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

Hi everyone!

Here at HQ we're always planning contests, but sometimes we run out of prize ideas. :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?

Have a suggestion for a contest theme? Check out this topic!

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Ace Gambit4 hours ago

A good amount of people play instruments, so you could offer a some instruments.

Also, while I do like the simple-but-practical prizes, like cameras, Ipads, and 3d printers, I'd also like to see some newer technology. For example, I had no Idea what the PocketLab was until I saw it in the maker olympics, but now I feel like I desperately need it. When I look at a contest, and I scroll down to where the prizes are listed, I want to be surprised by what I see.

Recently, there has been a lot of weird prizes for the contests -- I mean prizes for fancy things you don't need, you never heard of, and don't even know what is. I'm still trying to win a DSLR Camera, Vitamix, and iPad. Can we please have more of these basic and perhaps "boring" prizes?

Like what? What boring prizes?

What I mean is that a camera, vitamix and iPad might seem too common and boring to some, but they are actually the most useful prizes. Things like fancy colorful digitgal kitchen scales you have to have a smart phone to use, or a rice cooker, or things like that might seem fancy, but they have a limited audience, if you understand... :)
So what I am trying to say is this: We need more of the actually useful prizes :)

Definitely. I think the prizes should be something (mostly failry expensive) that someone should REALLY want, like an iPad, welder, 3D Printer, and things like that... :)

Though winning a 3D Printer for a 3D printer contest wouldn't always be a good idea...

That's also how I feel :) Awesome expensive prizes are more motivating. And I also thought of that one with the 3D printer! Too bad for those who don't already own one :S

I had an entry in the 3D printing contest, and I don't have a 3D printer. I would guess many if not most of the entrants don't either. That's the beauty of 3D printing. It's so widespread now, it's easy to get something printed online, at school, or at the local library like I did.

Great to know you can get things printed by others! Then you have a chance in the 3D contests!

Those "fancy" prizes are why we have many of the contests we do. Those companies sponsor contests by donating prizes to get the word out on their new products or services. We'd likely have less contests if staff didn't wrangle up those sponsors.

Yeah, that's probably true :)

Of course, it's pretty much the best kind of advertising that they can do...

With $5000, you can sponsor a big Instructables contest that can reach hundreds or thousands of people. On TV, $5000 is probably almost nothing...

Bobby111216 days ago

A figting robot

Not_Tasha6 days ago

Jewelry specific soldering kit

Lori Simpson4 months ago

A multimeter, soldering station for electronics based contest. An Instructables hoodie would be stellar! You guys should give out stickers a little more freely. You know there's some slap happy folks that would love to put the Instructables bot on their laptop. Free advertising \m/

I have a ridiculous number of stickers and patches I could send you. I was giving them out to students as prizes, but all the stickers/patches are the same so after the 5th one they stopped being interesting.

I'd love to see more sticker variety. I have a total of 4 of the grey ones.

I throw all mine out. Don't know what to use them for. :)

I'd love a sticker swap! I'll message you to work out the details.

ShivaniPKJ1 month ago

A Gopro would be great. How about the new iphone SE?

There are a lot of things that would be cool to win but some of the coolest would be.

Photography equipment

Instructables hoodie


Kindle fire

+1 For photography equipment! ???

+1 for the Instruclables hoodie! :D

Nice! An Instructables hoodie!

LiveCrafts Attmos10 months ago

Yeah, I like that for winter contests



ranwithjesus2 months ago

DSLR cameras! More GoPros! :D ?

Not_Tasha2 months ago

torch/flame working/lamp working setup, tabletop torch, tabletop kiln, beadmaking kiln,

misko133 months ago

Instructables Key chain and Flash Drive are great ideas.

I would add:

- Instructables pencil/pen

- Instructables Mug

- Instructables Backpack

- Instructables Toy Robot

Not_Tasha misko133 months ago

Agreed, and bag clips! Who doesn't need those?

Not_Tasha3 months ago

Unicorn SPiT!

For the make it fly contest, have for a grand prize a quad copter, 1st prize a kit for flying machines and for runner up prizes some posters

Rahul - S4 months ago

Dremel / Rotary tools

Arduino Shields kit & sensor kit

Laptop / Notebook

glowforge laser cutter

Rahul - S4 months ago

Here are my some simple small suggestions for prize pack.

1) Instructables key chain

2) Instructables flash drive

3) Nice earphones (first i thought about mobile covers)

4) _____ if anyone wanna add some more

Not_Tasha4 months ago

JetPens GC/pens, water color brushes/pens/markers, lettering tools, GIR-Get It Right Products (absolutely fantastic), Apple Laptops/computers, glass blowing/torch/enamel tools, Kitchen Aid stand mixers, Apple Pen/Apple iPad Pro, umm....

Fathomlis5 months ago

An Instructable jacket would be cool!


Yonatan246 months ago


Yea, multimeters for electronic related contests would be cool!

Not_Tasha5 months ago

Wall Decals/Gift Certificate http://www.trendywalldesigns.com/

Brooklyntonia5 months ago

Art supplies like mega boxes of Prismacolor colored pencils or Copic art markers!

you know when you have a project which requires some shapeways.com printing and then think. That would be an ace prize. I'm having one of those moments.

Shapeways voucher would be pretty cool (I cannot remember if i know about shapeways from a previous prize) It seems like an instructable thing :D

Small sized 3D printer

DJI phantom

lglira6 months ago

scholarships for MOOC courses?

Yonatan246 months ago


Yonatan246 months ago


Yonatan246 months ago

A nice set of different kids of clamps

Yonatan246 months ago

Corded or Cordless drill

Yonatan246 months ago

Leatherman Pocket-knife

jʎɐɹ-ɾ6 months ago

An airbrush w/ compressor, rotary tools, electronics kits (like SparkFun or littleBits), professional quality soldering stations or other gear. Candy thermometers, stand mixers, immersion blenders for cooking contests.

4WantofaNail10 months ago

What about business cards or post cards with the author's name/handle and link to their article? Or magnetic bumper stickers "maker on board" with the dancing robot & web address? I only bring these up as ideas for prizes, because as I've been writing articles I've been telling as many people as will listen: what it's about, how many views it's gotten, how many favorites... The only problem? No one I've spoken to knows about the site! and getting them to write it down on a bar napkin can be a bit laborious. Anyway, just a thought. Cheers

I think this is a great idea to include with the prize pack! Something like double sided Moo cards could a be good advertising/namedrop for the author & the site. One side could say instructables and the other could have the user name spot "maker:____" or some smart wording.

If I'm supposed to just request a prize, I'll add a moo cards gift cert to the list :)

Not_Tasha6 months ago

For cooking related contests, Le Creuset stuff is awesome, Kitchen Aid stand mixers, Product of GIR is amazing (quality, colorful spatulas etc)

Non-cooking: iPad Pro, iPad Pencil/pen, MacBooks, etc.

robo103026 months ago

A Big Mac and some fries... yea that'd be the life

Yonatan247 months ago

A circular saw (the small ones)

Some jerk stole my anvil. I think a new 250 pounder would be an excellent prize.


How about a motorized bicycle? And not one of the crappy 2 stroke kits.

Kiteman10 months ago

How about a new Glowforge laser cutter?

Very clever piece of kit...


Blooming eck. Every now an again I am reminded how cool new tools are.. This is a cool tool. The x carve has been on my wish list for a while I am sure by the time I can afford one improvements will have been made similar to the Glowforge to make me feel as impressed as I am right now. What a brave new world with such tools in it.

Not_Tasha8 months ago

Button maker, air brush kit, SparkFun, Adafruit, iPad Pro, MacBooks,

Not_Tasha8 months ago


I backed this company on Kickstarter, their spatulas are AH-MAZING. Great for cooking-related prizes.

A working humanoid like instructables robot ! would be excellent ! but it would cost heavily ! something like this! I am working on a robot ,that's how it got into my mind!!

Matt2 Silver10 months ago

I'd be interested in seeing almost anything from Kreg as they make really nice wood working and shop tools, (specifically their pocket hole jigs and router accessories). I also think that pretty much anyone in the instructables community could benefit from better lighting for their photographs, (I know I could), so something like the SnapOn 2000 lumen LED work light could be a wonderful prize option.

jessyratfink (author)  Matt2 Silver10 months ago

That work light is a great idea! I think I might actually get one of those for my garage :D

You're welcome Jessy. I've been meaning to pull the trigger on a few of them myself. For $50 dollars it seems like you really get one heck of a light. According to the many positive reviews they are crazy bright, run cooler than traditional flood lights, and produce 5000K light (daylight). Seems like they'd be the perfect lighting solution for a dark workshop or garage and they're Snap On which is a pretty good indication of their quality.


Attmos10 months ago

You know, I think there was a contest a while ago that had Instructables trophies or medals; something like that. I would be very proud to have a cool trophy from instructables!

Attmos Attmos10 months ago

+1, LOL

Attmos1 year ago

sand blaster, paint sprayer, welder; I know there is a spot welder out there now, just saying that I love the idea.

Attmos Attmos10 months ago

I like these unusual tool ideas.

An "EMP" (electromagnetic pulse contest). A sun spot knocked out all your electronic crafting toys. Enter a contest with a totally tediously handmade entry to win solar powered devices, or new high tech crafting tools. No power tools, electric kitchen stoves, MixMasters, computerized routers, lasers,centrifugal
casting machines, flat lapidary machines, wet tile saws, Dremils, 3D printers, or anything driven by batteries, electricity, or computers are allowed to be used to make the entries.

That sounds like the Hand Tools Only Contest from this last summer. It allowed small electronic hand tools, but many of the entries and winners embraced the challenge to use only "muscle power."

could you send me the link to that contest?

I'm a teacher, so I'm going to show you how to find it instead. At the top of the contest page is a link for the Contest Archive. Once there, look in Aug of 2014.

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:) Give a man a fish....

Okay Thanks!

Gregarious10 months ago

Just thought....

It is great that we can earn/win Pro Instructables memberships and long may that continue, but since Autodesk are the owners, and have been for a few years, could we also win Premium memberships of the superb Autodesk123d suite, perhaps even in all contests?

Plus each their other great titles in special contests.

You often mention the limited budgets for prizes and and so my suggestion would ease your budget restrictions. That is because, presumably, the cost of offering Autodesk prizes would be 'minimal' whilst the value would still be considerable.

This would be great for Autodesk too, since it would continue to keep their products in the mind of 'iblers, who must represent a valuable part of their target market.

In addition, I am sure I would not be alone in also welcoming the ability to convert our Pro Instructables codes to Premium 123d.... Ok if they are not regarded as equal then maybe a 2 Pro-Instructables for 1 Autodesk 123d Premium deal? ...or 3 for 1 or 4 for 1 ?..

(I know that people who sign up for an Autodesk 123d premium membership currently also get a years Pro Instructables too :-)

I also think more could be made of the Autodesk relationship with more contests that use their software specifically.

Hope this idea makes sense to you and 'them'.


Jim (Gregarious)

LiveCrafts10 months ago

a nice camera would be a great prize for any contest. because any good instructable has to have great quality pictures!

d0vr11 months ago

A Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K? - Instructables themed on video recording Instructables, or video blogs!

d0vr d0vr11 months ago

Something interesting about the camera is that is has an expansion port which basically allows you to "hack" other features onto it; so something could be themed around that. Alternatively, the similar Micro Cinema Camera only films 1080p rather than 4K, but it is more suited for use with drones instead and has a similar port. This community loves drones at the moment! I know a prize with a few of these specimens would make some members *very* happy. xD

d0vr11 months ago

A PocketNC?

Not_Tasha11 months ago

GOPRO, Final Cut Pro

Not_Tasha1 year ago

button/badge maker!


and preset with the instructables robot!


Not_Tasha1 year ago

Espresso machines, espresso grinders (like Ranchilio etc). Coffee related stuff. Caffeine is good!

makendo1 year ago

hp sprout

Ha, so I did - can't remember seeing that one at all. Hard to keep up...

And congratulations! How do you like it?

I haven't actually got it running yet - it came with a US power cable, and turns out to be wider than my existing computer table...


reccomanded atmega module: atmega avr 2560

this one has the most options and is cheap

it can be combined with jumper cables, terminal-connectors,breadboards, ect

with this you can create all sort of fun things and is quite easy to programm with the right tool/avr-programmer

Saiyam1 year ago

(1) There should be something like- instructables robot medal or a certificate included in the prize pack. T-shirts and stickers are not things which can be kept for too long. Medals and certificates can be kept safe with you to be remembered that you won a contest sometime.

(2) There should be an option to select the color of the T-shirt you want. I mean not any color but a list of colors should be added so that a color can be picked.

oscilloscope!!best of all

that is already a prize in a lot of contests

a Fm radio or kindle e-book reader.

Mugs with the Instructables mascot or logo on it would be cool, also a blue Instructables t-shirt would be cool (If you already have them out i just haven't seen them) I love all the prizes that you or sponsors have added!

We have tried mugs before, but unfortunately they don't seem to make it to their final destination in one piece. I also try to change up the shirt color every time I order more so people can get some variety. I just placed an order for some more shirts in a very nice summery blue which I hope people like!