At the same time, you may want to buy some "looking back" little mementos for yourself.
Gifts can be wacky or gag gifts or some other type of gift that the giver thought was interesting. Read on to find out more about unusual gifts.
The best way to find them is to walk the streets of Lagos, visit small remote areas around the Algarve and you are sure to find something. Be it in a bazaar, flea-market or even in a small village shop. You can also look at old antique shops, second hand charity shops. You can speak to local craft people and local artists.
Or if you love nature, you could pick-up a piece of wood, varnish it and inscribe in it the place where you picked up. All that is stopping you, is your imagination ... so allow it to run wild, and you would be amazed at what you can find and do.
Whether visiting a new locale or a tried-and-true favorite spot, one of the best aspects of traveling is bringing home souvenirs.
Some people enjoy collecting particular items, such as coins, spoons, magnets, Christmas ornaments, or stamps. Of course, you'll also find mass-produced tourist trinkets at any popular destination. While there's nothing wrong with these items, they don't always impart the true feel of a place.
For more unique mementos, shop for local products. Arts and crafts make great souvenirs. If you'll be adding your purchase to your home décor, consider how it will fit in with what you already have.
Not only are such items authentic to the region, you may also get a first-hand experience with the maker.
For instance, there are many crafters in Lagos that create their goods while you watch. Since they make items differently every time, if you want something, buy it right away. That's a good rule of thumb in other places, too. Even if the item is still available, you might not be able to go back and purchase it.
One of the most distinctive features of any culture is its music. You'll often find musicians playing in public places, especially during the Summer months. If you like what you hear and they've got CDs for sale, why not buy one? Or get some local music at a CD shop. When you're home and want to recapture the feeling of your vacation, just give listen to it and relive your experience of that time and place.
Even consumable goods, such as cigars, coffee, food specialties, and soaps can prolong memories of your trip. Although they won't last forever, they can be an enjoyable reminder while you use them.
Of course, there's always the lure of duty-free shopping.
And even when shopping isn't duty-free, prices on luxury items may still be significantly less than what you'd pay at home. While these things won't be specific to your vacation spot, they can still serve as nice souvenirs. Many countries place limits on how much you can buy duty-free; after the maximum Euro amount, you'll have to pay taxes.
Travelers should be aware of other regulations regarding their purchases, too.
While some goods may be easy to buy while you're visiting, they may not be allowed into your country. Produce, live plants, and animals are among the top offenders.
Products made from endangered species may be both illegal to buy and to transport. If you're caught with banned items your souvenirs will be confiscated and you may be fined.
Wherever you journey, a little bit of research will go a long way towards ensuring that your travel mementos will provide you with many years of happy memories especially if you are coming to the Algarve and visiting Lagos.