Shop Local: 10 Gifts for the Civic Minded and the News Hound 

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1. TPR membership

You know it’s about time to help that poor NPR-lover pony up for the Texas Public Radio they’re always listening to. There are multiple levels of membership at different costs. Visit to find out more.

2. Tech Bloc membership

This one’s for that friend who is always coming up with tech-related business ideas. A one-year membership costs $25 and now you won’t have to listen to all those (maybe) million-dollar ideas while they network with SA techies. Visit for more information.

3. Girls, Inc.

Want to give back? Volunteer or donate to Girls Inc., San Antonio, an organization that “inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” Through mentorship and programming, girls learn to grow in physically and emotionally safe places. For more information, visit

4. The Witte membership

Bringing San Antonians an array of thoughtful exhibitions and programming — like the amazing “Bodies Revealed” exhibit — a membership at the Witte Museum is a great gift for anyone, especially for the curious. There are multiple levels of membership with different costs. Visit for more info.

5. B-Cycle membership

If you have friends who live in the downtown area who always complain about traffic, a B-Cycle membership could change their tune. With 55 B-Cycle stations and 450 bikes in downtown San Antonio, getting around should no longer be a problem. An annual membership is $80. Call (210) 281-0101 for more info.

6. Texture by Next Issue

Called “the Netflix of magazines,” Texture by Next Issue carries something for everyone, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly. The basic package starts at $9.99 a month, and an extra $5 per month entitles you to unlimited access to all weekly magazines.

7. Donald Trump piñata

First made by Dalton Javier Avalos Ramirez in Reynosa, Mexico, piñatas in Trump’s likeness are now available most anywhere they’re sold. Save your piñata for a birthday, a special occasion or whenever presidential campaign madness seizes hold of your body and you need to hit something.

8. Volunteer with San Antonio Youth Literacy

How can you reach these keeeds? By giving the gift of reading. Volunteer to tutor kids with San Antonio Youth Literacy’s Reading Buddy Program. Information on the program and training is available at

9. Institute of Texan Cultures membership

The Institute of Texan Cultures plays an important role in preserving Texas’ past, and members get tons of great perks: VIP invites to member events, 20 percent off items in the museum store and a discount on admission to special programs, to name a few. Call (210) 458-2300 for details.

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10. A pet in need of a home

Hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats wander San Antonio’s streets, so a short-term arrangement with a pooch or kitty in need is a huge gift. Find more information through San Antonio Pets Alive, the San Antonio Humane Society and the city’s Animal Care Services department.

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