But Stephen Price, a philosophy graduate, is claiming that she did, because she did.
Price, from Clydach near Abergavenny, claims 40-year-old Mair Jones taunted him, effectively bullying him out of his Presbyterian Church job at the Trefeca centre, a 37-bed retreat used by church groups from around the UK.
The gift of a toilet roll with pink fairies on it was innocently chosen, she told an employment tribunal.
According to the BBC website:
He had told the hearing he was forced to quit as the assistant manager because of Ms Jones's non-stop comments about sex, which included calling him a "stupid poof" and telling other staff he "batted for the other side".
But Jones has denied knowing Price was gay, and would not have said "batted for the other side" because that was not the sort of language she would use.
The story becomes rather bizarre and surreal, so we'll let the BBC tell the rest of it:
Philosophy graduate Mr Price told the tribunal that she gave him an "offensive" 24th birthday present of toilet roll with pink fairies on it and a card with a picture of Oscar Wilde.
But Ms Jones said the gift was an innocently chosen birthday present and the card came from an assorted box.
"He had only worked with us for a week when I found out it was his birthday and I wanted to mark the occasion," she said.
"I had a pack of toilet rolls with the Christmas designs and I just happened to pick the one with fairies on.
"When I think of Oscar Wilde I think intellect, good looks and wit – not the fact he was a homosexual.
"I was not aware he found my gift extremely offensive."
An internal church investigation had upheld claims of aggressive behaviour, foul language and bullying, but had failed to take any disciplinary action against Jones, who'd worked there for 10 years.
Price said he was "moved to another office in Cardiff after less than 12 months", but he resigned when he was told to return to the college. He's suing for constructive dismissal, and a decision is expected at a future hearing after submissions have been made.