Cue Card Sample

Describe a present or gift someone gave you - Cue Card # 718

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a present or gift that someone gave you that you really liked.

You should say:

  • what kind of present/gift it was
  • who gave it to you
  • why he/she gave it to you

and explain why you liked it so much.

[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 1:
I love receiving gifts. Who doesn’t? Besides, exchanging gifts among ourselves is a great tradition in my part of the world whether there is an occasion for it or not. Anyway, I have been lucky to receive several gifts in my life, but today, I would like to talk about a gift which I liked a bit more than others.

The gift, I received, was a T-shirt, a polo T-shirt to be exact, when I was attending my university. Now, everybody in my family knew how much I actually liked to wear T-shirts. In fact, a perfect-looking t-shirt, made of cotton fabric, and blue jeans were my staple dress whether I was going to meet my boss in his office for a formal meeting or enjoying some football at a stadium with my friends.

However, even though, nobody really had anything against my T-shirt-wearing habits, my youngest uncle didn’t really like it that much. Of course, I could understand very well, why he didn’t like me wearing a T-shirt 24/7, and it was because he thought that only juvenile persons would usually like to wear a T-shirt and jeans. But, I was waiting for a big surprise on my 21st birthday when I found out that a beautiful looking, maroon colour t-shirt, made by the world-famous Polo company, was handed to me as a gift by none other than my youngest uncle! Besides, I felt like my uncle actually had read my mind because, in fact, I had looked for such a beautiful t-shirt of that particular colour for a long time. To be honest, that gift was like a “dream come true” to me!

Well, I liked the gift so much because it was a perfect colour. Besides, it was made of 100 per cent, good quality cotton fabric. So naturally, it was very comfortable to wear. Finally, the gift was so special to me because it was presented to me by a person who always had underestimated my preference for dress, especially, my preference for wearing a T-shirt.


Model Answer 2:
One of the most cherished gifts I've received was a handcrafted leather journal, a thoughtful present from my best friend on my birthday. This gift was not just an item; it became a repository for memories, thoughts, and reflections. For this topic, I would like to talk about it.

The gift was a beautifully crafted leather journal, bound in a rustic yet elegant cover. Its pages were made of high-quality paper that begged to be written on, and it exuded a timeless charm that set it apart from ordinary notebooks.

This special present came from my best friend, Sarah. Knowing my love for writing and my penchant for collecting memories, she selected this unique journal as a birthday gift. Sarah and I share a deep bond, and she wanted to give me something that resonated with my passion for expressing thoughts on paper.

Sarah and I had often discussed our shared interest in journaling. She recognized that I preferred the tangible experience of writing over digital note-taking and saw the journal as a perfect embodiment of that preference. The occasion of my birthday provided her with the ideal opportunity to surprise me with a gift that was both personal and reflective of our friendship.

This leather journal became an extension of myself. Its tactile cover and the faint scent of leather made every writing session an immersive experience. The fact that it came from my best friend, who understood and appreciated my passion for writing, added immense sentimental value. Each page became a canvas for my thoughts, and over time, it transformed into a keepsake filled with memories, sketches, and personal reflections.

What made this gift even more special was the thoughtfulness behind it. It wasn't just a generic present; it was a carefully chosen item that reflected my personality and interests.

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