Birthday Presents

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on February 27, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Talking about birthday presents is an excellent conversation topic for English language learners, especially beginners, as it provides a familiar and relatable context for them to practice speaking English.

Discussing birthday presents can help learners improve their communication skills, such as expressing preferences, making requests, and offering opinions. It can also encourage learners to engage in longer and more complex sentences, using the past tense to describe past birthdays and future tense to plan for upcoming ones.

Getting Birthday Presents

A birthday is a day when you get older! You get to celebrate it with your friends and family. On your birthday, people give you presents as a way to show they love you and are thinking of you. Presents can be anything you like: clothes, books, or even something you’ve always wanted. It’s always fun to open presents and see what’s inside. Sometimes people even plan a surprise party for you on your birthday as a present. When you receive a present, it’s important to say thank you and show that you appreciate it. It’s a way to show gratitude and good manners.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • Birthday (noun)
  • Older (adjective)
  • Receive (verb)
  • Gift (noun)
  • Celebrate (verb)
  • Party (noun)
  • Present (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What is your favourite thing to receive for a birthday present?
  • Have you ever received a surprising or unexpected birthday gift?
  • Do you prefer giving or receiving birthday presents?
  • What is the most expensive birthday gift you have ever received?
  • Do you think it's better to get many small gifts or one big gift for your birthday? Why?
  • Have you ever made a birthday gift for someone?
  • Have you ever received a gift that you hated?
  • What is the best birthday present you have given someone?
  • Do you buy birthday presents for friends and family?
  • Who in your family is most difficult to choose a birthday present for?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.