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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oscilloscope!!best of all

that is already a prize in a lot of contests

a Fm radio or kindle e-book reader.

ThatGuy90803 months ago

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!

Then how about stainless steel travel mugs?

Brooklyntonia2 months ago

Little Bits!

+1 I would love some of these!

heres a prize for the fandom contest

tickets to your favorite sports team!

Attmos1 month ago

I guess that the "tools" prize has maybe lost interest, but my tools are losing their edge.

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

Nice! An Instructables hoodie!

d0vr1 month ago

Some Brother sewing machines would be awesome! I particularly like the ones with beautiful LCD displays. :P

Attmos d0vr1 month ago


bertwert7 months ago

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

I think the lenses might be a good idea for this contest:

6/29-7/20 - Photography Tips and Tricks Challenge

bertwert bertwert4 months ago

I would have trouble though...

I use Pentax and lens makers like Tamron make Canon, Nikon, Sony, but no Pentax mounts. Though Sigma makes lenses in Pentax mount.

me too!

A photography contest. How to take photos, display photos, or do projects using photos. Prizes are cameras, tripods, and lighting equipment to set up a mini personal photography studio.

jseay3 months ago

A tabletop studio light kit would make it so much easier to take good pictures documenting projects. Good lighting can make images from any camera look much, much better.

Please, please! A handheld battery operated light with a diffuser would be so useful for taking better photos!

Not_Tasha jseay3 months ago


+1 A good lightbox, a couple of high output lights and especially an inexpensive gray card for white balancing.

Not_Tasha2 months ago

Tim Holtz/Ranger Products

King Awesome2 months ago

Quad copters/drones are awesome! 3d printers are always great, so keep those coming.

Imetomi2 months ago

I think electronic components or kits would be great for any tech contest.

MissionSRX2 months ago

I know I mentioned mini-lathes and wood stuff before, but maybe a pen turning setup? Sets of clamps (you can never have enough).

or: headphones & tube amplifiers, mechanics tool sets, telescopes, computer gear/mechanical keyboards, solar chargers, ebook readers?

Snowball103 months ago

Have you stopped giving away vitamixes? Please don't! Also, some laptops (e.g. macbooks) for the food contests would be awesome.

We will probably give out more, but we like to change things up regularly to keep things interesting!

Then how about food processors?

Good idea! I'll add it to the list!

Electrospark2 months ago

Oscilloscopes is something I'm sure lots of peoples would love to win.

Function generators could be nice.

Good professional auto-range fluke multimeter would sure be interesting.

Now that, is cool!

I would like to get some free downloads for the smaller prizes. Beam me some credits to download an digital book of my choice, or some .svg cut files from A five or ten dollar credit would go a long way on these sites.

honey1813 months ago

Bose dj mixers and headphones would be an awesome prize for DIY audio challenge! ;)

Igioteno3 months ago

a glitter phone for the glitter challenge. Comes with a glitter case!

Meir3D3 months ago

With the new 3D design contest coming up, and all the 3D printing in general, I think this book would make for a nice prize:

Not_Tasha3 months ago

Final Cut Pro would be an awesome prize. Macs/laptops, design software, Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers are always a hit.

GideonH3 months ago

I would like to win RC stuff that would be really cool and fun

AmritS3 months ago

I would like some great rc fpv quadcopters . That would make some good prizes

I would like to win an Instructables hoodie ! Please ...... Pretty please?

Besides that hoodie I guess we all need an Instructables pilots jacket or overall to sew all the patches included in the prize pack.

I've photoshopped myself in a pilot's jacket to see if it suits me? What do you think?

I was obviously aiming way too low thinking of a hoodie. An instructables flying jacket, matching hat and silk scarf would look great for driving my tractor.


An Instructables hoodie would be AWESOME!

Awesome idea!


Oh I like that idea!

MissionSRX3 months ago

Tools are great for the crafty contests but maybe something more than drill/driver sets; if you build something for the win, you probably already have several. Maybe oscillating tools, classy hand tools (planes/chisels/carver's set), mini lathe, sharpening sets, jigs or fixtures... sorry, now I'm just running down my wishlist.

Great ideas! Keep them coming when you think of new things!

YuesFoodStory4 months ago

I would love to see Vitamix show up again in the prizes!!!

graet idea

Brooklyntonia3 months ago

I love the Instructables card decks that up for grabs in the How to Play challenge!

They are awesome! We will be giving them out for more contests in the future, hopefully!

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."

I would love to win a mac :)

I prefer the quarter pounders...


I personally prefer Pizza.

Pizza is alright,

although I prefer hot dogs.

Did you ever tasted a real good pizza?

I mean, seriously, It's ridiculously good!

starforest4 months ago

I think it would be nice if there was more variety in the runner up prizes.

There are many simple things that you could put the Instuctables's logo on, socks, mugs, pencils, pens, notebooks, calenders, bags, etc, etc. Just think of the possibilitys!

Yes! Instructables coffee mug! ^_^

Raitis starforest4 months ago

Despite already having enough of various promotional stuff, I'd also love to see a bigger variety there. Maybe limit the patches to soft good contests and give notebooks or pens or other stuff according to the contest in question.

I get that there's a volume issue when ordering stuff like that, but you shouldn't have it with the amount of contests here.

Pens/pencils would be a smart promo material as people borrow them and never give back. One will get interested what the heck is that company doing if it looks at least a bit cool.

A batch of calendars for pre-new year contests wouldn't hurt too much either, I guess.

And well, if you folks are having a slow day at the Pier (does that happen?), why not silkscreen some stuff yourself. That could even substitute a non-runner up prize given the handmade fact.

We are trying to change things up a bit! The Datenight dinners runner up prize is a laser etched cutting board and we are planning some other exciting things in the future!

The date night dinners contest has Instructables cutting boards!

Not_Tasha4 months ago

Kitchen Aid stand mixers are always fantastic. Tim Holtz/Ranger products, Cricut, Apple products, GoPro, quality espresso machines, electronic components kits...

omg im 14 so i cant get a job to help with prizes but my dad (and me) love to design and engrave things he is also trying to start up a buisse ness

Ebener4 months ago

Maybe you should give away a gaming computer or something like that!

Raitis Ebener4 months ago

Those actually come up as prizes time to time.

A 3D printer would be probably be beyond your prize budget, but so awesome!

We have a big 3D printer contest coming up! I think you will be excited to see the prize ;)

They get sponsors to give away 3D printers all the time! Keep your eyes open for the next opportunity.

AlexKein7 months ago

Apple products

Instructables definitely need to giveaway more of those! Hahaha

lakshay garg5 months ago

A cash prize option would be great for international participants like in hackaday contest. Recently I won the tech little bits contest and the prize was worth 1500USD and I ended up paying a custom duty of around 500USD which kind of killed the excitement of winning the contest. And to me it was not a great bargain as I did not want a 1200USD little bits workshop, though ipad was acceptable.

I think cash prizes would be great!

Snowball104 months ago

I thik there should be more gadget prizes. Please please giveaway some macbooks/good laptops, iPads, and cameras in the food contests. For food bloggers like me, those items are important parts of cooking! (Btw, I like the vitamixes you are giving away – I just hope to win one soon :)

Kiteman5 months ago

What about "upgraded raw materials"?

Say, for the Rings contest, many of the rings use base-metal wire. What about letting the winners go further by offering silver or gold wire in the prize?

lime3D6 months ago

I'm noticing several contests lately that have a single "Grand Prize" and 25 runner up T-Shirts.

I don't think that is the right way to go.

AwesomeM1 lime3D5 months ago

Well they get rewarded for what they've done and instructables gets free advertising and its a nice conversation piece.

JM1999 lime3D6 months ago

You are talking about a challenge there, the difference is exactly what you said, more runner-up prizes and 1 grand prize.

They will be running contests too so keep an eye out!

vanweb JM19996 months ago

I mentioned this before as well.. The thing about Instructables contests and challenges is the "competition" for me.. I like to build things that people think are great. When you have a challenge and there is one winner and 25 runner ups you get no idea how you ranked out of those 25 people... What I would like to see is 1 big winner, 2 second place, 8 third place and 15 fourth place.... the prizes do not have to be that different.. for instance you could go the Star Trek route.. red shirts, blue shirts, etc.. representing the different standings. It would not cost any more money but would add that extra level of competitiveness...

lime3D vanweb6 months ago


JM1999 lime3D6 months ago

You are talking about a challenge there, the difference is exactly what you said, more runner-up prizes and 1 grand prize.

They will be running contests too so keep an eye out!

Raitis lime3D6 months ago

I haven't seen this pattern in non-sponsored contests so far and it's normal for challenges. The one you mentioned is a challenge. The only contest like that recently is Formlabs, but I don't see an issue there, it's sponsored by a company which has a single product which has a pretty high price point and they're giving 3 of those away.

chocolatechip5 months ago

sewing contest, musical instruments contest,

We just had the Winter Wearables Contest (sewing) and we have something in the works for musical instruments :)

this is for prize suggestions, and I suggested Instruments contest and it's on the list.

Treadmaps6 months ago

Please have the Park Bike Contest again!

Raitis Treadmaps6 months ago

Any bike contest would be cool, not necessarily park tools.

Fission Chips6 months ago

OK, here goes. Just a suggestion. I think that a prize should be an artist-in-residency thing, so that winner would get to be an artist-in-residence for a certain amount of time. The judges could be the current artists-in-residences, so they could choose who could become one of them. Just a suggestion.

Fission Chips6 months ago

OK, here goes. Just a suggestion. I think that a prize should be an artist-in-residency thing, so that winner would get to be an artist-in-residence for a certain amount of time. The judges could be the current artists-in-residences, so they could choose who could become one of them. Just a suggestion.

nancyjohns6 months ago

For the paracord contest Grand Prize I have some suggestions:

Woodland Camo 550 Military Paracord 300 Foot Roll

Lansky TASK Tactical Apocalypse Survival Kit

Just some ideas of mine, you'll need more for the grand prize

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?

You could probably cheat 123D Make into doing something similar, but I'm not too familiar with all the options, since I've only used Meshmixer and 123D Make somewhat more and use Illustrator for layouts for prints or cuts in 2D.

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