101 Best Prize Ideas to Give Away in Online Contests & Competitions

We all know that the most successful contests are ones that offer $25,000 round-the-world vacations for the whole family.

The thing is, that’s not possible for most businesses.

This article will give you 101 contest prize ideas (many of which we have seen work before). All of which are valued at under $500.

We’ve structured these contest ideas based on a season or holiday, as contests focused on the things people are thinking about in that moment consistently do better than random promotions.

Warning: Do not choose a prize that is irrelevant to your business. If you own a toy store, don’t give away a limo package for two, a brewery tour or a gym membership. These have nothing to do with your store and won’t be attracting the right customers. People will just be entering to win the prize and not because they would ever buy your products.

With that out of the way, here are 101 contest prizes to inspire the success of your next promotion.

Spring Contest Prize Ideas

Spring encompasses many holidays: St. Patricks Day, Easter and Mother’s Day. It also has everyone excited for summer which is ‘blooming’ just around the corner. Here are some timely prizes that you can offer your contestants during the springtime.

St. Patrick’s Day contest prize ideas

1 . Pet-related prize (food, toys, etc)
2 . Brewery tour/whiskey tasting
3 . Free entry to your St. Patty’s themed night


4 . Basket of chocolates/bunnies
5 . A children’s easter egg hunt party
6 . Egg decorating kit

Mother’s Day contest prize ideas

7 . Spa treatments (manicure, pedicure, facial, mud wrap, etc)
8 . Family photo session and prints
9 . Course on how to use online programs: (Ex.photoshop/microsoft office)
10 . Sewing class
11 . A different piece of maternity clothing for each stage of pregnancy
12 . A nanny/date night for Mom and Dad

Spring Cleaning and Gardening Prize Ideas

13 . Spring cleaning package
14 . Gardening tools
15 . Landscaping package
16 . BBQ
17 . Patioset

Wedding Season

18 . Percent off wedding-related prize (photography, catering, flowers, limo, etc)
19 . Dress/tux rentals
20 . Travel Insurance: They’d be going on their honeymoon. Get them to book their vacation’s insurance with you.

Summer Contest Prize Ideas

In summer the combination of sunshine, longer days and warmer weather make everyone happy. Piggyback on this happy time of year and make a splash into the summer with these contest prize ideas.

21 . Tickets to a sporting event
22 . Fishing trip/Hunting Trip
23 . Shooting range
24 . Ferry/boat trip
25 . Luggage set
26 . Camera with tripod stand
27 . Aquarium/Amusement Park/Zoo
28 . Camping Package
29 . Hiking Package
30 . Round of golf for two
31 . Picnic Basket and Accoutrement
32 . Graduation related prize
33 . Sporting event tickets
34 . Personal training sessions
35 . Swimwear
36 . 2 Night Hotel Stay
37 . Outdoor Music Festival
38 . Sunscreen/skin care kit
39 . Summer makeover - wax/laser, haircut
40 . Sunset Cruise/ Boat cruise
41 . Adventures - kayak, ziplining, bungee jumping, canoeing, surfing

Back-to-school contest prize ideas

42 . $50 worth of photo prints
43 . Back-to-school gear: Backpack, pens and markers, calculator
44 . Car detailing pack: free car wash, interior cleaning, etc.
45 . Lesson set for dancing, music, art
46 . Sports team sponsorship
47 . E-reader
48 . Bike/skateboard/rollerblades
49. Body wash prize pack including deodorant, soap, razors etc
50 . 6 months paid cell phone bill
51 . Language classes
52 . Cold/flu care package: Tea, blanket, heating pad, bubble bath
53 . Kid’s facepaint, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and costume


Autumn/Fall Contest Prize Ideas

After the rush of summer people are settling down and in for the upcoming winter. Its also a time for ghouls and spooks to haunt your streets and turkeys to be carved.

Spice up your autumn contest with these prize ideas.

Halloween contest prize ideas

54 . Candy
55 . Costumes
56 . Pet costumes
57 . Haunted-House/Corn Maze Entry
58 . Netflix subscription (focused on scary movies)
59 . Pumpkin Carving Class
60 . Pumpkin patch and hayride

Thanksgiving contest prize ideas

61 . Donation to a food bank
62 . Catered meal
63 . Petting zoo trip
64 . Scrapbook
65 . Fill up a cart shopping
66 . Recipe book
67 . Cooking class
68 . Winterize-your-Car Package

Winter Contest Prize Ideas

Over the winter season one major season comes to mind, Christmas! But there’s also New Years, Valentine’s Day and huge opportunity to help mend the winter blues. Get your customers excited about your business during these fabulous holidays and get them out of their slump during the downtimes.

69 . Wearable tech (fitness trackers)
70 . Baking set - electronic mixer, whisks etc. for creating scrumptious holiday treats
71 . Lift passes & ski rentals
72 . Ski gear (jacket, pants, goggles, board or skis)
73 . Mittens and scarf set
74 . Winter adventures (snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing)
75 . Hot springs/relaxation

Christmas/New Years contest prize ideas

76 . Decorations
77 . Christmas movie box set
78 . Ugly sweater Christmas party pack
79 . Professional lights decorator
80 . Holiday table set
81 . Dog sled adventure
82 . Apple Cider/hot chocolate/mugs
83 . Tickets to christmas events like the Nutcracker, christmas train, or garden of lights
84 . Gym membership/personal training session
85 . New Years Party tickets
86 . Photobooth

Valentine’s Day contest prize ideas

Love is in the air around Valentines Day and I’m not just talking about the couples. As a single female my love for all things chocolate starts to appear around this date. Whether your contest is for singles or for couples you can cash in on prizes that are Valentine themed.

87 . Table for two at a romantic restaurant
88 . Weekend car rental
89 . Limo service for two
90 . Hair/makeup package
91 . Flowers and champagne
92 . Sexy underwear
93 . Heart shaped limited-edition product
94 . Boat cruise
95 . Singles event
96 . Movie premiere
97 . Concert tickets
98 . Art gallery/Museum
99 . Burlesque Show
100 . Pin-up Modeling Photo Shoot
101 . Valentine’s gift package (flowers, chocolates, etc)


There you have it, 101 contest prize ideas to try out for your next contest. Again, I want to reiterate that your contest prize needs to be related to your business in order for it to attract the right customer.

Out of these 101 ideas, there should be something to give your contest a spark. Facebook's a pretty good place to start: check out our ebook, the Complete Guide to Facebook Contests and Promotions!