Supply issues have been affecting our economy for months now. Shoppers were warned to buy their gifts earlier rather than later. Many are facing longer shipping times.

Buying in-person takes away some of the stress. Purchasing from local vendors supports our neighborhood businesses and ensures that gifts will be ready in time for the holidays.

One place to check out is the White Rock Farmers Market, located at 9150 Garland Road. It’s open 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 4, 11 and 18. There will be more than 50 local vendors selling pottery, artwork, woodwork, soaps, jewelry, seasoning gift sets and more, as well as fresh produce.

Photo courtesy of Lakewood Shopping Center via Facebook.

Lively Local Markets is hosting a Christmas market at Light Up Lakewood, scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 3. More information about the event, which will include musical performances, a tree lighting and other activities, can be found here.

Makers Connect, a store at 9047 Garland Road, has plenty of gifts, many of them handmade by East Dallas neighbors. A few holiday items include blown-glass ornaments by Brad Adams, ring dishes and gummy bear earrings.

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And don’t forget to check out our gift guide, featuring six very East Dallas presents from Curiosities, Coffee Co., Sasha’s, T Shop, Elizabeth Dryden and Clay Pendergrass.