Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted /a gift you received IELTS Cue Card

Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted /a gift your received IELTS Cue Card


Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted /a gift you received

You should say:

  • Who gave it to you?
  • What was the thing?
  • When you received it?
  • Why you needed it?
  • How you felt about it?

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes.

Sample Answer 1


Although I have received many gifts in my life, I got a present I wanted on one occasion. Hence it is worth mentioning.

Who gave it to you?

My brother blessed me with a gift, and he gave me the thing which I was severely in need of

What was the thing?

It was a laptop.

When you received it?

I received it on my birthday.

Why you needed it?

I needed it because my country’s administration imposed a strict lockdown due to the corona pandemic, and my college started offering online classes instead of offline.

Since I did not have a laptop, I took a lot of work to attend classes online. Although I participated in the courses through my smartphone, its screen size needed to be improved.

I found it challenging to read the content written by the teacher on the whiteboard. Moreover, submitting the projects was also problematic because typing the content on a mobile phone is a time-consuming process.

Hence, due to the non-availability of the laptop, my life was going through a challenging phase.

How did you feel about it?

After getting the laptop, I was on cloud nine. Attending the class became easy for me, and The teacher’s whiteboard was visible to me.

Apart from this, I completed my projects and submitted them on time because typing the content and offering the presentation is relatively easy on a laptop compared to a smartphone.

Hence, with the laptop at my disposal, my performance increased appreciably, and I passed my exams with flying colors.

Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow-up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted /a gift you received”.

1. What is the relationship between shopping and your country’s economy?

Shopping helps the economy in two ways. Firstly it inclines tax collection, and secondly, it creates more job opportunities with increased demand for products and services.

2. What are the things young people like to buy?

Young people buy things that provide instant gratification, like new clothes, watches, mobile phones, cars, etc.

3. Is consumption important to a country?

The economy of countries thrives primarily on consumption. The nations with low consumption face severe financial crunch, whereas increased consumption of goods and services provides innumerable benefits. Firstly it leads to the effective utilization of resources because factories and machinery re total capacity. Secondly, it strengthens the state’s exchequer through more collection of taxes through enhanced buying. Thirdly it improves productivity by providing jobs to unemployed people.

4. What should parents do when their children ask for things their friends have?

Parents should clearly distinguish between demands and desires in front of their children and make them understand them. Parents should also make clear their financial position, like the funds at their disposal and the liabilities they have. This practice puts the children on the right track and inspires them to work hard for things their parents cannot provide them.

5. Why do people buy things that are not necessary?

People engage in purchasing unwanted things because of various reasons. The prominent cause is a peer or societal pressure. Apart from this, they fall into the trap of multinational companies, which manipulate the minds of innocent buyers by applying the intelligent principles of consumer behaviour.

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