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Gift Guide 2012: 12 Awesome Presents Made Right Here In The USA (PHOTOS)

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My mom has a thing about buying only what has been made in the USA. I'm not sure where her conviction stems from, but right around the time my first child was born, allegations of toxic chemicals in plastic toys made abroad were being blasted from TVs across the nation. Since then, she picks up every item she wants to purchase and checks its origins, and unless it was made here on our shores, back on the shelf it goes.

Her aversion to foreign-made items is admirable -- who doesn't want to support local business? But it means that shopping for her during the holidays takes a bit of research. Thank goodness for companies like Etsy, Pendleton and J.W.Hulme Co. that make items right here in America. Check out items from them and more in our slideshow below.

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