In this day and age, when every dollar counts, those coins found down the back of the sofa or in your trouser pockets can add up to a tidy bonus. Finding a place to stash that cash doesn't mean you have to compromise on style; piggy banks and coin holders have become as trendy and winsome as they are functional.
Take, for example, the aptly named Hedgefund piggy bank by German designer Christian Lessing (fair-kaeuflich.de; international shipping is offered). A sleek glass jar is topped with a thick beech wood cover fashioned in such a way that the coins swirl down gently and roll into the drop slot. Also stylish are the ceramic Elephant Banks from New York-based designer Jonathan Adler. In midnight blue or white (right), the little banks have an interesting surface texture and sleek lines. They can be ordered through jonathanadler.com and shipped internationally.
Elsewares (elsewares.com), an independent art and design retailer in Brooklyn, New York, has a couple of cute little piggy banks on offer, including Posh and Trooper. More quirky than sophisticated, Posh is a rotund piece in navy with little white flowers imprinted on it, while Trooper (above left) has a trendy camouflage print. The site ships internationally.
At gadget maker Brookstone (brookstone.com), there are sleek 'coin vaults' in an elegant cherry finish. The vaults neatly stack coins until you need them.
Russian design studio Art Lebedev (artlebedev.com) has infused a degree of positive thinking into its Copilcus piggybank. Made from pearly white ceramic and fashioned in ultra-simple lines, the coin slot isn't the traditional slit down the centre but a much more conducive plus sign.
For those who want a bit of bling in their savings, check out Anthony David's Swarovski crystal-studded creations at allthingstrendy.com. Costing about US$220 each, the piggy banks may seem to defeat the purpose of the exercise but the sparkling baby blue, pale pink or heart-embossed piggies seem to beckon forth those coins.