Customers yielded to each other as they waited to browse busy aisles full of soap and shoppers in a York City store.

The aroma of more than 20 holiday scents married in the air at 29 N. Beaver St. as Sunrise Soap Company owner Christina Clarke worked to supply her signature product for the increased holiday demand.

She said sales have been "wonderful" in the store, which is currently selling several seasonal soaps, including spiced cranberry -- the most popular -- holiday wreath, gingerbread and eggnog.

The latter is made with real eggnog, Clarke said.

Other products in the store that make great stocking suffers are soaps shaped like brown gingerbread houses, green Christmas trees and white snowflakes. All are made with natural products and have been adorned with a shimmery glitter, she said.

Popular ducky: Another product that has been selling well there is the Decorate-Your-Own Rubber Ducky by Melissa & Doug.

The white rubber ducky comes with paint that doesn't wash off in the tub, according to the packaging.

Local fashionista and owner of Arthur & Daughters couture consignment shop Hilary Arthur said she's a fan of the rubber ducky sold at Sunrise.

"It's a great stocking stuffer

and keeps kids occupied for at least a half hour," the York City mother of two said.

Arthur is also a fan of the Yala line of clothing at Kimman's, 57 N. Beaver St.

"It comes in three different sizes and flatters a lot of different people," she said.


Yala garments have been big sellers this season because they are the "softest material ever" because they're made from organic bamboo, said store associate Joan Bainbridge.

Other top sellers this year include the VinOice -- a white wine chiller, jewelry, food items, ornaments and other decorative gifts.

Men, too: Contributing to strong sales was the recent Men's Night Out, held Dec. 12 at downtown businesses.

"It was phenomenal," Bainbridge said.

During the event, men shopped for their loved ones while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinking free beer, as store associates wrapped the gifts for them.

Neighboring store Sweet Melissa's Dream, at 51 N. Beaver St., is also having a happy holiday.

Sales associate Sarah Grim said the shop's unique gifts have been selling the most.

Products sold at Sweet Melissa's Dream are locally made, handmade or support fair trade practices. Some of those products flying off the shelves this year include woven baskets that support a women's cooperative, colorful bags that help stop human trafficking and handmade socks from Vermont.

Called Solmates, the socks are brightly colored and look as though they've been woven on a loom. Adult socks are sold in a typical pair, but kid socks are sold in threes--one to replace the sock that will inevitably get lost, Grim said.

But perhaps the best seller is an item customers buy all year, she said.

"Scarves. We keep ordering more. It's one of those one-for-you, one-for-me gifts," Grim said.

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