Archive for August, 2009

Best Gift for a Volleyball Coach

Monday, August 31st, 2009


Here’s some great tips on finding the best gifts for a volleyball coach. Affordable gifts for a volleyball coach, and a few that cost a bit more as well. Let me know if you have other volleyball coach gift ideas.

Photo Volleyball Trophy
I found a company that creates unique Volleyball Coach Gifts by printing a team photo directly onto a special trophy volleyball.

You order photo volleyballs from Balls to Go through Amazon. Here is a sample of what one team ordered.

You would need to plan ahead if you want to give this custom gift.

Volleyball Fleece Blanket


Love it Volleyball fleece blanket. Great gift.

Mini Volleyball Signed by the Team


This cute volleyball is a scaled down version of a real ball, but can easily be displayed on a shelf. Get the team to sign it in different colored Sharpies and you have a great coach gift.

Net Threat Volleyball Coach T-shirt

Creativezazz’s own Net Threat design on a black t-shirt with “Coach” on the back. How cool is that? Other designs available through Cafepress and Printfection.

Top Quality Custom Volleyball Ceramic Travel Mug and Sigg Water Bottles

Custom creativezazz volleyball designs are now available on quality travel mugs and Sigg water bottles. Order these quality gifts for volleyball coaches through my Cafepress shop.

Custom creativezazz designs are now available at my Zazzle shop.


make custom gifts at Zazzle


Gourmet coffee gift basket with a volleyball theme cup.


Oooh La La! Beautiful gold charm. Everybody kick in and this would be a great gift.


Every coach needs a flaming volleyball decal on his or her car. Get one for yourself as well.

Women's Volleyball T-Shirts shirt
Women’s Volleyball T-Shirts by Volleyball_TShirts
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Volleyball tote bags

Volleyball T-shirts and More at Cafepress

Sunday, August 30th, 2009


Creativezazz Cafepress Shops Now Open

Looking for cool volleyball t-shirts or gifts?  Creativezazz volleyball designs are up at my CafePress shops. Each design has a separate shop.


Just click on an image below to go to the right CafePress shop. Creativezazz CafePress shops include volleyball t-shirts and volleyball water bottles and volleyball mugs along with other great volleyball gifts. All designs are copyright creativezazz. Colorful, fun styles make great gifts for volleyball players or coachs.

You can also find my designs on t-shirts at Printfection and at Zazzle.  All the shops have t-shirts, but each has some other items as well. Shop from the site that has the best promotion and save.

To go to a CafePress shop, click on the image you like below.

volleyball heart design

CafePress often has coupon codes. Check here to see if there is a current coupon at CafePress


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Best gifts for a volleyball coach

Volleyball shirt with numbers on the back

Best names for a volleyball team

Volleyball t-shirts and more (Printfection)

Volleyball tote bags

Surf’s Up

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


Learning How to Surf at a Surf School Near San Diego

Catching a wave at San Elijo State Beach

Catching a wave at San Elijo State Beach

I always hated the sand dripping from my brother’s wet suit in the shower growing up in Huntington Beach. He never cleaned out the tub. I adored the smell of the surf wax on his board though. I spent about a decade living at the beach, but I never tried surfing. I regret it now, not only because I missed out on the thrill of catching a wave, but because now I cannot teach my kids how to surf.

Barbie Surfing shirt
Barbie Surfing by barbie
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When my daughter wanted to try surfing during a camping trip to San Elijo a few years back, a friend took her out on his 10-foot surfboard, and she loved it. The next year we gave her a certificate for a surf lesson for a Christmas gift. When summer came we went back to San Elijo, which is in northern San Diego County, and she got her lesson at the Billabong Eli Howard Surf School located right in the campground. This summer she went back to the same surf school and her younger brother took a lesson there, too. See my review of this surf school below.

The surf instructor taking my kids out to the next wave.

The surf instructor taking my kids out to the next wave.

DivineSlide Tiki shirt
DivineSlide Tiki by DivineDude
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If you’ve never surfed, but you want to help your kids want to try it, here’s some tips.

Follow basic safety precautions:

Make sure they are strong swimmers.

Make sure they have experience swimming in an ocean, not just a pool.

Make sure they know what a rip tide is, and how to swim perpendicular to the shore to get out of one.

The next step is to pick your beach and your instructor:

Pick a beach with one- two-foot waves that come in slow sets and a beach that does not have dangerous rocks. The season and time of day make a difference.

Pick an instructor who is patient and enjoys kids. A friend who surfs may work fine (and do it for free). But you might want to try a surf school for the very first time. These instructors have been trained in water safety. They also have experience in explaining a sport that is a bit hard to explain. Most important, they know how to help “launch” a beginning surfer. You will not have to buy or borrow a surfboard if you use a school as they usually have long foam boards. These board are easy to learn on and softer if they hit you in the water. Surf schools usually offer wetsuits during the lesson as well.

To find a surfing school, just Google the words “surf school” or “surf camp.”

My son's first surf lesson.

My son's first surf lesson.

The school at San Elijo was professional. It offers private lessons, semi-private, or group. They also have surf camps for summer.

A great feature of this surf school is location. You can take camping gear and make a trip out of it. Surfing lessons are not inexpensive, but if you camp instead of staying at a fancy hotel, you can save in lodging. 

The waves at his beach are perfect for beginners. The water is pretty warm . . . in late summer you do not even need a wetsuit.  The vibe is good for families. And there are great restaurants nearby if you want to camp and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean, but do not want to do your own cooking.

If you are looking for a great gift idea for Christmas, a birthday, a graduation or another special occasion, a surf lesson may be a great idea.

Pics of our surf trip are up in the gallery.

Let me know if you have other suggestions for non-surfing parents who want to help their kids learn to surf.

If you are going to be out in the sun for long, use plenty of sun block and try Zinka the kind the hard core surfers use. They sell it at the camp store at San Elijo and you can get it at Amazon.

Also, be sure to take a camera so you can capture an experience they will want to remember.

Dropping In print
Dropping In by TinkerM
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Tips for Visiting San Diego Zoo

Monday, August 10th, 2009


We just got back from a great trip to the San Diego Zoo.  We went with my brother who lives in San Diego.

Some tips:

Discount Tickets and Deals

Never pay full price. Be sure to do an search for online discounts and deals at San Diego ZooAAA has a coupon out now that gives you $9 off.  You have to print out the coupon plus show your membership card.  Usually the membership card gives you 10 percent off, but this is even better.  You can also check discounts at Costco.

The Gorillas are one of the best exhibits.


Also, Mimi’s Cafe has some voucher you can get if you stop by.  It allows you to buy an adult deluxe admission at the San Diego Zoo and get a free child admission.

You can also try eBay for discount tickets if you plan ahead.

If you plan to ride the little bus at the zoo (and you will if you want to see it all) then get the deluxe admission.  In fact, it is kinda hard not to get the deluxe admission cause I don’t think they even list the regular admission at the gate.  You have to ask for it.  So if you are sure you do not want the bus then ask.

If you ride the bus, get in line early.  My brother gave us a tip to sit on the right hand side of the bus.  Both sides are Ok, but the right is the best.  Also, sit on the top deck of the bus.  You see more.  Unless it is super hot.

Bring a camera with a zoom lens if you have one.

Panda at the San Diego zoo. See the pandas early to avoid the line.

Panda at the San Diego zoo. See the pandas early to avoid the line. This is one of just a few zoos that has pandas.

There is sometimes a line at the panda exhbit so try to do that early. A panda cub was recently born so the mom and cub are off display.  But there is another panda (pictured) you can still see live.  you can see mom and cub online via a live panda web cam.

The koala exhbit is chock full of cuteness.

Do not miss the gorillas or the koalas.

The newest exhibit is Elephant Odyssey, which showcases the link between fossils and ancient species and the current animals, especially those of the California.  While the exhibit is very well done, I still find it hard to watch elephants at the zoo.  Even if the enclosre is large and well furnished, it’s hard to think these guys are happy. The exhibit is educational, however, and would be great for kids learning about evolution or fossils.

I sorta hate to see the cats (jaguar and tiger etc) pacing at the zoo as well.  San Diego has nice enclosures, but any zoo still seems a jail in a way for some of the animals.

Overall, San Diego is one of the better zoos.  We like the LA zoo as well, but this was great for a change.

Check out the pics of my trip in the gallery.

For more info on the San Digo Zoo, visit the official zoo site.

The zoo has a great gift shop for souvenirs . . . but it is a little pricey. Visit it at the end of your trip so you do not have to carry purchases around. Or better yet, shop after you are home from Amazon (see links above for some great ideas).

Volleyball Team T-shirts with Numbers on Back

Thursday, August 6th, 2009


Volleyball Teams Can Zazz It Up at the Net!

Creativezazz’s exclusive “Net Threat” design can now be ordered with team numbers on the back. The back design features the same stylized volleyball swooshing down from a spike and fun lettering as the front.

volleyball t-shirt front

volleyball t-shirt front

volleyball t-shirt with number on back

volleyball t-shirt with number on back

You can order Net Threat shirts and other creativezazz design through printfection.com, a company known for quality print work and customer satisfaction. And printfection often has coupon codes, so be sure to check printfection or creativezazz on Twitter to see if there is a recent coupon code.

The volleyball team coach can show some style as well with a version of the t-shirt that says “coach” on the back.  A great gift for a volleyball coach.

volleyball coach t-shirt

volleyball t-shirt with "coach" on back

If you want numbers on the back of any of my other designs, or want me to create a unique design for you, please let me know. Contact me at:  emailcreativezazz.com. Thanks.


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