IELTS Preparation

Describe the best gift or present you have received

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 260 with Model Answer:

Describe the best gift or present you have received.

You should say:

  • what the gift was
  • who gave it to you
  • when you received it

and explain why it was the best gift/ present you have ever received.

[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:
Last week I turned 19 and my parents celebrated my birthday. I got some of the best gifts of my life on this birthday and I think the books were the best of the bests.

I have received two books by my maternal uncle naming – ‘The Chocolate War’ by Robert Cormier and ‘Life As We Knew It’ by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Both the writers have beautifully illustrated some of the issues on the books which were unknown to me before reading them. In fact, the books have opened my eyes and I have learnt to think in some newer perspective.

Mr. Chinh is my maternal uncle and in fact, he is the elder brother of my mother. He is also our neighbour in the apartment block we are living in now. In his youth, he was too much desperate and did many adventures. Even in the current days, my dad frequently meets him before taking any decision about his business as uncle Chinh is considered as the wise man in the family. He also takes care of the other members of the family and often arranges for getting together in his residence. He is single and did not marry showing some personal excuses, but so far it is known that a lady rejected him in his olden days. Now he is middle aged and involved with his own travelling business.

Last week, I turned 19 and since this is the last birthday of my teenage, my parents wanted to have a blast on the day. Accordingly, they arranged for a large birthday party and invited almost all the family members, relatives, neighbours and friends. Unfortunately, some of the invited guests could not attend the event as they could not manage time on the day. However, a majority of them arrived in time and presented me different gifts. The event being over, I opened the gifts one after another and was amazed at the selection of the presents for me. It was really amazing to have so many attractive gifts but the books appeared the best to me.

I love to read books but the habit only a few chosen people are aware of this. The other people think me of a traditional Vietnamese young girl who loves to pass moments with friends by gossiping round the day or by shopping on the streets. But, I am not like them rather in some cases, I am restricted to perform certain acts. Hence, I have made book reading as my hobby and have a large collection of books written by both local and international writers. But due to my academic pressure, I could not manage time to get some new books and uncle Chinh has done that for me. Being a book lover, I always prefer books than any other things and thus the presented books have turned best to me.

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