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21 Unique Kid Piggy Banks (Plus How to Use them for Money Lessons)

Cool money banks for kids to get them excited about saving money plus best piggy banks for toddlers. Heck, they might even accumulate some money instead of you finding it crumpled up in their jeans pocket!

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The piggy bank.

It’s kinda the first instrument/tool/resource you can give your kiddo, or your niece, nephew, grandchild, etc. to get them interested in saving money. But there are tons of money banks for kids out there.

Which are the best kids' piggy banks?

Saving money for kids starts simply by giving them a place to accumulate their extra coins + cash. Instead of leaving a dollar here, $0.50 in their wallet, and finding money crumpled up in the corner of their bedroom…you can now give them a place to store it. In a kids bank!

And not only store it, but to watch it grow into something.

Getting a child interested in accumulating money can lead to some really cool outcomes later in their lives, such as them being able to fund their needs + wants + dreams.

In other words, by gifting them one of these unique piggy banks for kids below, you'll be able to pat yourself on the back down the road when you see them living their lives OUT LOUD.

Choose from one of the 21 unique piggy banks to get the kid(dos) in your life interested in accumulating money (or at least, not spending all of it as soon as it reaches their pocket — which for their age, is a solid start).

Pssst: ever wondered why people put coins into pigs, anyway? I mean, why not put coins into cows? Or dogs? Turns out they’ve been doing it for centuries. Check out the history of the piggy bank here so that you can add in a fun story to tell your kid(dos) when you give them their very own!

Money Banks for Kids with Single-Use Savings Category

These money banks for kids have one slot, and one opening to access the money from that slot (yes, gone are the days where you have to smash your piggy bank to get the money out. Could be a good thing, could be a bad thing…depends on how impulsive your little one is!).

Piggy Bank #1: National Geographic’s Glow in the dark moon bank

piggy bank in shape and look of moon

My 8-year-old, astronaut-obsessed self just got excited – this coin bank is actually made with real meteorite from outer space!

Piggy Bank #2: Frozen Elsa Piggy Bank

Fun little fact: my husband is in love with Frozen. He might not admit to it out on the street…but he is. He plays the songs for our little guy on his phone (and may or may not sing along with them).

large Princess Elsa piggy bank

Any other Frozen fans on your shopping list? Personally, I’m wondering how many coins will actually fit inside this Elsa doll.

Piggy Bank #3: Mason Jar Piggy Bank

Look at this awesome (and suppppeerrr cute) way to turn a mason jar into an actual “piggy” bank! The piggy's mouth? Is the coin slot. It's sooooo cute (comes in both pink and blue!). 

pink top and bottom to put on mason jar horizontally to look like a pig

Piggy Bank #4: Dog Mechanical Piggy Bank

dog on top of piggy bank with water bowl

Two things you need to know: this dog’s name is Bailey…and he eats spare change. Nice way to encourage your kid(dos) to put their coins “away”!

Piggy Bank #5: Emergency Money Bank

red circle that says break in case of emergency, with coin slot on top

Want to start instilling the need for an emergency savings fund? This coin bank is a great conversation starter for that. Bonus: no batteries needed.

Piggy Bank #6: Elephant piggy bank

This elephant piggy bank is so cute, you might just want to scratch under his little trunk.

grey and white polka dotted elephant piggy bank

Piggy Bank #7: Jumbo Coca-Cola Bottle Bank

My grandparents had this two-foot tall Coca-Cola bank…and when they cashed it in after years and years of plunking all their pocket change into it, the total was over $800! Nice.

large plastic coca cola bottle with coin slot on top

Piggy Bank #8: 4 Jumbo (20″) Tall Plastic Crayon Piggy Banks

What a cool way to categorize four different reasons to save your money!

Piggy Bank #9: Owl Piggy Bank

gray

Can I just say how super-cute this little guy is? I mean, who couldn’t help but want to feed him nickels and dimes?

Piggy Bank #10: Elephant Piggy Bank

Stylish + chic are the words I’d use to describe this white elephant piggy bank. The white and gold would match any décor. Bonus: it’s so stylish that really, it’ll grow with the child.

white and gold elephant with golden crown on top

Heck, I’d like to have this little guy sitting on my library-turned-playroom shelf!

Piggy Bank #11: Paint your own piggy bank

Your kids can paint their own piggy bank before using it to store money.

white unicorn piggy bank in box with paints


Piggy Bank #12: Digital Coin Counter Savings Jar

light blue colored piggy bank jar with gray lid

There’s a digital LCD screen display that counts and keeps track of the jar’s savings for your kid(dos)! And if they happen to raid the money-candy jar early, or if they want to add some bills instead of coins? They can work on some money skills by using the add/subtract button to report the amount. Another unique part of this bank is that you can just unscrew the lid to get out your cash. That could be a good thing…or a bad thing.

Piggy Bank #13: Cat Stealing Coins Bank

Soooo…there’s this cool cat who apparently likes to pop up and steal your coins when you place them on a certain spot. What kid (or adult, for that matter) wouldn’t try to place more coins on that spot (which happens to lead directly into savings)?

tan plastic with kitty cat inside and paw on the place where kid puts coin inside

Toddler piggy bank, for sure!

Piggy Bank #14: Doctor Who – Tardis 12th Doctor Talking Money Bank

Any Doctor Who fans out there? Here’s an official Doctor Who product all about getting your kid excited to save their money.

blue police box that looks like phone booth, piggy bank

Divided Piggy Banks (Piggy Banks with Sections to Save, Tithe, Invest, etc.)

Looking for a piggy bank that will allow your kid(dos) to divvy up their precious dollars into different categories, like tithing/charitable giving (hint: here's 10 charities for kids to donate to), spending, saving, and investing? These banks are for you.

Piggy Bank for Bills #1: Moonjar classic piggy bank

red, blue, and green compartments with coin slots

This award-winning savings jar allows kids to divvy up their money between saving, spending, and sharing. A Family Guidebook and Passbook are included, and the individual compartments can be taken out, or kept together in one bundle.(HINT: this is a great piggy bank for bills).

Piggy Bank #2: Legos-Looking piggy bank

Have a little person who is really into building blocks? This piggy bank will delight them. I like how the individual containers are transparent, which is one way to get your child to see their money physically growing (or declining, if they decide to use the funds early).

red, blue, and green blocks with separate coin compartments, look like large Legos


Piggy Bank #3: Fireman Coin Bank

My two-year old is obsessed with fire trucks and firemen. On a recent visit to PA where my family lives, he actually got to tour one! Which isn’t out of the ordinary, as my Mom’s side of the family owns a firehouse.

fire man helmet on top of hose piggy bank

So this could be a great toddler piggy bank for us.

Piggy Bank #4: Learning Resource 3-Compartment Piggy Bank

This owl bank gives your kids the option to put their money in three different categories: spend, save, and share.

blue and orange plastic owl with three compartments


Piggy Bank for Bills #5: Smart Beasts Trio Bank

three compartment piggy bank with action figure-type beasts on outside of each, magnetic closure

This is a set of three boxes with magnetic closures that cover your kid(dos)’ money needs for spending, saving, and sharing. Boxes can be stored together, or taken out as separate components. Also comes with a simple kid’s money guide.

Piggy Bank #6: Money Savvy Pig

purple piggy bank with four compartments and four coin slots

I love how transparent the four chambers are with this piggy, one each for: save, spend, donate, and invest. It also comes with stickers to decorate each of the four categories with.

Now that You’ve Picked out a Kid's Piggy Bank…

I want to give you a few more resources, as buying your kid(dos) or the children in your life a piggy bank is likely to peak their money interest.

  • Money Conversation Starters for Kids + Families: Don’t be surprised if buying your kid their first piggy bank helps start the money conversation. This is a good thing! I’ve got a free money conversation starter resource for you here that dubs as a fun family dinnertime game.
  • Creative Ways to Help them Fund their Piggy Bank: And how can you help fund your child’s new piggy bank? Well, I’ve got some creative ways to help you fund either their piggy bank, or their savings account.
  • How to Open Your Child’s First Savings Account: The next step after accumulating money in a piggy bank? Is opening a savings account where not only can your child accumulate money like in children's banks, but they can grow it via the awesomeness of compound interest. Once you’re ready to open that savings account, check out my guide for how to open your child’s first savings account.
  • Savings for Your Child Now + in the Future: If your child is not really ready to house money in a savings account, then do this. Give them a piggy bank, then also open the savings account for them. Use this strategy to fund their savings account starting this holiday. They won’t miss at least part of the money, and you can be saving a hefty sum towards their future without them knowing it (at least until they’re old enough to appreciate it).
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Amanda L. Grossman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, a 2017 Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Money Prodigy. Amanda's kid money work has been featured on Experian, GoBankingRates, PT Money, CA.gov, Rockstar Finance, the Houston Chronicle, and Colonial Life. Read more here.