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Win Your Valentine a Gift that Gives Back

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving gifts that give back, helping spread that V-Day love around the world. Through fair prices, direct trade, community development and environmental stewardship, gifts of Whole Trade and Fair Trade treats add a new meaning to the old saying: “it’s the thought that counts.” Yes, it’s the thought…the thought that every purchase supports the workers and communities that produce the item you’re buying. From flowers and chocolates to wines and unique snacks, you can find a bundle of treats for your valentine. And to spread a little love around ourselves, we’re giving away five gift baskets full of socially responsible goodies. Why? Because it feels good to give gifts that give back! We’re giving away five baskets filled with Whole Trade and Fair Trade treats – from milk chocolate hearts and chocolate dipped bananas to cinnamon sugar drizzled popcorn and dark chocolate granola. Just enter a comment below by February 10th telling us what makes your Valentine special. Whether it’s your sweetie or your grandma, we want to hear it all! We’ll choose five comments at random to receive a Valentine gift basket. And one of the lucky winners will also receive a $150 Whole Foods Market gift card to use to purchase a few bouquets of our beautiful Whole Trade roses, Fair Trade wines or ingredients for a home-cooked dinner for two. Here's the list of goodies you can look forward to in this basket of love. Even if you don’t win a basket from us, you can surprise your valentine with a sweet and meaningful treat! 365 Everyday Value Organic Swiss Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars - Every bite is not only creamy and smooth–but responsible, too. All of our chocolate bars carry the Whole Trade™ Guarantee that ensures more money to the producers, better wages for workers and sustainable farming in the Dominican Republic where the beans are grown. Divine Chocolate Milk Chocolate Hearts and Bars - Divine’s cocoa beans are carefully fermented and dried by the farmers who co-own the company. When consumers purchase Divine Chocolate products for their loved ones, they're doing a good thing for the farmers in Ghana by ensuring that they receive a Fair Trade price for their cocoa beans. Theo Organic Chocolate Bars in three classic flavors - Orange Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Almond Dark Chocolate and Chile Spice - with outstanding taste and ethically, sustainably production practices. Kopali Organic Dark Chocolate Bananas - perfectly sweet and rich, irresistibly luscious, and 100% organic.  And if that were not enough, with your purchase you join Kopali in directly supporting sustainable farmers and Fair Trade. Popcorn Indiana Whole Trade Cinnamon Sugar Drizzled Kettlecorn – sinfully smooth white chocolate drizzled, all-natural, hand-crafted, taste-bud rocking Cinnamon Kettle corn developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market using organic sweeteners, flavors and spices. Nature's Path's Organic Love Cruncha delicious dark chocolate granola developed exclusively with Whole Foods Market. Best part?  For every box sold, Nature's Path will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation to help women lift themselves out of poverty. Remember, tell us about your Valentine by February 10th!

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Mark S Hilst says …

My valentine is my wife who puts up with me no matter what I say and do that can be so stupid. She deserves a break !!

Lisa Harper says …

My husband is my valentine! After being very sick for over two years, he was there through it all. He was a constant support of love and understanding. I love him so much and only hope that I can show that same amount of love back to him!

Courtney says …

My valentine is my boyfriend. He has always been so supportive and truly understands how important my family is to me (especially my identical twin sister), because he, too, has an identical twin brother!

Brittany says …

I have four Valentines! My husband, by two boys, and my baby girl! They make my life more complete than I ever knew they could! Without them, I wouldn't know love! <3

Elizabeth Lara says …

From the moment she was conceived 6.5 years ago I knew she had stolen my heart. She is a miracle. She is an angel. She is joy. She is my true love and me. She's my Madeline, my valentine.

Lally says …

My boyfriend is my Valentine. We usually do something huge for Valentines with each other but because of the economy, income has not been to good to him the past few months. I know that he feels bad about not being able to do something big so it would really mean a lot for me to send him something nice to show him how i appreciate him and his sweet tooth! He is my comfort and support! This time i would like to support him a little this month.

Melissa says …

My boyfriend of 11 years is my valentine. We've never actually celebrated Valentine's Day on the 14th of February. Instead, I tell people we celebrate Valentine's everyday with the simple displays of affection - like how he always tells me he loves me at the end of every phone call, and wishes me goodnight before we tuck in each evening.

Carrie says …

My husband, the love of my life, has stood by my side, after being diagnosed with a serious illness just months after we were married. He has saved my life, and does everything in his power to keep me as healthy as possible, and for me to be seen by any dr. that might be able help me.

jaime says …

My valentine will always be my mom!! She is always baking me things and making sure we eat enough. She has always been there for me and I love her no matter what!

heather says …

My fiancée, who supports me in every way imaginable. Can't wait for our wedding in Autumn!

Tina says …

Valentines Day means a lot in our household, it is our Wedding Anniversary too! A day to reflect on our past, present and future together!

Joanna Jacobson says …

After 7 years of being my Valentine boyfriend I now have a Valentine fiance! Every night I walk into my home after work with a healthy home cooked meal and a kiss:)Can't beat that!!

Christy says …

My valentine is amazing!!!

Brenda Widrin says …

My special Valentines are my husband and 2 kids. What makes them special is the relationship we have for each other. They are also my best friends. I couldnt imagine my life without them. They are my world and they keeep me going each day. XOXOXOXOXO

Diane Elrod says …

My husband of 28 years is still very much my Valentine. The little things he does for me every day forever touch my heart.

Tracy Longley says …

What makes my valentine so special to, not just myself, but to every individual that he encounters is his genuine love and respect for all. He is kind and generous, loving and respectful, yet never compromises on his beliefs. He is a loving father, loyal friend, passionate husband, and an overall incredible human being. <3

Holly Schafer says …

"My Valentines" are, without a doubt, my husband and 3 beautiful children. They all give me so much unconditional Love that I am a better wife and mother! They fill up my Heart and Soul, so I want to treat them with the best ingredients and a lovely home and garden. Whole Foods is one of the places that I feel I can Love them back with wholesome, fresh, organic and quality products.

Liz says …

My valentine is my hubby- he works hard to support our family!

Stephanie G says …

My valentine is my new husband - my soul mate. It took me 32 years and several broken relationships to find him, but now that I finally have, I feel we can conquer anything together. We both share socially responsible values and we both understand the importance of respecting the environment. I followed my heart through some very difficult times, and all roads lead to him. Today, I am deliriously happy and excited to have so much true love in my life. I want every person on the planet to experience this!

Kim says …

My husband is my valentine. He's an awesome husband and a great father to our twin boys, who turn 1 in a few weeks. The last year has been crazy but we've gotten through it together, and seeing my husband as a dad has made me love him even more!

Amanda Wooden says …

My valentine is special because he is at home right now watching the kids while I'm at work....

Becky says …

My Valentine loves are my two nephews and niece. It is all about making their day special!

gretchen says …

My loving family is my valentine, I would be NOWHERE without them.

Nadine Rogers says …

I have the most wonderful Valentine's - my husband and 7 children. They are all gifts from Cupid to me!

Sandra Hamilton says …

My comment is a valentine tribute to my Mom who passed away Jan 30. She always made my Valentine's Day sweet by giving me chocolate covered cherries, which are my favorite candy as well as her's. Thank you Mom for so many happy Valentine memories. Love you forever!

Michelle says …

My boyfriend is my valentine, because he is supportive and loving. And he even does dishes! :)

Angela says …

my husband is my valentine. He's a sweetie. Let me sleep in and took care of the kids all day during their snow day. When I say sleep in, I mean I slept until 3pm!

Kat York says …

my Valentine is my best friend, as well as my husband. he does so much for me, with me, there just aren't enough words.

Rachel Roland says …

My valentine is special because he takes such great care of me when I'm sick and is a great Dad to our children.

Kapuanani468 says …

My valentine is my fiancé. He is special because he makes me smile! He has a great heart and passion for life. It's given me motivation to find my way and get excited about the unknown. Live day by day and enjoy every moment! Thanks boo!

Cailey says …

My valentine is my mom who is always there for me whenever I need her. Even living miles away I know that she will always give me support whenever I need it. She has taught me a lot and continues to do so today!

Jessica says …

My Valentine is absolutly amazing! I met him at Disney about a year ago and he went through torture to convince me that I long distance relationship would work, since his eventual plans were to move to Florida. He has now found a job and is in the process of moving down to be with me. He treats me like a Princess in everyway imaginable, he puts up with my complaints and my drama without so much as the blink of an eye. I know I am blessed to have him!

Margo Lynn says …

I am one of those "my valentine is my grandmother" people. While I don't agree with everything she says (3" heels are NOT practical for me) she's given me great guidance over the years and is still definitely the grand dame of our family.

Carly says …

My valentine is the man I've been seeing since November. I've never had a special Valentine's Day and I look forward to spending the day with him.

Aubrey says …

My husband is my Valentine. He is supportive, caring and always thinking of others!

Janice Ledford says …

My perfect Valentine is my husband of 27 years.. Let me count the ways: V is for the very special things he does for me daily A is for always being there for me at my beckon call L is for loving me unconditionally E is for educating me on love and marriage and unity N is for his niceness and kindness through sick and wellness T is for the time we spend shopping at Whole Foods I is for the intelligence he has bestowed on me N is for never saying NO to me E is for everything above that is in this one very special Valentine that I call my husband and best friend in the world!!!

Cindy says …

My valentine is wonderful because he loves to cook for me!

Chris Ann says …

My Valentine is my dear husband. He is kind, gentle, intelligent, has a great sense of humor along with an infectious laugh. He loves to garden organically, cook, read, hike with the pup. He returns from out of town business just before Valentines and flies out on business again shortly after Valentines Day. So if I was to win then I would be able to have some nice flowers and snacks to enjoy as a symbol of our love as he is far away. Thanks, Chris Ann

Lisa Gregg says …

My valentine is my husband of almost 10 years. He cooks, cleans, starts my car every morning, and does whatever he can to make me happy. Last week he was hospitalized for a perforated bowel. He was very sick and I was afraid I was going to lose him. Fortunately, he is doing much better and the prognosis is good. I plan to make this Valentines Day extra special but I don't ever want to forget to show him every day how much he means to me. I am truely blessed.

m says …

My husband is my Valentine. He cooks dinner and cleans the house and takes care of the kids, he is so helpful and supportive.

JJ Sherman says …

Nothing could be finer than living in Carolina with my wonderful husband/friend! Nothing could be more comforting than finding/shopping at Whole Foods whilst on vacation and far from home.

Virginia says …

What makes my Valentine special is that he makes me laugh every day. We always somehow find the sparkle in each day and make sure that the other person can see it. It's the little moments shared together that really make every day spent with my Valentine special! : )

Rebecca says …

My husband is not only my best friend and love of my life, but he's also an amazing dad to our boys. I'm so lucky!

Erin says …

I was my husband's first Valentine and every year, on Valentine's Day, he reminds me that I always be his first and only valentine. <3

Becca says …

My sweetie is my support system. he supports me in everyrthing that i do from my running to my full-time job to me going to grad school at night and trying to balance a healthy lifestyle in between. he helps me out when i feel like i have no time to do anything else! i would love to show him how much he means to me, even when there doesn't seem to be time!!

Charlene Kidd says …

I want to say that I think my husband wins all awards for hands down being the most wonderful husband ever. This past year I was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer and 3 months following that my son, my husband's stepson, was tragically killed in an auto accident. Never could I have wanted or needed such a loving, understanding, comforting, caring husband than mine. He has had so much to deal with this last while and has been so extremely strong for me. My husband is the ultimate Valentine! Oh how I love him!

Ashley Rogers says …

My sweetie knows I love to cook and he surprised me once with a Kitchenaid stand mixer...just because.

LYNN says …

My husband asks me about my day no matter how hard his day has gone. He's a great valentine!

Aleah says …

I recieved the gift of life twice from my Mom,once when she gave birth to me and second when she donated one of her kidneys to me two years ago. I am now able to continue my college career and go to medical school.She is my true Valentine.

Deanna Adams says …

My husband is the best valentine in the world. I complain that he hugs and kisses me too much, but in all truth, i would be upset if he didn't. And I have many friends who never get hugs or kisses, so i am lucky!! He always has my bed ready for me with clean sheets and all pulled back and straight when i come home from work ready to climb into the warm, soft bed. And he fixes me wonderful lunches, the girls at work can't wait to see what my "honey" has put in my lunch!! He is a super husband and mate!!

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