- Giving a gift is not necessary during a first business meeting.
- Avoid giving anything purple or black as these are mourning colors.
- Gifts of knives, scissors, or letter openers are interpreted as the severing of a close bond. Handkerchiefs are also associated with funerals, so avoid giving them.
- Avoid practical gifts, since they may be perceived as too personal. For example, avoid wallets, key chains, ties, sunglasses, jewelry and perfume
- Do not give anything that is very expensive. Your generosity will only cause embarrassment or be misinterpreted as a bribe.
- Gifts are usually opened when received.
- Whisky, chocolates, flowers, good wine, music CDs and DVDs, movie DVDs and photo albums are good gifts, but to give at all there must be some intimacy, not necessarily a big intimacy, you must be well known to the person.
- If you have never talked to before, flowers (not black or purple) and chocolates are recommended.
- It is not recommended to give very personal clothing and accessories or jewelry unless you have great intimacy or have a vested interest and strong and visible link to the person.
- It is also not recommended to give a gift at every visit. Gifts for people you do not know well are acceptable on birthdays or when you are invited to a formal dinner.
- Close friends do not usually exchange gifts often and if you do that you may be seen as selfish or exaggerated, and summon people to visit, it is not necessary to mark in advance, just to combine.
- For Brazilians, it is not necessary to be close to go in someone's home
- At social events, formal or not, it is necessary when arriving and departing to acknowledge all present, even if you do not know the attendees well. Greeting strangers is viewed as odd. Ignoring someone is seen as rude.
- It is common for men and women to kiss on the cheek. Between women, up to three kisses on alternating cheeks is acceptable if the women are not married. Between men only a handshake is acceptable.
- Shaking hands with women is considered cold, unless she initiates the handshake.
- The act of "kissing the cheek" is really just touching one's cheek to another. The kiss a cheek with one's lips is considered very intimate.