Brazil: Gift Giving Etiquette

  • Upon an initial meeting with a Brazilian, a gift is not required, but when a relationship has formed, a gift would be in order. Gifts could include: music, artwork, nice pens, address books, quality notebooks, whiskey, or fine wine.
  • When giving a gift, avoid the colors of black and purple for these are colors of mourning and do not give handkerchiefs.
  • Avoid any gift with a sharp edge for it represents the severing of relationships.
  • Do not give practical or personal gifts. (Ties, wallets, jewelry, perfume, etc.)
  • Avoid giving a gift that is too expensive for the Brazilian counterpart may be embarrassed by the generosity or assume it is a bribe.
  • Refrain from giving gifts when business is being discussed; wait until the meeting has ended.

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