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Describe a gift you gave to a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 305 with Model Answer:

Describe a gift you once gave to a child.

You should say:
  • what gift item it was
  • who you gave it to
  • on what occasion you gave this gift
and explain why you chose this 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 1:
A couple of months ago, I attended a birthday party of a child who lives with her parents just opposite my apartment. I was invited as a guest at the party that celebrated the 5th birthday of the child. I bought a gift for her marking the occasion. For this topic, I'd talk about this event and the present that I gave to this child.

After much consideration and several attempts at different gift shops, I finally purchased a Lego set for the birthday girl. The Lego pieces came in a large box, and it contained at least a hundred and fifty Lego pieces. The box contained images of different structures and objects that children could build with the Lego pieces. I thought the daughter of my neighbour, whose birthday I was attending, would like the gift.

The girl whose birthday party I attended was "Bella". She was the only daughter of my neighbours and a sweet child. I have known both her parents for more than a year after they had moved into the apartment next to me. They are quite friendly and nice people, and they invited me to their daughter's 5th birthday as a neighbour. As soon as I gave the Lego set to the birthday girl- Bella, her eyes shimmered with excitement and joy. I knew instantly that she would love the gift.

I chose the gift because I thought Bella, as a 5 years old girl, would enjoy playing with it. I have once noticed her making some kind of structure, a castle more specifically, with papers, wood pieces, and other toys. So I thought a Lego set would be perfect for her. I guess I could have picked any gift for her on occasion on her birthday but nothing caught my eyes when I was searching for a present for her till I looked at this beautiful Lego box.




Sample Answer 2:
I have a nephew who has recently turned to just three. As a newborn and the first child in our family, he is the centre of attraction in our extended family. Since I live far away from our hometown for my college education, I cannot see him often. So whenever I visit my hometown and family, I take some sort of gifts for him. During the last three years, I have purchased at least 10/12 gift items and toys for him. For this topic, however, I will talk about the latest gift that I gave him, which would be around three months ago.

I gave him a toy train set around three months ago since I have heard that he likes toys that move and make noises. As it was his third birthday, I wanted to give him something that he would be interested to play with. And he was extremely happy with the gift. This delicate looking train toy goes around a rail track and mimics the sound of a real train. It is battery operated and looks very nice and shiny.

The name of my nephew is Ryan and he is the firstborn of my elder brother. As he is the first baby in our family, he is someone special to every one of us. I gave him the gift on the occasion of his third birthday.

Why did I give this gift to my nephew? Well, I wanted to present him something special on his third birthday and that's why bought this expensive locomotive set. As a child, trains were my favourite, and I thought that he would also love them. While browsing for a gift on different toys and gift shops just before Ryan's third birthday, I kept in mind that my mother told me about his enthusiasm and laughter while playing with something that makes an interesting sound and move. So I thought that a train set could be a perfect gift for him.

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