12 Vintage-Style Mother's Day Cards to Send in the Mail

Brigitt Earley
·5 min read
MKLL Mother's Day Blessing
MKLL Mother's Day Blessing

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Even if you exchange multiple texts with Mom per day, there's something extra sweet about opening the mailbox to find some snail mail—especially if it's a surprise from a loved one. You don't have to go all out with an accompanying gift package, either. Though a thoughtful gift is undoubtedly appreciated, a handwritten letter with serious thought behind it can go a long way to make the recipient feel special and appreciated. But it turns out penning a note of gratitude to Mom can also benefit you and your overall mood. According to studies, writing letters—specifically letters or gratitude—improves participant's happiness and life satisfaction. And effect is cumulative, so the more letters you write, the happier you'll feel. What's more, writing these types of letters will increase family bonds over time.

While you likely didn't need an excuse to send one of the most important people in your life a Mother's Day card, there's really no better incentive. These cards all provide the perfect blank (or, almost blank!) canvas for your special message. From floral bouquets in chinoiserie vases and ornate birdcages to illustrations of women and storybook motifs, each of these cards has a distinctly vintage appeal that'll make Mom nostalgic for the good old days.

Even though Mother's Day isn't until Sunday, May 9, this year, you'll want to plan ahead and pick up your card now. According to the USPS, the average delivery time for domestic letters is about one to three days, but it's always better to err on the side of caution to ensure her special card gets to her doorstep in time for the holiday.

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Moon and Back

Here's an elegant Mother's Day card that harkens back to the days you sat together before bed, ending the night with the sweet phrase scrawled on the card: "I love you to the moon and back."

Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. "To the Moon and Back" Card, $5, riflepaperco.com.

Rifle Paper Co. To the Moon and Back Card
Rifle Paper Co. To the Moon and Back Card

Be You

This set of 10 blank notecards calls out qualities your biggest cheerleader (that's Mom!) has always wished for you. Send one to every mother figure in your life as a way to say thanks.

Shop Now: The Best Card Company "Let It Bee" Cards, $10.98 for 10, amazon.com.

The Best Card Company Let It Bee Cards
The Best Card Company Let It Bee Cards

Storybook

A beautifully-illustrated card that looks like something right out of a storybook you might have read together once upon a time.

Shop Now: LizeyMay Bunny Happy Mother's Day Card, $4.25, etsy.com.

LizeyMay Bunny Happy Mother's Day Card
LizeyMay Bunny Happy Mother's Day Card

One-of-a-Kind Beauty

If you're looking for a card that really wows, these pearled paper flowers will do. The arrangement looks like something you might find as the centerpiece at a classic dinner party.

Shop Now: Hallmark "Little Reminder" Orchid Card, $6.75, amazon.com.

Hallmark Little Reminder Orchid Card
Hallmark Little Reminder Orchid Card

Rustic Bouquet

Here's another three-dimensional floral option, but with a more country-chic vibe. It's blank inside so you can pen the perfect note in your own words.

Shop Now: MKLL Mother's Day Blessing, $6.28, amazon.com.

MKLL Mother's Day Blessing
MKLL Mother's Day Blessing

Vintage Camera

Though this fun pop-up card has a decidedly vintage vibe, thanks to the old school-style camera, it has a modern feature she'll love: the ability to record a sweet voice memo.

Shop Now: Recordable Mother's Day Card, $18.89, amazon.com.

Recordable Mother's Day Card
Recordable Mother's Day Card

Retro Woman

This card helps you tell Mom what she really wants to hear this year—that you'd be happy to be just like her.

Shop Now: NobleWorks Amazing As You, $9.86, amazon.com.

NobleWorks Amazing As You
NobleWorks Amazing As You

Birdcage

This is an intricate and exquisitely-crafted card that's sure to earn a spot on her mantle for months to come. Since you can't write on the birdcage itself, the set comes with a separate—and much smaller—card for your message.

Shop Now: Paper D'Art Birdcage Card, $10.95, amazon.com.

Paper D'Art Birdcage
Paper D'Art Birdcage

Vintage Signs

Mom isn't the only one who's shaped your life in a positive way. This year, make sure the matriarch of your family knows just how much you care, too.

Shop Now: Paper Source "What Happens at Grandma's" Card, papersource.com.

Paper Source What Happens at Grandma's Card
Paper Source What Happens at Grandma's Card

Popup Bouquet

This Mother's Day card has a trend-forward grand millennial aesthetic that'll speak to Mom's classic style. It's a great card for her display, since it stands perfectly on its own.

Shop Now: Paper Source Popup Bouquet Mother's Day Card, $12.95, papersource.com.

Paper Source Popup Bouquet Mother's Day Card
Paper Source Popup Bouquet Mother's Day Card

Mother and Child

This card features a retro mom and child, but a message that's always right on target—you're everything you are today because mom did an amazing job raising you.

Shop Now: LilbitN Retro Mother's Day Card, $3.89, etsy.com.

LilbitN Retro Mother's Day Card
LilbitN Retro Mother's Day Card

Vintage Typography

The beautiful cursive on this card looks like something you'd find on the cover of a vintage book or on the title screen of an old movie. It's a sweet and complimentary card that tells your wife you're proud of her and the life you’ve built together.

Shop Now: Paper Raven Co. "To My Beautiful Wife" Card, $6.98, minted.com.

Paper Raven Co. To My Beautiful Wife Card
Paper Raven Co. To My Beautiful Wife Card