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


tjlavelle12 days ago

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

Kiteman2 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_Tasha13 days ago

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

Not_Tasha23 days 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!!


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

Matt2 Silver2 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 Silver2 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.


Attmos2 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 Attmos2 months ago

+1, LOL

Attmos4 months ago

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

Attmos Attmos2 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!

Gregarious2 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)


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!

LiveCrafts Attmos2 months ago

Yeah, I like that for winter contests

LiveCrafts2 months ago
dogoman2 months ago

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

d0vr3 months ago

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

d0vr d0vr3 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

d0vr3 months ago

A PocketNC?

Not_Tasha3 months ago

GOPRO, Final Cut Pro

Not_Tasha4 months ago

button/badge maker!


and preset with the instructables robot!


Not_Tasha4 months ago

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

makendo4 months ago

hp sprout

Kiteman makendo4 months ago
makendo Kiteman4 months ago

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

And congratulations! How do you like it?

Kiteman makendo4 months ago

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

Saiyam4 months 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.

ThatGuy90808 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?

Brooklyntonia7 months ago

Little Bits!

+1 I would love some of these!

heres a prize for the fandom contest

tickets to your favorite sports team!

Attmos6 months ago

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

d0vr6 months ago

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

Attmos d0vr6 months ago


bertwert1 year ago

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

bertwert bertwert6 months ago

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

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

bertwert bertwert9 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.

jseay8 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 jseay8 months ago


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

Not_Tasha7 months ago

Tim Holtz/Ranger Products

King Awesome7 months ago

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

Imetomi7 months ago

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

MissionSRX7 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?

PinchOfChili7 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!

Electrospark7 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 Amazon.com digital book of my choice, or some .svg cut files from Silhouette.com. A five or ten dollar credit would go a long way on these sites.

honey1817 months ago

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

Igioteno8 months ago

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

Meir3D8 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_Tasha8 months ago

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

GideonH8 months ago

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

AmritS8 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!

MissionSRX8 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!

YuesFoodStory9 months ago

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

graet idea

Brooklyntonia8 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!

I would love to win a mac :)

I prefer the quarter pounders...


I personally prefer Pizza.

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