“ Brand: MonKeys / Type: Rubber covers in the shape of monkey faces to put on your keys „
I have a couple of these cute little MonKeys Monkey Key Covers to go on the various house keys we have. Basically the idea was that we had different colours for the various people in my house that require house keys i.e. me, my partner, my oldest daughter, my mother etc. and so we wouldn't get them all mixed up like we always generally did. There are various colours, but we use purple for me, pink for my daughter, blue for my husband and green for my mum (basically because they were all of our favourite colours).
The idea is that these little rubbery MonKeys cover the top part of a normal yale lock key so that the key is individualised. Although each of these accessories are similar in as much as they are monkeys, they are all different colours (blue, purple, pink, orange, grey and green) and they all have slightly different expressions - which I think are quite cute in nature. Each of them has a small hole through the forehead (ouch!) in which you can place the key on a key ring if you so wish.
Other than as an accessory to individualise the key, I don't really think the MonKeys have any function - but I like them none the less. They are very sturdy in as much as they do not get easily damages and the colours have not faded or worn even after about a year of use.
You buy all six MonKeys in a pack - and all six can be purchased for just £2.49 from BuyMeAGift.com - which I feel is a fantastic price. I just like them.
About 4 years ago, my husband received a set of these very cute and attention grabbing MonKey key covers as a little present from Father Christmas. This was meant as a bit of a stocking filler from his mum, but actually proved to be a very useful present to help us differentiate between the keys to our 3 external doors and our garage. All of these keys were very similar in appearance, and something as simple as this makes sorting them a lot less time consuming, and seems though we are mostly trying to cram stuff in, then anything time saving is a good thing in my eyes.
These 6 different coloured designs were encased in rigid heat sealed plastic when we got them. The sort that you can't break into without using a knife or scissors, and then risk injury getting your new purchase out of. Of course, non-recyclable, although that might have changed over the past few years.
On taking the MonKeys out of the packaging, we discovered that they were very easy to fit to a key. There is a hole at the bottom of the face to slip your key inside, and then the hole on the cover matches the hole on the key, so it is possible to have the key on a key ring. It might be a bit hard if it is the ring sort of key ring that is very stiff to open, but we have got these on key rings with no problem. The hardest bit was agreeing what colour for what door.
Years later, some of these are still in use. However, over time the facial features have rubbed off the keys that are handled most frequently, so some of our monkeys have no eyes and mouth. They still have kept the colour that they are though, so this must be better quality than the printing. A couple of the monkeys have completely perished through the handling and being left in the door all the time. I guess 4 years is pretty good life span for a novelty item such as this.
I have no idea what they cost originally, but i am sure it would not have been more than £8-10 for the set, and we have enjoyed using them. As well as being time saving, they are very original, so make a talking point if someone sees your key. We all need a little bit of fun and colour in our lives.