Cue Card # 52: A gift you gave to someone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 52

Describe a gift you gave to someone recently.

You should say:

  • what the gift was
  • whom you gave it to
  • how you felt about it

and explain why you chose this particular gift.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

If somebody asks me which one I would prefer between “giving a gift” and “receiving a gift”, I would certainly go with the former anytime of the day, not because I actually love receiving gifts from others, but because I just want to avoid the “hassle” of choosing and buying a perfect gift for my loved ones. But, when it comes to buying a perfect gift for your “most favourite” nephew for his upcoming birthday, you know that you are in for even “bigger effort and challenge”.

And what a challenge it really was to choose a little bike for my 5 years old nephew! I just couldn’t decide whether I should have bought a 16-inch wheel bike or a 12-inch wheel because my nephew was a bit taller than average kids of his age. As if choosing the size of the wheels of the bike was not confusing enough, I also had to worry about the colour and the weight of the bike before buying it.

But, I wasn’t about to give up my mission to buy the perfect gift for my nephew. So, I kept searching for a perfect bike with the perfect colour, perfect size and perfect weight, all in just precise combination, in all shops in the market one after another. But, when I did find the perfect bike for my birthday boy, I felt like I had “conquered” the moon!

However, the best and the happiest part of buying a perfect gift for me arrived when I found my nephew ‘hugging’ his gift with the “world’s biggest smile” on his face!

I chose this particular gift mainly because it was a long time wish of my nephew that I would buy him a nice looking bike. My nephew would prefer to remain “indoor” a bit too much, perhaps, for a boy of his age, and we wanted him to go outside and enjoy the outdoors after his school time. So, the idea was to encourage him to keep busy with his bike and play with his friends instead of remaining indoors too much. Besides, I chose this particular gift because I thought it would also help the young kid to improve his stamina and a “sense” of freedom inside him, which was absolutely essential for him for his “balanced” growth.

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