Prize suggestions and feedback needed! What would YOU like to win?

Hi everyone!

Here at HQ we just finished scheduling contests for the remainder of the year, and it got me thinking - we need to find new and exciting prizes for next year. :D

I would love to hear any and all suggestions for products you guys would like to win!

I'd also love to hear feedback about prizes we've offered this year - what did you like? What didn't you like? Do you prefer getting a shiny new electronic toy or a prize pack more suited to the theme of the contest?

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I think Autodesk are missing a trick here. They've got all this brilliant software but none of us mere mortals can afford to use it! Why not sponsor some of us to write superb instructables? I for one could really do with a copy of AutoCAD and Maya 3D ..... Please? They could then slap a big 'SPONSORED' logo on our profiles or something?

That's the reason they have the free 123D software available with the stuff you mentioned being aimed more at the commercial users which can afford to pay the asking price. Not that I would mind winning it or anything.

That's true enough and 123D is pretty good. However it won't let me create 2D files that I can send to my laser cutting people, unless I am missing something?

Mr AbAk22 days ago

hi tech laser printers ,laser cutters, lego kits, little bits pro library, chibitronics kit,websites vouchers, arduino boards

Mr AbAk1 month ago

instead of phones and tablets you can give us 3d printers, multirotors, raspberry pi,intel galileo,sparkfun kits, game consoles,etc.

These are great ideas!

electro1824 days ago

I'd really like to get the all new Raspberry Pi model A+ or model B+ :)

Pure Carbon28 days ago

I would love to see something like this as a prize in the near future, or at least something like this.


The Victorinox knife was a prize a while back, I don't know if they would bring it back any ime soon.

it dosent need to be a Swiss army knife I just used that because it was convenient for the picture. I heard a rumor that instructables was going to start giving a different item than the classic T-shirt the instructables usually gives away, these items (coffee mugs, pencils, pants!!!, etc) would have the instructables logo on them. So I decided to give my own input to this idea. The knife prize I think would be great for all the outdoor related contests.

AlexKein29 days ago

Apple products

A woodburning set

A six foot tall stuffed penguin

wesseldyk11 month ago

macbook pro

wesseldyk11 month ago

can u have a braclet making


Instead of giving away tablets in tech themed contests you can give Kinect sensor which is way more useful than a tablet or digital camera

A kinect would be useful... Maybe a kinect and Ipi mocap software....

Great idea!

Smart Watch, Smart Bulbs, 3d carving machines, Makey Makey, Wacom tablets, smart oscilloscope, Computer controlled milling machines, laser cutters, ouya gaming console, wireless earbuds, Oculus rift, Camera Stabilisers, Electric skateboards, Bluetooth Gramophone, Electric bicycles, Modular Backpacks, Cable & Cord Management, Smart Plug outlets. These are some of the prizes I would love to win.

These are some great suggestions! We will definitely have to keep them in mind :)

vanweb1 month ago

The new "Challenge" contests are only offering one main prize and then 25 t-shirt prizes, at the same time only having 26 finalists. So basically the 25 "second" place finishers have no idea how they ranked against each other. I understand that this makes it so that there can be more contests (less prize costs) and that the first place winner is still getting an awesome prize. I would like it better if there was some differentiation for the runners up (I am competitive that way!). Even if it was just a different style Tshirt or throw in a USB key.. anything so that there would still be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd categories (maybe 1 first prize, 3-5 second, and the rest third. To keep costs down you could even lower the total number of prizes by 5. Just a suggestion..

We are trying to come up with some new and different Instructables swag to change up the t-shirts a little bit :)

I think that if you want to change up the instructables robot shirt you should give the person options. For example, when you send them a message about their shirt size you should include what color the want, would they rather have a futuristic robot or maybe let them style a robot( custom robot). This would be the basis of your intel for what the average user wants so you don't end up messing up your brand. You all probably would have to have a way of knowing what the user selected. In order to do this you must contact your website programmers if you don't already have that. I personally would like black cargo pants with pocket that has the robot on there. Also make more things other than shirts, you have to think on the psychological level of the average user. There are four main types: man,woman,boy and girl. If you think like that you can effectively view what most users would want and then make more attractive prizes. Instructables robot binoculars, paracord,dumbbells and hats for men and boys; nail polish, dresses, iPhones with a pink robot on the back for women and girls. Think from the users perspective, that's all I'm saying.

Unfortunately, we give out so many t-shirts it would be impossible for us to customize each one with a new design and color for everyone that won a contest (although it would be cool, I don't think our t-shirt printer would be willing to do it and it would be cost prohibitive).

While I don't think we will be giving out cargo pants anytime soon, part of a prize pack is a robot patch that could be added to pants from somewhere else for some sweet customized pants!

Also, speaking for myself here, I think a lot of girls would also like binoculars and paracord instead of (or in addition to) nail polish, if I'm any indication, haha.

bertwert1 month ago

I would love to win photography equipment and maybe lenses that users get to choose which mount when they win.

bertwert1 month ago

I would love to win photography equipment and maybe lenses that users get to choose which mount when they win.

Raitis2 months ago

Some safety gear (faceshields, respirators and such) would be a great addition and make sure that your most committed users don't accidentally kill themselves during their next awesome project. Maybe a bit too dramatic outcome, but you get the idea.

Good idea about the safety equipment! We want our authors to stay safe!

xGrape1 month ago

More 3d printers, and more small stuff, like new Instructables-swag, sugru packs, circuit scribe (should be easy to pull off with it being another Autodesk product), perhaps a subscription to MAKE magazine. And since contests are open to multiple countries, I personally wouldn't care much for gift cards, even if Amazon for instance do ship internationally.

We are looking into getting some different swag next year, so keep an eye out! :)

I like the idea of the free subscription to MAKE magazine, as well as the other ideas.

For costume contests, it would be great to win prizes that can be used to make future costumes. Things like Worbla, Fossshape, eva foam, sugru, dremel tools or even books that help teach costume and makeup techniques

Those are some great ideas!

pucksurfer1 month ago

I think that there would be some cool prizes in some things like microsoft surface, a gopro hero 4, or even some software like adobe photoshop/lightroom for a photography contest. continuing with the photography theme eyefi memory cards. also giftcards to hardware stores and things like that. not to mention 3d printers, cnc, and laser cutters

sports tickets

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We have some great prizes coming up for the Wood contest! I think you will be happy :)

akshat210451 month ago

How about having a Nerf contest soon? And the prizes can be Nerf Guns/Ammo/Equipment, of course.


Pure Carbon2 months ago

For future contests there should be more go pros for prizes.

We just gave away 3 in the Hunter-Gatherer contest, but we will definitely keep them in mind for the future if people like them :)

Yes, yes, yes, I would love it if more were given out in the future ;)

Good to know! I'm always worried people already have those and are getting tired of things like that, haha.

well, thanks for responding.

Snowball102 months ago

Please do some macbook pros (thus far, I have only seen macbook airs). Thanks!

Our contest budget doesn't usually allow for macbook pros but we are working on it! :)

mikael bl2 months ago

loom bands for next or official rubber bands contest.

shazni2 months ago

Please give out cricut explorers again. I so want to try for it even though I was miserable when I didn't get it last time :-). I would like to try and try till I get it! ( hopefully without the depression moods!)

shazni shazni2 months ago

Oh a Silhouette Cameo would be better as you don't need internet to use it!

I love Silhouette, and we do have a papercraft contest coming up!

d0vr6 months ago

I would like to see some chrome books, and a Formlabs Form 1 printer.

d0vr d0vr3 months ago

OMG! You rock! I cannot believe I just wrote OMG on the interwebs. I shall have an entry for the Form 1+ ASAP.

A 10 h.p., four-stroke outboard boat motor.

shazni4 months ago

Hand tools prizes- KREG JIG, Mini drill, mini wood lathe, portable drill stand, pipe clamps, band clamps, heavy duty stapler, nail gun, plunge router, sanders, table vise.

Just a few suggestions ;-)

I think you will be happy about some of the upcoming prizes :)

I'm ecstatic! Over the moon excited and drooling away at the recent prizes :-). If you were next to me I would have hugged you to bits!

Thanks for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming :)

sursula7 months ago

i think it would be nice to add some more variety to the "smaller" prices, because if you have won a certain amount of contests the t-shirts and aprons are piling up (not that i'm complaining!), but if there would also be some other things like mabybe instructable mugs, or notebooks or little usb-drives or whatever, that would be really nice...

goldlego sursula3 months ago

I definitely agree with sursula. That is a fantastic idea and it would be AWSEOME if we could win stuff like this:

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jessyratfink (author)  sursula7 months ago

It's true! It's definitely on our list. I'm hoping we'll have the extra budget sometime soon to do it. :)

We've been looking at tote bags and notebooks, as well as water bottles and other little containers. USB drives are a great idea too!

great! looking forwad to it!

Thederpyninja4 months ago

How about some nice cameras like the Canon t5i? Perhaps a camera bundle kit would be nice :D

My gosh I was looking through the contests and my mouth dropped when I saw that the Canon t5i is the prize for two contests. YAYY

100 dollar michales gift card, or an iPad!

ivver4 months ago

I would like to get a pallet of Kinder Bueno and big pack of Ferrero Rocher!

chatsbk0074 months ago

new laptop////or even old will suffice but in good condition.....

Triclaw4 months ago

do tickets to the transworld convention for the Halloween contest I have been there a few times and its awesome

vishalapr5 months ago

Google glass :D (Although it is quite expensive), Mobile phones?

There have been many tablets as prizes but not mobile phones, so that would be somehting different :).

lunch with Jesy

myrrhmaid5 months ago

I see you have some gift certificates for Amazon and Sephora. Maybe consider GC from other sponsors like Dharma Trading Co. and Home Depot?

Always love the electronic gifts and stuff that expands the creative horizon! Thanks!

Snowball105 months ago

iPad mini, macbook, canon mark ii or iii, vitamix, food processor, other cooking items

I think you guys should give out game systems

roboconchan5 months ago

A sewing machine:

I don't own one, so that would make a great prize for me.... if I win. :)

Family holiday

Alicat 1235 months ago

For the Knex contest,A Knex kit

I agree

Makerbot 3D Printer!

Triclaw5 months ago

a Sticker

Emberlily 7 months ago

For the Lego contest, a Lego MindStorm set.

I agree

ajose47 months ago

hi is there any upcoming contest with a 3d printer as the prize

Alicat 123 ajose45 months ago


Pure Carbon6 months ago

Google glass, when it comes out.

That would be epic... but a little out of reach and unreasonable

I agree

Trip to instuctables

M3G6 months ago

longboards/skateboards and longboard/skateboard parts and accessories!

mikael bl6 months ago

a rainbow loom kit

Zevion6 months ago

beside epilog laser machine, perhaps an 3d machine for any entry

Darthorso6 months ago

Mmm, what about a Steam Card in a technology-like contest?

The good thing would be that everyone in the world could receive the prize! :)

shazni6 months ago

Let me just say you have offered some super prizes. I suggested one prize 4 months ago...if you scroll right down you might see it :-). Its a KREG JIG! ITS REALY USEFUL. It would help so much for builds. Even mini kreg jigs would be useful for runner up prizes.

However the other sugestions I've made of of sanders and mini drills and clamps have been provided. So thanks loads :^)

pucksurfer6 months ago

Sugru. I know many of the contests already have the prize of sugru but it would be cool if some of the lower prizes had sugru or just have more prizes w/ sugru

chokapi6 months ago

I suppose that's the problem with some of the great prizes -- people often won by building something them with the great things they already had. That said, having a choice among prizes might do.

I'm a backpacker, and really, really lightweight gear would be great, like siliconized nylon or cuben fiber tents, tarps and backpacks; titanium stakes; pack rafts; down-filled apparel.

I agree, for example you can win an arduino by making something with an arduino?? It dosent make much sense. I like the idea of winner choosing prizes to.

I like the idea of choosing the prize, where the grand prize winner gets first dibs on whatever they want from a large selection of prizes then the first prize winner chooses then so on and so forth.

Attmos6 months ago

Been thinking about nerf guns (not the water guns) as a prize. Modding is kind of an addiction. Maybe even a modding contest.

rickyeatough6 months ago

I think its great how instructables give out a range of prizes, and I like it when you have the option to pick your prize ie 'Either an xbox one or a ps4'.

I say that there should be more 3d printers as prizes, and laser cutters/cnc routers; Instead of having 1 grand prize as a 2000$ 3d printer, maybe about 10 200$ printers instead - more people can have a go with 3d printers, producing more amazing instructables!

shazni7 months ago

Instructables gives out amazing gifts! And I'm enjoying everyone of them! However there is one major problem when it comes to gifts with power cords.

While US and Canada use 110v power the rest of the world uses 220v. So using most of these gifts would be impossible unless they winners manage to find a step down.

Would it be possible to give the winners the option of choosing 220v when it comes to power corded gifts such as sewing machines and power tools? Is it possible to get the gifts in that voltage??

Also another suggestion for gifts is gifting gift vouchers from only as shipping would probably eat into the prize money, how about making it possible for the winners to be able to ship the prize to instructables and later the prizes being shipped to the winners. After all most of the prizes are ordered from amazon by instructables isn't it? so it's the same except that the winner get to choose their gifts :-)

These are just ideas and suggestions of course :-)

Kiteman shazni7 months ago

Mains-powered items are usually shipped in the right format for the local power supply, or need only a simple adaptor.

I believe there are legal issues with vouchers as prizes (?).

makendo7 months ago

I think I made this suggestion a while ago, but thought I would reiterate it. I recently won a prize in the woodworking contest, which
was great. Thanks! As is normally the case, the prizes are woodworking things,
which of course I always welcome... but as it turns out, I may end up giving
most of it away because I already own an electric hand planer, chisels, saws (though
I have never owned a wood-burning kit, so that will be interesting, and I will
of course use the glue).

I think more than anything I would like to have some
choice, just to avoid duplication. Even if this was behind the scenes so we
could trade for more generic prizes, perhaps of a slightly lower value, that
would be great. Up front would be better, though, and I think that in past instances where you've offered prizes that are "choose between A, B and C"
it's made the contest much more attractive because it's 3x likelier you're
offering a prize that someone is coveting.

I had a thought about the contest rules, one rule in particular which I guess is to encourage more new content. You can "only enter new instructables into comps" which sounds fair enough, but at the moment I have a instructable that's all ready to go but I haven't hit publish, because, It took me a year to write, I spent a huge amount of time and effort on it, and there is no comps on at the moment that fit the subject mater, or that I want to enter it in. I know kiteman said something about having a stock pile of unpublished instructables also for the same reason.

Has anyone thought that if you drop that rule, and enforce the rule you that you can "only enter 3 comps with one instructable" you could get more entries into comps for your sponsors and encourage people to publish, because sooner or later there will be something I can enter.

Just a thought...

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