IELTS Speaking Part 1 Gift: Below are the sample answers talking about gifts or gift-giving. Study how the sample answers are developed and learn topic vocabulary words and collocations for you to get a higher band.


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Do you give expensive gifts?


(Answer 1)


Not really, as I always believe that it’s the thought that really counts not the monetary value of the present. I usually give some presents that are of reasonable price and decent. Well, I’m proud to say that I’m an expert in choosing gifts that can surely bring a smile to the face of the receiver.



(Answer 2)


Yes, I do because I feel like giving expensive gifts means giving importance to the person who receives the gift. Besides, I don’t want to be construed as stingy since stinginess connotes selfishness, but, that’s just my principle anyway. 




It’s the thought that counts [saying] – the effort of a person in giving is more valuable than the gift itself

Monetary (value) [adj] – refers to the worth; price

Reasonable [adj.] – worth the money, neither expensive nor cheap

Decent [adj.] – good enough

Bring a smile to your face/lips [phrase] – to make you smile

Construe [verb] – interpret

Stingy [adj.] – ungenerous

Connote [verb] – imply; suggest




i.) The speaker gave a negative answer to the question and expressed his opinion about not focusing on the monetary value of the gift but rather giving importance to the action of giving gifts. He continued expressing his thought by stating that he mostly chose gifts that are decent and simply ended his answer by describing himself as a wise giver. 


ii.) The speaker gave a direct positive answer to the question and expressed his main reason. To extend his answer a bit more, he just added another reason focusing on expressing the meaning of not giving expensive gifts to someone.



What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?


Wow, that’s interesting! That is something that I’ve never thought of. I guess flowers, chocolates, and jewelry for women as these are a tangible symbol of love, while wallets or watches for men since these are very much useful in a man’s everyday life. As for children, toys or candies – normally they are delighted receiving those presents.




Tangible [adj.] – something that can be touched 

Delighted [adj] – to be happy




i.) The speaker used an expression that expressed his surprise. Use that if you’re still thinking of your answer – it’s a very good way to buy time. Right after that, he enumerated the different kinds of gifts that are common to give in his country, classifying different age groups. 



Why do people give gifts?


I suppose people send presents to express their gratitude to someone. It’s also a way to show that they care about the people who mean so much to them. Another reason is that people just want to reward their family members or closest friends who have achieved something remarkable in their life.



Gratitude [noun] – appreciation; thankfulness

Mean so much [expression] – very important

Remarkable [adj.] – valuable



i.) The speaker gave his assumption ( I suppose) as he’s not entirely sure the reason. He explained the ideas of gratitude and reward. It’s a direct and relatable answer!


What’s the best present you have ever received?


(Answer 1)


I got an expensive watch as a graduation gift from my parents. I never thought that they would give me such a luxurious watch after completing my master’s. I know how high-priced that watch was since I saw it once in a catalog for very expensive watches. I was at a loss for words when I received it and I really couldn’t thank them enough for giving me that extremely valuable present.



(Answer 2)


Oh, that’s hard since I received so many valuable gifts. Well, if I were to choose only one, I think it’d be a concert ticket for my favorite band called Far Caspian. I couldn’t believe my best friend gave me that concert ticket as a birthday present – I was really taken aback when I got it. Oh wow, wonderful memories are now flashing into my mind!




Luxurious [adj.] – elegant; expensive

Master’s [noun] – a postgraduate degree

High-priced [adj.] – very expensive

Catalog [noun] – a complete list of items

At a loss for words [idiom] – to be surprised

Can’t thank them enough [expression] – used to say when one is very appreciative of another’s action or words

To be taken aback [phrase] – to be very surprised

Flash into my mind [expression] – to enter one’s mind for an instant





i.) The speaker gave a direct answer to the question and gave the examiner an idea of how he got that present and how he felt when he received it. By describing the time on how he received it, he’s able to make his answer longer. Also, he used some very good expressions that really helped him express his answer better. 

ii.) The speaker expressed his answer by stating that it’s difficult for him to choose one since he got plenty of wonderful gifts. However, he just chose one being the best among the bests by using a conditional tense, which is a very good grammatical structure that would help him achieve a good mark in the criterion, Grammar & Accuracy. 


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And that’s IELTS Speaking Part 1 GIFT! It’s never really difficult talking about gifts, right? Having good knowledge about topic vocabulary words and collocations can surely help you express your answers clearly. Now that you have some great ideas, practice answering these questions on your own and develop your confidence. Good luck!


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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