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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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Elizabeth Randles says …

I would use mine to buy all the sides I needed pre-made so things would be much less stressful! Add in one of your incredible pies and Thanksgiving is on! :)

Jennifer Martinelli says …

We typically have a quiet Thanksgiving at home, just the two of us, to avoid all the hassle of traveling on the crowded roads. But I still cook like we're feeding an army. I would most likely use my gift card to buy a combination of from scratch items to make myself but would also pamper myself a little bit by buying some pre-prepared foods. I used to leave across the street from a Whole Foods on Beacon Hill and now that I live in East Boston I miss the proximity. The pre-prepared foods at your stores are phenomenal.

Jen B. says …

Since learning I had Celiac 8 years ago, Thanksgiving dinner has been one of the tougher holiday cooking challenges. With the exception of turkey and plain vegetables, just about everything else about Thanksgiving contains wheat or gluten. If I won, I'd use the gift card to buy gluten-free products to make holiday classics like gravy, stuffing, casseroles, dinner rolls, and pies.

Adeana Banter says …

Our family consists of a gluten-free vegan, a pescetarian, and an avowed carnivore - it's so hard to accommodate all of our needs! A gift certificate for Thanksgiving would allow us to each to pick and choose parts of our meal from the store, and give us time together to eat and relax instead of stressing over the cooking. I hope we win!!! Thanks :-)

Arthur C Rutledge says …

Would use the Whole Foods gift card to purchase healthy foods and items not usually found in many supermarkets. I workout regularly and eat healthy foods to retain excellent health. To be able to find items that are needed and offered at Whole Foods would be a blessing indeed.

Shirlé Koslowski says …

My husband and I recently relocated back to his home town where we bought a house. We decided to host Thanksgiving at our new house and invited his entire family. He and I care about the quality of what we eat and Whole foods offers us security in knowing that what we put in our bodies has been deemed safe and kind. We would love to treat them, hopefully, to an organic, free range and local meal that will show them that when you care about the quality of ingredients the mesl can be far superior and are more delicious than the average supermarket fare. Hope you pick us. It would make our first Thankgibing here a wonderful holiday memory! Thank you.

Elle Dechene says …

I would buy a Whole Foods fresh turkey and cranberries and white yams and all the ingredients to make a fabulous Thanksgiving meal, just as I do every year.

Michele says …

I would use it to get yummy food for the family! And splurge on pecans for the pie instead of walnuts!

Jenni Smith says …

I'd use the gift card to purchase everything I need to make the best gluten-free Thanksgiving my family has every had.

Jeff P says …

I would buy ingredients and make the meal myself

ErikaM says …

This year we're having vegetarian lasagna, but I wouldn't be adverse to a more elaborate meal.

julie-ann says …

I would totally buy all the ingredients for a totally, healthy Thanksgiving meal. I am vegan - but dh loves turkey. I would purchase a beautiful fresh turkey for him like we used to buy at a turkey farm in Northern California yrs ago. Husband lost his job this yr and now is now working 2 jobs to make ends meet. So this would help out on the cost for us..Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Candace Delano says …

Wining a gift card from Whole Foods would e huge for our family. Normally I work every holiday an this year I finally have it off and want to prepare the best. Thanksgiving Dinner for my family. To make it even more special, this year we are minus one plate because if the passing of an Uncle so the whole family 20 of us, want to eat together to remember him.

Libby says …

After twenty years of Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law's home, we are switching to our house this year after her unexpected early death from cancer. Needless to say, it is hard to switch traditions, and especially as an in-law, to introduce new traditions. Knowing that the meal would be tasty, and that it wouldn't be in competition with her remembered cooking, would be wonderful! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Barbra Tugman says …

I would use the card to buy some ingredients and make some. It would be fantastic because it will be my first Thanksgiving after battling breast cancer as a breast cancer survivor! I was fired from my job as a litigation paralegal when I was too sick from chemo to work, and I have been trying to get a new job. This would enable me to be able to make and have a Thanksgiving for my friends and myself. That would be amazing and so much to be thankful for. Thank you Whole Foods!

Hayley Fulbright says …

I will have a house full of guests for the entire holiday week! I could order items on line and pick up family deals and other items that will be great time savers and also healthy! I can visit more and look like a wonderful hostess all because of Whole Foods!

Scott Haas says …

Sad to say that at this point we have not finalized any Thanksgiving plans with the kids and grandkids but having this to spend we would definitely create quite a spread at our home for all. Might even give the dogs a little pumpkin. They love that stuff.

Janine says …

My family and I are taking Thanksgiving to my 90-year-old grandmother, who can't travel. I would use the $250 to buy the whole meal from Whole Foods, already prepared, so I can spend my time chatting with her instead of cooking!

Leslie says …

My Mom always prepared the most wonderful Thanksgiving meals for the whole family! Since she had a brain injury (6 years ago), we (my sisters and myself) have been struggling with getting it all pulled together. This gift certificate would allow us to be together, enjoy a great meal, and have NO stress in the kitchen!

Linda Connell says …

I would order deserts and veggies from Whole Foods! I wold order my turkey and cook it at home. I would order my centerpiece from Whole Foods florist. I would order a cheese platter for my appetizer. I would order a gift basket and donate it to a needy family.

Michael K says …

My sister always makes all of the holiday dinners (buying the turkey and some sides from WF and making some herself). Even though she likes it and wants it, it isn't really fair that she has pay for the meals every holiday. She won't take money. So giving her this gift card would make me feel better! And it would be great for her!

Amy says …

Being far from home, I usually host Thanksgiving with a friend and we invite all our friends and their friends and their friends. They may be strangers, but on that day we're all family. $250 worth of yummy Whole Food delectables would go a long way to soothe our homesickness.

Barbara Buda says …

Using online ordering would be great to order my side dishes and and other items for me to cook and serve. I would love to have a cheese plate made for a starters!

David Rodriguez says …

Please enter me in the giftcard drawing.

KSM says …

We are having a full house of 8, including my son's girlfriend. We have a variety of nutritional needs - vegan, gluten-free, milk and nut allergies so it is a challenge, but whole foods makes it easier. It would be great to have a little help on what is always and expensive meal! We are fortunate that we can afford to get what we need. I would give it to the local food pantry as Whole Foods is replacing a local grocery store and I am sure it will be put to good use.

Lou Ann says …

I would mostly shop for the ingredients to cook Thanksgiving dinner ourselves -- but I'm sure a decadent bakery pie would find it's way into my cart!

Ann says …

I have Thanksgiving dinner every year for our family which is quite large. The $250 gift certificate would be a great way to be able to offer healthy organic food to a large group of people. I usually try to buy some organic items which always taste better but I can not afford to purchase everything organic. The kids would love to have the fresh fruits and veggies from Whole Foods and to have a turkey from here would be awesome.

Kelly says …

Thanksgiving (and my birthday - the weekend after Turkey Day) are squashed between two major events - my son competing out of state for a regional dance championship and moving in December. So, the thought of actually preparing Thanksgiving dinner is somewhat overwhelming. I would use the gift certificate to order a pre-made dinner from my local Whole Foods and take a bit of stress out of the holiday!

Ilka Erren Pardinas says …

I love shopping at Whole Foods because it always inspires and motivates me to eat and live healthy and to try new flavors and ways to prepare things. I know people find it stressful to deal with the hustle and bustle at stores during the holiday season, but I think it is part of getting in the spirit of the season. So for me a shopping spree at Whole Foods would help get me ready for a lovely and joyous Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Jami says …

A gift card would give me the opportunity to have a deliciously fresh meal on Thanksgiving Day and I could share an early Thanksgiving with my co-workers. The chance to celebrate the season at home and work would create more fun with less work (in more ways than one). That's less stress, for sure!

Lori says …

The 250.00 gift card would definitely make life less stressful as you prepare for the big day. I would most likely use it to buy the food for a home-cooked meal but might also try out one of the prepared sides and maybe a dessert.

Kelly says …

Thanksgiving (and my birthday - the weekend after Turkey Day) are squashed between two major events - my son competing out of state for a regional dance championship and moving in December. So, the thought of actually preparing Thanksgiving dinner is somewhat overwhelming. I would use the gift certificate to order a pre-made dinner from my local Whole Foods and take a bit of stress out of the holiday!

Jessica Fure says …

I'd use the card to buy a humanely-raised turkey - I have to cook for 15 people, so that gets a little expensive. While I might pick up a prepared side or two, most of it would go towards the ingredients for the dinner. I don't mind cooking - really like it, actually - but the money aspect is certainly stressful for me.

Karen Kendall says …

Hi! We would most likely buy the ingredients and make most of the dinner ourselves. That's all part of the fun. A few things prepared always helps ease some of the stress. Sweet Potato souffle maybe?? I'm making myself hungry! But the mashed potatoes and stuffing are always made at home! Mom's recipe is the best. And everyone that will be around the table will agree!

Leigh Anne says …

I love a kitchen full of family and friends cooking, assembling, prepping while laughing and occasionally dancing, so I'd use the winnings to buy ingredients most likely. There can't be stress when no matter what happens everyone's bellies will be full and we can be grateful for life's many gifts. I'd also send some decadentThanksgiving breakfast bread and bliss balls to family back in New York hit by the hurricane aftermath. The winnings would allow for posh, maybe usually out of reach (financially) ingredients to spoil my loved ones. Thanks for the opportunity.

camille says …

My Mother has been the most generous person throughout her entire life. She has fed countless family, friends, neighbors, friends of friends, etc. and has always had room for one more at any gathering, and tons of food that was sent home for those that couldn't make the event. If I won the Whole Foods Gift Card, I would be thrilled to help support the family meal with anything that Mom could use that day. I'm super excited because the brand new Orland Park, Illinois Whole Foods is due to open tomorrow (November 2nd) and is only minutes from my home. I've been traveling at least 20 miles to my nearest Whole Foods for years. It is such a wonderful addition to our area!!! THANK YOU!!!

Jacqueline says …

We would splurge on the good stuff, buying organic rather than conventional and fresh instead of canned. Pumpkin pie made with a fresh pumpkin! And fresh, local cream. Mmmmm.

Donna S Penn says …

What needs to be said? I could pick up a delicious, healthy meal ready to heat - a much better meal than I could ever afford to prepare. I can even expand the menu choices for my vegatarian eaters and hard-to-please children without increasing my preparation time. It would be wonderful to win this. Please consider me! Thank you, Donna

Nancy Gibbons says …

It would mean the world to me to win the $250 gift card. We probably won't be having Thanksgiving at our house since I lost my job and the money is running out. Winning would be a very huge blessing!!!

jwmyers3313 says …

I would give the $250 Market card to a family in need from my wife's school.

Darryl says …

It would be nice to use the $250 to get some thanksgiving groceries and help make life a bit less stressful between school and work.

Billie Korting says …

This year has been a year. I got laid off in Dec of 2011 Went back to work March to be laid off in Oct 2012. I am lucky though just got a job. But the financial toll has been great this year, so this would mean having a normal stress free Thanksgiving with wonderful friends, family and of course great food from WholeFoods

Ryan Holderman says …

It would be wonderful to shop at Whole Foods for premium products to use in preparing my Thanksgiving dinner. It would be a real feast! Using the finest, freshest and highest quality ingredients available would make it an extraordinary meal.

Jacqueline says …

We would splurge on the good stuff, buying organic rather than conventional and fresh instead of canned. Pumpkin pie made with a fresh pumpkin! And fresh, local cream. Mmmmm.

Jacqueline says …

We would splurge on the good stuff, buying organic rather than conventional and fresh instead of canned. Pumpkin pie made with a fresh pumpkin! And fresh, local cream. Mmmmm.

Karen Farmer says …

I've never had a Whole Foods Thanksgiving dinner, but I know it has to be WAAAAY better than what you can order from other stores, and also better than mine ~ I know it would be a whole lot less work for me and I could enjoy time with my family! :)

pat says …

Time is so precious with family, especially when your children are grown up. To have all the time with them instead of doing prep work in the kitchen for a family Thanksgiving, not to mention the time after the meal when total exhaustion creeps in and I'm too tired to enjoy them, would be wonderful. Your dressing is better than my own!

Dee says …

This gift card would help make Thanksgiving so much less stressful: less time in the kitchen, more time with family, and a truly healthy, tasty meal to enjoy together--a win win for all of us!!

Katie says …

I'm hosting for the first time this year! I love to cook so I'd do it myself. :)

Bernie says …

My 2 sons, daughter in law, and grandson have decided to come to me for Thanksgiving. I'm am so happy about it, but fear the costs will be too much for my budget. I would be more than greatful to receive the $250.00 gift card for our dinner together. And at Whole Foods we would have a 'healthy' dinner for all of us to receive. Thank you for making it possible to enter. ps. I am thankful for everyday of living, not just Thanksgiving.

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