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... you'll really appreciate having a boot dryer. I wouldn't want to be without one just in terms of drying various other outdoor boots, but getting into paddling just makes having a boot dryer that much nicer than it already is. As others have pointed out, a boot dryer will also work on gloves. They work slowly though (overnight is about the right amount of time).
A really slick way to dry either boots or gloves in an incredibly short time is to use a shop vac or any "old-fashioned" canister vacuum cleaner that allows you to attach the hose to the air outlet. Use the machine to blow into boots or gloves, and they'll be dry very soon. Of course, you can only dry one item at a time unless you feel like being inventive and devise a way to feed two blower nozzles with one hose (which wouldn't be difficult).
Another trick not many people think of works while driving back from your paddling trip. Put gloves, socks, whatever, up on the dashboard and blast them with the defroster. For neoprene gloves, it's the heat that does the trick, warming up the whole glove and vaporizing the moisture inside. For socks and non-waterproof gloves, the air flow into the fabric is a big factor too, and most such items will dry in just 15 minutes if you position them properly and turn them once or twice.