IELTS Cue Card: A piece of clothing that someone bought for you

A piece of clothing that someone bought for you

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 240 with Model Answer:

Describe a piece of clothing that someone bought for you.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • who bought it for you
  • why s/he bought it for you
and explain how you felt about learning this good news.

[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 1:
Receiving a gift is always pleasant and when it is from someone dear, the enjoyment turns double. My fiancée, Nina Nikita presented me a stunning leather jacket on my last birthday. It was really an outstanding gift for me.

Generally, I am an introvert and a student of Moscow State University and undergoing architecture there. I had met Nina Nikita at the university and found that she was the opposite of me. We formed a friendship that turned into something deeper. She is a cheerful young lady and loves to buy gifts for me. We are in the relation for around 3 years and I have found that she loves to present me with almost the similar things. She loves to buy clothing for me and almost half of my clothing is presented by her. On my 23rd birthday, she bought the leather jacket for me so that I could use that during my ride on my Harley Davidson Street 500. She bought the jacket so that it would make me look smarter.

Nina Nikita is the only daughter of her parents. She is an extrovert in nature and loves to socialise – just the opposite of me. She is pretty with her dark blue eyes and wide forehead. The brown hairs look so good to me when those are ponytailed. Besides, she loves to shop much and buys all the necessary things for me even if I do not need them. Interestingly, I got introduced to her accidentally in my class. On the very first day of my class, I forgot to bring my pen and could not sign in on the attendance paper. Moreover, it was the first day of my university and I did not want that the other students should interpret the issue differently. Being an introvert, I have several bitter experiences over such issues and often I forget to bring my pen or other necessary things and I have to lend them from surroundings. But it was Nikita who came to my help this time and without any rude remarks, she had lent me a pen and it was the beginning of our journey.

Nikita loves me so much and she takes care of me. She often rides with me on my Harley Davidson. She also loves to watch movies and in a movie she saw that a rider is wearing a leather jacket and that made him look more attractive. So, she planned to buy such a jacket for me. On my birthday in last month, she surprised me with the jacket. This was one of the finest clothing I have ever had from her. Usually, she buys everything for me as she wants me to look smarter. To her opinion, being an introvert, I am unable to express my opinions and thus I am unable to pick the right clothing for me. Riding on a Harley Davidson with a simple polo shirt and a faded jeans pant is merely enough. Thus she has arranged for the leather jacket. She has arranged the money from her savings. In fact, both of us have a saving account for miscellaneous purpose and we meet the necessary needs or the emergencies. But it was a complete surprise for me as she did not tell me anything before buying the piece of clothing for me. I was greatly pleased with the jacket.

Initially, I thought that she might have bought the clothing for someone else as she often provides presents to her friends and relatives. But when she presented that to me, I was speechless. In fact, I could not find my words to express my feelings at that moment. When I ride on my Harley Davidson, I feel the necessity of a jacket but could not manage time to get that. So, I felt grateful to her. Nikita is my fiancée and we are supposed to get married by one or two years next. A greater level of understanding is required to maintain a happy family. From my part, I need to develop my skills to feel her needs and it was a lesson for me as well. Nikita felt my need and accordingly she bought the clothing so that I do not need to worry about it anymore. Then I felt that I also should develop such a sense so that I could also meet her unspoken needs. But it was really an unexpected event for me to receive the jacket.


Sample Answer 2:
I used to wear shirts and skirts but now cannot have the time to purchase them for my occupational engagement. So, my husband bought a formal shirt and a nice looking skirt for me. It was a pleasant surprise to me. I became glad. Thanks for your interesting question. I am set to describe the dresses here.

The skirt was blue in colour while the shirt was red. The colour combination was great. And in fact, both the colours were my preferred colour. My husband knew that I would be happy if I have the combination of red and blue. So, he planned to get the dresses and really surprised me last week.

My husband, Jim, bought the dresses for me. He is a businessman and deals with export and import of automobile parts here in Norway. He owns a medium business organization and has about 15 employees with him. Jim is more selective in terms of wearing dresses and never wears dresses without brands, especially when it is about shirts. He also has a specific tailor in the city and he often makes his formal pants. Besides, when he is out of the country, Jim tries to visit the renowned tailor shops and brand showrooms to get the right apparel for him and me. So, his last visit to China made him compelled to get this skirt and shirt for me.

I work as an executive at a multinational corporation headquartered in Taiwan. So, I need to attend office and wearing heavy dresses is difficult as I often need to move in places to execute many responsibilities. Wearing comfortable dress is a must to perform the duties I am supposed to do. Often I wear formal suits for women but at a certain stage, I start feeling uncomfortable. So, I asked Jim to bring something comfortable but decent for me when he will return from China. Accordingly, he brought the shirt and skirt. They are really good looking and decent as well.

I turned happy to the highest level when Jim surprised me with the shirt and skirt. He did not say anything about the dress. Rather, he wanted to keep it as a secret. When I was getting ready in the next day for office, Jim unpacked the skirt and shirt and asked me to wear them for office. He also promised that he would bring some more comfortable dresses from his next trip from some other Asian countries. I was highly pleased with the shirt and the skirt. When I saw the colours were my favourite, I jumped out of happiness like a teenage girl when she becomes happy after having the most desired attire or something else.


If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a piece of clothing that someone bought for you." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe something one of your friends gave you. 
  • Describe the best gift you have received ever. 
  • Describe a gift you were given on your birthday. 
  • Describe a gift you received recently. 
  • Describe your favourite item of clothing. 
  • Describe something you have recently bought.