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Win Your Way to Less Stress This Thanksgiving

By Allison Burch, October 31, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch

TurkeyTHIS 2012 CONTEST IS CLOSED: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our winners, Christine R., Jessica M., Mary Kay K., Melissa B., and Linda S.

Click here to enter the 2103 Thanksgiving Gift Card Giveaway until November 20, 2013.


When it comes to your Thanksgiving meal, we have your back. And your sides, too. And don’t forget dessert!

At Whole Foods Market®, you can order everything from fresh, ready-to-cook turkeys to dinner rolls to a fully prepared holiday meal. We’re the place for your party trays, pies and an exceptional selection of side dishes – including vegan and gluten-free options. All of that deliciousness can be ordered online or with the help of a Team Member at our in-store Holiday Tables.

If you want to put all your effort into cooking the best bird on the big day, order your fresh ready-to-cook turkey and let us take care of all the sides. Is your green bean casserole legendary? Don’t want to give up grandma’s creamed corn? Let your family make the side dishes and we’ll cook the turkey (Really! All you have to do is warm and serve).  Would you rather us do it all so you can sit back and give thanks for not having to cook? Order your fully prepared Thanksgiving meal – turkey, sides, desserts, everything – and pick it up, ready to heat and eat, at your local store.

Our extensive selection of turkeys -- including heritage, organic, kosher and brined -- are all step rated according to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Standards and without the use of antibiotics or animal byproducts in their feed.

Plus, everything on our menu is made with the same high-quality ingredients and the same standards that apply in our aisles, including no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, and no hydrogenated fats. And plenty of choices mean everyone can find something to love.

We want to help you spend less time stressing and more time celebrating, so we’re offering our readers a chance to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card that you can use to purchase your Thanksgiving meal. Would you use it to order the whole meal from our online ordering site? Or would you use it to buy all of the ingredients to cook the turkey and fixings yourself? Or maybe you’d choose to buy some and make some. All of those options work! In the comments below, tell us how this gift card can make your Thanksgiving less stressful. Let us know by November 14 and we’ll pick five lucky winners at random. 

So, what would you do with a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your Thanksgiving less stressful?

Note: Please be patient with us! A real, live person approves each comment. Due to overwhelming response, we've got a lag time between when you make your comment and when you'll see it on the blog. Please know that we are working as fast as we can! Also, we've had a report of spam filtering issues. If you get a spam message, please resubmit your comment. Thanks!

Blog Updated on 2/20/2015.


The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends November 14, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Winners must be able to pick up their meal at the Whole Foods Market store of their choosing.

Category: Holiday 2012, Contests




Esther Feldbaum says ...
Thanksgiving would be a little less stressful if this working mom could do a bit of both! I would purchase a guilt-free turkey to cook for my family and the yummy sides prepared by Whole Foods chefs. Win. Win!
10/31/2012 7:23:00 AM CDT
Heidi says ...
I am relatively new to the healthy, organic lifestyle so I would love to use the $250 Whole Foods gift card to make this Thanksgiving Day dinner entirely with organic and natural ingredients from Whole Foods. Providing healthy, nutritious food for my family is very important.
10/31/2012 7:43:09 AM CDT
Kristin H. says ...
I like to cook, so I would probably choose to buy mainly ingredients, but I'd be interested to see what prepared foods Whole Foods offers.
10/31/2012 8:07:01 AM CDT
bbjj says ...
I'm a firm believer of using fresh organic ingredients and make food from scratch. I'd use the money to buy all the necessary fresh organic ingredients from Whole Food. My thanksgiving dinner is not only traditional but also special. I'll server Turkey, as well as fish, Scollop, and shrimp.
10/31/2012 8:22:24 AM CDT
Lore says ...
I admit, a $250 Whole Foods gift card would be amazing for my Thanksgiving! I'm going to be holding a Thanksgiving for a few of my friends who are unable to be with their families during the holiday, and the gift card would allow me to purchase a variety of vegan options as well as a turkey to accommodate everyone's dietary preferences. I can't wait to make homemade stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole! :)
10/31/2012 8:43:17 AM CDT
Tori says ...
With a $250 gift card we would invite several friends over who arent traveling this year to come over and celebrate with our family. We live in Florida , sit outside under a lit tree and dine by candlelight - we will just add more chairs this year if we win! We prefer to buy all of the ingredients and make the feast ourselves... it makes the whole Thanksgiving experience complete.
10/31/2012 8:50:17 AM CDT
Sarah Ayers says ...
This Thanksgiving will be full of firsts for our family. It will be my first Thanksgiving as a Pharmacy school student, our family's first Thanksgiving without my brother who won't be able to make the trip from Ohio, my aunt's first Thanksgiving as a breast cancer survivor, and my dad's first Thanksgiving as a survivor of an invasive nephrectomy to remove a tumor which we were so blessed to have caught early. We have so much to be thankful for this year, and I would love to be able to host the best Thanksgiving ever for my family because they are all so deserving. I would use the gift card to buy all the essentials for creating a classic Thanksgiving supper for my family and to make a sweet treet to send to my brother and his new wife in Cincinnatti! Thank you for the opportunity to show my family how thankful I am for their love and support.
10/31/2012 8:51:39 AM CDT
Rachel says ...
With $250 I would buy what I needed at Whole Foods to make a home-cooked meal, although I do love Whole Foods stuffing so much more than my own! I would share the wealth by donating a turkey to another family!
10/31/2012 8:54:15 AM CDT
Rich Reilly says ...
I'm working the overnight shifts before and after Thanksgiving and we also have my daughter and new son-in-law coming on Thursday itself. Getting the whole dinner prepared would make things a lot easier.
10/31/2012 8:58:31 AM CDT
Sabrina says ...
I'd buy a cooked turkey all the fresh ingredients for a fancy Thanksgiving dinner. My favorites include the seasonal candied pecans, all the fresh produce, and the local dairy options. This Thanksgiving I plan on making my famous roasted brussels sprouts, a fall risotto, and all the classics! I'd love to win this.
10/31/2012 10:03:20 AM CDT
Mary says ...
I had to eliminate dairy from my diet as of a few weeks ago. I know Whole Foods will have some great options and ideas that will make me feel less deprived when I look at all the cheesy sides and creamy deserts. I would use the $250 to buy a combo of ingredients and prepared foods.
10/31/2012 10:34:51 AM CDT
Caroline says ...
My kitchen isn't too big - so I'd definitely order the larger items (such as the turkey) through the online store. That way my kitchen, and oven, would be free for baking and cooking smaller dishes. Then I'd pick up ingredients from the store to make the rest of my holiday meal!
10/31/2012 10:44:29 AM CDT
Susie says ...
I just found out allergic to gluten, the Whole Foods gift card would be used to puchase gluten free grocery. My family and I could enjoy the Thanksgiving without gluten rich traditional fare making me sick.
10/31/2012 10:48:34 AM CDT
Brittney Garneau says ...
We are getting ready to move and our house is in boxes EVERYWHERE! Our lives are turned upside down and are completely chaotic right now - and not having to reserve my pots/pans/dishes to prepare and cook Thanksgiving (which, of course, is at our house!) would be a HUGE relief! I'd use the gift card to give my family the delicious meal they deserve, without adding to our already sky-high stress level - both financially and lifestyle-wise!
10/31/2012 10:54:56 AM CDT
Lauren B says ...
I love thanksgiving, but between the shopping, cooking, entertaining and cleaning it can be stressful! I would use the gift card to buy organic ingredients to cook at home as well as buy some ready-made items so I can enjoy more time with friends and family.
10/31/2012 11:05:00 AM CDT
Waynette says ...
Splurge on the organic seasonal items, take a day off to prep and show the kids that well chosen produce are actually yummy.
10/31/2012 11:33:31 AM CDT
Molly says ...
I would order the whole meal from Whole Foods! What a treat that would be. I love the prepared foods offered daily, so I can only imagine how amazing the Thansgiving dishes are!
10/31/2012 11:37:16 AM CDT
Shannon Kenny says ...
I have a friend who doesn't cook and mostly feeds her family processed food out of cans and jars. She is almost 50 and is starting to realize the importance of living a healthier lifestyle for both herself and her children. She joined the gym this summer and has even made a few meals from scratch. I have asked her family to join us this Thanksgiving, and she asked if she could come over early to watch me cook. If I won the $250 gift card, my friend and I would go shopping at Whole Foods to buy everything we need for an organic, from-scratch, best holiday dinner ever!!!
10/31/2012 11:56:10 AM CDT
mwosteen says ...
To be honest, just having $250 to spend on our Thanksgiving meal would ease a lot of the stress. When I plan our weekly menu, money always dictates what we eat that week. And that's hard to do around the holidays. I wouldn't mind even doing all the cooking! Oh on second thought, maybe not . . . since my birthday just happens to be on Thanksgiving Day this year! Thank you for a chance to win. I LOVE WHOLE FOODS!
10/31/2012 11:57:03 AM CDT
Donna Knox says ...
I would use the whole foods gift card to provide a fully-cooked thanksgiving feast for my 32 member family plus 8 children.
10/31/2012 12:02:19 PM CDT
Deb says ...
My family is traveling from Boston to Maryland to have Thanksgiving with my husbands family. How awesome would it be to be able to arrive at the door with a turkey and all the fixings, so that my sister in law could have a less stressful day.
10/31/2012 12:12:52 PM CDT
Alison says ...
I may be in temporary housing this Thanksgiving, so it would be nice to have all the food prepared for me.
10/31/2012 12:17:45 PM CDT
Megan Ring says ...
I would use it to eat more consciously with less financial stress over the price of organics! I don't mind spending the extra money, but we sometimes have to choose carefully so we can afford it. I would use the gift card so we could have a full feast with nothing left out!
10/31/2012 1:08:32 PM CDT
Becky F. says ...
My husband and I work full-time. My husband is in school and I have picked up a seasonal position on the side for Christmas! All of this, along with being parents to a hilarious 4 year old little boy, means being able to order the bulk of our thanksgiving dinner would be one of the most stress-reducing techniques I can think of! We would definitely still come by and pick up ingredients to cook as well, because we are in love with Whole Foods selection of spices and cheeses (and wine!). We are hosting his family, so the gift card would definitely reduce the spending stress of the extra mouths to feed. Being able to order online would save us on what little free time we have to shop, thus also being extremely less stressful for this giving holiday.
10/31/2012 1:39:35 PM CDT
Sarah M. says ...
This Thanksgiving will perhaps be one of the most unconventional I will put together. To start, I am opening my home to many friends (and friends of friends), who like me are not able to make it home for the holidays. I will also be taking over the food preparation responsibility, as my soon to be mother-in-law who generally hosts this holiday suffered a severe stoke and has been in the hospital since April 2012. This unto itself places emotional strain on this holiday as it will be my fiancée’s first Thanksgiving without a meal prepared by his mother. My hope is that I will be able to prepare a meal mainly from scratch (I may opt to order a turkey on-line) utilizing organic and mainly local ingredients. As Whole Foods has always put an emphasis on these types of products a $250.00 gift card would help alleviate any financial stress that comes with feeding many and also help to provide a meal that nourishes those who are yearning for a taste of home. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
10/31/2012 1:43:38 PM CDT