5 Things To Know This AM — Dec 17 2012

Still trying to find the perfect gift for your boyfriend? Well, with The HomeMade Gin Kit it's now possible to make a small batch of gin at home without costly distilling equipment. The kit comes with a special blend of spices, botanicals, flowers, a tin full of juniper berries, two Italian glass bottles, a double-mesh fine strainer, and a funnel. Not just a gift for him, it's a fun activity you can both enjoy together — and extra booze always comes in handy during the holidays. (The HomeMade Gin Kit)
In May 2012, hundreds of cameras were sent to people who had been helped by the Red Cross, with the goal of sharing their stories on camera. With these homemade videos, The American Red Cross has created an online series entitled Red Cross Stories to educate the world not only about the important causes, but also the wonderful triumphs that have occurred. (American Red Cross)
Tickets for the 3rd Annual Governors Ball Music Festival are now on sale, and next year's iteration will prove to be the festival's biggest extravaganza yet, with three days featuring sixty different musical acts. Be sure to grab your pre-sale tickets ASAP. (Governors Ball Music Festival)
The week has set out to prove that two sample sales are better than one — on December 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., both Hare+Hart and femme d'armes will be offering products for up to 50% off. Head over to loft number 601 at 1201 Broadway to grab the goods from both luxury brands at the same time. (HH Productions)
We're loving A Nile Blue Christmas, Smythson's fifth chapter in a series of films celebrating the brand's 125th anniversary. It revels in the London life as well as the holiday spirit, and you know we can't get enough of the city across the pond. (Smythson)

Photo courtesy of The HomeMade Gin Kit