Hundreds of couples will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner or a sentimental gift or two.
However, traditional lovey dovey gifts aren't everyone's cup of tea – especially if you’re the object of someone’s affection in Taiwan, where severed heads were once considered to be the ultimate romantic gesture.
Archivists from the Royal Botanic Garden, unearthed evidence from 150-year-old letters by botanical explorers, who discovered that the way to a 19th-century Taiwanese aborigine woman's heart was decapitated head.
Taking someone's head after killing them was a ritualistic part of life in the aborigine culture until as late as the 1930s.
Suitors would present the severed head to their potential partners in a bid to woo them. If the head trick worked, they would then dig it out and parade it as a celebration of their marriage.
Letters from 1903, written by author and explorer, James Davidson, discovered that a tribe called the Atayals were the biggest head-hunters, where hundreds of them would eagerly hunt to find a head to bring back to their desired unmarried woman.
But what is a woman to do with a human head? Well, the heads are believed to have been kept in a narrow platform and were never removed from that spot.
"As Valentine's Day approaches, we can be glad that our romantic rituals are likely to be more idyllic and involve displays of flowers and candles than dismembered heads," Kiri Ross-Jones told the Press Association.
Although the 'romantic' severed head trend never took off elsewhere, there are still plenty of bizarre Valentine’s gifts to choose from trying to woo your partner.
From a 'beating' hearts to 'smitten mittens', forget alternative Valentine's gifts - these are by far the weirdest.
Take a look at our round-up of the wackiest Valentine’s gifts (clue: there isn't a human-sized teddy or chocolate hearts in sight)
Treat your other half to an alternative heart-shaped gift with a twist - anatomy correct 'beating' plush heart complete with arteries. Simply shake it and the heart starts pulsating.
Spoil your lover with a testosterone-fueled passion pie, filled with bull testicles and aphrodisiac juices.
If you want to give your partner something to remind them of you when you're not around, treat them to a fake boyfriend or girlfriend arm cushion.
If you're so in love, having separate gloves in not an option, keep your hands cosy with these smitten mitten 'radius glovers'. For die-hard romantics only...
A Valentine's gift that could either raise a smile or get you dumped - 'fool' your other half into thinking you're proposing with this 2 carat diamond ring mug.
Feed your way to your lover's heart with these heart-shaped steaks, complete with a cupid arrow.
For the partners who constantly say that they, 'want nothing' for Valentine's - get them exactly that - a ball of nothingness!
'Snuggie' lovers can get down and dirty with this fool-proof guide to getting jiggy with The Snuggie Sultra book - while still wrapped in the onesie.
Nothing says, 'I love you from top-to-bottom' like a roll of heart-shaped toilet paper.