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I recently redecorated my little girl's bedroom and I wanted a few nice decorative pieces in it. She absolutely loves the Very Hungry Caterpillar (both the book and the DVD) and when I saw this Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box at Eureka! (the children's museum in Halifax West Yorkshire) in the gift shop, I thought it would be a lovely gift for her (as we'd visited on her birthday).
I've also seen the Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box in Debenhams, independent gift shops, John Lewis and online. The price I paid was £12 which seems about average, you can see it for around £10 online but that's bumped up by the postage and packaging charge and to be honest given it is made from porcelain I wouldn't personally want to risk having it delivered and possibly broken especially if I was wanting to give it as a gift. I've seen it up to £15 in gift shops so as I say, £12 seems quite fair.
So, the Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box is presented in a white removable lid box which has the hungry caterpillar on the front and the Eric Carle logo on the back. It's made from a chunky glazed porcelain and the best way I can describe the shape is like a featureless postbox (you can get one in the shape of a leaf, too, but I prefer this one as it's more practical.) Like the box, the money box is white and is painted with the hungry caterpillar on the front and the Eric Carle logo on the back. It's fairly simplistic but very nice looking, beautifully painted and the glaze is spot on, no cracks or drips and so on. It feels like a quality item.
In the top of the money box is a single coin slot which fits all UK coins and notes, it holds plenty of money, and in the bottom there is a removable black plastic stopper which covers a hole about 2 inches across. It's quite easy to get the money out with a minimal of shaking (which is good, with a porcelain money box!). We tend to use it more for decoration, but if she has any spare pennies we put them in the money box until the next time we go to the seaside, and if she gets any gifts of paper money we put them in there until next time we can go to the bank. Our little girl understands that even though it has a caterpillar on it, it's not a toy, but even so with the weight of it and it being breakable we do have it on a shelf out of her reach.
I think the Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box is a lovely item, well worth the money and quite traditional in style. The addition of the nice gift box means that it does make a lovely gift, and is easy to wrap, too (always a bonus!). I have since given this exact same money box as a gift along with the Hungry Caterpillar book, to a friend who's son just turned one. It was very well received and has now become one of his favourite books (and places to store pennies!).
Overall then I highly recommend the Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box, it's very reasonably priced, made to an extremely high standard and one of the nicest giftware items I've seen in a while. I highly recommend it as a lovely addition to the decor of your child's room or as a gift for family and friends. I will give it five stars out of five as I think it really deserves them.
We had our daughter baptised when she was four months old and on the day, she received quite a few christening gifts from friends and family, all of which were lovely but I did have a soft spot for this gift - a Portmeirion Very Hungry Caterpillar Money Box, which my daughter actually was given along with a hardback edition of the book. I don't know how much exactly this money box costs, but I have seen it available on line in and around the £10 mark, and given that it is something that should last my daughter through her childhood I think it is a good value gift.
I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar story and if the story itself hadn't been bought to my little girl, I would have bought it anyhow, so having a lovely bright picture of the caterpillar on the front of this white porcelain moneybox made it extremely cute and attractive in my eyes and perfect for either a little boy or a little girl as the story has mass appeal.
Another thing I really liked about the gift was that this money box comes with a beautiful gift box, with its very own little caterpillar on the front. It is far too good a box to simply ditch, and it is a good enough size to be used to keep little momentos etc. I actually use it to store my little girls hair clips and baubles and she knows exactly where they are kept now and can reach for the box herself when I fix her hair in the morning.
The slot at the top of the box isn't huge but then again that is a good thing so as money don't come out easily if it is tipped. My daughter gets given little money gifts from grandparents at times and everything goes into this box for her to use as she chooses when she is old enough to understand. I find it easy to get in coins and notes, and although we have had no need to take money out of the box, there is a stopper that can be removed to withdraw money, before closing up the box to start saving again.
All in all, this is a beautiful money box and I am so glad my daughter received it. It is ideal to keep little money gifts she gets at the moment and then when she is old enough she can take control of her savings herself. THe moneybox itself is very cute as is the useful box that it comes in and it looks perfect in her room.
When my son was born we were given several money boxes as presents and the Hungry Caterpillar one as my favourites as it invoked my own childhood memories Now that my son is 2.5 years old, he very much enjoys putting his coppers in the money box for me to take to the bank at a later date.
The money box can be purchased from Amazon for £8.52, plus £2.25 p&p. The money box is 10cm in height and is made of white ceramic. The money box comes in a keepsake box that you can put the money box in, and on the front of the box is a little wobbly caterpillar, this now has a few baby keepsakes inside as it was a shame to not use it.
The money box has a picture of the hungry caterpillar on the front and on the top of the money box is a picture of the sun from the Hungry Caterpillar book along with the slit for posting money through, this takes all UK dominations except £2 coins.
At the bottom of the money box is the stopper to keep the money inside, this is made of flexible white rubber and is very easy to take off, my son will just turn the money box upside down, push the stopper and then shakes his money out so we can count it and fill the money box up again. Overall this has proved to be a lovely and useful gift as my son enjoys putting money in it and it is also helping him recognise numbers and different types of coins, it is lovely to look at and so far has proved to be very sturdy from all the shaking to release the money.
I would recommend this to others for the above reasons and the fact that it is well priced in my opinion.
This is a review of one of my favourite gifts we received shortly after the birth of our daughter. The present came from one of my cousins and was a childhood favourite character of mine. The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in the form of a money box which is made by the well-known fine china manufacturers Portmeirion.
I had never seen these in the shops before but was really impressed by the packaging, a nice decorated box that has a wobbly Caterpillar in a see through panel at the front. The box makes a lovely keepsake in addition to the actual gift inside.
As I said earlier, this was one of my favourite presents of all the birthing gifts we received. A lot were clothes, some of which I would not have chosen, all of which do not fit now. This is a gift that will hopefully last a lifetime providing we don't have an accident with it.
People are always slipping a pound here and there to our daughter when they see her which is nice but she is a bit too young to spend it yet so I do keep it all in her money box and bank it when it reaches a bank-worthy amount.
The actual money box is cylindrical featuring the caterpillar on the side, a slot in the top and a rubber seal in the base so it is a very traditional style of money box.
I am blown away by the quality of this money box. The material is described as earthenware and it has a nice thick feel to it. It is smooth and shiny and the colours of the caterpillar are lovely and bright.
As this was a gift I did not know the cost but a bit of research tells me they are £10 at John Lewis. The quality of the item and packaging is outstanding for this money.
If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for a baby then I think this is a great idea. It is something a child will grow up to treasure and a great way of encouraging children to save from a young age. They will learn to love the very hungry caterpillar from the books and enjoy saving their pennies in this money box.
PS. I nearly fell on the floor laughing when I saw the picture DooYoo have provided to my product suggestion. A tin of dog meat pate!!! LOLL ... I am just hoping the advertising links show an actual picture of this beautiful item.