Is there any phrase with the word "prize" that would describe that the prize is a material one? I.e. you would get some kind of a product or thing, not money.

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    Just the word prize is generally enough though it does depend on the setting. If I was at a fête, I would expect prizes to be non-monetary. If I was playing the lottery, I would expect the prize to be cash. Sep 6, 2013 at 15:32
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    It's more often that I hear clarification for the opposite case: "Enter now, for your chance of a cash prize of £100" for example. Sep 6, 2013 at 15:33
  • Thank you, I was trying to find a vital translation for the Czech phrase, which is quite specific as it stresses non-monetary attribute, but it is derived from the word - materialistic/tangible. Thanks again. Non-monetary sounds the best. Sep 6, 2013 at 17:30
  • It's a good idea to wait about a day before accepting an answer. Otherwise, you may discourage people from posting even better answers. (Although I agree that bib's answer is excellent.) Sep 6, 2013 at 20:29

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You could consider swag

products given away free, typically for promotional purposes: check out the fun bag of swag we gave our guests!

Since the source of non-cash prizes are often donating them to advance their products, you might also call them promotional prizes.

Be careful, swag is understood by some to be an acronym for "Stuff We All Get" - see the first three acronym definitions implying that the physical things have low physical worth. if this were confused in a prize/contest context then it could send the wrong message, or reduce participation.

Also, "swag" is used in sports and music venues to indicate the things you can buy with the name of the team or band on it. The latter are not free nor a prize.


I've never heard a specific word used, but generally I see people reference whatever the top tier prize(s).


Win a car, an Xbox 360, or a bunch of other prizes!


How about "non-monetary" if that is the attribute of the prize that you are most wishing to stress?

I was hoping there would be a cash jackpot but all the prizes were non-monetary.

  • +1 because it fits in your example, but it seems that the OP is trying to find a fit for an advertisement and non-monetary seems "clunky" to me.
    – Jacobm001
    Sep 6, 2013 at 15:46

It may sound a bit highbrow, but I think tangible goods fits the bill.

a : capable of being perceived especially by the sense of touch : palpable


We can call them "non-cash prizes".



This is clearly a physical thing. Trophies need not be non-functional.


Not specifically and award, but definitely physical

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