5 Things To Know This AM — Dec 03 2012

December is here, which means it's time to crack open that advent calendar. For something a little chicer than store-bought chocolate, try Alexis Bittar's new version — you'll be able to select picks curated by the jeweler himself. (Alexis Bittar)
The little blue box is 175, and Tiffany & Co. is celebrating with...a Tumblr. "From Out of the Blue" gives an inside look at the brand's signature craftsmanship. (From Out of the Blue)
It's our belief that a city can never have too many beer gardens, or barbecue joints. Now, our two loves are coming together for The Strand Smokehouse, a new resto in Astoria from Jeffrey's Grocery's former head chef. (Grapes & Grain)
Goodies from local designers always make fabulous holiday prezzies, so stop by the VEDA sample sale for all your gift giving needs. Head to 412 Broadway next weekend, and take home discounted dresses, tops, and jackets. (VEDA)
Here's a little something to warm your heart: A wealthy (and anonymous) man went through storm-ravaged NYC areas handing out $100 bills to those in need. (Daily Intel)

Photo: Via Grape & Grain