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Unique gift for a special couple on their wedding anniversary. Modern, fun, and truly one-of-a-kind portrait from photo of a couple commissioned for their anniversary.
**click this example of a unique anniversary gift to enlarge it**

Unique gift ideas for special occasions

Full disclosure: I do want to sell you my services! I promise you won't regret it!

Now back to the matter at hand:

A portrait always makes a very nice present for any occasion. It shows the person that you put a lot of thought into your present, and went out of your way to give them something truly special.

Unique gift for her.  Collage portrait a woman from her photo commissioned by her husband for her birthday
**click this example of a unique portrait from photo to enlarge it**

FYI: If you're ordering a portrait of your wife, girlfriend or mother make sure that you pick a photo that she actually likes.

For an older woman I suggest picking a photo where she is younger (nobody wants to be reminded of their wrinkles). A portrait of her at a younger age will show her that in your heart you'll always see her as somebody young and vibrant, (the way she would want to be remembered by the future generations).

A portrait of the deceased grandmother painted from an old photo of her when she was young.  Makes a great family heirloom to remember a loved one by.
**click this example of a portrait of a deceased grandmother to enlarge it**

Please, don't forget that it's also appropriate to give a thoughtful present to somebody who has lost a special someone. A beautiful portrait of a person who has passed away will not only keep their memory alive, but could also serve as a reminder that they are always around the ones who are still here.

Want something playful and fun as a present for somebody special? In that case I suggest turning the person (or people) for whom you're getting the present into illustration characters. Think of their hobbies, professions, etc. If they like antiquing turn them into a couple from the late 1800's. If somebody is a dentist who lives on an alpaca farm - order a whimsical painting of them performing a tooth extraction on an alpaca... Go nuts with your ideas and I'll make sure to turn them into a gift to never be forgotten.

Be creative! Always aim for a gift they'll remember and cherish forever. For Mother's Day get your wife (or mother) a painting that shows her surrounded by her children each doing whatever it is they like doing the most, (e.g. swinging upside down from a chandelier, texting, playing their trumpet, etc.).

Fun humorous painting of a family created from the photos of the immediate family members. The family is pictured gathered around the table for a celebration
**click this example of a fun family portrait
from photo to enlarge it**

For a baptism get the child being baptized a personalized picture of their Guardian Angel, an angel that looks like them or a relative that passed away. For an anniversary, wedding or an engagement party turn the couple's first meeting into a fun painting. Caricatures are fun, but an illustration type of painting is both fun and unique.

For big anniversaries of birthdays you can get a whimsical illustration of your whole family or better yet turn your family tree into a painting (click link to go to the family tree paintings page). It's the type of present that your parents, grandparents, friends, etc. as well as their descendants will always treasure.

Think outside the box and if you can't think of anything original contact me and I'll come up with some unique artistic gift for your special someone(s).

*if you like Natasha's art and would like to commission a painting from her, please use "Artist contact form" or email Natasha directly at: artnsus@gmail.com

"Don't save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion."
Thomas S. Monson

"Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart."
Sarah Ban Breathnach

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."