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34 Gifts That'll Make Cooking More Fun

The days of boring cooking gadgets are over.

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1. A mini waffle maker that will make them feel like a contestant on the Great British Bake Off. Throw any waffle mixes in here and when it's done they can top it off with whatever they like β€” chocolate, ice cream, the possibilities are endless!

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Promising review: "What a fun little appliance! Perfect for the whole family. I made my keto chaffle bowls and my kids made their waffle ice cream bowls. Easy to use and the recipe book has a ton of recipes. Shipping was fast, I didn't expect it for almost a week but there it was just a few days later. Great product great seller!" β€”Mrs Q

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in four colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

2. A copy of From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg so they can try out some soulfully seasoned recipes! This Martha Stewart-approved cookbook features mouthwatering dishes like "Mack and Cheese" and "Baby Got Back Ribs." BRB, ordering this for my mom ASAP.

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Get it from Amazon for $12.74, Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $22.95, or check your local library."

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3. A penguin-shaped egg cooker for the impatient person that's never heard the phrase "a watched pot never boils." Not only is this fun to look at, but it's multi-functional to boot! This three-in-one cook, store, and serve holder can be prepped the night before and instantly dropped into a pot the next day.

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It fits up to six eggs and the handle stays cool so they'll never burn themselves.

Promising Review: "What can I say, it's just plain fun to make eggs with this item. I'm convinced that the eggs cook better and more evenly as well. When not cooking I keep eggs in the holder in the fridge." β€”Kenneth Lonas

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

4. A silicone cat egg mold that's purr-fect for the cat lover who is tired of the same old boring breakfast. Simply set the mold on a frying pan, crack one egg in each of the eyes, and let the mold work its magic.

Reviewer photo of eggs made with silicone egg mold over vegetables in bowl next to coffee
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Promising Review: "Never knew eggs could be improved upon until I received this mold. Just used lots of oil or spray." β€”J. Weidman

Get it from Amazon for $10.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

5. LED Light saber chopsticks so you and your bestie can show off your most impressive jedi food tricks, like making an entire sushi roll disappear in under 60 seconds. May the force be with your stomachs!

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These chopsticks are made from BPA free plastic.

Promising review: "My daughter LOVES these chopsticks. Fun, kitschy and unique. They look exactly like what is pictured β€” vibrant and colorful. Would definitely buy for the other Jedis in my life!" β€”Rebecca Pina

Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

6. A chicken herb infuser for the jokester who can also whip up a delicious stew or soup. This is made from food-safe silicone and can be used in temperatures up to 450 degrees!

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Promising Review: "This fun chicken works great and adds a touch of humor to my kitchen!" β€”Annie

Get it from Amazon for $20.41.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

7. A mini animal waffle maker that would make even Gordon Ramsey crack a smile. Perfect for the professional who is drowning in work and meetings before 9 a.m. with no time to cook. All they have to do is drop the batter in β€” they can set it and forget it!

Reviewer photo of animal waffle maker next to completed animal waffles on a plate
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It makes seven different mini animal-shaped waffles at a time (a cat, two dogs, reindeer, two tigers, panda and bear).

Promising Review: "These waffles brought smiles and giggles to our breakfast table. Our kids are 10.5 and 12 and they really enjoyed the animal shapes and particularly the 'dipping' size of the waffles. And so did my husband and I. The waffle maker is super easy to use, all the faces were clearly imprinted, and I didn't have any issue with cooking time or uneven browning. LOT'S of FUN! At $30, why not? Wish we had this years ago!" β€”jchungmd

Get it from Amazon for $37.95.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

8. A pair of shredder claws so they can shred meat faster than Wolverine shreds villains. These claws are dishwasher-safe, melt proof (up to 450 degrees), and BPA-free.

Reviewer photo of shredder claws in use on chicken breast next to bowl of shredded chicken
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Promising Review: "I like to make chicken, but hate the process of shredding it with two forks. I couldn't bear (haha) it any longer because I bent my forks, and it took FOREVER! Well, no more! I've got these now, and I love 'em! They're effective, fun, and incredibly sharp. (As in don't get too carried away in the joy of shredding and accidentally shred your hand!) I definitely don't recommend these for giving a back massage, but they work wonders on meat in the crockpot!" β€”erinchilada

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

9. A colorful knife set that's so pretty, it basically doubles as decor. This will brighten their kitchen *and* their meal prepping process.

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This 12-piece set comes with six knives (paring knife, utility knife, Santoku knife, carving knife, chef’s knife, and bread knife) and six knife covers.

Promising Review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these knives! Got rid of my whole knife block after using these! The colors are fun and they work really well! They are hand-wash only which may be a deterrent for some people but it just helps me keep them clean immediately after use. I would 10/10 recommend to a friend!" β€”GP2012

Get it from Amazon for $18.23.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

10. A piggy wiggy timer so the person who is always one minute too late can create perfection. When Pillsbury says 10-14 minutes, they really mean it!

Reviewer photo of the piggy wiggy timer on table
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Promising Review: "We needed a cute timer for school and what not to make it fun. Works fine for us with daily use." β€”Cassandra Miller

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

11. A copy of The Burn Cookbook: An Unofficial Unauthorized Cookbook for Mean Girls Fans by Jonathan Bennett for the honorary Plastic in your crew. This is chock-full of Mean Girls-approved meals so you can finally make "Fetch-uccini Alfredo" happen or scarf down some "Are Buttermilk Pancakes A Carb."

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Promising Review: "Filled with fun recipes and Mean Girls quotes. Plus, the author totally looks sexy with his hair pushed back! A must-have for any Mean Girls fan!" β€”Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $25.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

12. A Disney Pixar slow cooker because the sweetest gift is the gift of nostalgia. The slow cooker features beloved characters from Toy Story, Monster's Inc, Finding Nemo, and more. Now they'll have plenty of time to enjoy a classic as they wait for their delicious meal.

Reviewer photo of  Disney Pixar slow cooker with meat inside
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Promising Review: "I use my crockpot multiple times a week, but just had a normal black 7-quart crockpot. My son just bought me this one. It's so fun! Every square has a different character. I love that the red knob is a rocket and on top of the glass lid is a star. I've got it cooking now, all seems perfectly normal as far as function. It's just so much more fun sitting on the counter than my plain black one." β€”RLEnglish

Get it from Amazon for $35.89.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

13. A rooster pot spoon holder that's possibly the cutest sous chef they've ever seen. It'll keep their messy spoons off of the counter and provide a little comic relief in the process.

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The rooster pot spoon holder is made from heat resistant silicone.

Promising Review: "Adorable and effective spoon holder! Definitely helps reduce stove top clutter!" β€”Sunny

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

14. A spaghetti monster strainer for the fun pasta lover who's generosity and absurdity is rivaled only by Oprah. "You get a bowl of pasta! You get a bowl of pasta! And you get a bowl of pasta!"

A spaghetti monster strainer full of noodles on table next to various herbs and vegetables and a block of cheese
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Spaghetti monster strainer is BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Promising Review: "I love this strainer so much. It makes cooking just a little more fun! Seriously I smile every time I use it!" β€”Courtnie

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

15. A fun cookie cutter and stamp set so cute, they'll be tempted to save their creations instead of eat them. This hilarious set includes cookie cutters in the shape of a heart, pi symbol, poop emoji, and a regular cookie stamp, plus it includes Rosanna Pansino's delicious vanilla almond sugar cookie recipe.

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Promising Review: "These are great! Really easy to grip if your hands a covered in slippery cookie dough! Love the cute and fun designs.' β€”Lacie Megan Fitts

Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

16. A squirrel-shaped paddle spoon that actually makes turning and serving rice fun. Your friend will thank you as they proudly perch this beauty atop their kitchen counter.

Photo of squirrel paddle on table next to bowl of noodles and broccoli
Amazon

Promising Review: "One of my favorite purchases EVER. Whimsical and fun, but also functional (the legs of the squirrel can be used to stand up the paddle so it isn't touching the counter). Always gets lots of comments when I have guests over, and puts a smile on my face." β€”kbirdie

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

17. A ferociously funny pair of bear hand oven mitts which requires a minimum of five bear puns per use.

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Promising Review: "These are just what they appear to be: a pair of oven mitts, with silicone 'claws' and 'palm' (the silicone is heat-resistant, for picking up hot items, and also provides some friction so those items won't slip). Fully functional; also fun and funny to look at. You could pay less for oven mitts that don't look like bear hands, but why would you?" β€”Duke

Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

18. A divided skillet with three sections so they can cook their main dish and two sides at the same time. They'll save time by cooking everything on the same pan and reduce the number of cookware you have to wash. TL;DR: They'll get a tasty meal with the convenience of a TV dinner.

Reviewer sectioned pan in use on stove cooking meat and mushrooms
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Promising review: "I am really impressed with this pan. The quality is really good. Helps me fry meat and meatless patties in the same pan and also keep them separated without getting in contact, earlier I had to cook them in different pans or clean before cooking either. The other half is good to saute vegetables, potatoes or crumbles. This made my work easier by saving me time and effort." β€”Deepak T.

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

19. An olive oil and vinegar dispenser for lovers of birds and elegant design. This sleek bottle prevents the oxidation of oil and vinegar so it remains fresh and tasty.

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The bottle is made out of glass and is dishwasher safe.

Promising Review: "Very happy with this product. It's fun, super easy to use and mood-uplifting. Wish it was slightly bigger though, but overall it's great." β€”ksenia brejneva

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

20. Mitten tongs that will turn them into a lean mean ice-picking and meat-flipping machine. I mean seriously, they won't be able to resist picking up even the most random things with these delightful mitten tongs.

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Promising Review: "These tongs are great. They crack me up every time I use them." β€”Joel B. Huber

Get it from Amazon for $10.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

21. A three-in-one avocado slicer for effortlessly slicing avo' and removing the pit. The no slip grip and stainless steel blades ensure they get seven pieces of deliciousness without any of the hassle.

Reviewer slicing avocado with product
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The three-in-one avocado slicer is machine-washable.

Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation (see attached photo of slices, ok, one side came out perfect, I kind of gummed up the other side). The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" β€”NPR Man

Get it from Amazon for $9.96.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

22. A mini pop cake maker for the person with a super sweet tooth who's about to go broke from buying a dozen a day at Starbucks. This compact cutie can bake up to nine cake pops in under five minutes so it basically pays for itself in one use.

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Promising Review: "Super easy to bake cake pop with the kids. If you guys are looking to spend time with the kids at home. Then you got to buy this. Baking with the kids is so much fun. Especially when they see the finish product. You can’t really make mistake with this. It’s easy as 1-2-3. Mix ingredients, bake and remove." β€”Cloud

Get it from Amazon for $18.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

23. A spiralizer with cutlery-grade stainless-steel blades able to turn a crunchy carrot into pasta in lightning speed. If they're looking for an easy way to incorporate veggies into their fave meals, then this spiral slicer is a must.

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Plus, it comes with a free recipe e-book full of delicious meals.

Promising review: "The first time I made a recipe that needed an item to be spiralized, I just chopped it...it was time consuming and was not that easy to chop. I decided if I was going to change my eating habits and make meals like this a priority then I should make them easier to make. I have used it a couple of times now and it works well. It sticks to the counter and does not move. It is very easy to use, cleans up well, and the blades store nicely. I am very happy with my decision to use this one." β€”PB

Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

24. A mini waffle maker that they can use from dusk 'til dawn because not only does it make waffles, but it also makes hash browns and paninis. That means instant no-stress and no-mess breakfast, lunch, and dinner. **adds to cart**

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The mini waffle maker is 4 inches in size, weighs 1 pound, and comes with a recipe book.

Promising review: "Making waffles has been so easy and so joyful with this little gadget! I used the waffle recipe that came included: it was easy and produced SUCH TASTY waffles. A full batch is more than I can eat at one time, so I cook them all and then pop the leftovers in the freezer for toaster waffles later! Then I realized that I could waffle *other things* β€” I made falafel waffles! Cinnamon roll waffles! Waffles from a savory biscuit batter (cheddar and scallion)! The possibilities are endless! This little gadget is so cute and handy and PERFECT for individual serving sizes!" β€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 19 colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

25. A two-sided charcuterie board that's beautiful enough to make Lunchables look like caviar. It also doubles as a cutting board with ridges so that liquids don't spill onto their countertop.

Food52

The natural olive wood gives it a unique rustic look that will make meal prepping, snacking, and outdoor picnics feel like a grand occasion.

Promising review: "I now own two of these boards, they are in constant use, either beside the BBQ as I take food off to rest; the turkey resting after coming from the oven; vegetables ready for the pot or salad; so many uses...easy to clean and care, thrilled with this addition to the kitchen!" β€”TokyoJo

Get it from Food52 for $59+.

Expedited shipping available at an extra cost.

26. A frozen yogurt machine which makes the perfect after dinner desert in under 20 minutes with no ice needed. They can just drop in their ingredients of choice (perfect for picky eaters or those with food allergies) and voilΓ  β€” an instant bowl of deliciousness.

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The machine makes up to 1 1/2 quarts of frozen dessert.

Promising review: "I have had this item for less than a month, but it's so easy to use that I've already used it like six times. It's not very loud. It's simple to use. I keep the ice cream tub in the freezer all the time so it'll be ready whenever the whim strikes to make ice cream. I decided to get an ice cream maker since I'm trying to cut out sugar and dairy from my diet. It's cheaper and easier to make sugar-free dairy-free ice cream at home than to try to find and buy it. I've also used it to make regular ice cream for my family. It works great." β€”Stefanie E.

Get it from Amazon from $59. (available in six colors).

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

27. A Blue Apron subscription which sends them a variety of chef-designed recipes made to feed (and impress) multiple guests.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron offers customizable plans including meat, fish, Beyond Meat, WW-Approved recipes, and health-conscious offerings. The subscription offers for two to four people each. Each box comes with recipes and all ingredients needed to make the meal. All ingredients are fresh and come with detailed instructions, plus there's no commitment and they have options for dietary needs.

Get it from Blue Apron starting at $9.99 per meal.

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28. Two nonstick silicone donut molds that will make your friends forget all about Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme β€” they can add absolutely any ingredient or topping to these adorable trays for a perfect dessert. These are oven safe, dishwasher safe, and microwave safe.

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Psst β€” here's an extremely easy-to-follow Greek yogurt bagel recipe (plus a lot of reviewers mention using this for keto bagels, if that lights your fire).

Promising review: "I'm incredibly pleased with this purchase. I used a spice cake mix + 1/2 cup corn meal + 1 can pumpkin puree + 1 egg. I used a strudel topping and then heated store-bought cream cheese frosting and drizzled it over. Amazing. I'm really looking forward to experimenting with other ideas as well. It's easy to clean. My first try I sprayed it and got too much spray. This time I dabbed a bit of melted butter using a coffee filter into each cavity and it was perfect. For just a few dollars, I'm going to have a lot of fun with this." β€”M.V. Kolar

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

29. A trio pan for making a three-course meal all at one time. Your friends will be flabbergasted by how they were able to cook up an appetizer, lasagna, and desert in under and hour.

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FYI, you can 6,000% use these for brownies, blondies, and bread too.

Promising review: "As someone who has a child (now a teenager) who will not eat any form of cheese, this pan is amazing! I typically avoid making any food that has cheese mixed into it but now I can make him a section without cheese and the rest of us our regular cheesy goodness. Another benefit to this pan is how well the portions slice. One cut with the spatula gives you a perfectly formed square. Each section makes four regular-sized portions for our family." β€”TLC

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

30. A unicorn cupcake decorating kit so they can practice for that Great British Bake Off audition. The kit comes with all the liners, candles, sprinkles, and candy needed to make 12 delicious unicorn cupcakes β€” they can just pick up a box of their fav cake mix beforehand.

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Promising review: "Super cute and easy to use. Really dressed up ordinary cupcakes and made them look almost professional. The included sprinkles were the perfect extra touch and was a hit at the party! You literally cannot tell your cupcakes are homemade and not store-bought." β€”Lunabella

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

31. A microwave pasta cooker which was made for when they've had a long day or for when they're planning an ~ultra feast~ and run out of stovetop space. They'll just have to add water and pasta, put this in the microwave for 12 minutes, and that's it.

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Promising review: "This is an excellent, easy way to make pasta, taking just 12 minutes in the microwave for a serving. It's true that 12 minutes seems longer on microwave time than it does when you're busy making the pasta the traditional way, but in reality, the time is cut in at least half when you take into account waiting for the water to boil. It's important to follow the instructions though and not use the lid in the microwave. Doing so won't hurt the product; it's simply that the container and lid will be just a bit too hot to handle when draining the pasta after you remove it. I found this out the hard way when I dropped my serving while trying to drain :). The cold lid, however, lets you pick up the container and it drains extremely well, pour into a bowl and it's perfect-cooked pasta every time. The measuring holes also keep me from eating too much, or wasting it. A serving is perfect, and lets me know exactly how much I'm eating." β€”Paul W.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

32. A Dracula garlic crusher that cuts, dices, and minces in seconds. This adorably spooky device is not just a one trick pony! It works on nuts, herbs, fruits and vegetables β€” simply load, twist, and voila!

Ototo Design

It's BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Get it from Ototo Design for $19.95.

Expedited shipping available at an extra cost.

33. A nonstick edge brownie pan which solves one of life's most annoying problems β€” fighting over who gets the delicious corner pieces of the brownie. Now peace will be restored in their household because every single bite is the corner piece with this nifty invention.

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Promising review: "My mom loves brownies. Growing up we'd fight over the corners and edge pieces, because those are our favorite. I bought this pan for my mom, and she loves it. Every piece is an edge, so there are no "bad" brownies (not that the middles are bad, just a bit inferior to the edges in our opinions). When I visit, we all get as many edges as we want. I gave her this pan in 2010, and it's still in great shape." β€”ANM

Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

34. A 15-peice sushi making kit that will make them feel like a chef at Nobu in their own kitchen. Rolling up dinner will be super fun... almost as gratifying as eating it will be.

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The kit comes with everything you'll need: two soya sauce dish, sushi bazooka, sushi knife, two bamboo mat, avocado slicer tool, rice paddle, rice spreader, two chopsticks, chopstick bag, and two chopsticks holder.

Promising review: "This sushi kit is awesome. Such a game changer for making sushi at home. It has everything you need to make some quality rolls better than a restaurant. It has been a lifesaver during the pandemic when I need to get my sushi fix!! The knife is really sharp, and the avocado slicer is key!! Highly recommended!!!" β€”sasha

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

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