Custom Family Portrait – The Most Heartwarming Gift

custom family portrait as a gift

Getting your whole family excited over picture day is a tough cookie to crack. Every one of them has their own expectations, their own little hang-ups, their own little life. It’s like rounding up a pack of wild mongooses and hoping everything turns outright. The older they get, the harder it gets.

Repetition sets in, priorities shift, excitement dwindles. You turn around and suddenly everyone is off doing their own thing — you have to compete against re-discovered friends, work issues, the entrapping allure of Social Media, the current game system you bought your kid, the questionable outfits your teenage daughter is dead-set on wearing, and dozens of other hiccups that might cloud everything up; that will overshadow the whole idea of a family portrait. The only bait in your arsenal, to keep them herded in and inline:

“Guys, it’s our family portrait. I know we do it every single year — But it’s important. You’ll see when you have a family of your own.”  “Guys, it’s our family portrait. I know we do it every single year — But it’s important. You’ll see when you have a family of your own.” 

As arguments go, it’s not a crowd-pleaser. That’s why cartoon family portraits are in such high demand, because, right now, to tempt your family into staying put, you have to offer them something more — something besides the same old thing. Something that, at the very least, will intrigue them.

Christmas time in the states

The holidays are coming and you’re out of ideas. How exactly do you compete with all the amazing things your family has bought over the years? Studies have shown that less than 5 years ago, big-ticket items were the norm for the holidays.

Christmas would sweep into town and suddenly the Apple Store went gangbuster. And not just for the holidays, but for special occasions. Junior graduates, here’s that laptop you were fantasizing over. It’s your daughter’s birthday, well, here’s a new phone. Not a single idea what to get your old man for Father’s day — let’s chip in and buy him the new PlayStation. 

Today, that’s no longer the case, retail graphs have shown that big-ticket items maintain their same appeal through the year. There’s a surge on the holidays, but not as prevalent as in previous years. What happened? Well, costly things became essentials. 

Tech made that phone, that laptop, that car, critical items in a person’s arsenal — they transformed into everyday necessary tools, as essential as a good pair of pants. Those same studies also showed that by the year 2025 – partly driven by the new post-pandemic norm – that trend will skyrocket. Today, to exist, thanks to remote work, remote studying, and the wonders of the net, we require these items constantly and their updates. 

Retail trends are displaying a paradigm shift in consumer taste — People now want personalized items. They want a gift that presents an emotional connection. Gifts that were inspired by forethought. Presents that two people (the gift giver and the receiver) can bond over. That’s why custom family illustrations are all the rage nowadays. People want their gifts to give them what today’s reality has stolen from them — a human connection. 

The gift of custom family portraits

Your custom family portrait drawing isn’t just a gift, it’s an experience. It’s a chance to have some fun with your family, to finally get their adrenaline pumping over a photoshoot. Sure, you can send us an old captured pic’, one you snapped a couple of months or years back, but part of the fun is getting everyone to participate. 

They are great cooperative gifts. Not just one that’s inspired and is partly created by the dynamics between you and the artist producing the illustration, but one that promotes collaboration between you and the subjects of the photo — your family.

Reasons to create a custom family portrait


People love cartoons and thanks to the proliferation of Pixar, The Simpsons, and Adult Swim, toons are no longer just for kids. They are for everyone. A custom-made cartoon family portrait is a one-of-a-kind gift.


Yes, they are weird. Your family is strange, wacky, bizarre, and oftentimes downright insufferable — But that’s part of what makes them singular and why you love them. Each member is their own little world, and like in our solar system, the stability and beauty of the whole are dependent on the unique properties of each planet.

A custom family caricature, unlike a picture, is a work of art, it captures more than just what’s visually observed. Art manages to say more. A custom family portrait shows all these traits that make your loved ones so magical — and it shows you admire and respect them.


One of the biggest benefits of custom family portraits is the fact that they are great economical gifts. They look amazing, of the best quality, and are highly affordable — without looking cheap.


Finally, the one benefit that makes them stand above the rest is the fact that a custom family portrait depicts the only thing Amazon, Apple, LG, Sony, Nike, and all other retail stores haven’t been able to mass-produce, the only product or service they’ll never have — your family.

Fun custom family cartoon portraits

Fun, unique, affordable, and important — Those are some of the reasons why these types of gifts always manage to hit the bullseye. The reasons why people love them.

At Avatoon we take great care when illustrating your family photo. It’s a custom service that’s easy to understand and promotes communication between you and your animator. Easy, innovative, with an intuitive system, great service, and fast delivery as a high-quality ready-to-be-printed pic.

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