The time of year is upon us when we tackle the arduous task of getting the perfect gift for everyone.

On one hand, we want to include a piece of ourselves in what we share with others. On the other hand, our gifts still need to actually suit the people we're shopping for. . .

It's serious business. This is Christmas. You don't want to be the one to mess up Christmas!

To help you out, we've created R3's holiday gift guide for the music lover.

Find gifts that are perfectly suited to the different characters in your life: from the do-gooder to the thrill-seeker to the deep-thinker, we've got you covered.

We know the songs that will get stuck in their heads, the books that will inspire them, the ugly sweater they'll proudly flaunt and more.

The best part of the guide is that it's full of items from your favourite R3 bands, which means you can impart your advanced music knowledge upon your giftees.

Here is your 2013 Radio 3 Christmas gift guide...

What recipients are missing from the list? What other artists' music would make a great gift? Let us know in the blog comments section below, or tweet at us: @cbcradio3

posted by Alanna Stuart on Dec 09, 2013