When I'm doing big piles of stuff I get out my food processor and grate or shred or slice that way. But sometimes I just need a little bit, so I don't want to deal with washing the whole food processor.
My hand held cheese grater broke recently so I went looking for a new one, and I came across this nifty little set.
It grates cheese, but it also has a plate for slicing and shredding. I've used the shredding piece for shredding veggies to top some of our asian dinners recently and it works perfectly for things like cucumbers and carrots.