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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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Teddy Babcock says …

Thanksgiving time is my grandmother, father and my own birthday. We all still want our own cakes so we usually opt to but them instead of making all three along with the entire feast. I'd use this $250 for our birthday celebration cakes!

Sarah B says …

I, sadly, have a lot of food allergies so the with a $250 gift card I would really be able to purchase raw ingredients to insure a allergy-free Thanksgiving instead of trying to spread the costs and relaying on friends and family to bring allergy-free dishes. Thanksgiving can be very challenging for someone like me.

Bridget Stefanski says …

I'd use it to be all organic and luxury items that I might otherwise have to skip or buy a cheaper ingredient! Thanksgiving could be high-end and gourmet - healthy and delicious too!!

Anna Whiting says …

I would have more time to focus on my family and not the meal. It is hard to juggle making all of the dishes for Thanksgiving. I would be thankful to just be present with my family.

Beth says …

It would be wonderful to order a fresh turkey that is hormone free! And even better would be buying the frozen gluten free pies instead of trying to make my own in a non gluten free kitchen. Would make me feel a lot more at ease about eating my meal :)

Anna Whiting says …

I would have more time to focus on my family and not the meal. It is hard to juggle making all of the dishes for Thanksgiving. I would be thankful to just be present with my family.

cammie says …

I would use it to buy some and make some. I love to cook but sometimes a little help goes a long way, especially with a big production like Thanksgiving!

Andrea Eagles says …

I'm in Denver to help my daughter find a place to move to as she just was approved for Section 8 housing due to a Traumatic Brain Injury she sustained 8 years ago. It would make our life much easier to not have to think about cooking and preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. We love Whole Foods :-) Andrea Eagles

keith says …

I'd invite about a half-dozen friends to a WFM catered meal, plus throw in a couple of my own surprises.What a blessing that would be ... I'm ready to give thanks and celebrate!

Joyce says …

It would be awesome to win and order the dinner online so that my Family could just sit and relax and enjoy each others company.

David Peters says …

I would order a Whole Meal from your online ordering site as I am a single father and would want to make my kids feel like their Single Dad can provide a good memory for their Thanksgiving dinner....

Ann says …

Oh I think nothing could be finer than to have a Whole Foods Thanksgiving meal prepared for me and mine. We all just love the prepared foods from your market. Would that I could cook that well!!

Deborah Eber says …

If I had a gift card from your store, I would buy lots of yummy side dishes to go with the fresh turkey I would order. I love your pre-made salads and healthy vegetables at the to go counter. That way I can spend more time with my children who fly in from out of town!!!!!!

Deborah Eber says …

If I had a gift card from your store, I would buy lots of yummy side dishes to go with the fresh turkey I would order. I love your pre-made salads and healthy vegetables at the to go counter. That way I can spend more time with my children who fly in from out of town!!!!!!

Brent Bender says …

Great promo, Thanksgiving is such a unique celebration without the pressure of gift exchange & the gift card is a great way to spread goodwill in a food oriented community gathering.

Nicole Folger says …

If I won a Whole Foods gift card for Thanksgiving Dinner I would be so excited! I would use it to purchase all the ingredients and make everything from scratch. I want this Thanksgiving to be extra special for my family because our family that lives back east that has been affected by Hurricane Sandy is planning to come out here for Thanksgiving and it would be nice to be able to make them an extra special dinner complete with Organic Turkey and all the fixings!

Angela says …

I'd use the gift card to alleviate the stress my mother-in-law would feel trying to prepare for the holiday this year. She's had a rough 5 months caring for her husband and managing care for his devastating illness.

Barbara Reiff says …

If I had a gift card for $250.00 I would invite my son and numerous friends to share the feast. My husband just died and all my friends were there to lift my spirits. Now it is my turn to lift their spirits and bring a beautiful festivity to their lives

alyssa frankenberger says …

In this economy and with our home value cut in half I would use the money to buy our turkey. I've gotten my turkey (cooked) along with sides in past years and gotten rave reviews of my "cooking". Your meat and fish are so delish and I feel better buying your products because they have your trusted seal of approval. I also have taken a cooking class in your kitchen and have used the recipes I've learned many times! I look forward to our healthy Whole Foods holiday meal!

Shannon says …

This would be a wonderful way for me to finally bring dinner to my sisters house! She cooks every year and refuses help or offers of financial assistance. Plus I'd be able to pick out some additional items tht are gluten free for my special diet. It would be an amazing way to share the love of food without having to stress! Thanks for your consideration!!

Arlene Kelly says …

I would buy my whole meal. I would cook my own turkey but lots of sides would be great. I would also get a couple of pies or other desserts. It sounds like a wonderful way to make a Thanksgiving meal and still have time to spend with the family (and some football)

Bri Selvig says …

I am a single mom, who would LOVE a fully catered Whole Foods Thanksgiving dinner! It's rare that I get a day off, and even more special to have a four day weekend. I would rather spend the holiday day with my family, instead of cooking alone in the kitchen all day.

andres montoya says …

I have never cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner in my life. So, I have decided to add cooking a Thanksgiving meal to my bucket list! What better way to do this than using Whole Foods quality ingredients and recipes. Thank you.

Ann Donovan says …

a W.F. gift card would make a memorable Thanksgiving for my friend for whom this one will be her last. She has invited me to be with her, and other family and friends at her home on an island off the coast of Maine. I plan to make an unforgettable meal for her. Thank ylu for your consideration. Ann Donovan

April says …

This would be especially helpful to me this year! I'm due with my first baby on November 15 and have no idea how we'll be putting together a Thanksgiving dinner this month given we'll either have a newborn or I'll be 41 weeks pregnant by the time the holiday rolls around. Fingers crossed my entry is picked!!

Brooke Harrison says …

I would buy all the ingrediants and cook things myself. I truly enjoy getting up early and cooking all day for Thanksgiving. A meal prepared by me and enjoyed by friends and family is the epitome of giving back to those that support me throughout the year.

Tammy says …

I love Whole foods, let that be said, I think I'm in there almost daily. As much as I would love the gift card for myself in the spirit of giving I do know a family that are struggling to feed three kids right now, the Dad has cancer and is unable to work but somehow has a huge smile in his face everyday and the Mom is trying to work and run the house, I know she could use it more than me. It would light up her face and relieve the stress, especially if she didn't have to cook. They are an amazing family that do everything for their kids, I already give Thanks to know them.

Colleen Wise says …

I would use the $250 gift card to purchase the entire Thanksgiving Dinner so there would be NO stress. It would all be done for me and I could relax and enjoy the time with my family!

Dianne Cardenas says …

I would make a meal to share with anyone who has suffered as a result of the storm.

Christy Horton says …

Traveling for the holiday, so buy the heat and eat dinner, pack it well in ice chest, show up as family hero with dinner already done!

elle says …

hi. I just lost my dad and 2 uncles and my family has been in crisis. we have all been surprised at the support and strength we have discovered. and now we are exhausted! this extra help from Whole Foods would allow our family to purchase some (or maybe most) of the Thanksgiving dinner already deliciously prepared and then splurge on some extra treats that we wouldn’t normally have. and besides, my younger brother has JUST started eating healthy – what encouragement! Great opportunity – thanx Whole Foods.

Cecilia says …

Love your webpage

Carol Bennett says …

I am getting married in December so having a delicious meal that is all organic and fresh would just be the best thing ever. I love to cook that way, so this would add to the fun!

David Tanner says …

I would use it to buy all the ingredients to cook a great meal! I don't live that close to your store, so we only get there once in a while, but this would certainly be an incentive.

Danelle says …

Although I've ordered a fully cooked TG meal from WF in past years, (which rocked!) I do find that I love to cook the full meal myself. Having a gluten allergy, I have to be careful. I'd use the gift card to purchase all my ingredients, making sure they were all gluten free.

David Tanner says …

I would use it to buy all the ingredients to cook a great meal! I don't live that close to your store, so we only get there once in a while, but this would certainly be an incentive.

Caroline O'Brien says …

To make our Thanksgiving less stressfull, I will be buying all of our favorite natural ingredients at Whole Foods and using my slow cookers to make the day easier. While the all natural WF turkey is cooking in the oven, my whole foods brand stuffing and organic chicken stock will be in one slow cooker, the sweet potato casserole will be in another slow cooker, green bean casserole in another slow cooker, and my baked brie appetizer with puff pastry will be in another slow cooker. It might seem strange to own 4 slow cookers but on Thanksgiving, they really help! Also, WF is the only place I can find all natural/organic jellied cranberry sauce! Thank you!

Charlotte Link says …

I would definitely choose to buy the turkey and gravy (too small an oven and too much time involved here) and opt to make the sides with seasonal, organic produce from my Whole Foods Market. I think I'd also buy a selection of their fabulous seasonal pies and rolls, too. Then, I could focus my energy on the few things I am good at: appetizers, cranberry relish, salads and vegetable side dishes. That's relaxing for me!

Carol Pearson says …

I would buy everything - turkey, sides, etc., as long as they weren't too salty. I am on a low-sodium diet.) I would consider myself blessed because I have special needs children and this would take away the stress of preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Then I would bless others. I would donate leftover money or buy the food from Wholefoods and take it to a local homeless shelter or church so others could eat Thanksgiving dinner, too.

Debbie giese says …

My dad and sister are coming in andI have a small kitchen with one oven......so I would use it to buy the extras premade so we can enjoy a great "homemade" meal without having to make everything. Thanks

Karin Jackson says …

Being a one-income family, I would use the $250 to buy everything for dinner and make it myself. I love baking but I would probably buy some individual desserts too, to make is even more delicious and special. I would try to save enough to buy another family in need a turkey for their dinner. Definitely stress-free, and guilt free!

Ana Kirkland says …

If I were to win your gift certificat, I would go into your store and select most of my fresh fruit and vegetables to make everything myself accept the turkey. Since I am a vegetarian, I would choose to purchase your organic readily prepared turkey and serve to my family and friends. That would be a wonderful feast to share.

Anna says …

As a student far away from my family, I like to recreate the meal that my family makes every year, and Whole Foods always has all of the necessary ingredients. This turns into a fun day of cooking with friends. A little help from Whole Foods would make a lot of friends very happy!

Manya says …

I'd be able to prepare and enjoy a wholesome meal that my body could recognize as food!!! I would be able to explore a much larger selection of healthy choices and ingredients that celebrate life and ME! I live in a food desert ( an area with a paucity of grocery stores). I'd be able to experience a meal inside the cornucopia.

Denise says …

I work as a nurse 3 to 11 the day before Thanksgiving yet somehow everybody (family, friends and coworkers) show up for the big day. Just thinking about having some help from Whole Foods is exciting and I would go crazy with breads and desserts and Gravy! I hate making gravy. Thanks!

Andrea B. says …

I would use the gift card to buy a Whole Foods brined, free range turkey plus all the fixings and make it at home for my family and friends! What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Edythe Heppler says …

Every year this seems more and more stressful.. with many generations and some with dietary restrictions, and a desire to serve wholesome, organic, local foods, it would be so helpful to be able to pick out everything I need from Whole Foods.. Thank you

carole peyser says …

Not having to cook would be the greatest gift. Caring for physically challenged family members will be so much easier and make a great day for thanks.

Carrie Dyer says …

Being domestically impaired, I'd probably order some precooked items and make a few side dishes for my family. The gift card would be a huge help because this year we'll be combining Thanksgiving with my 2 sons' birthday parties. My 16 year old's party had to be cancelled because of the storm and my soon-to-be 5 year old's birthday is just before Turkey Day. The card would allow me to make them a super special and memorable meal (and an extra delicious cake!).

Christy says …

It would mean less of a budget crunch for is this holiday season!

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