I was driving around L.A. recently and was saddened to see "FOR LEASE" signs on many of my beloved mom-and-pop boutiques, stores, and restaurants. Which got me thinking -- the holiday season is the perfect time to support the little guy. Yes, online holiday shopping at a mass retailer is a snappy approach. But, in this economic climate, if we don't support entrepreneurs, lots of groovy companies will fold.

So to help you wrap-up your holiday shopping list -- while helping some of your fellow entrepreneurs -- here are some of my favorite:

Why not buy mom a coterie of eclectic spices from Spice House?

Buy your partner portable aromatherapy massagers from t spheres.

Get the foodie in your life exotic chocolates from Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

Pamper her with organic grooming gear from Spa Space or score a decorive Chinese antique lacquer catch all box from Pagoda Red.

A faux diamond tank watch at ToyWatch is a lot of look for a little cash.

Invest in vintage accessories for men and women at Decades.

Grab the grooviest books, candles, and home accessories at Jayson Home & Garden.

Give her the gift of glow with Kinara's red carpet facial in a box.