Talk about a gift that you gave to someone recently

IELTS speaking - a gift you gave someone

IELTS Speaking Test Answers | A gift that you gave someone recently

Last month it was my mother’s birthday and so one of the gifts I gave her was something a little different from the kind of thing I would normally give her on such occasions.

Recently my mother has been working very long hours and has been complaining about feeling tired and exhausted with everything she does, so I thought it would be nice for her to have some time off from all the routine things she does and to get away for a while – a sort of escape – so I arranged with my sister to organize a weekend away at a luxury spa hotel for our mother and her best friend.

We arranged for her to be picked up and driven there, where she spent the weekend with her friend relaxing and enjoying the spa facilities. The package we purchased included things like a deep-tissue massage, seaweed wrap, and other spa treatments and the spa location had a swimming pool and other facilities for her and her friend to enjoy over the weekend.

The idea we had was that she would be able to simply relax and not have to worry about doing anything for a couple of days, she wouldn’t have to work, prepare meals or worry about anybody else – just have some quality time with her friend and enjoy something different – and being pampered.

My sister and I thought it was a good idea, but honestly, when we thought about it originally we had no idea that our mother would enjoy it so much. She came back positively radiant, happy and smiling and told us she would love to go back again - with us.

Apparently she had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend and she thought the spa and hotel were wonderful, she took pictures of everything so she could show us when she got back. So I guess we made a good choice.

It was something she would never have done for herself – as a gift, it was something special for her and that was the most important. Now we’re all looking forward to her birthday next year when we’ll all go together – I think we might have started a new birthday tradition.

Follow up Questions

Talk about the importance of gifts in your country.

Well, there are the normal occasions which are important, for example birthdays, graduations, weddings and so on, which are the big special days in most people’s lives. Giving gifts is also important at other times such as when someone starts a business or retires from work maybe.

I suppose the event sort of dictates the type of gift you might give someone, but it also depends on the person, too. I don’t think it’s any more important to give gifts in this country than in other countries – I guess it’s the same probably all over the world. The gifts might be different but the occasions when we actually give gifts are probably similar in many other places.

What kind of gifts do you like to give?

That’s difficult to say, just one type of gift, because the gift will depend on the circumstances, you know, the occasion or event, the person I’m giving the gift to, their age, and other things such as if they are family, how well I know them and what they like. But in general, I try to get people something personal if I know them well.

What is the role of advertisements in the gifts industry?

Well, obviously there are certain events each year when there are more advertisements for gifts and gift ideas than normal, for example, at Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other such times, but the role they play is quite simple – it is to encourage and motivate people to buy gifts for their family and friends, to spend their money on certain products so that the companies that produce those products can sell more of them. It’s just marketing after all; it’s all designed to sell more products.

How would you answer these IELTS Speaking Test questions about gifts?
  • What was the last gift you bought?
  • Who was the gift for?
  • What made you choose that particular gift?

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