Google's Black Friday will cover you for the holidays

As much as I hate to admit it, the holidays are pretty much upon us.  Snow's on the ground, and our fam just drove to visit Bentleyville and get in the spirit of the season.

Do you want to get in the spirit of things?  Google's Santa Tracker is our first start

As well, remember Google's Assistant can help you with all your planning (see suggestions at the bottom)

So, nothing starts the season off like a Black Friday sale... and Google (like most companies) has a plan:

I can always use another Google Home Mini, here are some of the deals going on:


Have an extra hand whenever you need it with the Google Home Mini. The smart speaker can help you tackle your day providing news, traffic and weather updates, and reminders for the things that matter most. New this season, Google has introduced Aqua, a vibrant new shade that’s the perfect pop of colour in any space.  

  • Price: $35 (save $44) CAD
  • Availability: The Google Store and select Canadian retailers.
  • Colours: Aqua, Light Gray, Charcoal, Coral
  • Perfect Gift For:
    • Multitaskers who want to cook and clean while chatting with loved ones hands-free
    • Friends and family who love to whip up culinary creations in the kitchen


Google puts everything in the palm of your hand with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Never miss another moment with Group Selfies that allows you to get more of your favourite people and scenery in the photo. Get smiles, not blinks in a flash with Top Shot, giving you the perfect image in one try. And put down that selfie stick with Photobooth and snap photo with only a smile.

  • Price: Buy a Pixel 3/3 XL, get another up to 50% off or up to $250 off
  • Availability: The Google Store, all major Canadian carriers and select retailers
  • Colours: Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink
  • Size: 5.5" (Pixel 3) or 6.3" (Pixel 3 XL)
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Perfect Gift For:
    • Students who want to stay connected to family and friends
    • The budding photographer that wants to capture every moment


The Pixelbook is perfect for professionals and students. Portable and stylish, the beautifully sharp touch screen is fully convertible and effortlessly adapts to any situation or task.  

  • Price:
    • $999 (Save $300)
  • Availability: The Google Store, Best Buy Canada and at other select retailers
  • Perfect Gift For:
    • Students who need laptop upgrade
    • Professionals that need a multifunctional device for work and play

Built with Smart Sound, the Google Home Max can fill any room with quality sound. With machine learning, Max automatically adjusts the equalizer settings to match the acoustics of any room, providing the most balanced sound -- wherever you put it.

  • Price: $399 CAD (save $100)
  • Availability: The Google Store and select Canadian retailers, including Best Buy
  • Colours: Chalk and Charcoal
  • Perfect Gift For:
    • Music enthusiasts
    •  Family and friends looking to upgrade their sound


Enjoy movies, TV shows, music and more from thousands of apps with Chromecast. Streaming has never been easier, allowing you to control your viewing experience with a smartphone or Google Home app. Chromecast was designed to fit neatly and discreetly behind your TV. It can also be used to display images from Google Photos and other photo apps. With a fresh new look, Chromecast now comes in grey.

  • Price: $35 CAD (save $10)
  • Availability: The Google Store and Best Buy
  • Colours:  Charcoal Grey
  • Perfect Gift For:
    • Family and friends who want to cast photos of their latest vacation
    • Students looking to stream music and take their entertainment hub to the next level

Get the most from Google Assistant:
Hands-Free Calls
Confirm whether a specific item is in stock or call a friend or family member to find out what’s on their wishlist.
  • “Ok Google, what is the nearest Best Buy?” then “Call them.”
  • “Hey Google, call mom.”

Prepare the Perfect Holiday Meal
Be a star in the kitchen with Google Assistant. Explore new recipes, follow step by step instructions, how-to tips and convert measurements without lifting a finger with hands-free help.
  • “Hey Google, how long do you cook a turkey?”
  • “Ok Google, can I replace baking soda with baking powder?”
  • “Hey Google, how many tablespoons in a cup?”

Get Traffic and Weather Updates
Find the quickest routes to the mall, get weather updates and play your favourite tunes as you run errands.
  • “Hey Google, what’s the weather like in the North Pole?”
  • “Ok Google, what’s fastest way home from grandpa’s?”
  • “Hey Google, play Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album.

Set Reminders, Notifications and Update Shopping Lists
The Google Assistant will help you navigate through your hectic holiday schedule with reminders with calendar reminders to help you stay organized.
  • “Hey Google, how many days till Christmas?
  • “Hey Google, remember Jack’s holiday school play on December 14.””
  • “Hey Google, add a turkey to my shopping list.”

Manage Your Holiday Lights and Entertainment System
Control smart home devices with just your voice and never again climb behind your Christmas tree to switch on the lights. Blast festive holiday tunes, play classic movies on Netflix and get family and friends together with trivia games.  
  • “Ok Google, turn on the Christmas tree."
  • “Hey Google, play Home Alone on Netflix.”
  • “Ok Google, play Mad Libs.”