Austin, Texas (October 30, 2008) — Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI) today unveiled its holiday selection of unique, earth friendly and affordable gifts. Beginning in November, all of these holiday products, which sell for less than $5, $10 and $20, will be available while supplies last in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.

“People may not think to do their holiday gift buying in the same place that they are grabbing their turkey and pumpkin pie, but Whole Foods Market has developed a reputation for offering unique, interesting and exclusive items that make perfect one-of-a-kind gifts for those who care about quality and the environment,” said Jeremiah McElwee, Whole Foods Market global Whole Body coordinator.

From stocking stuffers and treats for foodies, to hostess gifts and presents for teachers, Whole Foods Market offers something special for everyone. The Company’s buyers offer the following gift recommendations to fit any budget.

GIFTS UNDER $5

 

  • Whole Living™ Kitchen Scrubbers

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Eco-friendly scrubbers are sustainably sourced and 100 percent biodegradable.

  • Yves Thuriès Chocolate Bars

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Famed chocolatier Yves Thuriès makes some of the highest quality, most gorgeous chocolate – marbled dark and white with pear, mint or caramelized hazelnuts.

  • Burt’s Bees Green Goddess Bar,

    exclusive to Whole Foods Market.

     

    A nourishing blend of ground almonds, rich essential oils and fresh-dried aromatic herbs naturally refreshes and buffs the skin while bathing.

  • Whole Foods Market Holiday Trio Lip Balms

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Petroleum-free and organic to boot, these soothing lip balms are made with organic ingredients and nothing artificial.

  • Whole Foods Market Triple Milled Soap

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Crafted in Southern France with natural pigments, this soap is triple milled for a luxurious lather.

 

GIFTS UNDER $10

 

  • Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter Big Daddy

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. This chunky 3-pack of chocolate peanut butter goodness is sure to please all who indulge.

  • Whole Foods Market Organic Cotton Terry Kitchen Set,

    exclusive to Whole Foods Market. This super-absorbent organic cotton towel set comes in celery green or holiday red.

  • Divine Chocolate Advent Calendar

    . Luscious, high quality chocolate and traditional Adinkra symbol decoration from Ghana makes these festive treats extra special.

  • Nature’s Gate Pineapple Body Lotion & Body Wash Gift set,

    exclusive to Whole Foods Market. A portion of sales of this luscious gift benefit WaterAid, a nonprofit working to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education, because pineapples – containing skin-nutritive antioxidants – are often from countries with limited access to clean water.

  • Maggie’s Organics Organic Cotton Peace Scarf,

    exclusive to Whole Foods Market.

     

    In festive green or holiday red, this cotton scarf is made by a Costa Rican family-owned company for Maggie’s, which always works to ensure livable working conditions, respect and independence for workers.

 

GIFTS UNDER $20

 

  • Bee Natural Honeypot Mini-Luminary.

    These hand-carved candle holders are made from aromatic beeswax. Each one features a snowflake pattern and is signed by the artist from Athens, Georgia.

  • Aura Cacia Orange Pomander Aromatherapy Diffuser and Potpourri.

    This earth-friendly gift set smells fantastic, delivers true therapeutic benefits and is packaged responsibly.

  • Earth Divas Handmade Felted Wool Holiday Ornaments

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. These Fair Trade ornaments are handmade of felted wool by small women-owned Nepalese businesses and cooperatives.

  • World of Good Winter Ornament Collection

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. These beautiful ornaments come from a group in Moradabed, India, that focuses on enabling self-sufficient artisans to maintain their own workshops with good working conditions and financial sustainability.

  • miYim Organic Charlie Bear

    , exclusive to Whole Foods Market. This huggable toy is made from organic cotton and colored with dyes from plants and minerals and 100 percent certified non-toxic.

 

Look for the Holiday Gift Guide available at Whole Foods Market stores beginning in November. < a>For a complete selection of Whole Foods Market holiday gifts, visit http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/pressroomr/wf/national/album.aspx?id=9144.

 

*Quantities on some items may be limited and available only while supplies last.