Those of you keeping up with porcine trends and outrageous product design have probably caught wind of Vancouver-based design outfit TheCheeky.com’s Piglet Banks. These $4,000 piggy banks made from real taxidermied piglets have, needless to say, outraged animal lovers everywhere even though the designers claim that “we don’t actually kill the piglets, they die of natural causes and these are the ones that we use.”

Animal rights issues aside, Piglet Banks are probably the most subversive home decor item I’ve seen involving dead animals all year (until now, this lamp took the cake).

That said, I figured it would be only fitting to feature a few non-grotesque piggy/coin banks that are decidedly more appropriate for holiday gift-giving (the Piglet Bank was actually featured in Vancouver Magazine’s holiday gift guide). While not all are handmade in the U.S. or made from eco-friendly materials (although some are), rest-assured that none involve the repurposed corpse of Babe.  

Kikkerland Coin Bank Owl @ Kikkerland ($10)

notNeutral Chick Piggy @ notNeutral ($26)

Amigos Recycled Leather Piggy Bank @ SFMOMA MuseumStore ($44)

Raindrop Coin Bank @ MoMA Store ($29.95)

Love Grenade Coin Bank by Biaugust @ A+R Store ($32)

Duel Saving Bank by Ding 3000 @ Sleek Identity ($44)

Suck UK Emergency Money Box @ Pure Modern ($20.75)

Ideaco Coin Storage Coin Bank @ Emmo Home ($32)

Bank in the Form of a Pig by Harry Allen (Black) @ Areaware ($95)

Ooga Babushka Piggy Banks Set @ All Modern ($120)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.