My SO got promoted into an office job and I wanted to make a little something for him to put on his new desk. He loves classic video games, and I remembered my mom (30 years ago) doing personalized pixel-y people cross stitch when someone got married, or had an anniversary or an addition to their family. (My grandma still has one framed of all her grown up children). I called my mom to see if she still had the basic pattern, she laughed - apparently she has cleaned out her craft pile in the last 30 years-but suggested I google it. Found a basic pattern here http://www.marthastewart.com/857131/cross-stitch-family-portrait which seemed almost exactly like what she used to make. I had to wing it on the accessories but I'm super happy with how it turned out!
In addition to video games - he likes beer, music (records) and the Houston Astros (which is the logo on the shirt). He always wears a plaid newsboy style hat which was the hardest to figure out how to replicate in squares. His beard is whiter at the center and his hear whiter nearer the ears, so for those few stitches I added a strand of white.