My friend Lauren graciously agreed to do a custom painting for me (she doesn't normally do custom work). Yay! And because it was from Lauren it came all cutely packaged (note, I had to unwrap and rewrap this--it was even cuter the first time)
I had given Lauren a bunch of photos from the honestly-not-very-picturesque lake we vacation at each year and she created this painting. Our vacation spot. Only prettier.
I highly recommend having a friend who is a talented painter because then you can give your in laws a super awesome (if I do say so myself) gift in the form of an original painting. I suppose even if you aren't friends with Lauren, or another artist, you could always just buy some art from Etsy. Lauren's pieces are super affordable in addition to being super awesome. And if landscapes aren't your thing she also paints shoes. Thanks so much, Lauren. I think the in laws like it almost as much as me!