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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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Barbara Stendal says …

My church singles group is putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for 100 people. I would use the $250 to buy some of the fabulous side dishes one can find only at Whole foods, to make our holiday dinner even more delicious!

T. Lynn Little says …

I would use the $250.00 gift card to buy all the ingredients to cook the turkey and fixings myself. I would pull together and few friends and we would prepare a delicious meal to take to a very young couple who just gave birth to premature twins. They are struggling as a young couple so I know surprising them with a healthy meal prepared with tons of love would warm their hearts! It's all about serving a cause greater than myself!!

Donna Shaya says …

I love Whole Foods Thanksgiving dinner or any dinner. It truly is stressless not just from the preparation details but the peace of mind knowing you are getting quality food that is gourmet prepared and served from their kitchen to the table. What a blessing to live in a city where there is Whole Food to help take care of you. Donna Shaya

Colleen says …

Stress is part of Thanksgiving...I would take the gift card and purchase supplies for Thanksgiving dinner and donate all of it to a shelter or soup kitchen. Thank you.

Megan says …

I'd use the gift card to supplement my new CSA membership to cook a healthy, locally produced Thanksgiving meal!

Anna MacDonald says …

A little of both for me. I like to cook a few items, but I love the selection of prepared sides at Whole Foods, especially the orange cranberry relish!

Diane Kaye says …

Currently, I find myself unemployed. The $250.00 would be my Thanksigiving dinner, which would make this much less stressful for my family and myself. We could have a Thanksgiving which would be such a blessing.

Andrew Dolson says …

Oh heck yeah, I'd be ordering the whole shebang online and ready-to-go.

Susan Dutcher says …

I will would use the $250 to buy food to make dinner for students who cannot go home for the Hoiliday. Turkey and stuffing and mushroom soup and squash with baked garlic. YUM

Rebecca Snyder says …

Mashed potatoes must be homemade for this Irish family, but I would live help with pies and other extras so I could spend more time with those gathered.

Brandi says …

I would use the $250 to donate healthy food to people who cannot afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Taf M. says …

We are coping with health matters in my family. Being able to order a delicious Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods would be wonderful!

Barbara Stendal says …

My church singles group is putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for 100 people. I would use the $250 to buy some of the fabulous side dishes one can find only at Whole foods, to make our holiday dinner even more delicious!

Nicole Folger says …

If I won a Whole Foods Gift Card I would be so excited. I want this Thanksgiving to be extra special for my family because my family on the East Coast that was affected by Hurricane Sandy is planning to come out for Thanksgiving. It would be really nice to be able to have an organic turkey with all the fixings! My Mom also suffers from Celiac Disease so I know I can trust Whole Foods to have all the things I need to make sure that I have a safe dinner for her to eat.

Anne Jansma says …

If I won, I would use a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to buy plenty of the finest ingredients to prepare my Thanksgiving dinner from scratch. I will even be able to include little extras, such as chocolates to go with the coffee after the meal.

Gabreial W. says …

I would love to buy grass fed and healthy meats! Thanks so much!

Danielle says …

I would use it to buy the ingredients to cook the meal. Knowing that the ingredients I purchase from Whole Foods are healthy and wholesome that will feed my entire family, I will stress less and enjoy the eating more! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Diane Luks says …

I'm a single mom that has to cook and clean after dinner. This would be GREAT !!! No cooking or cleaning

Marina Ambrosio says …

I would send the gift to my relatives back east who are under tremendous stress because of all the damages caused by hurricane Sandy. This gift would help them to have a "thankful more stress free" Thanksgiving.

Graves De Armond says …

The gift certificate would make this Thanksgiving less stressful and would help us not have to worry about making sure there is enough money for the festivities. Unemployment, disability and other issues are not going to keep us from celebrating with Family - but with your help it would be easier. Thanks for the opportunity!

Carole-Lynn de Groat says …

I would love to have Thanksgiving with my daughter in NY. We both work lots of crazy hours and I haven't seen her in many months. We live in different states as well. It's nice she's here on the East Coast for a while. I'd love to connect. Thanksgiving in NY is hard, few restaurants are open.

Aaron Evans says …

Holidays can be a difficult time for people who are without family or those that do not live near their loved ones. A $250 gift card from Whole Foods could ensure a major feast at my house- where all of the people I love that do not have a place to go on Thanksgiving can then share it with us. I would love to offer a warm house with plenty of food and cheer to those that I hold dear. :) (And I didn't even mean for that to rhyme!) Thank you Whole Foods- we love our Park Lane store!!!!!

Anna Redding says …

Oh gosh, I would shop with zest and purchase what I REALLY wanted and needed without having to look at the price tag. WF is such a wonderful store and for Thanksgiving goodies is a paradise!

Amber Wang says …

Several of my friends and I have already decided to come together for Thanksgiving. We have nowhere else to go other than the company of one another. Thus, we are ever-so-thankful for each other...a place to call "home". I consider these dear friends "My Tribe"...and with a $250 gift card, we would all stress less about making Thanksgiving perfect for each other. Instead, we can continue to focus on our gratitude for one another--which is perfect.

vicki furuki says …

i love shopping at whole foods. the only problem is i live in berea. you would be the only sttore if you were closer. my friends and i make a day trip to come to you

Diane says …

This would make my Thanksgiving very pleasant. :)

Ashley says …

This year, I will be home for the entire week of Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to this because I will be around to help my mom prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for almost 30 people. This is where a Whole Foods gift card will come in handy! My mom was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (gluten allergy) several years ago and Whole Foods is one of the best places to get gluten-free foods. With this gift card, I would be able to do some, if not all, of the shopping for her, as well as make sure she has Thanksgiving foods she can eat! For a holiday that's entirely focused around food and family, it will be great to know that she will delicious, gluten-free options.

Lee says …

Not cooking for 20+ people is always helpful, If I only have to cook the Turkey, or just put together a salad and someone else does all the rest...more time for me to clean house and then visit with my guests!

Dennis Pieschke says …

I would use the gift card for a donation to homeless people.

Diane says …

I would buy lots of great food from Whole Foods to bring to my stepdaughters' home, where we will be spending Thanksgiving!

Bonnie B says …

I would use it to order some prepared food and buy the raw ingredients to cook part of the meal. Having some part of the meal prepared would sure make Thanksgiving a lot less stressful.

Ellen Liu says …

I would use the gift card to order online from whole foods. I don't want to be slaving over the kitchen when I can spend more time with my loved ones.

Beverly Seale says …

I would use the gift card to order the whole meal online and maybe buy some goodies from the Whole Foods Store. I would share it with my friends also.

Abby Vinegar says …

I just got engaged so Thanksgiving is going to be the first holiday where we will all get to celebrate as a family! My sister will be coming, my future in-laws, and many more...so I want to make sure the meal is perfect and as stress-free as possible!

Brandi says …

I would use the $250 to donate healthy food to people who cannot afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Lisa Hannigan says …

I would use the gift card to buy some delicious cheeses and wine plus use the winnings to make some healthy and delicious side dishes as well as dessert.

Doug says …

A $250 Gift card would definitely take the financial pressure off the Family oriented Holiday. Then to have it be the kind of foods you can get at Whole Foods would make it even better.

Bob Finiz says …

I would be encouraged to stay home for Thanksgiving and control the ingredients for our special dinner. I'd invite several neighbors to share the Whole Foods experience.

Cherry Scott says …

I'd use it to buy the meal ... then my brother-in-law wouldn't have to cook!

William Bowie says …

Winning the $250 gift card would allow us more time to spend and enjoy our holiday guests instead of time spent in the kitchen!!!

Deb says …

We are going away for Thanksgiving--up to the islands. It would be a huge treat to do a nice big shop at Whole Foods the night before we leave. We'd get some prepared foods and a whole bunch of veggies to cook up a feast to last the weekend!

Danielle Marks says …

I would use it to buy all of the ingredients for a fantastic family meal with my husband's family in Boston.

Karri Anderson says …

My Mom or my sisters always prepare the Thanksgiving day dinner for the family and I know with their hectic schedules it stressful for them, so if I received a $250.00 gift certificate. I would like to take the burden off them and show them my gratitude by preparing "Thanksgiving day" dinner for them. However I would probably buy most of the food prepared as I don't think they would want me actually cooking the whole meal.

Betsy Varga says …

We have a Vegan/vegetarian menu, so this would make it stress free.

Darleen says …

I work at a school that has a lot of teachers form overseas. I would use the giftcard to help prepare a Thanksgiving celebration for them so that they could better understand this uniquely American holiday.

Cynthia Corabi says …

I would love to win the gift card because I LOVE Whole Foods and the selection of healthy, organic foods. It would be great to even eat that way on a special holiday like Thanksgiving! I would also love to buy a second meal for a family at our church who are having financial troubles at this time. So, best of luck to me!

donna says …

Would definately get turkey cooked from Whole Foods as well as some side dishes to add to my own.

Alyssa says …

A gift card to Whole Foods for a turkey dinner would make my Thanksgiving a lot less stressful because I could finally enjoy Thanksgiving without having to be on my feet for 8 hours. As a hostess it seems I am always busy in the kitchen and don't really have time to enjoy being with my family. Dinner itself is over in 30 minutes then I am back in the kitchen doing dishes.

Es Nash says …

I am hosting Thanksgiving and my 90 year old parents are coming. One is very ill, and this will likely be our last Thanksgiving together. The gift certificate would be a wonderful way to take the stress off of this gathering.

Gilberto Brooks says …

For the past few years my mother in law deals with thanksgiving dinner for all her kids and their significant others as well as extended families and friends. She needs a break this year....so i would use this prize to order most of dishes and then some of them I would make myself.

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