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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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Niki S. says …

I would probably buy bits -n- pieces so I could make some of my own recipes. BUT getting a whole meal would be easier.

Gerry Etkins says …

I would use the gift card to order the whole meal from Whole Foods!

jessica goodman says …

I would definitely cook the turkey from Whole Foods and buy all the sides from Whole Foods. Honestly, I need a Thanksgiving break! I have cooked the dinner for over 30 years now. This would be a great break for me and besides, Whole Foods has the best sides . I just hope I win, thank you for all your great organic foods. Jessica Goodman

Debra says …

Thanksgiving is my favorate. I love to cook for my family! After dealling with stressful medical issues this year, $250 would make life alot easier!

Beatrice Hageman says …

I would use the gift card to buy ingredients for my dinner and I would donate the balance to a Food Pantry.

Lee says …

I love to cook the turkey but not the rest, with so many guests, less to do is better!

David Birney says …

I would buy some and make some for sure. It would certainly help to distress my wife, and her Mom for the big day. However best of all it would be awesome to provide all the best quality foods to her whole family and hopefully make them realize it's not only more healthy but much better tasting than what they normally eat.

Cheryl says …

I am a firm believer in healthy organic cooking and would love to share a Thanksgiving meal with my elderly parents and silings. What woud be more wonderful than a Whole Foods meal with family gathered around the table?

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.

Libby says …

I would spend less time in the kitchen after purchasing ready made options. With that I extra time, I would sleep in, have real conversations with guests and go out on a family walk.

Bonnie says …

I live in Boston and I drive down to NYC to cook Thanksgiving dinner with my little brother. I have to either go shopping up here and keep everything really organized to keep the food fresh and undamaged on the drive down or he has to find a way to carry a turkey and a lot of groceries home on the subway. We usually end up splitting the list, but that doesn't always mean being able to get the quality we can depend on from a market like Whole Foods. Either way, it is ALWAYS stressful trying to organize shopping for a whole dinner in two different cities over phone and email and then convene on the big day to cook! Having this gift card would allow us to use the online ordering system to get some of our list done and use the rest to get the ingredients to make our favorite dishes. Our diverse group of friends and loved ones in NY have several food restrictions or requirements, and being able to assure that we have Whole Foods quality food (i.e. we know exactly what is in everything!) would be tremendous. Best of all, it would give us more time to enjoy the tradition of cooking together and being with the friends in NY who gather on the holiday and are as important as family to us.

Lisa Lipscomb says …

Soon after we were married, my husband and I realized how much we miss Thanksgiving Left-Overs, so the day after Thanksgiving my husband puts a turkey on the grill and I make sides all day, one at a time. We call it "Fresh Leftovers" and it's our favorite part of the holiday! Ususally friends come by to watch football and share in whatever's cooked at the time. Additionally, my birthday is near Thanksgiving day. This year it falls on a work/school day, so I might even be able to pick up a birthday treat since we likely won't go out for dinner!

Dacia says …

Recently my mom and her sister in law, helped make my home more homey...I would like to repay them by fixing a healthy Thanksgiving dinner and winning this contest would help alleviate the stress of the holidays.

christa oldsberg says …

I would let Whole Foods cook dinner for me and my family!

Kelly Burgess says …

I'd use $250 winnings to purchase all the ingredients at Whole Foods and make a fabulous dinner for my family and my girlfriend and her family who have hosted us at their house several times this spring and summer. It's my turn, help me make it a great event!

Ginny Goldkamp says …

We had your pre-cooked dinner last year and it was delicious.

Wyc says …

I love a no-brainer! I always buy a fresh, free-range turkey, et al, from Whole Foods for Thanksgiving. With the gift card, I'd splurge and upgrade to the organic! Fingers crossed!

Coretta Harris says …

My Mom and I would take the $250 gift card to Whole Foods and buy all of our Thanksgiving dinner. We would then travel to Mississippi and share the dinner with my sister and brothers. It would be a tremendous blessing and definitely stress free!!

Alaine Portnoy says …

Whole Foods prepared meals are the best around! With a growing guest list we have transitioned from complete homemade Thanksgiving dinners to ordering from Whole Foods for the past few years. We always get rave reviews. Knowing that the food is high quality and all natural makes a difference. I would use the $250 gift card to continue our tradition of ordering our turkey, vegetarian gravy and creamed spinach from Whole Foods and use any remaining balance to purchase ingredients for some of our homemade items or to provide food for another family in need. With about 25 friends and family this Thanksgiving, ordering the prepared food and not breaking the bank to feed everyone will really take the stress off!

Arlene Opoka says …

I look forward to cooking dinner for my family

Debby Scheck says …

For the holidays, I like to buy the best of everything and cook mostly all from scratch. I'd use that $250 to splurge on the pomegranates, pecans, chestnuts, dates...and all the other wonderful ingredients that make Thanksgiving dinner so special!

Tricia says …

I would use it to take Thanksgiving off and have Whole Foods do the cooking! Yummy Yummy, thank you very much :-p

Gary Lippman says …

I would make one trip to the Berkeley Whole Foods store and purchase everything needed for Thanksgiving dinner, rather than going to the many stores I usually shop at to gather the ingredients for our annual Thanksgiving celebration.

Bradley Osterhaus says …

This gift card would allow us to help my in-laws travel down to Florida to visit their granddaughter!

Danny M says …

With a $250 gift card to Whole Foods I'd be able to make Thanksgiving dinner the only way I know how....healthy! There's nothing better than an organic free-range Turkey for thanksgiving dinner. Pick Me...Pick Me!

Lee says …

Would love the help in these tough times!

gary furrow says …

I would purchase everything cooked from your online store and since there will only be two people at my Thanksgiving dinner. I would give the local food bank the remainder of the certificate so they could purchase food for the needy.

Deb says …

Each year we invite friends, relatives, as well as others that do not have a place to go for Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday of the year - the chance to give thanks for what we have, to spend time with people we love as well as new friends, and to have wonderful food. This year so far we have 22 (including two families of three generations) and a gift card would really help, especially in buying enough turkey for that number. It would also help me make sure that second night has enough food (am always short of turkey). The Saturday night after Thanksgiving we invite everyone back along with other friends back in town for leftovers. Each year Whole Foods is a great resource not only for the turkey, but also for wine, wonderful appetizers, and the ingredients for everything from the family chocolate cake recipe (pass downed from generation to generation) to pecan pies to the green bean casserole. The gift card would give me a chance to not only buy things I need, but to try new things that may become part of our annual dishes.

LOLA says …

I Would use it to order the whole meal from your online ordering site and have my family enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods Market.

Carly says …

I have a new baby and it makes shopping stressful. Usually I run around to several stores. It would be great to win the gift card and do 1-stop shopping at my favorite store, Whole Foods, for baby's first Thanksgiving!

Dawn Marschand says …

I buy organic, high quality products from Whole Foods as often as I can, and I am slowing converting my family to the bandwagon. My fiance and I prepare the entire meal for our family ever year, and would like to include more organic ingredients. I would use the gift card winnings to purchase all our fixings from Whole Foods and prepare the healthiest Thanksgiving yet. We usually prepare everything from scratch, but perhaps we could save some time and stress by including some WF premade items as well!

Charlotte A. Ford says …

I would definitely order the entire meal from the wonderful Whole Foods Deli on Magazine Street. Who in the world would want to cook it when Whole Foods will do it for you?

Gabriela Zamora says …

This will be my first year hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, as I became a new mom and I will have family visiting from overseas. Winning the $250 Whole Foods gift card will allow me to provide a great dinner for them. I am a huge fan of the store and can't wait to show them what you guys have to offer!

Emily says …

With 14 people coming over, the dinner can get pretty spendy! It would be great to have some help and to be able to buy all organic, locally sourced ingredients at WF.

Lee says …

I would welcome the help in these tough times

Edith Calem says …

Let's talk turkey!

Jadira says …

Hi! I would love to win this gift card! I would use it to purchase the turkey, awesome quality Whole Foods ingredients and I would love to try the already made sides from Whole Foods. We purchased a Traeger grill and we are dying to test out our Thanksgiving turkey in there. It would be great to spend more time with my family as opposed to ALL of my time in the kitchen (even though I enjoy it) :)

Diane Arnold says …

Holidays should be less stressful.

Charlotte says …

Oh my gosh—what wouldn't I do with a $250 Thanksgiving gift card! I'd start with one of your extraordinary brined turkeys, which would give me time Wednesday night to set the table, candy some sweet potatoes and pecans, and cook up cranberries with orange zest. Thursday morning. I'd stuff the bird with chunks of your baguettes, breakfast sausage, celery, and apples. Then braise brussels sprouts and mash potatoes, and serve them all with your fabulous store-made grave (I just mix it in with turkey drippings and it's better than home made). Add a couple of Bread & CIrcus pumpkin and pecan pies, and my family and I'll be in heaven!

Deanne Brunold says …

We have so much to be thankful for. I will be 69 yrs old in November and the view from the " Eagles nest" gives me an attitude of gratitude. We are a family of three plus our dog and two cats. We love being together and have a deep appreciation of that privilege having weathered illness and loss in our lives. We shop at Whole Foods for the specialty items we cannot find anywhere else and the prize would allow us to buy more of those items to share with our three invited guests for Thanksgiving.

Carmela Entsminger says …

I would use this card to purchase the best quality turkey to prepare myself. I would use the rest at the bakery for dessert and I would order side dishes online. What a fabulous way to be prepared for our Thanksgiving meal!!!

Angela medrano says …

I'd order the whole meal online and then use the time saved to get our whole family to go walk/run the Turkey Trot. Healthy exercise and healthy food-you just can't beat that!

RDdivaMOM says …

As a Registered Dietitian, Busy wife & mom Whole Foods could make my thanksgiving less stressful for sure! I would order most items from the online ordering site including the turkey, desserts (YUM! sweet potato pie and banana cream pie), and my family LOVES the fried tofu from the Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta. I would make my grandma's corn casserole, stir-fry some kale and garlic, and make some homemade ginger beer!

Jenna says …

Single mom with two kids would use the $ to buy the turkey and fixings and cook for friends and family!

JAime Vargas says …

I would use to make the best food ever! For my wife and kids!!

Pierce T. Williamson says …

With my mom and dad in their 90's and my wife and in charge of the meal for the family, anything that is good and saves time,will make the holliday happier.

Pierce T. Williamson says …

With my mom and dad in their 90's and my wife and in charge of the meal for the family, anything that is good and saves time,will make the holliday happier.

Ed Casavant says …

We would order a whole turkey meal from your site. My wife needs a big break!

Andrea says …

My daughter just got engaged and she & her fiancee want to make Thanksgiving dinner this year. This is their 1st Thanksgiving together, and the first time I won't have to cook (YAY!). Funds are tight so if we won the $250 Gift Certificate we would give it to them to purchase the food. They shop exclusively at Whole Foods (as do we!) so no doubt everything would be purchased at a Whole Foods store! :-)

Barbara Raffman says …

I'd probably use it to save cooking time by buying all the side dishes cooked by Whole Foods (yum!) and using the rest to buy the turkey to cook myself. My family especially loves the rolls you have at holiday time and I love the fall dishes ready to go!

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