Colleagues regret Secret Santa calamity
"When you press its tail it gives you a chocolate dropping, and a play dough with handwritten words 'Luan's modelling kit'," the economist said at the time.
He said he felt heartbroken by the gift and was left sleepless and hurt before taking a redundancy in June 2013.
Now, Ngoc says he has gained some form of comfort ahead of Christmas by new messages from old colleagues who say they are sorry he was so offended by the secret Santa fiasco.
"They gave me comforting words and stood by my story and some of them said I should settle it in court," he said.
"They said sorry and that the story was enlightening."
But Ngoc said he did not intend to take legal actionand he simply hoped his sad tale would serve as a warning to other workplaces,
"My intention is just like if you walk down the footpath and see broken glass, you just pick it up and put it in the bin so people don't step on it," he said.
He believed there were many more victims of wayward Christmas pranks out there.
"I think there are many people like me very sensitive and don't take these jokes so easily, especially at Christmas time," Ngoc said.
Another female public sector worker also said the exercise did not always translate to fun for those who already felt excluded at work.
"I am the only Asian person in my area," she said. "I faced similar upset [to Mr Ngoc's] - a present from Secret Santa - telling me [that my] English is terrible."
- Canberra Times