You probably approach Father’s Day a little differently than other super important feast days (obviously I am a dad!). For example, dads have different needs than mothers, so Father’s Day by default probably involves a slightly different shopping mentality than that similarly important, Mother’s Day. So if I suggested taking your mom to see the latest from Google tech available at Best Buy, many people might think this article does not apply to them, and stop reading. However, for Father’s Day, this is a pretty interesting idea that your dad might just think is incredibly thoughtful too.

Special event for dads

Where: Google Shop in Cambie and Heartland Best Buy stores only
When: Saturday June 17th from 12 to 6PM

Bring your kids to design and build their father’s day gift.

Use Make Labs printers to create a one-of-a-kind gift.

Staff (Google Guides) will help you decide on a design.
Make a custom gift and get answers to questions.

Your dad will probably be happy to go to Best Buy on any given day, but tell him you are taking him to see the latest technology from Google and he’ll be curious and happy. I’ll give you some guidelines so you can make it a kind of “Google Tour at Best Buy” for dad.

Tour stop number one: Pixel smart phones

Google’s phone the Pixel puts the power of Google at your fingertips. If your dad has not tried a Pixel yet, he’ll want to! Show him how all he has to say is “OK Google” and the Pixel will be ready to do his bidding. I suggest that before you go to Best Buy, load the Google Duo  app on your own phone, then in the store surprise him with a demonstration of the best video calling app available using the Pixel.

Tour stop number two: Daydream view VR

This is the coolest tech available. Virtual reality is getting hotter each year and Google is leading the way with the Daydream view VR viewer.  Daydream is a new way to enjoy VR that Google created to streamline the experience and centralize the development of new VR applications. To really enjoy it at its best, try it with a Google Pixel smart phone. VR is the future, and Google is poised to bring that to you (and your dad).

Tour stop number three: Chromecast

You may not be aware of this, but your dad has probably wanted a Chromecast for a long time. These are the easiest ultra high tech devices to give as a gift (in fact there is even a Chromecast Ultra available!). Simple to install, simple to use. He’ll be using it all of the time to watch TV. My personal favourite is the Chromecast Audio so I can stream music from my phone to my home stereo anytime I want.

The best part of Chromecast is that everyone can use more than one: they are inexpensive and indispensable!

Those are the main places to take your dad and from there you have a number of other options like Chromebook computers that use the power of Google as the operating system and Android wear smart watches, basically putting the huge ecosystem that is Google onto your wrist.

Last stop on the Tour: Google Wifi

This could easily be the place to start the tour but I prefer to put it at the end, since Google Wifi is kind of the glue to link all of the other Google tech in your home. Your dad has undoubtedly been annoyed on more than one occasion by the Wi-Fi in your home slowing down. Face it, homes today have many, many devices putting a strain on your home network. So games crash, or Netflix pauses in the middle of a program. Your dad doesn’t need that frustration.

When Google began years ago they solved a major problem we all had: searching for information. Now with Google Wifi, they have solved another major problem we all experience: accessing that information at home. Streaming content in your home, in all corners, and floors of your home is easy and problem free with Google Wifi.

Your dad will love it!

Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. YOUR dad will love it, but I know as a Dad I would love it too….so if you are looking to gift a random dad, I have no issues with that!

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