2020 Best Austin Holiday Gift Ideas | Twisted Texas Tour

Best Austin Holiday Gift Ideas 2020

1. Food & Drink Tours

Tours aren’t just for tourists.  And gift cards will last forever…longer than covid.

Of course our favorite gift this holiday season is a Twisted Texas Tour gift card.  Let the entertaining and wacky guides at Twisted Texas show you that tours aren’t just for tourists.  Our food and drink-focused experiences will showcase hidden gems, neighborhoods off of your normal routine, all with lots of laughs along the way.

group of smiling women raising mimosas in toast gesture while sitting at table

2. Cows! (Say what?)

Ease that hungry tummy…for your neighbor!

A donation to Heifer International’s Heifer USA Project provides support to small scale farms that serve local communities right here in the US of A. You can also choose to donate an animal of your choice to a family in need (take their “perfect match” quiz to find your best fit–I got Chelsea Chick!) This also makes a fun “community gift”;  every year a group of friends and I pitch in to buy a cow for a village in need rather than getting each other gifts.

bandana wearing goat chewing piece of hay with a cowboy hat in foreground

farmer wearing a mask harvesting crops


3. Texas BBQ Feast

A gift that will really mooooove you!

Order a delicious holiday dinner pack from Terry Black’s BBQ! Choose between a full brisket or a full turkey breast (each roughly 4 lbs), a pumpkin pie and a bottle of their original  BBQ sauce, and you have the start of a meal fit for a king (or a queen)!

pumpkin pie and smoked turkey with bottle of barbecue sauce


4. Virtual Wine Tasting

Keep it classy this holiday season.

Sign up for virtual wine tastings with William Chris Vineyards. Making 100% Texas wine since 2008, William Chris Vineyards has earned numerous prestigious awards from the wine-making community. With these virtual tastings, you get to savor 5 different wines, all while being guided through tasting techniques and best practices by an accomplished sommelier. Throw in some holiday movie trivia and a custom charcuterie guide, and William Chris has your date night all planned out! 

4 bottles of wine lined up in outdoor setting


5. Boats

Warm weather wishes + winter season savings = WIN

We get it, cold weather ain’t for everyone. So help keep those summer vibes alive with a gift card to Float On boat rentals. As soon as the infamous central Texas heat returns, be the first back on lake soaking up those rays. 

aerial view of boats lined up on lake with people swimming in the water


5. Two-Pack: Cookies & Class

It’s a two-for-one, with victories for your stomach and your ears.

Austin originals Kendra Scott jewelry and Tiff’s Treats Cookie Company have teamed up! Give the gift of delicious warm cookies AND beautiful statement earrings. What a combo

plate of chocolate chip cookies next to golden stand displaying blue jewel drop earrings


6. Travel

There has never been a better time for a bespoke travel advisor to be in your corner.

After a year of being cooped up and quarantined, we are all ready to get back to normal.  And for many of us that means back to planes and trains, passport stamps, beaches, and exotic locales.  However with all the new government restrictions, health & safety concerns, and new operating procedures, travel can be a bit more difficult than it used to be.  This year, give the gift of traveling with ease.  Let the savvy travel planners over at J. Upton Travel take care of the details so you can relax.

island sunset view from covered patio with palm trees and flowers


7. Puppies!

Perfect for the “Puppy Parents” on your list!

Give the animal lover in your life some joy with a Service Dogs, Inc. of Austin calendar! SDI provides people with rescue-turned-support dogs free of charge. And this calendar is the perfect gift to remind us all every day just why Austin is such a dog-crazed town!

2021 wall calendar cover showing yellow lab licking face of firefighter


8. Sips and Scandals

Explore downtown Austin by night.

Learn all about the sordid past of Austin with the brand new Scandalous Austin Cocktail Walk! Sample delicious cocktails while taking in all the often unnoticed architecture of downtown Austin and discover all the weird and wild ways this town came to be!

line of martini glasses with salt rims and olives alongside clear drinking glasses filled with ice


9. Save an Austin musician

Keep the music going in the Live Music Capital of the World

Make an honorary donation to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Like many performers, musicians were hard hit by the pandemic and need some love. HAAM provides access to medical care to all those in the Austin music industry so they can in turn keep our spirits lifted and our ears filled with beautiful music.

woman playing ukulele while singing into microphone, bearded man in red shirt playing drums behind