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Back in 1999, it was a sad summer for Canadians indeed. That wasn’t just because Eaton’s filed for bankruptcy or because people everywhere were fearing for Y2K either; it was because a little British chain called Marks & Spencer pulled their very last stores out of Canada for good.

We couldn’t really blame them, given that they had lost $20 million in the country the year before. But that didn’t make us miss those British baked goods, wide selection of kitchen gadgets or Percy Pigs any less. It was a dark time.

But now, more than a decade-and-a-half later, it seems as though the company has finally decided to come back to North America, and more specifically, Canada. Nope they’re not putting more stores back in the country (after Target’s poor showing here, we wouldn’t want to get our hopes up, either), but Canadians can now order from their online store. Seems like the free shipping trial they did a few years ago paid off for them, and they’ve made the move a permanent one.

Here’s the catch…

While we can shop the clothing and home sections to our hearts’ content, the food items still aren’t available for shipping. So no British treats for us in the near future. (That part is rubbish, if you ask us – nothing spruces up a party like M&S mini quiche or their British pasties. Also, the lemon curd!)

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of great things to – once again  look forward to.

Here’s what we’re loving…

For the kids

As for the clothing, well let’s just say there’s never enough British fashion here in Canada for our liking. Some of the crawl-friendly baby items, like this 2-piece cloud dress and tights, are too cute for words.

kids

For you

There’s plenty of selection for the ladies too, what with the London-inspired belted trenches (at a pretty reasonable price, if we do say so ourselves), and work dresses featuring clean, sleek lines. Meanwhile, the pretty knickers available have us seriously rethinking our Victoria’s Secret and La Senza staples.

M&S

For the dudes

Also, what dude wouldn’t feel debonair in a British blue modern slim-fit suit like this that he could say was inspired by James Bond if he wanted (because, why wouldn’t he) or a brilliant chenille fleece top?

men

For the home

In the kitchen alone, we’re already coveting these pretty stackable mugs, this microwave-friendly bowl and these printed tea towels.

But that’s not the only section of the home we’re thinking of sprucing up now that M&S is at our fingertips. Some of their throw pillows really make us want to cuddle up, while the luxury towels seem pretty darned perfect for this wayward winter weather we’re having lately. Who doesn’t want to step out of the shower and embrace themselves in some sumptuous?

Basically, we’ve already started shopping because this is the next best thing to have the stores back here for good. And with all of the duties and taxes already included in the prices, plus free shipping on orders over $50 (to be received within three-to-five business days), they really couldn’t have made it easier.

It’s a blindingly good deal if you ask us.