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The piggy bank is a popular gift for a variety of occasions. Whether for weddings, birthdays or holidays, the popular piggy banks in the classic piggy shape come in all kinds of shapes, colours and motifs.

With our piggy bank test (09/21) we want to help you find the perfect piggy bank for you. We have taken a look at various products and have picked out the most important facts for you. We also show you the advantages and disadvantages of piggy banks. Have fun reading.




Summary

  • Piggy banks are one of the most popular and widespread gifts for festive occasions.
  • Since ancient times, the pig, especially the piglet, has been a symbol of luck, fertility, frugality and usefulness.
  • There is a suitable design for every occasion; piggy banks that can be printed with individual motifs are also widespread.

The Best Piggy Bank: Our Choices

Piggy banks: buying and evaluation criteria

Based on these factors, you can compare and evaluate piggy banks to find the one that suits you best. We have formulated the following buying criteria for you:

In the following section, we would like to show you what the individual criteria are in more detail, in order to make your purchase decision easier.

Volume/size

For the volume or size of a piggy bank, you should orientate yourself on the occasion. Symbolic small gifts are often inexpensive and smaller. Piggy banks that are really intended for saving are significantly larger.

Especially in the case of handmade piggy banks, you may not get any information about the number of coins. However, to get an idea, you can search and compare piggy banks in various online shops with exact product descriptions in similar dimensions.

The capacity of a piggy bank is given by manufacturers either in cm, in litres or in coins. One litre corresponds to about 500 to 800 coins, depending on the shape of the coins.

Material

The material is not only an important deciding factor for piggy banks in terms of appearance. Factors such as sustainability, colour, durability and appearance are also largely determined by the material. In the following, we have compiled some of the most common materials with their most important properties.

Material Description
Plastic piggy banks made of plastic are particularly robust, but do not allow the pig to be "slaughtered". Therefore, plastic piggy banks are usually equipped with a closure. Plastic piggy banks can be transparent, which allows a view of the contents.
Glass Similar to transparent plastic, the contents of glass piggy banks can be seen, but glass is particularly sensitive to impacts. We therefore recommend not giving glass piggy banks to children and filling them with notes to avoid accidents. The advantage over piggy banks made of plastic is the value of the material and the possibility of "butchering".
Ceramics and porcelain Similar to glass, ceramics or porcelain also allow the piggy bank to be "slaughtered". Both are the classic materials for piggy banks and impress with their value and good robustness.
Wood Wooden piggy banks are popular as symbolic decorative elements. They impress with their natural, mostly handmade look and fit perfectly into a warm ambience. Slaughtering" is impossible here.

Design and motif

The design and motif is also a matter of taste and depends on the occasion. For common occasions such as weddings and birthdays, there are ready-made offers, but we recommend individually designable piggy banks. Made of ceramic, for example, piggy banks can be coated with table varnish, which allows them to be painted with chalk. Handmade piggy banks made from natural materials such as knots also offer a much more personal touch as a gift.

Piggy banks: Frequently asked questions and answers

Before buying a piggy bank, there are a number of factors you should consider. In the following sections, we have summarised and detailed some of these factors for you.

Why is the piggy bank a pig?

Piggy banks have been around since the 13th century. Especially in rural regions, the pig played an important role for the mostly peasant population of Europe and Asia. Pigs were considered intelligent animals and symbolised fertility as well as usefulness and frugality. To this day, the proverb "You're lucky!" Evidence that owning a pig was a circumstance of good fortune for a farming family.

Since time immemorial, the pig has been regarded as a symbol of luck and fertility.

As symbol bearers of luck, pigs were also associated with the possession of money. So it was not long before the first pottery coin vessels with pig symbolism appeared. The cashing of the savings content of the piggy bank also symbolically went hand in hand with the slaughter of a fed pig, which could provide the family with sufficient food for months.

Another theory is that the English term "piggy bank" derives from the Middle English word "pygg", which was a type of clay used to make small clay vessels for household use. Since such vessels were often used to store coinage, the term "piggy bank" is said to have originated, which later spread to other linguistic areas.

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Piggy banks can lead to more effective saving behaviour of small amounts, especially among children, due to the nudging effect, as the withdrawal of money is inherent in an intermediate step.
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Which theory is the right one for which region cannot be conclusively clarified.

What types of piggy banks are there?

In the following, we would like to introduce you to the different types of soap dishes. Generally speaking, there are four types of soap dishes, which differ from each other in some respects.

Type Description
With closure Piggy banks with closure are the most common and the most widely used in commercial sales. Especially piggy banks that are to be used several times have such a closure. Usually a rubber or plastic cap in a recess on the non-visible side of the pig. Piggy banks without a closure naturally bring a certain appeal in the form of finality when saving.
Ohne Verschluss Sparschweine ohne Verschluss are usually from private or special production on online shops such as Etsy or Ebay to buy, because there is a guarantee promise in commercial distribution, which is not compatible with an instruction to destroy the product. In order to access the contents of piggy banks without a seal, the piggy bank, which is usually made of ceramic, must be destroyed by force.

Which of the two types you ultimately choose depends on your intention and your budget. For children in particular, we recommend piggy banks without a lock, as the cash-grab of the filled, inaccessible contents of a piggy bank can be an unforgettable event.

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Traditional piggy banks must be destroyed to be emptied. However, commercially marketed piggy banks nowadays have a seal, as destroying them is not compatible with a guarantee promise.
(Image source: pixabay / kschneider2991)

In addition to the two classic types of piggy banks, there are also piggy banks in piggy bank format with a coin counting attachment. These fall into the category of lockable piggy banks.

How much do piggy banks cost?

The price of a piggy bank depends on the size, the material and the type. The following table gives you a small overview of the different price categories in relation to the materials that we observed during our research:

Price category Material Description
up to 5 € Plastic, ceramic Cheap piggy banks are often small and optically simple.
5 to 15 € Natural materials, high-quality woods, ceramics, porcelain Most piggy banks are in this price segment. Above all, the material is decisive here. Sustainable materials can also be found here.
from €15 fine woods, special natural materials, porcelain, clay, marble Higher-quality piggy banks are usually handmade and have special features or designs. The materials used are significantly higher quality and more precious.

What alternatives are there to piggy banks?

A real alternative to piggy banks is functionally only available as a piggy bank without or with motifs other than the pig. This is because piggy banks as gifts are associated with a very special symbolism that is unique. Slaughtering" also only makes sense with the pig motif.

However, if you are simply looking for an alternative to a wallet overflowing with small change, you can also resort to the following containers:

  • Preservingjars: Practical, functional, available for little money and suitable for every interior style, preserving jars are a functionally good alternative.
  • Money boxes: If you want to have elements like coin counters, there are special money boxes to buy for this purpose.
  • Cash boxes: The classic cash box offers not only enough space for small change but also certain security, as they are usually fitted with pin locks.

Conclusion

Piggy banks have always been a popular gift for various occasions. The basic piggy motif allows for a variety of different designs and motifs, leaving no wish unfulfilled. The result is a multifaceted range that also includes modern styles.

Apart from gift-giving occasions, piggy banks are simply practical as a stylish way to store surplus change.

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