Describe a present you received which was made by hand: IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample Answer
Describe a present you received which was made by hand
You should say
- what it was
- what it was like
- who gave it to you
- and how you felt about the present
Sample Answer 1
Gifts are ways to commemorate special occasions and express happiness. Like most people, I like surprises and gifts, be it a bar of small chocolate or a trip somewhere new. For me, all that matters is the emotion attached to it. Therefore, when my grandmother gave me a handmade woollen scarf when I was leaving for college, I could not control my tears.
It might seem to be a very simple gift to most, but for me, it held a special place because my grandmother was the guiding light and soothing presence for me till her last day. The scarf was predominantly blue, which is my favourite colour, with intricate patterns in peach and white. It was very soft to the touch and reminded me of my granny’s calming caresses. As my college was in Dehradun, it never left my side, even though I was not using it.
When my grandmother passed away, a few years after she gave me the gift, the scarf became my go-to companion when I was in trouble or upset about something and wanted to feel my grandmother’s presence. I still preserved the scarf in the same condition, honouring the last gift from my dear grandmother, as it is one of the most cherished gifts from the most consequential person in my life.
Sample Answer 2
I’m going to tell you about a sweet and romantic period of my life- the story about my first boyfriend! I was 16 at the time and completely smitten (in love). Since neither of us worked at the time, we would always make each other gifts for special occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, or the holidays. I’ll tell you about one gift that I’ll never forget.
He made me a collage (art made with several cut up pictures) of all the stages of our friendship and relationship. He must have gone to a print shop to print out all these pictures that carefully cut them out and made a tasteful wall collage with them. The special part of the gift was that he formed the letters of our names out of pictures, Anna and Dave. I thought this was a really creative way to celebrate our love.
Looking back, this gift is a bit corny (foolish or not tasteful), but at that time I felt completely blown away (really happy and surprised) by it. We had been friends since we were children, so we had a ton of memories together. Furthermore, our relationship was 4 years long! I liked that he was thoughtful enough to put the effort into this kind of gift. Moreover, I felt really emotional looking at the way he told the story of our friendship that turned into love through photos. In conclusion, these sort of acts were the key to my heart as a teen girl!
Bonus cue card:
Describe the best present you have received.
You should say:
- What it was
- When you got it
- Why you consider it the best present