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?

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

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I would love to win a mac :)

I prefer the quarter pounders...


I personally prefer Pizza.

Pizza is alright,

although I prefer hot dogs.

starforest20 days 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! ^_^

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!

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

Ebener10 days ago

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

Raitis Ebener8 days 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.

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 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.


Awesome idea!


Oh I like that idea!

bertwert3 months ago

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

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!

AlexKein3 months ago

Apple products

Instructables definitely need to giveaway more of those! Hahaha

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!

Snowball1019 days 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 :)

Kiteman24 days 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?

lime3D2 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.

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

JM1999 lime3D2 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 JM19992 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 vanweb2 months ago


JM1999 lime3D2 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 lime3D2 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.

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.

lledapps1 month ago

Please have the Park Bike Contest again!

Raitis lledapps1 month ago

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

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.

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.

nancyjohns2 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.

123D is a pretty simple intuitive program and it would be pretty hard to miss something like 'export to dxf'. I reckon Autodesk will do what Adobe have done sooner or later where you can buy the big programs on a per month by month subscription basis so if you've got a video job coming up and you can get it done in a month then buying the software is no great hardship, not on my budget at least.

Mr AbAk3 months ago

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

Mr AbAk3 months 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!

electro183 months ago

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

Pure Carbon3 months 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.

A woodburning set

A six foot tall stuffed penguin

wesseldyk13 months ago

macbook pro

wesseldyk13 months ago

can u have a braclet making


lakshay garg3 months ago

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 :)

vanweb3 months 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.

bertwert3 months ago

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

Raitis5 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!

xGrape4 months 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.

Pris Nexus 63 months ago

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!

pucksurfer4 months 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

good ole boy4 months ago

sports tickets

DELETED_Makor4 months ago
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We have some great prizes coming up for the Wood contest! I think you will be happy :)

akshat210454 months ago

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


Pure Carbon4 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.

Snowball104 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 bl4 months ago

loom bands for next or official rubber bands contest.

shazni5 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 shazni5 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!

d0vr9 months ago

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

d0vr d0vr5 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.

shazni7 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 ;-)

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