What a great gift! I'm given people portraits of their children before and it always seems to work out well. Still, this one is especially good. I really like the choice of a nice bright lively color for someone in their 20s. The composition and detail are awesome (really nice eyes). It's a really nice picture to look at. I agree with Ladies62 here- no matter what the family may say (in earnest of politely) this really is excellent work!
Well, it really captures a very lively spirit. I'm afraid my own work might have a bit of an "archival" quality to it relative to your work. I'm really impressed by your piece. I think I may have to reference your work for an upcoming wedding present I'm working on- that is, I'll have to try to capture the kind of spirit you've got in yours. Clearly, I'm just a little jealous Again, good work.