Graduation Gift Ideas: Best Rachael Cookware + Bakeware Sets For Grads Stocking Their First Kitchen

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Graduation season is upon us, and we know what'll make just the right gift! Maybe you know a college grad who's moving into their first adult kitchen, or maybe you know a really lucky high school grad who's moving into a college dorm with a kitchen. (Um, where can we apply?)

Either way, nothing welcomes a new grad into the real world like their very own set of pots and pans—and no one knows pots and pans like Rachael does. That's why any of these practical sets—big and small—are sure to be a hit with the grad in your life!

Nonstick 19-Pc. Cookware Set

Nonstick 19-Pc. Cookware Set

Macy's
$220 $80

NINETEEN pieces, including food storage—for all those leftovers—and measuring cups. Need we say more? 

Create Delicious 10-Pc. Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Create Delicious 10-Pc. Stainless Steel Cookware Set

RachaelRay.com
$200

 Start new grads off on a stylish foot with this 10-piece stainless steel cookware set with pretty light blue handles.

6-Piece Nesting Measuring Cup Set

6-Piece Nesting Measuring Cup Set

RachaelRay.com
$20

Rach's famous EVOO bottle is a kitchen must-have...and everyone needs measuring cups.

5-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set

5-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set

RachaelRay.com
$60

This small-but-mighty set has everything a new grad might need to satisfy those late-night dessert cravings.

Cucina 10-Pc. Bakeware Set

Cucina 10-Pc. Bakeware Set

Macy's
$100

This huge bakeware set is for the grad who really loves to bake and has quite a bit of kitchen cabinet space.

Professional Stainless Steel/Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Pc. Cookware Set

Professional Stainless Steel/Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Pc. Cookware Set

Amazon
$220

If your grad is into more of a minimalistic kitchen design, they'll love Rach's newest (super sleek) cookware collection—stainless steel AND hard-anodized pots and pans in gray and silver.

3-Pc. Baking and Cookie Pan Set

3-Pc. Baking and Cookie Pan Set

RachaelRay.com
$40

This one's a great gift that doesn't take up a lot of space, but still makes delish cookies and Rach's famous sheet-pan dinners possible.

Classic Brights Nonstick Frying Pan Set

Classic Brights Nonstick Frying Pan Set

Amazon
$40

Rach's long-lasting frying pans are sure to tide new grads over for many years.

Create Delicious 3-Quart Steamer Set

Create Delicious 3-Quart Steamer Set

RachaelRay.com
$70

Not only is this one a beauty, but the saucepot can function on its own OR with the steamer basket.

Nylon 10-Pc. Nonstick Tools Set

Nylon 10-Pc. Nonstick Tools Set

Macy's
$80

This set has all the essential tools a first kitchen could need, including what Rach calls her "food mover."

EVOO Olive Oil + Vinegar Bottle Dispenser Set

EVOO Olive Oil + Vinegar Bottle Dispenser Set

Amazon
$21

Did we mention Rach's EVOO dispenser is famous and you should probably have one for vinegar, too?

Cucina 16-Pc. Dinnerware Set in Lavender

Cucina 16-Pc. Dinnerware Set in Lavender

RachaelRay.com
$80

Graduation calls for a grown-up dinnerware set—and we're obsessed with this purple color.

Bubble & Brown 1.25-Qt & 2.25-Qt. Oval Baker Set

Bubble & Brown 1.25-Qt & 2.25-Qt. Oval Baker Set

RachaelRay.com
$50

Rach's bakers travel beautifully from oven to table—perfect for a new grad's first hosting gig.

Create Delicious Nonstick Hard-Anodized 11-Pc. Cookware Set

Create Delicious Nonstick Hard-Anodized 11-Pc. Cookware Set

RachaelRay.com
$220

Of all her cookware sets—of which there are many!—Rach is probably most known for her hard-anodized sets, because they're long-lasting, they evenly distribute heat, and the non-stick surfaces make cleanup easier.

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