Next week, my younger sister is moving into her first (post-college) apartment. As a house-warming gift, my mom is giving her a set of these dishes. Le Cadeaux makes melamine tableware that looks like designer plates. Some great things about melamine: extremely strong, lightweight, break & heat resistant, and dishwasher safe. My favorite is the Rustica Antique White collection.
Le Cadeaux also has great plastic glassware. I have a set of these: