook
  • Adult coloring book
  • Personalized dish towel
  • Handmade pottery
  • A new apron
  • Magazine subscription
  • Hand cream or perfume
  • Luxurious slippers
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These Mother’s Day ideas for grandma will help you come up with the perfect way to show your love. With all of the time you’ve spent coming up with a thoughtful card and gift, your feelings for her will definitely shine through. She’s lucky to have a grandchild like you!

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