But first I'll start with a rant about gutters. They are a maintenance nightmare. We designed our home with deep overhangs and landscaping to allow for no gutters. Then when we built our free-standing garage we went for simple and added gutters. Wrong choice! If you can, design without gutters.
Rain chains are an alternative to closed down spouts. They can be creative and visually interesting, becoming a pleasing water feature.
All via Rain Chains.com
Here are some examples.
A view of a chain in action
The Internet has become impossibly slow so I will sign off for now and continue this exploration after the storm.