IELTS Cue Card: Describe a present you have given to someone

Describe a present you have given to someone

IELTS Cue Card Question 87 With Model Answer:

Describe a present you have given to someone.

You should say:
  • who you gave it to
  • what kind of present it was
  • how it compares to other presents you have given
And explain why you decided to give 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're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Attending birthdays is really awesome. You will have the chances to meet and greet the friends and family members and the occasion is more important for the birthday boy or girl as they receive exciting presents on the day.

Last week, I was invited on the 13th birthday of my niece, Samantha, who lives in the downtown of New York. She has entered into her teenage which is the most important exciting issue for us all. My present was a pleasant surprise for her. All the other invited guests also brought attractive presents for her on the day. Samantha is the older daughter of my sister and her parents take enough care of her. She is intelligent and smart in her behaviour than the other girls of her age. Besides, she is brilliant in her academic activities and often achieves the first position on her exams.

Since she loves to study, I presented her with a book. The book is not similar to the contemporary books rather it was filled thousands of different known and unknown words. Yes, I gave her a dictionary. It was Oxford-Hachette French to English/English to French Dictionary as she was willing to go to France in the summer next. Thereby, she was trying to learn French. I noticed her determination to learn French and she already admitted her into a French learning centre. The dictionary is bilingual and been continued since 1994. This is the first dictionary that was written with computer assistance and contains over 300,000 words. Though there are several editions are still available, I collected the latest edition published in 2007.

My niece was highly glad having the dictionary. She received many other gifts like story books, clothes, ornaments and even a large-sized Barbie doll on the occasion but she liked my present most. She considered the gift as a divine blessing for her as she was struggling with her home tasks assigned from her French class. She thanked me warmly for the gift and said that she would also bring something special for me when she will return after her France trip. Samantha was so excited after unwrapping the present that she became speechless for few moments. It appeared the Oxford-Hachette French to English/English to French Dictionary was a great surprise for her. She hugged me warmly for the present.

During the present selection, I most emphasise on the necessity of the individuals whom I am offering the gifts. When I am invited, I take the most important things that could be of immediate use to the host. I like to think practical. Taking fancy elements as presents to be hung on the doorsteps is out of my nature. When I learnt that Samantha was learning French, I thought a dictionary would be helpful for her to learn the language. Once I admitted myself in a German language learning school but could not continue as I did not have a dictionary. Thereby, from my own experience, I offered the present to her.