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Gadgets We Can't Live Without

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What's a holiday without gadgets?

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Remember the old Salad Shooter commercials? I have a friend who goes into fits of laughter at the memory of that corny little theme song and the happy housewife seen endlessly chopping up vegetables with the help of her little plastic friend. Finally the world had a tool to eliminate the hardship of slicing cucumbers or radishes by hand!

The makers of Salad Shooter get the last laugh, though. Introduced in the 1980s, the electric slicer-dicer remains the premier product of National Presto Industries (NPK), and it's for sale everywhere from Amazon.com (AMZN) to Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).

The Salad Shooter creators understood that we Americans adore our gadgets. Extra points go to those with cute designs, or the ones that solve problems that don't exist. And with the holiday season approaching, the best and worst of all gadgetry is out in profusion. Here's a look at some of the latest:

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