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Win Your Way to Less Stress This Thanksgiving

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?

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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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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! :)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!!!

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!

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.

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.

Alison says …

I may be in temporary housing this Thanksgiving, so it would be nice to have all the food prepared for me.

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!

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.

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.

Rachel White says …

I would use the gift card to buy ingredients and make Thanksgiving dinner at home. Getting all those ingredients for free sure eases the stress of the holidays! Thanks for a chance to win.

Sarah Koller says …

Ooh! I would use it to make sure all the animal-based products I plan on eating are hormone and antibiotic-free. That would relieve some of the holiday-eating stress for me!

arlene says …

it would be an amazing opportunity to purchase my entire thanksgiving meal to cook for my whole family at whole foods....would love to show my parents how much better organic really tastes....they think i'm crazy, but it would be wonderful to get them on board too!

Helen Joy Gallego says …

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays you just want to spend time with your loved ones eating great food. That's why I love Whole Foods and the fact that they offer catering for Thanksgiving. Less time in the store and kitchen and more time for family bonding. If I win the $250 gift card, then I would use it to order the whole Thanksgiving meal. The online ordering is convenient and helps alleviate any stress associated with incorrect orders taken over the phone.

Amy says …

Would love to win and give our 90 year old grandmother a reason not to cook the whole meal herself this year!

Grandma x 5 says …

Without a doubt, I would bring out all my fine dishes and place Whole Food's fine dishes on top, except for the desserts. Daughters of a Bakery Owner have a way with flour and sugar! Searched the WF site for order on line Holdiay and nothing was there as of 10/31/2012. Maybe the test kitchens are busy taste testing today, would be a great way to party on Halloween!

David says …

Be able to get ingredients that require less cooking time

Jennifer Shin says …

With a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card, I would buy turkey plus ingredients to stuff and prepare it and cook by myself (for the first time!), to share with friends who are from around the world in Washington DC, who will bring side dishes from their native countries. With any leftover money, I will purchase international wines to pair and extra turkeys to donate for those who need it most. Thank you Whole Foods Market!

Sharon Baxter says …

Simply, we can have a Thanksgiving. My roomate is new here from Holland and hasn't have much luck finding work. I discovered this week that my temporary position has come to an end. We were planning a traditional American Thanksgiving but now that would be a splurge we just can afford. We're just happy that we are healthy and all together but it would be a bright note in our lives.

Vijaya says …

We never had a proper Thanksgiving Dinner being vegetarian and do not know how to cook vegan Thanksgiving menus. Have started shopping recently at Whole Foods for healthy organic eating options and discovered about the Whole Foods Vegan option for Thanksgiving dinner. The gift card would be a wonderful gift for this occasion.

Tisquantum says …

I would use such a gift card to purchase menhaden, if available, in addition to locally sourced fish and game to share with my friends from across the great river.

Melinda says …

My grandparents are getting older, so my family has been talking about all coming together and spending several days together - not just Thanksgiving. This gift card would give us the ability to feed my family for more meals so people could stay together longer. It would mean more laughter, more memories, and more time with my grandparents!

Jennifer Mishoe says …

A whole foods gift card would make Thanksgiving less stressful for me by not worrying about artificial ingredients that are in the products I use to make my holiday fixings. By only selling good wholesome ingredients I don’t have to worry that the turkey might have been given hormones or antibiotics. Having fresh fruits and vegetables, I can make a fresh homemade apple pie with all the sides. That this not only benefits my family but also the local farms that supply the produce.

emily says …

the gift card would help me buy delicious ingredients at whole foods to make the t-day meal- i would be able to splurge even more!

Susan Nilson says …

My mother-in-law is coming to Reno, NV to visit us for Thanksgiving this year. This is our first Thanksgiving since my father-in-law died and I don't want her to have to worry about anything. To this end I would love to win the $250 gift card so we can have a complete Thanksgiving dinner and focus on each other this year, and not the dinner. Thank you so much!

cmr says …

This year we need to simplify so I would like to get the turkey, potatoes, and gravy at WF, make my own cranberry relishes, purchase a gluten-free dairy-free/soy-free Paleo pie and dressing from a specialty place, and still call it a healthy celebration even though I won't be making everything myself this year.

Leslie says …

I would use the gift card to buy the ingredients to fix up an awesome thanksgiving dinner for my family! Cooking for a crowd can be fun, and even more so if I don't have to stress about buying it all! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Gloria says …

I'd but thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods . . . memories would be homemade.

niki says …

It would help to have a nice Thanksgiving since the last few years we haven't been able to have a nice one but we made the best of it.

Jenny says …

I'd love to make Thanksgiving less stressful (& more healthy) for my mom! I'd get an organic bird to make for the family and then a few fun side dishes that we wouldn't usually try!

Amy D. says …

Part of the joy of Thanksgiving is cooking the meal with my family, so I would definitely want to get some ingredients to make some favorite vegetarian dishes. And I might splurge just a bit on a great bottle of wine to share with my family for the dinner. But I think the best part about having extra money to spend for Thanksgiving would be that it would enable me to buy wonderful high quality food to donate to my church's Thanksgiving meal hosted for families who can't afford to make their own. (And and also buy some healthy, organic kitty and puppy food to donate to the shelter!) I think that being able to help others enjoy Thanksgiving too would be the best gift of all! Thank you for this great chance to win! :)

Megan says …

I usually love to cook from scratch using seasonal, organic ingredients, but with a newborn, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old I could definitely use some help from Whole Foods prepared meals!

J Winterberg says …

I'm a gluten-free gal, so Thanksgiving becomes a bit complicated making sure that everyone gets their traditional favorites AND I'm able to sample a bit of all my favorite dishes as well -- it pretty much puts me on double-duty for all baking and cooking. Whole Foods already makes my holiday less stressful just with the availability of gluten-free goodies, including ready-made foods. Having $250 to shop for all the goods would ease the stress even more!

Sue says …

hmm the fun BUT I would buy extra and send plenty home with my mother who is 89 years old so she will have plenty of leftover not just for one meal. Normally we send her home with just one meal extra-this way she'll get more plus wine too. she lives on her own and by herself.

robin says …

Thanks giving meals are often difficult for those with gluten intolerance. But with fresh ingredients from Whole Foods I could create a menu of healthy food to be thankful for! Giving Thanks for all that we have would be even more enjoyable and less stressful. We learned to be thankful for the little things during Hurricane Sandy. . . heat, light, warm food and the safety and health of friends and family.

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