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A cut above: A pair of $10 herb scissors will save you tons of prep time

Cooking with fresh herbs is a great way to up the flavor factor when you're trying to get dinner on the table. It can also increase meal prep time dramatically. Until now, that is — thanks to these genius X-Chef Herb Scissors that'll set you back just $10 at Amazon. Equipped with five times as many blades as traditional kitchen shears, this handy gadget makes chopping a breeze and lets you complete the job in a fraction of the time.

Eat your heart out, Edward Scissorhands!

$10 at Amazon

The holidays are just around the corner, and anything that helps speed up prep work for the big meal is a boon. But even if you aren't in charge of hosting a large gathering this year, X-Chef Herb Scissors are a welcome addition to any kitchen.

For starters, one snip with this stainless steel set is the equivalent of 10 slices using a knife, meaning your basil, scallions, chives and more will be finely and evenly chopped in no time. Plus, you won't have to bust out the cutting board just to mince the garnish for your roast chicken — just cut up the herbs right over the dish.

Another benefit? Those of us who lack coordination will be far less likely to nick our fingers with these scissors than with a knife. And while they might look like a pain to clean, keep in mind that they can go on the top rack of the dishwasher, and their blade protector even has a built-in cleaning comb you can swipe through to remove any stuck-on bits.

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When it comes to must-have kitchen tools, these brilliant herb scissors make the cut. (Amazon)

These X-Chef Herb Scissors have already impressed over 2,600 Amazon customers. "Why didn't I get this sooner?" lamented one reviewer. "I LOVE these herb scissors! I used them for the first time when making a cheese ball for Christmas. I'd previously hand-chopped green onions or other herbs, but these scissors cut them into perfectly sized bits in mere seconds. The results were so good that I actually had fun using them. I'm really not particularly good at hand-chopping, but this works like a charm! And the scissors guard/cleaner is quite clever and useful."

"These scissors are the best tool ever!" gushed another happy home cook. "Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making, I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board, I just snip the fresh basil into the salad."

"These shears are great," wrote a final fan. "You will have to do a bit more cleaning than regular shears, as there are more blades, but it is not difficult to clean. [I] also like the color, as it stands out and is easy to find in a drawer with other kitchen gadgets."

Need an affordable gift for the foodie in your life? Ta-da!

$10 at Amazon

Another time-saving kitchen gizmo Amazon shoppers love? This No. 1 bestselling Fullstar Vegetable Chopper:

Want perfectly diced veggies in one go? This is the tool for you. It also comes with spiral and ribbon blades.

$25 at Amazon

"Impressive!" exclaimed one satisfied shopper. "It makes chopping up small veggies like baby carrots, onions and celery a breeze! I'm a senior now with arthritis, and this really helps speed things up in the kitchen while giving my achy hands and fingers a break from the rigors of manually chopping up everything."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.