The Special Gift Essay

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 15 - People remember special gifts or presents that they receive

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IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend more than 40 minutes on this task.

People remember special gifts or presents that they receive. Why?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
A person in his lifetime receives many gifts and presents and with the span of time he might forget about them. But special gifts are kind of gifts that he would remember for a long time or even in some cases forever. There are various reasons why we remember those short of special gifts and the most influential reasons are physiological, economic, memory and effort related to the gifts.

First of all, a gift, no matter what it is, is always special when it is given by a very dear person. Gift received from parents or children on special occasions are cherished by most of us. In this case, the cordiality and attachment it more important that the gift itself. For instance, many people treasure the gift they receive from a lover, friend, father, mother or a special person for a long time. The gift I got from my father on my 12th birthday was merely a diary and that I still consider a very special gift for me. This special gift reminds me my childhood and the love of my father and that’s why I will always remember it.

Second, people often wish for certain things which are they usually can’t buy and if such a present is given someone, it is likely that he will remember it for a long. For instance, when my uncle purchased me a laptop when I was around 18 years old, I was very excited and I will never forget the gift. Sometimes the surprise gifts are memorable and become special to some persons. For instance, the gift I gave to my college on his birthday became one of the special gifts for him as he later expressed. Thus these sorts of special gifts remind us the goodwill and love we actually receive from that person.

Third, expensive gifts often surprise people and can become their special gift. If a car is bought to someone which he would not be able to afford is ought to become a special gift as well. It is common human phycology that they would remember such gifts for a long.

Finally, the memory related to a gift is the most important factor for a special gift. The small gift given by a father who is no more with the children would definitely become a valuable gift to that son/daughter. With time the gift might get lost or broken or even useless but the memory remains and thus the memory involved with a gift is an important factor and that’s why people would remember the gift.

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Alternative Answer 2:
Receiving gifts is always exciting and many people remember the gift for a long time. I think that all people like to receive presents from their relatives, friends, co-workers, and people they love and care about etc. Personally, I am sure that a person does not remember all the gifts he receives because it is impossible. However, I think that all people remember some gifts that were special to them. There are many reasons for people to remember those special gifts.

First of all, I believe that people remember special gifts because they were from very close and dear people. For example, I remember my parents gave me a ring when I was sixteen years old. It was not an expensive ring but it was very valuable for me and when I left my home and moved to another city, I often looked at that ring and felt like my parents were somewhere near me. I felt their support, care, love and understanding. It is like people who are close to us give their small parts of their souls with that gift. They want us to remember them and they want to make us happy. Gifts sometimes remind us the memory of a certain time. For example, if a child gets a toy at an early age and if he sees it when he grows older, it reminds him about the childhood. Besides, special gifts always remind us the caring and love of the person who gave it. These gifts are very valuable for people of all countries and nationalities.
Another reason why people remember special gifts because they were exactly what people wanted to have for a long time, but for some reasons, they just could not afford those things or they did not buy them. So, when they receive those things as gifts it makes them very happy and they remember those moments for a long time. When I was a child my mother could not buy me a bicycle because we did not have enough money at that time. So, when my grandfather bought me my first bicycle it was the happiest moment in my life. Moreover, he personally taught me how to ride and I spent all my spare time after that doing cycling.

To sum up, I think that people remember special gifts because they are presented with love, care and come from special people.

(Approximately 388 words)

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Model Answer 3:
Usually, we get gifts on several occasions like birthdays, festivals and special moments in our lives but we remember only a few of them because of the special person who offered it and certain moment on which we have received. I will elucidate the reasons, why we commemorate the special gifts in our life, in the following paragraphs.

These presents inspire us towards our goals in life. For example, I got a wrist watch from my grandfather on my first day of college. I studied very hard to get admission in that institution. I rarely put on this watch and treat it as sovereign of my grandfather. It encourages me towards my goals and energises me when I depress due to some failure. In addition, it makes me feel that my grandpa is with me even he passed away five years back. There is one more very special gift in my life from my university friends.

Some gifts maintain lifetime bondage between the people. For instance, in the final year of my university studies, my friends gave me a computer laptop on my birthday. Even they have settled in different corners of the world but I am still in touch with them because of this gift, whenever I see it, I recall my college days and this instigates me to phone them. In this way, our friendship has become forever.

To sum up, presents show a specific affection from the givers to their recipients and they have a mysterious power which can encourage people.

(Written by - Atchuta Viswanadham Pati)


Model Answer 4:
A gift is always special, but is there any special gifts one would remember? My answer would be a definite yes. Special gifts are always fondled and nurtured no matter how old it gets. An ideal exemplification supporting this context would be a gift from your loved ones.

Gifts always favour a better place for two hearts - the one gifting and the other being gifted, in my experience one gift I am going to nurture for the lifetime would be the birth of my daughter. Another would be a gift from my wife on an anniversary day. These are always remembered and cherished because these gifts made an indelible impact on my mind. Remembering things, though not unique to humans, we are only living creature which can distinguish and remember, human physiology explains it better. Anything special always procures a place in our brain, which can be retrieved when needed.

In some cases, it is not the person but the present itself that is valued more. For example, a student awarded as the best cadet of the year. Such gifts that one receives in childhood are most likely to influence him for future. Another case of influential gifts would be an object or living being that is going to stay with you for a long time. An example would be my case when the puppy that I got gifted from my mother at age of fifteen went on stay as my best friend further. Next category of  gifts remembered would be one that was out of reach always; a mediocre person being gifted with an expensive car which he never dreamt of buying would serve an example. Though it is said that gifts should not be valued or weighed, some gifts like the expensive car reserve place in our memory mainly on its market value or price.

In general, people remember gifts that become special in their life, few examples are mentioned above. This process is a part of human nature as we are made of such complex emotional bindings with objects or things that could give us pleasure.

(Written by - Vineeth V.)


Model Answer 5:
In our life, we get a lot of presents in different occasions. Some of these are special to us and we consider those as distinctive souvenirs. I still remember the gift I got from my uncle on my 5th birthday. It was a big doll with a blond hair and I loved it so much and it was my favourite toy in my childhood. I believe , people remember special gifts due to a variety of reasons and in the following paragraphs, I will elaborate this.

Presents are substantial in our life, they are meant to show love and care. It does not matter if the gift is expensive or not, it is enough to get a present in a special day in our life. Some gifts are given as incentives for doing something good or exemplary. People remember those gifts for a long time. For example, when I was a little child at a school, teachers encouraged us to study well by giving us banknotes as a souvenir. Actually, I still keep these banknotes and still remember our teachers. I will always remember how these presents gave me a positive spirit to study well.

There are many gifts we cannot forget because they are given by people we love and care. For me, the first gift I gave to my mother in the Mother's day, was a simple one but I cannot forget how she gave me a warm hug and cried in joy. She still keeps this present and always says ''it is the most precious present I ever had!''

It is important to show our feelings to those who are special in our life by sharing the happiness and joy and giving them gifts. Gifts are important because they are the token of our appreciation, metaphor of love and care and some of such gifts become special to us because they are given on special occasion by someone special. Naturally, we remember such presents for a long. 

(Written by - Marinda)

IELTS Cue Card Sample 9 - Best gift / present you have received

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

Describe the best gift/ 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.

Follow-up Questions:

  • Do you think that present giving will play an important role in daily life? Why?
  • Compare the gift which people have received 10 years ago to the present that people now are receiving? What's the difference between them?
  • Do you think that the brand name is very important for sales?

Possible Answer 1:
In my life, I have got numerous gifts and presents and among them, most exciting and best gift was the Laptop my father gave me when I was 14 years old. When I was 10 years old, I found that many of my friends had their own laptops and desktop computers. I was heavily fascinated about this wonder machine and dreamed about owning one someday. After getting admitted in grade 6, I got admitted to a computer training centre and learned the basic computing. Whenever I visited a friend of mine who had a computer, I felt overwhelmed to play games, learn new software, browse the internet etc. over there. I sometimes visited some of my friends’ houses more often than usual only because they had computers. Thus this machine became the only dream of my life. As I knew that my father won’t be able to buy a computer for me, I did not ask for one. I made a dummy computer using papers and boards and played with it. One day I bought a savings bank and started saving coins and notes there. After one month I found that I have saved very few amount to purchase a computer!

I got busy with other stuff and could hardly find times to visit friends’ houses to use their computer but in a corner of my heart, I felt the same fascination for owning a computer. On my 14th birthday, my father told me that he wants to take me to the computer shop and purchase one for me. I could not believe what I was hearing. That night it was tough for me to sleep. In the morning I wake up earlier than usual and went to the computer shop with my father. He bought a Dell Laptop that was Pentium 4 machine. While returning home, I found myself flying in joy. I opened the box after returning home and showed it to my mother and other relatives.

As a kid, that was a long expected gift that my father gave me and till now it’s the best gift/ present I have ever received.

Cue Card Answer 2:
First of all, I would like to thank you for this nice topic. The best gift or present that I have ever received is a digital dictionary that my mother bought me on my 18th birthday. I was a college student at that time and my parents celebrated my birthday at home. Few friends and relatives were invited and it was a kind of family celebration. I was quite excited to open the gift boxes that my friends and family members gave me and there were some books, chocolate boxes and other gift items. Out of these gift items, an electronic dictionary was there in a small box with an ordinary wrapping paper around it. As soon as I opened it, I knew it was a gift from my mother.  

I once told my mother about this electronic dictionary and how some of my classmates used it. I never told my mother that I wanted to buy one but I guess my mother knew very well how much I wanted to own this item. She had to save money, I guess, to purchase it for me and this is the best gift I have received ever. This was not merely a gift item or an electronic device, it was more than that- like a wonder box wrapped with care and love. My mother is a housewife and managing the money to buy me this gift must have been a result of her many small sacrifices. I thanked my mother for this fabulous gift and she was so happy to see me excited about the gift.  

It was a while coloured small digital dictionary, not more than 4 by 6 inches in dimension, but was one of the latest models. It was quite handy for me and having this dictionary encouraged me to learn more words, their synonyms and their origins.  

The gifts are always good gestures and tokens of appreciation and love, in our tradition. This gift was something special to me. I knew how much my mother has always loved me and her gift represented her love as well as sacrifices for me. In terms of utilisation, it was quite handy for me. I could easily carry it in my pocket and I used it quite often to learn new words and that has helped enhance my language skill. This is the only gift from my teenage that I still have. I will always remember my mother's love that was blended with this gift and the unparalleled utilisation this device has brought was also important.

Tips for answering this Cue card question:

Think about a gift that you received from one of your family members, relatives, friends, colleges or someone else. Write down the name and the person who gave it to you as well as when did you receive it and what was the occasion. Being able to point out those questions would help you to answer this cue card. The give can be from someone special and for this the gift can be a simple friendship card or a book. Does not matter if it is an expensive and exclusive gift or not, most important part is the importance of the gift.

The gift can be something other than the conventional gift items like a life-changing advice that you consider as a gift. If you are a father, you can say your kid is the best gift you have got is your kid and that was given by the almighty.

For gifts like cell phone, computer or a necessary equipment or device, mention that you have been wishing to own this but could not and after you received that, you felt overwhelmed. A gift from parents on your birthday can also be a good example of the best gift you received. For such gifts, mention that you received it in your childhood and had been touched by the whole idea.

For this cue card the gift item is not itself important, be it an ordinary piece of gift or a very luxurious item, so emphasise on your feeling rather than the gift itself. 

Part 3 - Details Discussion:

Q. Do you think that present giving will play an important role in daily life? Why?
It seems to me that this is a bit ambiguous. More precisely, present giving is something that occurs in special events, for example, at birthdays, festivals, anniversaries, wedding, graduation day, on name days, when someone visits others and so on. I don't think that there are many people around the world who give presents to their loved ones or to friends on a daily basis. Furthermore, with regards to the future, I am of the opinion that giving gifts won't have a special role in everyday life either because, as I said earlier, presents are given when something important happens. However, there is no doubt that present giving plays an important role in our relationship and that will always remain the same.

Q. Compare the gift which people have received 10 years ago to the present that people now are receiving? What's the difference between them?
To answer this question we have to go back to the past and think of the types of presents we gave and received. Despite my young age, I have some memories of such presents that my family and relatives gave me. I would say that in the past, specifically 10 years ago, the types of gifts exchanged were primarily clothes, toys, household appliances and books. Apart from the fact that they weren't related to technology, they were also significantly important, educational and in most cases really expensive. Nowadays, presents are more of symbolic rather than substantial or useful. People these days often give and receive technology related gifts which were quite rare in the past. To illustrate, the important presents that I received on my last birthday were perfumes and a laptop. Of course, gifts items in all decades do not remain the same. It will change for sure after ten years. The love and good wishes behind a gift are more important that the item itself.

Q. Do you think that the brand name is very important for sales?
My belief is that brand name really matters and it affects the sales volume of a product. Most companies spend a huge amount of money on branding in order to make the product or service famous and well-known. We could say that branding is an enterprise itself because it constitutes an amazingly important part of the company and its viability. As branding is a core aspect of a company, brand managers try to acquire customers and maintain relationships with them. Moreover, through advertising, media exposure and celebrity endorsement sales are on the rise most of the time for popular brands.  

Personally, I would spend more money to purchase a branded product. Hence I am quite positive that brand name is important for sales.

[Part 3 answers are written by Maria | UK ]

Some similar cue card topics that you can answer in a similar fashion:

  1. Describe a thing which is important to you.
  2. Talk about a gift you received in your childhood.
  3. Describe a gift you received on your birthday.
  4. Describe something you bought this year.
  5. Describe a memorable gift.
  6. Describe a valuable possession you have.
  7. Describe an expensive gift you got.
  8. Describe a gift you gave to someone.
  9. Describe a gift you gave to your friend. 


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