Looking a little like one of those hoax cats grown in a bottle, the i-kiddo range of animal-themed money banks are designed to teach little ‘uns the value of money and stop them spending all their spare change on sweets and cocaine. Apparently they’re clever enough to identify any coin popped into their slots, totting up the total amount inside on a little screen underneath.
Coming in two varieties (or should that be breeds?) – i-panda and -i-piggy – you can set saving goals that, when reached, trigger celebratory tunes. They might be intended for kids, but I’d trust one of them more than I would most high-street banks.