Special-occasion gift idea: custom cartoon portrait

Picture 52When money’s tight, you’re always on the lookout for gifts that are long on creativity and spirit but gentle on the debit card. Elsewares—one of those indie-artsy online shops—has something that would make a really memorable offering for all kinds of big occasions: a custom cartoon portrait by Texas artist Ryan Feerer. You email Ryan a photo and two of your friends’ favorite things (the guy pictured here likes coffee and cookies, obvi) and the artist will send you a framed cartoon portrait in a week or two. They’re normally $125, but today there’s a 25-percent-off deal through Daily Candy (code ELSEWARES25), which brings it to under $100 ($93.75 to be exact). Still too steep? Go in on it with seven friends. Find out more about Ryan Feerer’s custom portraits here.