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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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Armida says …

My husband and our 3 beautiful children are my valentines. They give me love, joy and a family where I am called blessed. God's love has been poured out in my life through such wonderful blessings!

Jessica Miller says …

We're a blended family, each of us coming into marriage with a son of our own. It's been a transitory time, but we've made it so far...and that bodes VERY well for the rest of our lives!!

Amy S says …

My dear husband, Jeff has seen me through many bouts and battles with a myriad of chronic illnesses. In only 5 years of marriage, he has supported me while also making the difficult journey of working towards his PhD. He has taken me to numerous appointments, emergency room visits, and has even challenged his inner chef to create delicious dishes for us, even with my severe food allergies. He has been my best friend and love for 10 years now and I hope for 100 more.

Shawn Willoughby says …

~My Hubby~ He makes me coffee in the morning and he shuts off the computer and lights at night (: He always knows what "bad for me" treats I want- either chocolate goodies or cheese flavored stuffs! We're not together because we have to be, but because we want to be <3

Susan C. says …

My husband has been my valentine for 19 years! He has the biggest heart and it's pure gold! He is so wonderful and caring. Lucky me!

Brenda "Brandy" Wright says …

Back in May of 2010 a man from Dallas found a loving partner in a women who lived in the mountains of Colorado. When they finally met in person and had their 1st kiss, it was in the parking lot of a Whole Foods Market. True Story! We are so happy to be spending the first of many Valentine's Days together.

Nicole O'Neal says …

I have 3 Valentines. My husband, my 2 year old, and my 4 year old. They are all beautiful, and everyday is a day of love for us!

Sandy says …

My mommy is my valentine because she takes care of me and my family and she loves us.

Laura says …

My Valentine is my wonderful husband Frank. I've known him 19 years and he honestly gets better with age, like a good wine. I can really count on him to be there for me when I'm stressed out and need his help with our 3 kids. He works hard for our family and is a great dad to our kids!

Tamara Cavell says …

My valentine is my sweet 12 year old who has been the most awesome older sibling to her new little sister. She has changed diapers, made bottles in the middle of the night and never once complained about all the attention her sister gets. Even in the middle of pre-teen angst she'll stop to for hugs and kisses for little Nia! She is the best <3

Amanda J says …

My boyfriend is my Valentine. He always believes in me and inpsires me to do and be better. He gives me strength confidence I never knew I had!

Syna Prasse says …

My valentine is my wonderful hubby of 15 years. He never complains and always takes whatever is handed to him with a smile:)He is also a great father to our two beautful children and is very involved in their daily activities! I couldn't ask for a better valentine! I am truly blessed!

Erica Sutton says …

Reason #652,652 why I love my Valentine: He makes the absolute perfect peanut butter and jelly sammiches Reason #652,653: He cuts them in 4 perfect squares every time <3 <3

Megan says …

My husband is my valentine, of course! I am incredibly fortunate to be married to such an attentive and caring man, who not only sees past the moodiness but also coaches me out of it. He grounds me because he sees the real me - someone who is kind, caring, compasionate and fun - and he brings the attractive/good qualities out in me. He is also my son's and my hero! My husband left his job to stay home with our son when he was born in February 2010 and to help me recover from PPD. It was the most difficult time in my live, geeze, in our lives and I could not have recovered as quickly as I did without him. He deserves a Valentine's day filled with love, passion, and intimacy...and the goodies to supplement it. We are long-time Whole Foodies...and would definitely put the basket goodies to loving use! Thanks, Whole Foods!

Melonie says …

My sweet boyfriend is my Valentine this year! He's so nice that he actually tells me what my cooking tastes like and makes suggestions if he doesn't like it, instead of suffering through it and going out to eat again afterward!

Tanja Kretzschmar says …

My Hubby!!! With him it's everyday like Valentinesday! We know eachother since we are 17! Now we have 3 kids, moved last year from Germany to the US. And we are still in love!!!!! He is my absolute Valentine, because he makes me happy every day!!!

Theresa P says …

The thing that makes Valentines Day special is spending ti with my little girl. Even though she's a tween she still likes spending the day with her mom and I feel blessed that she hasn't grown out of our time together.

Paula says …

My husband of 19 years is my Valentine. He makes every day special.

April says …

Anthony, God has sent me love after all these years of empty misery. That LOVE is YOU! You are my chosen one. The father of my beautiful babies, the only man in the world made for me and only me! I'd be an angry miserable pitiful fool if we were not together. I don't want to live without you. My love for you has grown deeper and stronger over the few years we've been together, unlike the fizzled out love of other couples as time goes by. A miracle happened when you came into my life. You had a vision of me even before you met me! It's a miracle! I love...love...love you my love.

Libby says …

My new niece and nephew are the new loves in my life, there smiles remind me of the simple pleasures in life!

Katie Hagan says …

My husband and I aren't even in the same country for Valentines this year, but our hearts beat as one. He is my valentine everyday of the year.

Patricia Perkins says …

My Valentine is my husband he is special to me because he puts his life on the line for others every day. I never know if he's coming home and for that I honor him. We take every moment of everyday to love one another. He saved me from an abusive relationship years ago and was my knight and shining armor. He is my love, my heart, my life. I'm the closest to heaven when I'm with him.

Shannon Ditto says …

I can't even begin to tell you how thankful I am to have such an amazing Valentine. Being not even a year married, I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia(bone marrow failure). I required many blood and platelet tranfusions, hospital stays, and treatments. My husband Dane was there with me through it all holding my hand and helping me get back to health. I don't think I would be in remission today, if it wasn't for his amazing support. I don't have much money, so I plan on making my Valentine a nice meal and some sweet treats. This Whole foods basket would just be like the Icing on the Cake! We both have vowed to each other to eat healthier, natural fresh foods and get to a healthy weight this year...this basket would be a perfect way to show my love to him!!

Erin says …

I am so lucky to share another Valentine's Day with my boyfriend - he knows me better than anyone else and can literally read my mind/emotions without me having to say a word! We don't make a big deal of the holiday and agree not to exchange gifts...but he always picks me up a dozen Whole Foods roses regardless. :)

Bonnie says …

My husband is a wonderful man who taught me to give love a chance.

Cleopatre Tchouapi says …

My mom is the best mom ever, we call her SITA (short for sister). She's so sweet and thoughtful, and has been living a selfless life just to see her 7 kids happy. Her love does not have any limit and I love her so much I pray for many, many more years to celebrate her as my special Valentine. Love ya Sita :)

Megan Lamboley says …

My Valentine is my boyfriend of 3 years! Even though we will be apart this year for Valentines Day, we will be celebrating when we see each other in March. <3

Julie West says …

My hubby makes Valentines Day and every day special! He's a wonderful man and husband and I'm a lucky lady to have him in my life! Love you babe!

Teresa Bermudez says …

My boyfriend is deserving of this basket. He is always giving me encouragement and motivating me to be the person God has created me to be. His heart is so big for helping others and is always kind and supportive. I never thought I could find a love like this or deserved a man with such passion for his family, friends and God. He's a funny man too but shouldn't quit his day job, lol!

Brittany says …

What a fun giveaway! My boyfriend is the world's best valentine because he helps out around the house, listens to me and loves me for who I am. Plus, Valentine's Day is my birthday and he never fails to make sure it's extra special.

Kelly McDavid says …

Valentine's Day is made special be waking up to lovely flowers and a beautiful healthy breakfast adorned with kisses. A proclamation of the love we have for one another and the the value we place on each other's lives as we live for today and plan for tomorrow. Ending with a romantic dinner surrounded by elegance and warmth. Holding one another as we dream of the lovely evening we just shared and the blessings we count knowing how much the other cares.

Susan Patriquin says …

My valantine is very special to me because he gets me. We are soul mates. When I listen to my girlfriends' talk about their spouse, I realize how lucky I am. Cupid was right on. Thank you honey for the best 14 years. Love Susan

Jeannine Briceno says …

My sister makes my valentines day special. We always remember to exchange chocolates and candy and wish each other a happy valentines day.

Danielle says …

My Husband(and my daughter) are my valentines!My husband is a stay at home pappa and works hard everyday to entertain, care for and play with our 11 mo old daughter. In addition to doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, and being the "man" of the house, he is also going to school. Way to be awesome honey!

Alaine Rysdyke says …

My husband is my valentine. He chops up all of our fresh vegetables "for fun" saving me from having to do that weekly chore.

Juliann Goldman says …

My husband is the best. He remembers the exact day that we met. (I thought he was an arrogant New Jersey ass.) After three pregnancies, he still thinks I'm "hot". He works extrememly hard, so I can stay home with the kids. He is a great lover, husband, father, partner and friend.

kelly b says …

Well I should say my hubby of 22 years is..but its has to be our daughter, since her Birthday is on Feb 14th..and this year will be her 16th Birthday. I always hear how teenage girls are moody and hard to deal with..not her she is great,has a wonderful personality and is as special as Valentines day its self !! But she does say shes not too sure she likes her Birthday to be this day..So we never make a big deal out of the day, instead we focus on her and her day !!

Rachael Smith says …

Hello there. I'm a newlywed, my wonderful husband's name is Michael. Michael is my valentine and what makes him special to me is his ability to care for me and love me unconditional. Truly my best friend, my love, my Valentine!

Sibyl Chantelois says …

I have 3 kids,1 girl 2 boy's and 4 grandkids. My Valentine's are my daughter in laws (Brenda and Carrie) because they picked up where I left off. They have helped my son's be the caring,loving,giving adults I wanted and they also got stuck with the mother-in-law from hell!! Brenda (who lives in Texas)comes to Michigan once a year and we have got to go Whole Foods in Ann Arbor. We start smilling when we see the door and then laugh because we spend hours looking at every carrot,can good,and whatever but for the girls in my family going to your store is our bonding time. My daughter and I are lucky because we live close and can go when ever we feel the need to have our time together.The men in the family don't get the Whole food thing,but they don't have a problem eating the food. I do have to tell you every Christmas when my daughter and I go shopping at the last day before Chistmas because she's never done with her shopping. We start at your store first so we can relax and think,the problem with that is we spend to many hours there and the Chirstmas buget gone,well I'm sorry but this year she was way behind her shopping and I had to ground her(39 years old). I wouldn't let her do Whole Foods thing at Chistmas!!! So that is one of the reasons my daughter in laws are my Valentines. They have put up me,raise my grandkids,take my sons off my hands, and they only get to reap the rewards of going to Whole Foods with me. We think your store is better than going to a spa or a therapist amazing......

Rita C. says …

My boyfriend of 4 years is my Valentine - he has always been there for me, through my failures, my successes, and my obstacles. He's trekked through snow to help me find lost earrings, run across town to deliver something for me, and so much more - never complaining once. I am very thankful for him. Happy Valentine's Day!

Jason says …

My special Valentine is my 5 year old daughter. The reason is I have never really been able to afford much in the way of "gifts" to give her since her mom and I divorced a few years ago. She know's I LOVE her and will always be there for her though. I enjoy taking her shopping at Whole Foods and she gets a thrill shopping with Dad. I have my daughter every other weekend and one of our special things to do is go to Whole Foods Saturday mornings when she is with me. It would be a huge thrill to win something like this for her. It would make her year!!! Thanks

JILL ANTHON says …

LIFE IS GOOD IN LOVE..

Liz W. says …

My husband is my Valentine. He has been deployed over the past year and is stationed in another country. He will send me notes or flowers on days that I am down. It's the little things about our love I celebrate 364 other days of the year.

kettlesmith says …

My valentine cares about how food animals are treated, always rubs my feet and/or hands, and cleans toilets. All important stuff!

Dora says …

Since my husband passed away almost 9 years ago, my Valentines are my girlfriends. I invite my best friends for a nice English style tea.

Fred g says …

My valentine is the love of my life. She's also the mother of our beautiful daughter. When were around each other we share our love of food together. Shes deserves to win because she's a great mom and person!

Melissa says …

My husband is my Valentine! He is the best husband a girl could ask for and a great dad too!

Vanessa says …

Awesome, thanks for the giveaway! My Valentine's day this year will be filled to the brim with loving family and friends who continue to bless me with their beautiful hearts, most especially my husband who is my rock and my kids who make me shine!

Taryn says …

My valentine is my boyfriend, he's great in so many ways, but especially great because he's exceedingly thoughtful. He listens well and takes me remarks to heart -- what a great guy!

Alicia Webster says …

I met my husband when I was 34, and I felt like an old maid who nobody wanted. He was 38 and thought that his chances for a family were slim. We fell deeply, madly, passionately in love..the kind of love that would make the teenagers blush. We married quickly, and then proceeded to have three children in three years. I am so glad that I waited for the one who would make my heart soar, and my knees knock together. He is noble and true, decent and kind, and honorable in all that he does. This Valentine's Day will be our 6th, and it just keeps getting better and better.

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