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    33 Home Products From Amazon That'll Help Make The Rest Of The Holidays So Much Easier

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    1. A knife sharpener so you won't have to worry about cutting your bird (or tofurky) on the big day with a dull knife. Dull knives tend to lead to more accidents and that's the last thing you want. So do yourself a favor and get this.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this sharpener for three years know and it is PERFECT for a quick sharpen in a pinch. It may not provide the edge of an electric sharpener or a full stone grind, but when you're prepping a meal for some hungry kids or rushing to prep Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, a couple of swipes through this manual sharpener and your favorite knife is up to the task once again. I even used this sharpener on some of my pocket knives when a quick touch up was needed and had good results! For the price this little sharpener is an excellent addition to any kitchen!" —Katrina Delgado

    Price: $5.99 (available in three colors).

    2. A snap-on silicone strainer for helping you drain the potatoes for your holiday dinner with ease. It's dishwasher-safe so clean up is a breeze — unlike using your bulky colander.

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    Promising review: "By far my favorite new kitchen gadget! It fits all of my pots and pans and makes it easy to direct the water/grease where I want it to go. I use it for pasta, couscous, ground beef, potatoes — everything that needs a strain. I haven’t had any food item fall out of the pan when straining. It cleans easily and doesn’t take up much storage space. Love this guy!!" —Jennifer

    Price: $16.99+ (available in four colors)

    3. A gift wrap organizer so your collection of wrapping papers is neatly stored in one place. It has a handle attached to it so you can take it with you, and the protective covering will keep it free of dust and water damage until you're ready to use it again next year.

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    It can hold up to 25 standard rolls of 30-inch wrapping paper.

    Promising review: "I love it! There's room for plenty of rolls. I have eight in mine and could probably hold six more. It keeps the paper clean and tidy. I like how its clear; it lets me see what paper I have without digging around. The best part: there are handles on both the ends and in the middle. Makes it super easy to move and store." —Susanne

    Price: $5.99

    4. Or, a hanging organizer that'll do the same thing but can be neatly hung in your closet where it won't be a huge eyesore. It's also taller than the previous option, so it's great if you have extra-long rolls of wrapping paper. And there are handy pouches in the front to hold your ribbons, bows, gift bags, and tissue paper.

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    Promising review: "Is this not the best purchase ever?! If you are anything like me, you keep gift bags, wrapping paper that we all buy at bulk right after Christmas, and tons of tissue paper. It was taking over an entire closet full of drawers. Then I bought this product. It hangs in the closet and holds everything! It’s easy to put together, fits a ton of wrapping paper, and has awesome side pockets to hold gift bags! I highly recommend it!" —Maggie Hundshamer

    Price: $15.75 (available in two colors)

    5. A set of mini chalkboard place cards to reduce confusion and save you from 25 people asking you, "Where should I sit?" Or, use them to label the different dishes so you don't have to repeat what each food is for guests who weren't listening.

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    Promising review: "These little signs fit perfectly around my drink dispensers and food items for a buffet dinner party at my home. Touches like this make a huge difference in overall appearance and help dress up an event." –Mike C.

    Price: $12.97 for 10

    6. An insulated 3-liter ice bucket that'll stay chilly for your entire holiday party. This way your guests can enjoy themselves instead of running back and forth to your fridge for ice.

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    Promising review: "I don’t usually write a review unless I am very impressed or very disappointed. For anyone who is in the market for a new ice bucket, this would be a great choice! It arrived on time, just in time for a party we had last night. I had a few things to do yet to clean up, one being to empty the ice bucket. There was still ice in this bucket from 24 hours ago. It is beautiful, great quality, and great price. I highly recommend this ice bucket." —Ohnina5

    Price: $26.95

    7. A safety cutter so you can cut wrapping paper and open packages quickly and easily. No more trying to slice open a box with scissors and just hoping that you don't accidentally nick yourself.

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    Promising review: "I mainly used it for wrapping paper cutting and opening boxes. It made wrapping gifts super easy and it took half the time compared to using traditional scissors. I bought one for every family member and they love it!" —Luv2Shop

    Price: $7.41

    8. A jar opener, because no charcuterie board is complete without a festive selection of olives. It's great for people with mobility issues or people who just have zero forearm strength (me!).

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    Promising review: "Once in a while you stumble on a product that is better than advertised. This is one of them. Having arthritis in my hands, I struggle to open some large jars. This works like a charm and makes it a one-handed operation. Following the advice of another reviewer, we mounted it ‘backwards’ so the point of the V is towards the front of the cupboard rather than the back. This allows us to pull the jar towards us, rather than pushing it away. It also means we can’t see the metal teeth from our sofa. Now I want to open every jar in the house!" —Eric K.

    Price: $13.95

    9. A BPA-free fat separator so you can skim out the bits you don't want and save the juices for your secret gravy recipe.

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    Promising reviews: "We bought this fat separator literally 10 years ago and it's still looking quite new. It is much more reliable than fat separators that have an opening at the bottom. This separator has never been leaky. It has a filter at the top that filters out large chunks of food and debris when I'm straining my soup or gravy. I throw the whole thing in the dishwasher and it comes back out perfectly clean. Easy to use!" —LawyerMom

    Price: $14.95

    10. A battery storage case that'll hold the AA and AAAs that are cluttering your junk drawer. It even comes with a removable battery tester so you know when it's time to replace yours.

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    It can hold up to 93 batters: 45 AA, 25 AAA, four 9 volt, eight C, six D, and five flat batteries

    Promising review: "Once upon a time 'Bob' went on a quest to replace the batteries in the TV remote. He searched and searched only to find not once but twice completely dead batteries of the correct size, and several others that were not the correct size. He apologized to the wife when she said 'I told you to buy batteries.' If only Bob had something like this to know where his batteries were, sorted by size, and even a handy simple to use tester to make sure they had a charge. He would have never had to say 'You're right, I'm sorry' to his wife. Josh has this product and compiled several battery stock piles into a single location with a stylish display so he is able to see at a glance when he’s running low on batteries of any size and replace them on his way home from work. Josh is a Hero. Don't be like Bob. Be like Josh." —Joshua R Jenkins

    Price: $17.48

    11. A vacuum sealer to do it all: marinate meat, preserve leftovers, and make room in your freezer for all your holiday goodies that didn't get eaten.

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    Promising review: "I used the NutriChef Vacuum Sealer for the first time this week on several occasions. It is simple to use for vacuum-packing leftovers and uncooked food items for the freezer or for cooking immediately using my sous vide. The roll of vacuum bags allows the bags to be tailored to the amount you want to store, so there is no wasted bagging material or space in my freezer. The vacuum function can also be used with the provided stopper to remove air from bottles–i.e. opened bottles of wine. I am very pleased with this product as well as the accompanying bags." —MJG

    Price: $49.49

    12. A adjustable rolling pin that'll help you easily roll out pie crusts and cookies that are an even thickness.

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    You'll get four rings — 1/16", 1/6", 1/4", and 3/8" — that raise the roller so your dough is always a uniform thickness. The rolling pin also has measurements etched on it so you know how wide your dough is.

    Promising reviews: "I used this several times during the holiday season for making sugar cookies. In the past, I've always struggled with getting uniform thickness for my cut-outs (which of course affects baking time and doneness). Using this adjustable rolling pin gave me consistent cookie thickness and my cookies came out perfectly." —Ohiotwins

    Price: $14.99+ (available in two colors)

    13. A rechargeable cordless wine bottle opener so the party isn't ruined when you forget to pick up a corkscrew at the store (because of course that's the only thing you forgot).

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this wine opener. I had one that I purchased at Costco and it never really worked that great. For the holidays I decided to try another brand. This one has been PERFECT! It works on all corks, and I have had no problems with any of them getting stuck. I don't even leave my opener plugged in all the time, so even on low juice, it works like a charm. Fast, neat, and clean. I would recommend this product for sure!" —J-dawg

    Price: $17.99

    14. A protective dome that'll shield your extension cords from snow, rain, and the elements so no holiday light display is ruined.

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    Promising review: "Like many people I have a good number of electrical lights and displays in my yard during the Christmas season, which means outdoor plugs are exposed to the elements. I've done several years with just outdoor extension cords sitting in the yard...never had anything blow up, but maybe I'm getting paranoid in my old age, and living in Florida with soaking thunderstorms before Christmas, I decided to get this. It does what it's supposed to do. It's basically a plastic plate you can stake in the ground, you put your cords on the plate and twist the plastic bowl cover onto the center. The top cover locks and unlocks with ease and it has survived some pretty big storms and kept my plugs dry...not much else to say. It's a tad pricey perhaps but a long-term investment that's easy to use and does its job well." —Wolfshanze

    Price: $26.39

    15. A 5-in-1 wine stopper to instantly elevate that $7 bottle of wine you bought as a last-minute contribution to a holiday dinner. It's also an aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker.

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    Promising review: "I wouldn't consider myself a wine connoisseur by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, it makes the wine taste better, and hello it's $5! It would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I'm planning to grab a few more to keep on hand." —jason lebeda

    Price: $5.56

    16. Or, a pack of wine condoms for when the party ~finishes early~ and there's still pinot left over. Just slip them over your open bottle to prevent any ~unplanned spills.~

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    Promising review: "These are amazing. I bought them as a Christmas gift for my wine loving sister-in-law. She loved them! I ended up buying myself some too. You can use them more than once. They are slightly hard to get on, but that just assures a tight seal. I especially like that you do not have to worry about your wine stopper's height fitting in the fridge." —sznic

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.97.

    17. And a set of recyclable and virtually unbreakable plastic stemless wine glasses, because nothing kills the mood like trying to pick up tiny pieces of glass after someone drops their drink. They're also stackable so they take up less room in your cluttered cupboards if you choose to reuse them.

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    Promising review: "After watching the wine glasses stack up next to a neighbor's sink two days before I hosted a holiday party I said 'I don't want to be washing glasses!' These arrived in one day, and looked like glass, not quite as hefty but still feels sturdy to your hands. Our guests thought they were awesome and one even took his glass home with him....highly recommended." —AB

    Price: $11.99+ for 12 (available in multiple styles, colors, and sizes)

    18. A set of unbreakable christmas ornaments to save you money and stress during the holidays. Naughty cats have met their match!

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    Promising review: "Surprisingly impressed! These are plastic so I don’t have to worry about my cats breaking them, but they don’t look like it. I saw similar ornaments at Target that were supposed to be shatter-proof, but the glitter and coloring were scratching off even in the box. Had these up for a month and there’s no wear." —evd

    Price: $11.99+ for 34 ornaments (available in four sizes and 23 colors)

    19. An Instant Pot so the host who's pressed for time and already committed to making wayyy too many dinner sides can basically make magic happen. Use it to cook your mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, soup, bread, green bean casserole, gravy, cheesecake, or even your whole turkey in record time so you can actually enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

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    This 7-in-1 do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer.

    Promising review: "This is my first Instant Pot and I love it so much. I use it often. My favorites are mashed potatoes, beans, lasagna, soup, baked potatoes, and rice. It really does lock flavors in and it’s so fast. It was extremely helpful for holiday dinners and the keep warm function is one of my favorite features. The best tip I have is to purchase a good cookbook featuring Instant Pots. I bought Kathy Hester’s The Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, which has an excellent how-to section that walks you through each step. Having a good instructional cookbook was very helpful to me and helped give me confidence to use my Instant Pot." —Robin N.

    Price: $79 for six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95, also available in three sizes and three styles)

    20. A dishwasher magnet to know at a glance whether it's safe to use the glasses inside for drinks. Your dishwasher will probably be running nonstop this holiday season if you're hosting (rip your water bill), and this is a simple solution to keeping track of what's dirty and what's clean.

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    Promising review: "My boyfriend and I always had a hard time trying to remember and figure out if our dishes were washed or if we had forgotten to run the dishwasher. I've been using it for the last few months and the magnet has never fallen off from the dishwasher being too hot or anything else; it holds really well to the door of the dishwasher and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I've also tried twisting it to test if it might scratch the dishwasher door — in case one might be worried of it marking up the dishwasher and whatnot — and I didn't see any scratch or paint marks. It makes our lives much easier not having to worry if the dishes are clean and saves water that way!" —brooke

    Price: $3.49

    21. A pack of Command hooks for holding your string lights without damaging your walls.

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    Promising review: "I bought these for hanging up some Christmas lights. While they probably aren't suitable for heavier jobs, they worked excellently for holiday lights. The directions on the clips themselves tell you which side to hang on the wall and which to hang the clip on. This makes it a lot easier to figure out. I recommend pressing down with a little weight to maximize the hold of the 'stickiness'. It also came with a lot, so it will last you awhile." —Bethany

    Price: $3.50 for a pack of 20

    22. A set of glass food storage containers that'll stack neatly in your fridge or freezer and can hold all your Thanksgiving leftovers with ease. They're clear so you can see exactly what's in them, and they're also great for meal prepping once the holidays are over.

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    Promising review: "I love these! These are just as good as Pyrex. They come with an airtight snap-on lid. They are freezer-, oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe (just the glass part of course). I'm so happy with these. These will be great for leftovers storage during the holiday or would make a great gift. They came separated by cardboard and wrapped individually in bubble wrap so I got them no problem." —Sara Monacelli

    Price: $25.99 for a set of five

    23. A meat thermometer so you don't have to leave your guests and run to the kitchen every 10 minutes to check if the turkey is done. This will also give you peace of mind that you're not accidentally serving your family undercooked meat that could make them sick.

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    There's a magnet on the back so you can stick it right to your oven depending on the material it's made of, or you can take advantage of the 40-inch cord and prop up the thermometer on the counter. The thermometer comes with presets for specific foods that are suggested by the USDA, but you can override them if you'd like.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for Thanksgiving. I roasted two turkeys — one in the oven and one in an electric roaster. The thermometers were easy to use and gave me peace of mind. One turkey was done before the other, but the alarms told me when to get them out. I used them again when I made a beef tenderloin for Christmas and it worked like a charm. One of my favorite features of thermometer is the magnet so I can put it directly on the outside of the oven. The probes are easy to clean and easy to store in a ziplock bag." —Katie E.

    Price: $17.99

    24. A robot vacuum so you can focus your time on other things, like wrapping presents and finding the *perfect* gift for everyone on your list, instead of spending hours sweeping your floor.

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    This super slim robot vacuum can run for 110 minutes before it heads back to its charging station.

    Promising review: "I never thought I’d need something like this, but now that I have it, I cannot figure out how I’ve lived without one this long. Like, I could’ve gotten lazy so much longer ago. We live on a mini farm and have an indoor pig, and between that and my husband, you can imagine how much dirt ends up in my house. ;) It isn’t too quiet, but I don’t much care since it gives me the opportunity to do literally anything but actually clean my own floors. And y’all, I hate cleaning floors. You can ask my husband. Cause he knows. Cause he is the only one who ever does it. So I don’t actually even know why I’m stoked, but I am!" —Sarah B

    Price: $165.99.

    25. Or a devastatingly effective handheld vacuum to suck up pet hair. It has a special rubber nozzle that picks up fur with ease, especially on hard-to-vacuum areas like stairs. There's no bag, so simply pop off the canister when you're done vacuuming and dump the contents in the trash.

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    Promising review: "Holy crap!! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! That's why I figured all of these rave reviews were a crock of crap. I've seriously bought every kind of vacuum out there, including the Rumba, which is about as intelligent as a cotton swab. But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! I believe the saying is… a picture is worth a thousand words. Check mine out (above)! Of note — the 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left-behind hair!!! And the 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD! BTW, I've NEVER taken the time to review a product before, just FYI." —Luka Chan

    Price: $30.99.

    26. *Or* a heavy-duty Shark vacuum, because hosting season is not the time that you want to be let down by weak vacuums. This bad boy has a HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of dust inside as well as an allergen seal.

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    Promising review: "This vacuum is fantastic. My two major complaints with other vacuums has been 1) suction too poor to lift pet hair, and 2) needing two vacuums: one for hardwood and one for carpet. I live in a small condo with hardwood floors and a huge area rug. I have a white dog and a white cat. It is impossible to keep up with the shedding. This vacuum is the first I have ever found that will get all the pet hair off any surface with any attachment. I use this once per week to vacuum my entire house, and it takes me less than 30 minutes. It is so easy to take out and put away, as well. The cord is long enough that I can vacuum my entire house without having to switch plugs. I also love how easy it is to dump the contents. (Pictures show the carpet before vacuum and after one pass with the vacuum.)" —JFLD

    Price: $211.19 (originally $249.99)

    27. A pan and lid organizer, because you're going to be in and out of your cupboards while cooking this holiday season and it would actually be helpful to see where all your pots, pans, and lids are. Plus, this rack will prevent your cookware from scratching each other.

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    Promising review: "It was better quality than I thought it would be. It worked perfect. It definitely helped me organize the cabinet of pots and pans and made a cluttered mess into an organized functional space. I would recommend it to anybody. Now I can just reach in and grab the fry pan I want and it left plenty of room for my pots to stay to the right. You could not even see the bottom of my cabinet before." —kencolleen

    Price: $13.87+ (available in two colors)

    28. A set of magnetic utensils so you're not wasting time rooting around your drawers for the right spoon as your gravy burns. This'll also take up less space in your kitchen since all the utensils fit together neatly and compactly.

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    Promising review: "The utensils stay put and all five utensils take up the room of the single ladle they rest in. Super space saving and really great quality and design. They also don't fall off the way they do on my other Joseph Joseph utensil caddy that came out years ago where they all hang on a sort of merry-go-round thing." —greetings

    Get it from Amazon for $22.07+ (available in four colors).

    29. An Echo Dot that'll tell you how many cups are in a quart while your hands are covered in flour. You can also use it to play Christmas music at your party, call your partner to remind them to pick up butter at the store, or turn your lights on and off with a simple voice command.

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    Promising review: "This is my fourth Echo dot. We have one in every room. They make it easy to communicate with other family members who tend to forget their phones in another room. I use the echo to add items to my grocery list, listen to music, set timers while cooking, and for routine alarms and reminders. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my Echo Dots." —CKRawls

    Price: $34.99+ (available in four colors and multiple styles)

    30. An electric knife to save you time and energy when you're slicing bread to serve with your charcuterie board. It's also great for easily carving turkey and ham at holiday dinners.

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    Promising review: "I bought this after seeing how easy it is to carve a turkey on Alton Brown's Good Eats turkey brining episode. My husband says it's a game changer! He used to wrestle with the bird and it looked hacked apart, but with this knife he had it carved in no time and got much more meat off the bones. Great!" —Debbie M

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49.

    31. An adjustable baggy rack stand for when you could really use another hand. No more spilling half the turkey gravy on the counter in a clumsy attempt to get it in the bag. We recommend these reusable silicone bags if you're trying to reduce your plastic use.

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    Promising review: "My mom refuses to buy Tupperware for her leftovers. Since she lives alone but cooks for two, you can imagine she has a lot of leftovers. Since I can remember she has sat there spooning everything from soups and sauces to potatoes and eggs into Ziploc bags, leaving a huge mess behind. I was so excited when my wife showed me these baggy racks. They may not look like much but they do the trick and hold baggies upright for easy — and clean — filling and storage. My mom has been using them ever since. The thing I like most is that the rack fold up easily and can fit in any utensil drawer. They are lightweight, not bulky, and seem to hold up pretty well. Mom's had them for about a year and they are still holding up." —Jody Mabry

    Price: $14.99 for three

    32. A pack of pre-cut parchment paper, because cutting a perfect circle the first time is basically impossible and then you end up wasting parchment paper. Now you can line your baking sheets without waste.

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    Promising review: "I love baking, and the 'handles' on these parchment rounds made a huge difference in being able to remove sponge cake layers neatly from the baking pans and move them onto a cooling rack. No more contortions trying to pick up and flip over a hot cake pan! I'll definitely be ordering these rounds in other sizes to fit all of my cake pans!" —Karin W.

    Price: $11.99+ for 24 pieces (available in four sizes and two shapes)

    33. A ribbon shredder to give your gifts that extra oomph without actually having to pay the professionals.

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    Promising review: "My mom had one of these growing up and I have fond memories of learning how to use it properly and making wrapped gifts really stand out. The other day I was wrapping Christmas presents and that memory popped into my head, so I decided to hop on Amazon and lo and behold, there it was! My ribbon shredder just came in the mail today and I’ve been happily making my presents pretty ever since! The trick is to not have your ribbon too long — three inches or so is all you need. Curl the ribbon with your scissors, then use the ribbon shredder. It sure makes all my gifts pretty!" —M Wolfe

    Price: $11.97

    Go on, take a bow! Who knew the holidays could be so easy?

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