If you don't feel like spending some serious dough, you can always DIY. It's really not that difficult and I think theses make really nice & inexpensive gift ideas.
Using a digital camera, photograph your subject from the side. It's best to shoot against a white wall or a white posterboard to make it easier to digitally remove the background during the next step.
Open the picture in Photoshop. Use the Magic Wand tool to select the background for removal. Once clicked, the background will be outlined and highlighted. Go to 'edit' and click 'cut.' The background will disappear.
Now go to 'image' and click 'adjustments.' Select 'desaturate' to remove all color.
In 'adjustments,' select 'brightness/contrast.' Lower the brightness and increase the contrast until your image takes the form of a silhouette.
If the image isn't completely silhouetted, use the Paintbucket tool (with black as the color selection) to fill in as needed, placing the cursor dead center and clicking until your desired effect is achieved.
Using the Image tool, select 'image size' to set your desired dimensions.
Save your silhouette as a JPEG file.
You can then either print it or burn the file to a CD and take it to your favorite photo-printing or copy shop (or simply use on online printing service like Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery), printing it on whatever paper or card stock you choose.
If you want greater depth or thickness or a different background color, augment the printed image with paint.
Or you could just do it the old fashion way....
Simply choose a photo that is simple, preferably with a profile view of a person or object.
Using scissors and/or a utility knife, cut around the shape of the subject in the photograph; this shape creates a template.
Trace the template onto the black paper (tracing on the back of the paper will keep pencil marks from showing).
Use scissors or a utility knife to cut out the traced shape. If you want details like stray hairs and eye lashes remember to include those.
Apply glue to the back of the image, mount the image on background paper and place in a frame. voila!
In case you want a large silhouette of a rooster above your head as you sleep (and who doesn't), there are DIY instructions for silhouette wallpaper at Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh. If a vase carved in your likeness is more up your alley, you can even have your Pirolette made at this Etsy shop which I think are just amazing. I want one.
Can't get enough of these here papercuts? Resurrection Fern took pictures of the paper cuts at the Musee des Miniatures in Lyon which are mind blowing. Apparently some of these paper cuts were no larger than postage stamps. Another great site for papercuts is elsita. She shares how to tutorials if you care to take it to the next level.
By the way, that really fun thing that this font is doing here is in no way intentional. The HTML's are beyond rescue. Hope you enjoyed it and hopefully it'll stop by the next post.