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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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Julie Schultz says …

I'd use the money to cook extra for those less fortunate who need a home-cooked meal or those without family for the holidays.

Gabriela says …

A small token of appreciation from Whole Foods since this is the only store I shop at the most of the employees know me.

Ruby says …

With 2 more mouths this Thanksgiving, $250 would make a super duper Thanksgiving for us.

Kayla says …

The only part about Thanksgiving we are stressing about is the cost of all the food! Some of our family members are not making the trip because gas is too expensive. If we had $250 towards a Thanksgiving feast, we could help with the gas money for relatives. Plus, I would love to come check out our new Boise Idaho store!!

Kelley Motley says …

We will be in China adopting our son over Thanksgiving. We'd use the gift card to treat our family to a late Thanksgiving celebration once we return!

Annie Mueller says …

While I raised our three kids, I put much too much weight an import on the porper and lovely, to have Thanksgiving. I became so stressed, it took me too long to unwind to enjoy what I had spent two days (at least) preparing. Whether you have a family generated gathering, or a created family gathering, worry less about things being spotless and more about creating laughter with lack of tension. In this tenuous world, smiles, hugs and love are the greatest gifts. If you FEEL it......... DO it. I have Thanksgiving every day that I live. I hope you do too. So yes, having the help of a gift card would ease my world, and knowing my family, some would be shared, to spin out and out so many can have a taste.

Kristi German says …

Would love to win this.

Ju says …

I'd like to try gluten free thanksgiving. This would be my first. May do some work myself and get some prepared and off the shelf. I'm not sure yet how much is offered and what

RandyS says …

A Whole Foods Turkey? Yummy. This would be a real treat to take to my daughter and son-in-law's dinner, since with three youngsters they are a way too busy to get things ready and still enjoy the day. Besides, like us, they are devoted to Whole Foods and thank you for opening in Davis, CA

Evelyn Werkmann says …

This would be too good to be true !!! I am a faithful Whole Foods shopper but I will loose my job in the beginning of December due to lay offs. I am already worried that I won't be able to shop at Whole Foods any longer once this happens. Especially with all my food allergies - Whole Foods has made my life so much easier with all the products for allergic people.

Kristen C. says …

What a wonderful promotion! I would have to say, if chosen to win this promotion, the $250 gift card would be gifted to a family on our street. Recently divorced and a mother of three children, I have watched her take control of her life and work to take care of her family. She lives daily with a constant struggle even to put food on her table. In fact, she confided in me that if it weren't for her church's food pantry, she didn't know what she would do. I so admire her strength. So, that being said, this gift card would definitely ease her mind through the holidays and I would love to be able to gift her in this way.

Cathy says …

I woud have everyone over that has no place to go for Thanksgiving for a Whole Foods Thanksgiving meal. No one needs to spend Thanksgiving alone.

Kari says …

I would do a combination of prepared foods and fresh ingredients to try out some new holiday recipes.

Laurie Souders says …

I would shop till I drop then eat, drink and enjoy!!!

Lori Devoti says …

I would use it to serve a diverse group of meat-loving to vegetarian guests! Right now I am leaning toward a pre-cooked meal so I can spend more time going over the newspaper for Black Friday bargains with my sister. :)

Debi Rivier-Harris says …

The winning proceeds would go a long way to affording our much needed Gluten Free Thanksgiving. Whole Foods has always been at the forefront providing for our dietary needs. We would naturally get a turkey and look to your wonderful side dishes and use your fresh fruit with gluten free flour mixes for our desserts! (We can do pie too!)

Fred jadali says …

This is a wonderful thanksgiving give away.Thank you

Lindsay says …

With 250 dollars, I would split it up several ways. My cousin's three children have horrendous food allergies, and I would use it to pick up all of the necessary items for a Thanksgiving meal, allergy free! With the remainder, I would pick up the usual Thanksgiving goods and cook for my friends who are unable to travel to see family. Sometimes, a "Friendsgiving" really is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. There are many who could benefit from a bit of good food and a warm table with company. That $250 would go far in my hands!

Kristina says …

I'd use the gift card to buy more food, so that we could have more friends with us on Thanksgiving!

Dale L says …

Abundance in the form of a this healthy Whole Foods store gift would be another source of Gratitude! At 66 years old, being laid off work for one year, I am full time employed as of October 2012 and have the one day off Thanksgiving to share/celebrate with my sons, grandsons and friends. I would be all smiles to WOW them with some prepared options from Whole Foods. Thank you for offering the contest.

Julie Keckstein says …

Surprise my sister-in-law

Louis says …

We will buy as many dry/canned combination 360 products as possible and donate to a local organization that feeds those who need nourishment.

Cindy Counavelis says …

I would use the $250 gift card to purchase the entire meal so I can spend more time with my family! Please pick me! :)

Julie says …

I always make everything from scratch and some years my birthday falls on Thanksgiving. Thankfully, this is not one of those years! I would purchase everything from Whole Foods and present it like I did it myself. No one would know the difference, and I'd be so relaxed and happy!

Michelle Jones says …

Last year my husband was deployed overseas for Thanksgiving and this year he has to stand duty the day after Thanksgiving and won't be able to spend it with our two daughters and I. If we were able to use this $250 gift card, I would love to pack up my car full of turkey and trimmings and drive it to Camp Pendleton and give a great day after Thanksgiving meal to the men and women that are unable to eat with their families!

Lisa says …

I would buy the ingredients for our family's Thanksgiving meal - starting with a heritage turkey! Then, I'd spend the remainder stocking up on healthy foods for cold-weather cooking!

Carol Drigo says …

The $250 Whole Foods gift card would make my Thanksgiving less stressful because I would definitely purchase part of the dinner items pre-prepared from your online site and I would purchase a few items at the store to cook at home but this way I am not preparing the entire meal..which then leaves me more time to spend with my guests and my 81 yr. old mother who I plan to take out of the rehab/nursing home she is currently at in Berlin, NJ recuperating from total hip replacement and a shattered Femur (thigh bone). I have been visiting her almost every night from Philadelphia which is a 27 mile drive each way and I work in Abington township (an additional 18 miles in the opposite direction) . I have been driving so much lately I feel I've been living in my car and on the road. My mother always has the holiday dinner at my house and we were just discussing this and she said to me, "I hope I can come home to celebrate Thanksgiving". I told her she can definitely count on that! So that is how the $250 would help make my Thanksgiving a little less stressful and more joy filled with my loved ones! Thank you for conducting such a thoughtful contest!

DAE says …

I'd use it to make sure I provided more of the food, instead of my inlaws bringing toxic things they got at Another Large Food Retailer With A Red Logo With A White S.

Mary Folmer says …

For the first time, my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house instead of at the parents house. Having a $250 gift card from Whole Foods would allow us to purchase already made food that we would be be confident in the quality of. Having help with the cooking from Whole Foods would definitely make our first Thanksgiving in our home much less stressful!

Catherine Hoover says …

I THINK WHOLE FOODS IS THE BEST.......AND I TRUST YOU.

Judy D. says …

Want less stress? A little pre-dinner wine makes things run smoother for the chef, and if you serve your guests some, too, they won't notice if they haven't. Cheers!

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 -

Erin says …

I'd buy most of the ingredients to cook myself, but being able to buy some ready-made dishes would definitely make the holiday less stressful!

Charlotte says …

Would cook a GREAT meal for family and friend with this!!!!

Marie McDuff says …

I would love to win and I know it would be healthy and delicious.

Bill & Martha Radatz says …

We are vegetarians and enjoy preparing a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal, but we also have family and friends join us who are not vegetarians. This gift card would enable us to order several meat related items and excuse us from the stress of having to prepare such items.

Laura Lee says …

My family loves our traditional Thanksgiving meal but with new children and in-laws in the mix we have a variety of food issues to tackle. Last year I was able to create vegetarian, gluten-free, wheat-free, egg-free, and nut-free versions of all of our favorites, by shopping exclusively at Whole Foods. And everyone loved them! A WF gift card would make this experience even more rewarding!

Lori Cranfill says …

My husband and Iare empty nesters, and unfortunately my daughter is in Japan (married a Marine) and my son will be in Columbia, ( mission trip). We are rock climbers and plan to spend Thanksgiving at the Obed Scenic Area. with fellow dirt bag climbers, everyone bringing food. This would be so great to win. I could just order big Thanksgiving meal for as many as 250.00 bucks would buy and share with everyone, supposed to be a crowd. Thanks Lori

Lynn R. says …

Home-cooker all the way! I'd use the card to buy ingredients, and make a delicious meal for our family and friends.

Jessica says …

Why not do both? Spend a little bit making the sides from ingredients bought and then the rest on the harder stuff (like turkey, etc.)! Thanks!

Melba Gasque says …

With the $250 Whole Foods Gift Card. I would be able to purchase a heritage turkey and the ingredients to prepare my bird. That alone having the gift card dedicated to purchasing the food would de-stress me! As well as, I would buy other ingredients such as organic pumpkin to prepare my pie; brussel sprouts and garlic to create a lovely side dish; and of course a must organic dates and natural bacon to create an easy and delish appetizer! I would count my blessings, share my meal with my boyfriend, and invite some of my friends that do not have a place to go to during the holidays. :)

Doris Fenrow says …

Whole Foods food is the best in the world and of course in these tough times, $250 is a Whole lot of money, Happy Thansgiving!

Alle l'Eveille says …

I just had a hip replacement a couple weeks ago. I'd like to thank my partner for nursing me through it with a nice Thanksgiving dinner, but I won't be quite up to the level of endurance yet to cook the full meal deal. A little help would help me show my gratitude.

Barbara says …

We have guests staying with us from California and Seattle for the Thanksgiving holiday prior to my daughter's wedding on November 24. What a blessing it would be for our family to pick up a wonderful, nutritious, traditional Thanksgiving Day meal already prepared by Whole Foods! We could sit back and enjoy family and friends...a taste of Heaven!

Marcie says …

I'd purchase a tofurky and get some yummy hot bar items as sides!

Cindy H. says …

My youngest is a vegetarian but my oldest is not and loves roasting the turkey. I would be using the $250 to buy the ingredients to make the sides and desserts, which, to me, is more appetizing than the main course. But I would look for a vegetarian main course and I just saw the brined turkey in this article, so I probably would go for one of those. I may try your online ordering option since I've never used it before.

Alex in ATX says …

Would be nice to take the stress and financial spend out of feeding a family of 5 plus fiends

Michael Coates says …

Thanksgiving this year is going to be an international feast including natives of India, Turkey and Brooklyn (all family though) so we want to expand on the traditional dishes to include some flavors of the various regions. A gift card would help us to explore some of Whole Foods wonderful flavors from around the world for dishes we would make at home.

joan smith says …

Especially since it is 'Thanksgiving' I would use half of the gift card to purchase a meal for someone who may not be so fortunate and the other portion would be used to purchase both prepared and fresh ingredients for our family meal.

Jeremy says …

This is my family's first Thanksgiving with my new niece, and we're trying to instill healthy habits from the start. Organic veggies and a responsibly raised bird would go a long way towards that goal! Get 'em while they're young...

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