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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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Jayne Byrnes says …

My finances have hit rock bottom. I have been a faithful Whole Foods Reston shopper for years. Winning this awesome Thanksgiving meal would mean the world to me.

Jonathan Brady says …

Free Organic Turkey!!!

John C. Campbell III says …

I see organic, GMO free turkey (and dare I say Duck"?) warming themselves over an applewood fire in my new "Big Green Egg" on my "Turkey Cannon" device .. (as he wiped the drool off of his face ) ... jccampb

Kristin Troska says …

I would use this gift card to bring Thanksgiving to my sister's house for the entire family of 14. She could have the day off from cooking! Thanks for the chance to win. Peace and Happy Thanksgiving.

Pat Griffith says …

This would make Thanksgiving the best ever, stress free and able to share with family and friends!!!

Samantha d says …

We always make everything from scratch in our family, so id buy just the ingredients and being able to get them from whole foods makes my life easier bc i am vegan and gluten free so i can find many more options at whole foods than another grocery store!

Suzanne Palazzo says …

A giftcard would make my Thanksgiving less stressful because I purchase great quality food for my family from Whole Foods and not worry about how I would pay for it. I would choose to do the cooking myself.

Emily L says …

I love to cook but not bake so I would buy ingredients for the turkey and side dishes and the delicious desserts/pies from Whole Foods bakery!

KateC says …

I'd order the whole meal! I have no Thanksgiving plans this year, so this would be it!

Nina G says …

My daughter is having Thanksgiving this year and works overnight the week before...this would be so helpful in that we could pretty much buy the meal to bring with us!!

Laurie Holbrook-Nunes says …

Hi I work two jobs and one of them is for a nutritionist so I know the importance of eating healthy. We have eaten out for the past 5 years with my best friend we are having a challenge finding a resteraunt close by so this Already cooked meal would be great!

Jennifer G says …

I have always wanted to host the holiday for the family but its simply not in my budget. This would allow us all to be together and enjoy with a stress free meal ordered from Whole Foods!

trysch says …

I would use it to make an unemployed member of my church less stressed as we shared the card and the shopping experience.

Laurie Kauffman says …

I would use my gift card to buy my entire dinner for 20 family members. Turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie - all organic!

Jace Kaufmann says …

I'll be working on Thanksgiving Day and I have no family in the area, so I'll be alone. I was hoping to use something like this to help bring a little holiday spirit to myself and my co-workers who will be working hard to keep our patients happy and healthy. You see, I work as a nurses aid and holidays are not something I always get to enjoy because I work in a 24/7/365 job, but it is a rewarding job.

Kirsten says …

I would share the $250 with my family by covering the cost of food so no one had to worry about the expense at the holidays.

Hillary says …

I'd host a Thanksgiving dinner for all my local friends who won't have family in the area to celebrate the holiday with. Friendsgiving, courtesy of Whole Foods.

Kathleen Siver says …

Just as many families are struggling to get by, we too are in a bind this year. Normally I donate plasma to make ends meet but my protein is low so the money I was counting on for this special holiday is not available. I'm ok with that. Many more families are in a much more serious position than we are. Of course I would use some of the money toward dinner, but's it's just a dinner. We have our warm home and we are grateful everyday. I think it would be more enjoyable to pack a Thanksgiving basket and deliver it through our church, Woodmen Valley. Thank you for the generous offer.

Joshua Taylor says …

Since everything I have ever had from the chefs at Whole Food has been awesome, I would opt out on cooking this year and let them do all the (delicious) work!

Mary Hughes Stone says …

We have five kids, four of whom are in college (and one has graduated and is working!) All will be home to celebrate Thanksgiving with us and their 90 year old Grandma. Travel is long (East Coast, Texas, So Cal) but they will arrive Wednesday tired and hungry. If I won $250 I would buy a catered meal for Wednesday evening so we could sit, relax and catch up with no fuss or stress. Then rise on Thursday to collectively prepare our feast. I think I would have a bit extra to buy pastries for Saturday too before we cut down the Christmas tree so no extra baking. Sounds like a wonderful holiday treat!

Matt gorham says …

We are new parents and are hosting thanksgiving this year. A gift cert would help tremendously

Debbie P. says …

We work on Thanksgiving day. This gift card will give us the chance to order our meal from Whole Foods so that we don't have to stress about cooking the night before but rather we can all come home from work and enjoy our already prepared meal. Otherwise this Holiday becomes very stressful when working the full week. We strive to eat healthy and would enjoy the quality meal offered by Whole Foods.

Erica Upshur says …

I like to roast a turkey and would love to try an organic one from WF this year. And I love to make green bean casserole so would be sure to pick up organic green beans. Other than that I'd capitalize on the great ready made sides and breads! And then I'd probably see if I could use some leftovers of the gift card to check out some of the other interesting and fun non-Thanksgiving products. Let's be honest, Whole Foods is like a candy store for adults who are tired of the old boring food of regular grocery stores organic or not. I almost always put something random and interesting into my cart (crackers made with pale ale?) Food is just must more exciting there!

Kelly Allen says …

I'd love to make a whole organiz meal for my family and me. Things are a bit tight this year and I have no plans on cooking anything special. Maybe a chicken. Organic is the best way to go. The stress of this all would go out the window. We'd be so happy to be cooking and eating the way it should be. Thanks for the prospect.

Cynthia Levine says …

It would be nice to have a healthy meal and enjoy time with family. I would love to win.

Lisa R Franklin RN,BSN says …

I would TOTALLY destress and let you guys do ALL the cooking! THANK YOU! <keeping my fingers crossed>

Justin Foley says …

We normally make "The Big Meal," with all the traditional trimmings. It is an exhaustive process. It would be nice this year to just have WFM take care of it all!

Susan Berkheimer says …

I am very thankful that I have the resources and good health to prepare a Thanksgiving Feast and a beautiful family to share and celebrate with! I would donate the gift card to one of the families at my school who I know will not otherwise be as fortunate on that day

Henry Jicha says …

This would help immensely, as it would relieve my wife of having to cook for company and travel on Thanksgiving to visit other family as well. We could use the coupon to buy a wonderful dinner for home, and perhaps a pie or two to take to our "on the road" thanksgiving celebration. For my wife, it would mean a chance to celebrate more than a hot oven for a change! For me, well, any husband will tell you that a stressed wife is not a thing to celebrate, while a happy and relaxed one is a joy!

William Yuden says …

I would use it to buy the whole meal and instead of sweating at a stove hoping everything turns out OK-I will be spending Thankgiving Day on my recliner with a frosty mug of beer in hand watching the football games while being as cool as a Whole Foods cucumber!

Beth says …

The gift card would make my family's Thanksgiving less stressful by allowing us to purchase some already made items, in addition to fresh ingredients to make some of our own.. Our holidays have been made more difficult as the result of serious health issues of aging parents. It's the next generation's time to step up and, in order to contnue to get everyone together, efforts must be made to prepare, transport and accomodate for people's physical needs. Having delicious food already prepared would let us do that and be happy and stress free this year.

Karen Emery says …

This gift card would not necessarily make my Thanksgiving less stressful, but it would allow me to feed more persons. I would be able to provide food to more than just my immediate family, but I would use it to feed those that could not afford to purchase their own Thanksgiving dinner. Isn't that what it is all about... Giving THANKS and GIVING to others.

Karen Barlow says …

I would likely give my gift card to a family that I know is struggling, but is too proud to mention their distress.

Debbie Graham says …

I would use this gift card to purchase fabulously prepared foods by Whole Foods. The reason is that this will be our first Thanksgiving without my sister-in-law who passed away in March after a 6 year battle with breast cancer. Thanksgiving was the main holiday that we spent with my husband's side of the family. From decorating to cooking to Black Friday shopping, the Thanksgiving holiday is going to be a tough one this year. I'd like to spend more time with the family and less time worrying about cooking this year.

Esther Nakagaki says …

I would use the gift card to buy additional food items to donate to Second Harvest for holiday meals for families less fortunate in the Madison area so their holiday time is less stressful.

LYNNE MEYER says …

WINNING AND NOT COOKING A THANKSGIVING MEAL WOULD BE AN EARLY HOLIDAY GIFT! :-)

Megan says …

I'm predominately a "from scratch" baker, so I'd use it for ingredients and supplies. This would be awesome!

Kate Middleton says …

I would donate it to a family in New York or New Jersey suffering loss from Sandy.

LIsa Daly says …

We usually do a "friends" Thanksgiving the sunday before for our best friends. It is a fantastic night of food and fun! Then we also provide dinner on Thanksgiving for my family. This GC would goo a long way to making 2 full thanksgiving dinners affordable!

Kristy Wandle says …

As my brother-in-law is gluten intolerant and as I am a strict vegetarian, a lot of time and care goes into prepartion of Thanksgiving dinner. Because Whole Food offers both glueten-free and vegetarian options, that would let my sister off the hook a little. In addition, my mother works three part-time jobs and my step-father was laid off. I know it is tough for them to contribute to the meal. This would just make everything so much easier for everyone involved!

Diana Spangler says …

If I won the $250.00 gift card I would use it to purchase a cooked to order turkey from Whole Foods and then use the remainder to purchase and cook the additional sides. I am a single Mom and the youngest in my family. It has become too stressful for my Mom to try and cook everything as she did in the past. This money would allow me to do something nice for my family and suprise them by being able to handle the whole dinner on my own.

Jennifer Comerci says …

I love Whole Foods and a gift card for Thanksgiving would be a huge help. I am the mother of 15 month old triplets and at the moment we are taking care of my in laws who are in the 80's and have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They live in Mantoloking, NJ and may have significant damage to their home. We can't get there yet as the town is closed and not accessible so we are hoping and praying that the damage is minimal and fixable. So with 4 adults and 3 kids we would devour a whole foods thanksgiving. I would probably use the card to both make and buy foods. I love the market and I go there often to get organic foods for my babies. Happy Thanksgiving!! Jennifer Comerci

Emily S says …

Our family will be coming together for Thanksgiving in Brooklyn near areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, so we would use part of the gift card funds to buy healthy nourishing packaged food to contribute to the Food Bank for New York City. With the remaining funds we would supplement our meal with some of Whole Foods' delicious prepared items to allow us time to volunteer at a pantry bag distribution on Thursday morning to enable those affected to have a Thanksgiving meal.

Lesa Lekity says …

Whole Foods Market gift card would go towards both purchsing on line - because your food is outstanding and making some traditional favorites. The Whole Foods gift card would be a welcome gift to our family and we would be able to for one day let the negatives that we have encountered in the past year to be a rest and enjoy ourselves and our health and be able to GIVE THANKS.

CARLA B. LANEY says …

My daughter and I are vegans, but the rest of the family continue to enjoy turkey & other meat. I would use the gift certificate to buy vegan items that my daughter and I would enjoy, and also turkey and gravy for the meat-lovers. This would certainly help reduce stress in my household!

Christine Dunsmore says …

Oh My Gosh.........let me count the ways it would make my Thanksgiving less stressful. I would order all of the fixings and buy the turkey because that is my husband's favorite thing to make. I would have that much more time to be able to relax in front of the fireplace and play scrabble with my family knowing that all I have to is set our dining room table and just put all of your yummy fixings in serving bowls and just wait for the turkey in the oven to be ready. The whole house smells like Thanksgiving without all the work...........now that is a dream come true!!! We love you whole foods!!!!!

gloria tolan says …

I'm 73 on a fixed income and would appreciate winning because of the financial assistance the win would bring. Never had organic type food but would love to try -

bob calnen says …

if i win......send the gift card to FOODSHARE, Bloomfield, CT

Momagain says …

What an amazing blessing $250 would be for Thanksgiving this year! I would purchase our Thanksgiving meal online from Whole Foods to reduce stress feeding my large family. I was a single mom of three, until my oldest daughter was in a horrific auto accident that left her paralyzed. I’ve been raising her three children ever since. Even with the added stress, holidays are an important time to stop and count our blessings and spend time together. As much as I love to cook, I would really savor an opportunity to have less work and more “down time” with my family.

Laurel Freeder says …

What would I do? Folks, I would spend the $250 on a whole prepared T-day meal -- turkey, soup to nuts -- pumpkin pie! -- and some paper plates and napkins (NO CLEAN UP!) and instead of slaving like a dog for 3 days, I'd be relaxing and chilling out in front of my fireplace, with a nice bottle of wine (also from gift card! you guys have an awesome wineshop) and it would be the most wonderful, fun, RELAXING, no work Thanksgiving of my whole life!

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