My future daughter-in-law says she wants contemporary dinnerware. What is it?
The word "contemporary" simply means today's look. In other words, modern dinnerware or what is in style.
The best way to find out what she is talking about is to take her to a dinnerware outlet or browse the web with her to find out what she likes. Choosing dinnerware as a gift can be extremely hard because most people have a look set in their mind and that's hard to extract without specific examples.
You might also find out whether she is referring to fine china or a casual dinnerware set. That alone can make a difference in the choices.
Even the most expensive and extravagant set of dinnerware can become a burden if it doesn't fit your style of decorating. It is best to get solid answers before investing in a set for someone else.