The Spice Family are a family of condiment dispensers who live in the kitchen, each named after the type of spice/seasoning they contain. Until Sage and Ginger were introduced, they were also known as The Shakers.
Most of them are tabletop shakers, but Sage and Ginger are bottles with cork caps. The Spice Family members are all just spice containers, not the actual spices. They can contain whatever spice they want at any time; they just each choose to have a different one.