For Christmas this year, I decided to create a digital painting/sketch from a couple of photos that I had. I got them printed onto canvas and vola! I instantly had a "unique piece of artwork" to gift. Granted, they're certainly not as beautiful as a real hand painted or sketched piece of artwork would be. But when printed onto canvas, they simply look like a re-print of an original painting.
If anyone else would be interested in having a photo digitally painted/sketched for free, let me know. Winkflash.com is offering 60% off custom canvas orders currently and they make for a pretty cool Christmas gift. Enjoy