Travis Kelce shared a meaningful gift from Austin, Taylor Swift’s brother—who wore a complete Santa Claus costume during the latest Chiefs game—that he received for Christmas. Austin Swift definitely didn’t go wrong in giving Travis Kelce a Christmas present.
The NFL tight end revealed that besides dressing up as Santa Claus during the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Las Vegas Raiders on December 25, Taylor Swift’s brother also gave gifts just like the friendly old man.
“He made me feel like a kid because his gift to me was straight from the bag—inside the Santa sack,” the athlete said in a New Heights podcast episode released on December 29. “And handed me a VHS of my all-time favorite football movie: Little Giants.”
The recent New Heights episode was titled the “Kelce Family Year End Holiday Spectacular,” where Travis and his brother Jason Kelce joined Jason’s wife, Kylie Kelce, and their parents, Donna and Ed Kelce.
“I was going to say whoever wore the Santa suit,” joked the Pennsylvania native. “That was a full commitment and I respect that.”
The Christmas Day Chiefs game was a Swift family affair, attended by Taylor, Austin, and even their parents Andrea and Scott Swift.
Other Swift family members didn’t deck the halls as much as Austin, but Taylor was seen wearing a Santa hat with her boyfriend’s football number, 87—similar to the look of other WAGs, Brittany Mahomes and Lyndsay Bell.
And although Travis’ team unfortunately lost to the Raiders, Taylor was by his side as he came home with a heavy heart. The family outing marked the “Karma” singer’s eighth Chiefs game of the season, but football games are just a small part of the couple’s relationship.
“We actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for because we got to know each other,” Taylor told TIME about her relationship with Travis before their first public appearance. “By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think they saw our first date at that game? We would never be crazy enough to launch a first date like that.”
But since then, Taylor has vowed to be extravagant and loyal to her partner. Read on for reasons why Swelce is the perfect pair.
No. 1: He’s a Taylor Swift Fan
Long before Taylor Swift’s attendance at the Kansas City Chiefs’ game on September 24 became one of the definitive pop culture moments of the year, Travis Kelce was an admirer of the Grammy winner.
The star tight end’s interest in Taylor was first revealed by one of his teammates in a TikTok video posted by the Chiefs in August (which, in hindsight, was when the pair were secretly dating).
Before Travis could answer who his celebrity crush was, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling spilled, “Taylor Swift!”
Travis smiled at the camera before pointing to his mustache, saying, “Alright now!”
Additionally, Travis was just one of many celebrities to attend Taylor’s record-breaking Eras Tour this summer. But more on that enchanting moment in a bit…
No. 2: He’s Not Her Usual Type (on Paper)
While he does have that daydream look in his eyes (especially when he sees Taylor on the big screen at one of his games), Travis stands out a bit when you look back at Taylor’s dating history.
She is typically attracted to creative types, including actors (Joe Alwyn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, and Tom Hiddleston) and musicians (Calvin Harris, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and, most recently, Matt Healey).
But perhaps that’s why her romance with the lighthearted and cheeky athlete—who signed a four-year deal with the Chiefs worth $57 million in 2020—feels like such a refreshing option for Taylor after her six-year uber-private relationship with Joe came to an end this past April.
No. 3: He Publicly Pursued Her
Looks like the eight-time Pro Bowler’s wishes came true after he all but manifested his rumored romance with the superstar through sheer will, determination, and declarations of infatuation.
Travis publicly aired his failed attempt to shoot his shot and talk to Taylor when he attended the Kansas City stop on her Eras Tour on July 7. As it turns out, he had a special gift for her: A friendship bracelet bearing his “number” that he hoped to give Taylor. (He wouldn’t definitely say if it was his jersey number or phone number.)
Despite his claim that he was “disappointed” he failed to meet her after the concert, Taylor confirmed to TIME that she belatedly caught his podcast pass.
“Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell,” she recalled. “We started hanging out right after that. So we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for, because we got to get to know each other.”
So, that whole theory about the Sept. 24 game being their first official hang? As Taylor clarified to TIME, “We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.”
No. 4: She Isn’t In Hiding
Since her breakup with Joe, Taylor has been seen in public much more frequently, including outings with friends in New York City and jubilant appearances at award shows, like the 2023 MTV VMAs.
But her most talked-about appearance? Sitting in Travis’ suite at the Kansas City Chief’s Sept. 24 home game against the Chicago Bears.
Rather than shy away from the attention, Taylor cheered, screamed “Let’s f–king go!” when Travis scored a touchdown. Like the public, even Travis admitted he was caught off-guard by Taylor accepting his invite.
“Shoutout to Taylor for pulling up, that was pretty ballsy,” Travis said during the Sept. 27 episode of the New Heights podcast. “I just thought it was awesome how everyone in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her, the friends and family.”
“She looked amazing,” he added. “It was definitely a game I will remember, that’s for damn sure.”
Since then, Taylor and Travis have been photographed hand-in-hand on dates in New York City and have made multiple visits to a Christmas bar in Kansas City, where they were not shy about showing PDA.
And, after revealing to TIME that she retreated from the spotlight after Kim Kardashian’s infamous leaked phone call in 2016, Taylor is going out tonight…and every night, if she wants to, thank you very much.
“Life is short,” she said. “Have adventures. Me locking myself away in my house for a lot of years—I’ll never get that time back. I’m more trusting now than I was six years ago.”