If you want to give someone a really special gift but don't know what to get, why not a custom painting?
1. It is personal.
A custom painting can be really meaningful for the person giving and for the person receiving. You have the choice of selecting imagery that really communicates something special; an inside-joke, or a fond memory.
2. It is unique.
With a custom painting you get exactly what you want. You don't have to settle for whatever you find.
3. You would be supporting the arts.
Why is it that artists start making money once they're dead? Support local artists and help squash the "starving artist" mentality. It will make you and and the artist really happy.
4. It's not that expensive.
Yes, a Picasso painting is worth millions, but art is more affordable than you might think, specially considering this is a gift that will live on even after you do. In this regard, art is timeless and may even become more valuable with time.