Preheat oven to 250 degrees fahrenheit.
Beat until frothy in a large bowl: 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon of water.
Add 1 cup white sugar, 1 tsp. pure vanilla, 1/2 tsp. salt. Beat together.
Add 1 pound pecan halves and stir with large spoon until pecan halves are completely coated with egg white mixture.
Place coated pecan halves in a stainless steel baking pan which has been sprayed with oil.
Bake coated pecans at 250 degrees fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so (set timer so you don't forget) to make sure pecans are baking evenly. Remove tray from oven. Allow pecans to cool. Try to restrain yourself from sampling too many, or you'll have none to gift!
Store the surviving candied pecans in a dry container (preferably a lovely glass bottle with a screw top cover or glass with a pretty cloth covering); add a beautiful ribbon and there you have the perfect gift for folks who have everything.
Just make sure they're not allergic to nuts!